Motorcycling is enjoying a gradual rise in popularity today, with more and more people getting into the niche, either as a hobby, sport, or means of transport. It’s no wonder that more motorcycle models are emerging day in and day out in different designs, sizes, and prices, targeting the preference of different bikers. However, there have been classic and vintage motorcycles manufactured decades ago, still worth remembering. Vintage motorcycling enthusiasts have probably come across or even owned the 1995 Bimota Mantra. Leaving its typical niche of a sports bike, Bimota, a reputable Italian brand went on to try the roadster exercise. Knowing its high reputation, you should expect a very particular machine. So, what was the 1995 Bimota Mantra like? Here is a closer look at remembering the 1995 Bimota Mantra to check out the properties and features of this motorcycle.
History Of Bimota Company
Bimota is an Italian custom motorcycle manufacturer. The company, based in Rimini Italy, debuted in 1973 by Giuseppe Morri, Valerio Bianchi, and Massimo Tamburini. Its name was derived from the first two letters of each of the founder’s surnames. According to Misukltd, Bimota initially focused on producing high-quality motorbikes around already existing engines. From the start, they customized the top Honda, Suzuki, and Kawasaki models. In the late 1970s, Bimota also worked in developing Lamborghini branded motorcycles. They also customized Ducati and Yamaha motorbikes in the 1980s. Generally, the company has had some difficult few years, but toward the end of 2017, it seems to be fairly secure with six motorcycles in its product line up, but in real Italian style, this might change overnight.
1995 Bimota Mantra Overview
Bimota stuck Ducati 900SS in a naked bike package to make the vintage 1995 Bimota Mantra model. The Mantra was one of the two attempts by Bimota to sell different bikes than they used to -sports bikes-, with the other one being Supermono. The 1995 Bimota Mantra represents the company at its most outrageous and confident period. The bike has a top design that is impossible to ignore. While people might either love or hate it, true bikers will like to have the Bimota Mantra in their garage. The motorcycle was designed by Sacha Lakic, who was offered a free rein to design the motorbike of his dreams. Lakic had already previously earned a good reputation in designing Avant-garde machines for numerous firms. He had begun his career in the automotive industry in the Peugeot company working under the popular Paul Bracq designing his first motorcycle project in 1986 where he made the Axis 749, a redesigned Yamaha FZ750.
1995 Bimota Mantra Features
The 1995 Bimota Mantra is a unique and eloquent machine that seems to know just a single word; sport! According to Visor Down, once on board, you will love the driving position; sufficient on the front to counter the commotion but no surplus to spare the vertebrae. The Mantra is powered by a powerful Ducati engine with top-notch ergonomics, chassis, and suspension. When you pilot it, you will find the unique soul of the bike, as one of the enjoyable machines, particularly on winding roads. The mirrors are well apart and pear-shaped with the stepped-dual seat that are relatively low for a distinctive experience. The chassis components are also superior, including; Brembo brakes with dual discs in the front, Paioli suspensions, and a strong perimeter frame made of oval section aluminum trellis. It has a similar geometry to the older DB2 model. The braking of the Mantra is as fierce as any other racing replica, courtesy of its light weight and front brake combination of four-pot Brembo calipers and twin 320 mm floating discs and backed up by the rear disc. Although the 17-inch wheels are not pure sports designs, they provide a great grip.
In the engine or tech department, the bike sports a four-stroke, air-cooled, 904cc engine with a six-speed manual transmission that can produce about 86 hp and 90Nm torque. The good torque from the Ducati 900 SS Twin engine complements the driving pleasure. According to Misfit Made Motorcycles, the 1995 Bimota Mantra is perfect for riders looking for a powerful, naked bike that also provides enhanced wind protection. The mantra is a quick machine that could keep up with sports bikes when ell set up and rode hard. Other standard features on this bike include; a single headlight, adjustable mono-shock and rear suspension, a 43mm telescopic fork, an analog and digital instrumentation panel, half-fairing using a windscreen, and dual seat, and an under-belly dual exhaust system with dual mufflers. Riding a Mantra is so much fun.
- Frame: Tubular aluminum trellis with an oval cross-section
- Fuel capacity: 24 liters
- Seat height: 780 mm
- Engine: Air-cooled, 4-stroke, 90° “L” twin cylinder, SOHC, desmodromic 2 valves per cylinder (Ducati 900 ss)
- Top Speed: 207 km/h
- Capacity: 904
- Transmission: 6 speed/ chain
- Maximum power: 86 horsepower 62.7 kW @ 7000 rpm (rear tire 72.2 hp @ 7100 rpm)
- Maximum Torque: 90 Nm9.2 kg-m @ 5500 rpm
- Ignition: electronic inductive discharge
- Front tire: 120/70 ZR 17
- Rear Tire: 180/55 ZR 17
- Front Brakes: 4 piston calipers 2 by 320mm discs
- Rear Brakes: 2 piston calipers single 230mm disc
- Height: 1220 mm
- Wheelbase: 1370 mm
- Length: 2,020 mm
- Width: 695 mm
- Dry weight: 172 kg
- Wet weight: 185 kg
Now that you know the features and history of the 1995 Bimota Mantra, you probably wonder about the price of the bike. Bimota motorbikes have always been relatively costly and exclusive. On release, the 1995 Bimota Mantra was going for more than £10,000. When you look around the motorbike, you will quickly realize it’s worth the price. The bike was elegantly engineered with high-quality components.
Hopefully, you have a clear idea of the 1995 Bimota Mantra. The model was an exercise of great design with an excellent engine from Ducati as well as high-quality brakes, chassis, sturdy frame, and overall performance. The 1995 Bimota Mantra looks have eased up with time, but looking at it at an angle of the Millennium, you will hardly take your eyes off the bike. Because of the history of its models, Bimota wanted a different and authentic roadster. Although motorbikes continue to evolve tremendously, these old models like the 1995 Bimota Mantra have contributed to building the foundation for other designs. In any way, we are glad the 1995 Bimota Mantra happened.
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