Bimota releases first images of its KB4… sort of!

The Bimota KB4 retro sportsbike makes its first physical appearance... but be prepared to squint hard to get the full details of it!

Bimota KB4

Ooh, Bimota you little tease!

The Italian marque has just posted the first images of its new retro-modern KB4 sportsbike but done so by retaining a sense of mystery by making them eye-wobblingly blurry.

The KB4 is Bimota’s second creation since Kawasaki bought a 49% stake in the historic motorcycle maker, following on from the bonkers Tesi H2 hypersport at EICMA last year.

The company has already teased us with some smart looking renders, but this is the first time the KB4 has been in seen in a physical form… except you cannot see all that much. We’re all for suspense but this is something else!

Even with these intentionally blurry images, we can see the final product is going to stay true to the renders currently doing the rounds. We can see the swooping bubble front-end and the central circular headlamp have remained intact to give the KB4 some proper throwback retro vibes.

A rear-quarter angle shows off some sharper angles, but we feel we need to reach for our glasses if we stare at it for too long.

If the skin is all Bimota, things are little more familiar under the skin with the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 donating its inline four-cylinder engine, which means the machine will produce around 140bhp and 80ft-Ib of torque.

However, we expect Bimota’s expert chassis tuners have been working their magic on the oily bits to give the KB4 a more honed, sporty riding experience.

We expect this will be as exclusive as most Bimota’s before it, but it looks like we could see this – together with the final version of the Tesi H2 – revealed at the 2020 EICMA show, provided it goes ahead.