THE recent EICMA show was again a busy time for Bimota, as for the second show in succession they have pulled the wraps off another new model.
In 2019, the last time the EICMA show took place, it was the Tesi H2 that thrust the brand to the top of the list of must-see bikes at the event. The unveiling surfed on a wave of interest, as it came about at the same time as Kawasaki officially announced a 49 percent stake in the Italian brand.
At this years show it was the new KB4 and KB4 CR, powered by the Ninja 1000 SX inline four-cylinder engine, that was grabbing all the headlines.
The Bimota KB4 CR (front) and KB4 from EICMA 2021
Is is Bimota Tesi Z H2 on the horizon?
For next year, we might be getting another new model, and we think it is going to arrive in the form of a Z H2 derived hyper-sports naked.
The image you can see at the top of the page was first reported on by the German website Motorrad, and they are pointing to an adventure motorcycle utilising Kawasaki’s bonkers 200+bhp supercharged engine. Personally, I think that’s way off the mark.
For one, to make anything ‘adventure ready’ for riding on all surfaces, you’d have to neuter the power so much, you’d be better off starting with a much less powerful engine in the beginning. For me, this bike looks to be based much more closely on the naked Kawasaki Z H2 than anything else.
The line of the fuel tank is identical, and the shape and style of the headlight binnacle too is just like the big Kawasaki’s. Even the exhaust end can looks to be a carbon copy of the one found on the naked machine.
What it looks like Bimota is doing here is making a slightly more comfortable motorcycle for longer distance rides. The addition of a taller screen, more ample seat and slightly higher bars all point to a bike that will be more about covering big distances than scratching on a B-road.