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Manufacturing-ready Bimota KB4 revealed at EICMA | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

Printed On Nov 25, 2021 07:00:00 AM

Bimota makes use of the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX’s engine, however the body and styling are distinctive.

Bimota has revealed its production-ready Ninja 1000 SX-powered KB4 at EICMA. The sportsbike from Bimota encompasses a customized body and distinctive retro styling.

Powering the KB4 is identical inline-four engine because the one discovered within the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX. It produces 142hp and 111Nm of torque and is paired to a 6-speed gearbox. Bimota has match its personal exhaust system with a single finish can. 

Bimota has positioned the radiator underneath the seat, as a substitute of in entrance of the engine, which explains the massive air intakes on both facet of the fairing and a carbon fibre tunnel that runs from the intakes to the seat.

For these questioning why Bimota is utilizing a Kawasaki engine, it’s as a result of the latter owns a stake within the Italian firm. Engine apart, the Bimota KB4 is totally completely different from the Ninja 1000 SX. Its chassis has a singular tubular entrance body and the KB4 can be considerably lighter than the Ninja 1000 SX, tipping the scales at 187kg (dry weight). The carbon fibre bodywork is predicted to be one of many contributing components to it being light-weight.

The truth is, the KB4’s dimensions are additionally smaller than the Ninja, with the shorter wheelbase – at 1,390mm – being essentially the most important. Suspension responsibility is dealt with by Öhlins FGRT 43 NIX30 fork up entrance and TTX 36 rear shock, full with a distant adjuster. 

Alongside the KB4 reveal, Bimota has additionally introduced a unadorned RC model for subsequent yr. It shares many parts with the absolutely faired machines, however ditches the fairing.

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