Introduced in 1998 and powered by the v-twin from the Ducati 900SS of the time, Bimota chose to fuel the DB4’s 904cc desmo motor via twin 38mm Mikuni carbs in place of the fuel injection system adopted by Ducati.
Although 80bhp, 60lb/ft and 140mph wasn’t a match in a straight line for big multi-cylindered sportsbikes, the DB4’s considerable appeal lay in its useable mid-range power and torque, light weight (165kg dry) and a striking tricolore paint job and styling.
With a beefy aluminium-tubed perimeter frame, multi-adjustable 43mm Paoli forks, a single Ohlins rear shock and 4-piston Brembo calipers biting on 320mm front discs, the highly-specced DB4 was far from inexpensive to buy, but it was one of the sweetest handling and enjoyable sportsbikes of its time.
Most unusually, the DB4 offered here has effectively never been ridden – the odometer shows just 1 kilometre – so of the 264 produced this is very probably the world’s last remaining unused Bimota DB4. This therefore is a great opportunity to acquire a rare piece of Italian exotica by one of the most exclusive, low-volume, hand-built manufacturers, and in factory-fresh condition.