Bimota KB4 2022 Just as Valerio Bianchi, Giuseppe Mori and Massimo Tamburini started in 1973, Bimota continues to produce exotic motorcycles that can pass out. Bimota KB4 and KB4-RC If the model index starts with K, it has a Kawasaki inline-four, and in the case of the KB4 it is. The 1,043cc inline-four borrows from the current generation Ninja 1000 SX and develops 124bhp. from the steering wheel and 101 Nm … and adorns two versions of KB4 at once, basic and «vintage» KB4-RC (RaceCafe). These models are a unique combination of the traditional 70s Bimota motorcycle with the functionality and capabilities of a modern motorcycle. Once Bimota only borrowed the engine from Kawasaki, but now a lot has changed, and global manufacturers have caught up with Bimota in terms of frame production. KB4 and KB4RC are based “on a real Kawasaki platform” … The spec table shows the frame is “high strength steel mesh front frame with milled aluminum ribs” — and yes, Bimota has a pair of patented steel tubes to the headset, but who knows how much more smart settings hides plastic KB4? Most of all, Bimota and Kawasaki differ in weight: if the equipped Ninja 1000 SX weighs 234.5 kg, then the KB4 (albeit dry) — 187 kg. The wheelbase is also different, 144 cm for the Ninja and 139 cm for the Bimota. And the quality of the finish: Kawasaki motorcycles, as good as they are, are noticeably lower than hand-built. Bimota KB4-RC 2022 The raw cladding is typical of Bimota design, but very modern in style. An important feature of the KB4 is the wide windscreen with fairing, adorned with the Bimota logo. The KB4RC is devoid of a fairing and allows enthusiasts to enjoy the wind in the face — they say that as long as there is sun and air, there will be wind, and many coffee racing enthusiasts know this firsthand. Five-spoke light-alloy wheels with sports tires complete the vintage design of the KB4 and KB4RC. In practical terms, both KB4 versions are equipped with a comfortable leather seat and the electronic controls are optimized for all driving conditions. In the production KB4, electronic modules, including those of Kawasaki, will be hidden behind the dash on a carbon fiber bracket. The Bimota KB4, first shown as a concept at the Milan Motor Show, is already in production. This is Bimota’s second major project in the past 20 months, complementing the 2022 range.