The Bimota DB7R Diavolo Rosso, so what do you do when a standard Ducati 1198S is painfully ordinary? Everybody with some money in the world seem to commute on a Ducati Desmosedici RR, it takes something truly special to stand out.
Something like Bimota's standard DB7? It might get you noticed, but why take chances? The 2010 Bimota DB7R Diavolo Rosso attracts more attention than Valentino Rossi at a Grand Prix. And for just over 2.3 million Baht you get the only load-bearing carbon-fiber frame and swingarm offered for sale to the general public, along with a matching carbon-fiber fuel tank. And that's not all: A GPS dash from GET Electronic Systems provides all the usual data on vital systems, plus lap times, section speeds and a whole lot of other stuff you won't have time to read on the straightaways.
Load circuit-specific engine-management data for that next track day. Plugged into a laptop afterward, it builds a 2D track map that lets you critique your lines and see how close you are to a theoretical quickest lap, all with no transponders. There's enough storage in there to save for ip to 100 tracks. As if that wasn't enough, it knows when you're back on public pavement and switches the engine's command/control computer back to street mode for the ride home.
For most of us, the Bimota DB7R Diavolo Rosso is the stuff dreams are made of. Compared to something like a Ducati 1198, the Bimota DB7R looks tiny, angular and very, very sharp. Covered in clearcoat instead of red-and-white paint, the carbon-fiber bodywork is flawless. Exquisite even, and that's not a word we just toss around. Instead of the DB7's 50x30mm oval-section chromoly frame members, slide those watering eyes of F1-spec carbon-fiber tubes fanning out from billet-machined 6082 AC 100 aluminum-alloy side-plates. The structural carbon-fiber tail section precludes a normal subframe. That carbon-fiber swingarm is a piece of postmodern art even without the chunks of billet aluminum that connect it with the Extreme Tech shock and Malgatech 10-spoke forget-aluminum rear wheel.
Optimistically rated at 164 horsepower and 164 kilograms dry for a 1:1 metric power-to-weight ratio, the Bimota DB7R Testastretta Evoluzione engine put something like 138 real-deal horses to the pavement. It's time to wake-up and forget about a dream bike like this...