You wouldn’t be the first to think that the 1996 Bimota DB3 Mantra was an unlikely candidate for a custom job, but Tony Prust of Illinois based custom garage Analog Motorcycles doesn’t agree with you.
With so many custom shops churning out Kawasaki WRs, Harley Sportsters, Triumphs and BMWs, it’s quite refreshing to stumble across something new. The name ‘Bimota’ rarely comes up when it comes to customization but hopefully, we’ll be reading about more Bimota projects in the future.
If you’ve ever seen the 1996 Bimota DB3 in its original form, you’ll quickly agree that it is a seriously ugly motorcycle but underneath all that weirdness was a seriously powerful Ducati M900 engine.
For this build, Analog Motorcycles sent the engine to Ducati Milwaukee for a full rebuild, switching a few of the older components for their modern counterparts, including a newer oil cooler. Analog also added Keihin FCR carbs and a very minimalist exhaust – to the point of near invisible.
Engine and mechanics aside, turning this ugly duckling into a golden goose was no mean feat and probably the biggest obstacle to overcome. Analog hand built the new bodywork from the ground up, including a new rear sub frame and tail piece.The tank has also been redesigned, updated and fabricated in aluminum to keep the weight down. A custom spray job in a cool, graphite gray by Crown Autobody ties the project together and gives it a touch of understated class. If only Bimota had offered something like this in the mid to late 90s, they might not have had to deal the serious financial difficulties that welcomed them into the 21st century! If only! Luckily, this spectacular build by Analog Motorcycles might inspire other garages to tackle a Bimota project and bring the once obscure marque back into the foreground!