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Swiss fund Bimota future

Bimota will release “one of the most advanced hand-made superbikes in the world in 2014”, plus supercharged and BMW-powered bikes.
According to Joseph Elasmar, the CEO of Urban Moto Imports, the Australian distributor of Bimota, the company has secured its future with a new financier.
As announced in a couple of weeks ago, the company has been taken over by an Italian-based financier operating through a Swiss company and has promised that Bimota will remain under Italian management and continue operations at its headquarters in Rimini.
“It has also confirmed and is committed to major refurbishment and renovation of the Bimota factory,” he says.
The entry of the new owner has been months in the making and “the capital injection will help keep Bimota at the forefront of technology with the imminent release of one of the most advanced hand-made superbikes in the world in 2014”.
No more details are available yet, but Joe says there will be some new models coming such as the DB8 OroNero (pictured) arriving next week, plus a Supercharged model and another powered by a BMW engine.
The boutique Italian motorcycle manufacturer has had some rough times since being launched in 1971.
In 2000, a major safety recall and the withdrawal of sponsorship support for their World Superbike entry forced the company into bankruptcy.
It was resurrected in 2003 by a group of investors.
The Ducati-powered Bimota bikes available in Australia are the dual sport DB10 Bimota and sportsbikes DB7, Tesi 3D and three models of DB8 with prices ranging from $43,990 for the dual sport to $88,000.
Urban Moto Imports which also imports fellow countryman Benelli says “it’s business as usual” in Australia with no change in staff or location.
However, Joe says he is looking forward to the next growth phase for Bimota.
“I have spoken with staff in the factory and are all very excited about what is currently taking place,” he says.
Urban Moto Imports will again hold their annual expo of Bimota models at the MotoGP at Phillip Island in mid-October.