Shortly after 1972, when Massimo Tamburini crashed his 750 at Misano Racetrack, Bimota Motorcycles began.
Bianchi, Morri and Tamburini were the originating founders of Bimota and utilising the first two letters of each of their names the name Bimota was created. Massimo Tamburini received 3 broken ribs from his accident and together with Bianchi and Morri they set out to build a tubular frame motorcycle to handle the power created from the Honda engine.
Their frame was a complete success and not only made the motorcycle lighter but also lowered the centre of gravity. With this new frame, Bimota launched its first high-end high performance motorcycle in 1977.
Based in Ramini, Italy, Bimota did a cake walk through the early eighties with their new motorcycle even though Tamburini left Bimota in 1983. In his place Bimota hired Federico Martini who had a lot of experience working with the Ducati.
Thanks to the help of Federico Martini, Bimota slashed through the 1980's racetrack competition with so much ease that Bimota made it mark among the motorcycle racing manufacturer greats.
The early nineties lead to another change in development when Martini left Bimota and was replaced by one of Martini's students, Pierluigi Marconi. Using aircraft alloy aluminium frames or scatolato, Bimota created a hub steer motorcycle that became an instant success both on and off the racetrack.
In 1993, Giuseppe Morri, one of the original 3 founders and also General Manager, was replaced by Walter Martini whose skill manages to increase Bimota's production twice over, and the 25th anniversary of Bimota at Santamonica Track in Misano, Italy was a smash hit.
The first 100% of all Bimota Motorcycles were released in the late nineties with a 500 cc two-cylinder but these bikes were shipped out too fast and they ended up getting recalled shortly after they had been released to the market.
This recall ended up putting Bimota in a financial crisis that would take several years to get out of but by the start of the new millennium, Bimota was well on its way to regaining with a little help from Bimota's return to the racing circuits for the first time in 11 years.
With a new management team, Bimota fully recovered from its financial problems in 2003 and received an award for motorcycle design in the category of "Super Sport".
Original Authors: Nicholas
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 04/06/2008