Post by peddrotzr on Mar 26, 2020 15:55:53 GMT 1
Not sure if this is of any interest as its not an Elsie but its defo a type of LC.
Bimota made several race kits in the late 1970’s/1980.
Basically you bought a rolling chassis with fairing seat unit & tank, then bought a Yamaha TZ 250/350 and then used this as a donor bike.
The Bimota’s had a pressurised frame as the std Yamahas “F & G” models suffered from cracked frames after only a few meetings, the Yamaha frames were that bad that they supplied replacement frames which also cracked!
Massimo Tamburini designed the Bimota YB3 to have a pressure gauge on the dashboard which connected up to the headstock, so that you could easily tell if your frame was cracked. Needless to say the Bimota’s were fine!
They were very successful in the 250 & 350 GP’s with Jon Ekerold wining the 1980 350 World Championship against the likes of the works Kawasaki team of Anton Mang.
So a few years ago I bought this Bimota “YB3” with TZ250 "G" motor back in October 2013 all in boxes, as it had been crashed and then stripped in June 1980 but was never repaired, just stored in boxes in a garage.
So a full restoration was needed as it was a bit of a mess!
My mate and I bought 3 bikes at the time 2 x Bimota YB3 (a 250 & a 350) & a Suzuki RG500.
All my bikes have a name and She's affectionately known as "Beatrice" the Bimota.
Heres what she originally looked like in May 1980 at Cadwell Park. Not a very nice colour scheme!
The Bimota Race Team colours
She will be painted (eventually) like this, but with green number boards as she's a 250.
There was a lot of damage to various parts & some parts were missing but most of it was there.
Unfortunately I lost some of the very first photos as a computer died so lost all of those.
engine was like this !
after full rebuild
"Beatrice" the Bimota is finished now, all apart from waiting for front brake lines to arrive from Hel & having the bodywork painted,
as my mate still hasn't started them, he's only had then since November to be fair.
she looks like this now.
Obviously a lot of work has been done over the years repairing or making new parts as original parts are very difficult to obtain or not available.
I have either copied parts from the other 350 Bimota or made parts from photos off the net.
I hope its of some interest.