The Bimota SB8K Gobert was produced to celebrate the win of Anthony Gobert on a Bimota SB8R at the 2000 Australian World Superbike round.Power for the SB8K Gobert, like the SB8R, comes from a Bimota-tuned version of the 996 cc L-twin engine from the Suzuki TL1000R superbike.
The chassis features a combination of aluminium and carbon fiber components which results in a frame which is both lighter and stronger than the Suzuki unit.
First out is the SB8K, part of the old stock of parts and engines inherited by the new concern. Not an old bike per se, Bimota has waved its magic spell over the engine management system working considerable wonders in the process.
A technical analysis of the SB8K model shows important technological advances in terms of construction, both of the chassis and engine. The most noticeable and striking feature is the radial motion of the fuel injectors that perfectly mimics the movement of the butterfly valves. This innovation maximizes performance by ensuring a perfect fluidity and consistency of the power delivery over the complete rpm range of the engine, which leads to significantly improved engine performance.
Bimota SB8K Gobert specifications
Type: L-twin cylinder, 4-valve per cylinder
Bore x Stroke: 98x66
Compression ratio: 11.3:1
Power: 104.8 kW - 142.6 HP @9760rpm
Torque: 105.5 Nm - 10.75 kgm @8760rpm
Fuel injection: Electronics fuel injection, 55 mm throttle body
Exhaust: Double aluminium mufflers with catalytic converters
Emissions: Euro 2
Primary drive: Straight cut gears; (ratio 31/57)
Final drive: Chain; Front sprocket 17; Rear sprocket 39
Clutch: Multiple plate in oil bath
Frame: Modular, composed of two aluminium alloy beams and carbon fibre plates
Wheelbase: 1390 mm / 54.7 in
Front suspension: Paioli upside-down 46mm fully adjustable forks
Front wheel travel: 120mm
Front brake: 2x320mm semi-floating discs, 4-piston calipers - Brembo
Front wheel: 6 spoke design light alloy 3.50x17 - Antera
Front tyre: 120/70 ZR17
Rear suspension: Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Ohlins monoshock
Rear wheel travel: 130 mm / 5.1 in
Rear brake: 240mm disc, 2-piston calipers - Brembo
Rear wheel: 6 spoke design light alloy 5.5x17 - Antera
Rear tyre: 180/55 ZR 17
Fuel tank capacity: 21 L /5.6 US gal
Weight: 175 kg
Seat height: 810 mm / 31.9 in
Instruments: Speedometer, rev counter, high beam indicator, direction indicators, oil pressure warning light, low fuel warning light, neutral light, water temperature.