Bimota SB8K Santa Monica


Make Model

Bimota SB8K Santa Monica




Four stroke, 90°-V-twin, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder


996 cc / 60.9 cub. in
Bore x Stroke 98 x 66 mm
Compression Ratio 11.3:1
Cooling System Liquid cooled


Electronic fuel injection, 55mm throttle body


Electronic inductive
Starting Electric

Max Power

104.8 kW / 142.6 hp @ 9750 rpm

Max Torque

105.5 Nm / 10.75 kg-m / 77.8 lb-ft. @ 8750 rpm


6 Speed 
Drive Chain
Lubrication system Wet sump
Cooling system Liquid

Modular Composed of Two aluminium Alloy Beams and Carbon Fibre Plates

Front Suspension

Telehydraulic upside-down fork with 46mm stanchions and compression, rebound and preload adjustments. 120mm wheel travel.

Rear Suspension

Fully Adjustable Öhlins Shock Absorber with external preload device. 130mm wheel travel

Rake 23.5°

Front Brakes

2x 320mm discs 4 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 230mm disc 4 piston caliper

Front Tyre

120/65 ZR17

Rear Tyre

190/55 ZR17
Seat Height 810 mm / 32 in.
Wheelbase 1390 mm / 54.7 in.

Dry weight

176 kg / 387 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

20 Litres / 5.3 US gal.
Standing 0 - 100km 3.0 sec
Acceleration  60-140 km/h 8.3 sec
Top Speed 269 km/h /  167.1 mph

A technical analysis of the SB8K model shows important technological advances in terms of construction, both of the chassis and engine. The most noticeable and striking feature is the radial motion of the fuel injectors that perfectly mimics the movement of the butterfly valves. This innovation maximizes performance by ensuring a perfect fluidity and consistancy of the power delivery over the complete rpm range of the engine, which leads to significantly improved engine performance.

The electronic engine management is carried out by a sophisticated ECU which guarantees the most efficient performance of the unit, based on the operation and load conditions. The ECU also controls every electrical system and immediately communicates any kind of problem to the user. In addition to these basic tasks, the ECU is also capable of handling different mappings, which can be chosen manually by the rider, depending on the setting of the motorcycle or intended environmet of use (normal, sporting or racing modes).

Approximately one hour of historic data concerning the basic parameters of the bike (like water temperature, air, speed, revolutions, and suspension positions) can be fully downloaded if the sensors are set up for such an application.

With a profusion of light alloys and carbon fiber, the materials employed in the construction of the chassis are the most advanced materials available today. Carbon fiber is used for the faring as well as for the construction of the fuel tank, which was built utilizing the same techniques applied to parts for the Motorcycle Grand Prix. Many elements of the SB8K are meticulously machined from aluminum alloy, a distinctive hallmark for all classic and current Bimota products.