Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Take a sleek, stylish, and technologically savvy sedan, and inject with pure, hybrid eco-friendliness, and out will come the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. In a world of car manufacturers hybridizing their favorite models, the Hyundai Sonata is a true standout. At first glance, you wouldn’t even know that it’s a hybrid, which is exactly what we …

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Hyundai Sonata

When it comes to contemporary automobiles with subtle, yet refined style, the Hyundai Sonata sits just at the top of the list. This borderline luxury sedan is one of the most comfortable and stylish sedans on the market today. While it may not be the most stand-out in terms of expression and performance, it is …

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Hyundai Palisade

When it comes to making affordable, functional, and stylish vehicles, no other car manufacturer seems to be able to do it quite like Hyundai does it.  The Hyundai Palisade has helped bring the company to the larger vehicle market, as it is one of their best and biggest three-row SUVs that they have ever released. …

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Hyundai Kona

When it comes to developing stylish, budget-friendly, and fuel-efficient vehicles, Hyundai has been on a roll. The Kona is one of the most charming vehicles that has come out in the past couple of years. With a tight and punchy powertrain that is fun to drive and a stylish design that provides you with class …

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Hyundai Ioniq

You usually know when you’re looking at a hybrid or electric car thanks to the least-aerodynamic designs and non-intimidating looks.  With the Hyundai Ioniq, that is not the case. It does a great job at being as unassuming as possible, although it’s a wonderful electric vehicle. A History of the Hyundai Ioniq The Hyundai Ioniq …

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Bimota YB6 EXUP

One of the fastest motorcycles ever to hit production, Bimota’s YB6 EXUP is still to this day one of the most powerful motorcycles ever produced. However, despite the success of the YB6 EXUP, Bimota’s history is more checkers than flags.

A Hit-or-Miss History

Bimota is a small, Italian manufacturer, meaning it has to compete internationally with much larger firms as well as closer to home against Ducati and Moto Guzzi while having significantly smaller production capacities.

For these reasons, the company had to rely on sheer quality and performance of its motorcycles, since it did not enjoy the safety net of being a massively popular international corporation.

If Ducati makes a bad bike, they lose some money but can recoup. If Bimota makes a bad bike, they go bankrupt like they did in the 90s.

A Racer’s Design

Fortunately for Bimota, the story of its YB6 EXUP was anything but that of a failure. In fact, from 1989 to 1990, the YB6 EXUP enjoyed its status as the fastest production motorcycle in the world.

This was in part due to its hefty, well-supported, ribbed, aluminum frame with swingarm as well as the incredibly powerful engine used in the design. In the late 80s and early 90s motorcycles, superbikes, or scooters capable of maintaining speeds upward of 160 miles per hour were nonexistent.

No Changes Before Bankruptcy

Unfortunately, only one generation of YB6 EXUPs would ever hit the market. As Bimota was not immune to the struggles of the financial crisis in Italy during the 1990s, production of all models abruptly ceased in 1990.

  • Bimota YB6 EXUP (1989-1990)

Fixing the tires firmly to the frame of the Bimota YB6 EXUP was a series of Marzocchi forks and shocks, with connected anti-drive systems running through the forks into the legs of the frame, as well as detailed hydraulics with adjustable compression and rebound damping.

The engine took the form of a four-stroke, transverse four-cylinder, DOHC unit with a whopping five valves per cylinder and a 1002cc displacement. What really helped clinch the title of fastest production motorcycle was the 145 horsepower at 10,500rpm.

More Bad News for Bimota

Despite rebounding from bankruptcy once in the past, Bimota seems to be heading back down that path. In 2017, Bimota had to shut down its primary factory in Rimini region of Italy.

Popular Culture

Despite being a massively successful motorcycle for Bimota, the YB6 EXUP never made its way onto the sets of any prominent TV shows or films. However, other motorcycles from the YB-series did manage to earn a couple credits here and there.

Social Groups

With Bimota struggling to maintain profitability, social groups are becoming harder and harder to find as the company slowly sinks back into bankruptcy. Bimota just doesn’t seem to be enjoying the consumer following that it once held.

Bimota YB6 EXUP – A Lost Design

Unfortunately, nothing that Bimota does seems to be helping to save it from failure. However, if the company does go down, the engineers and designers will always be able to rest easy knowing that the YB6 EXUP is continuing to make their legacy last.

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