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Bimota September 9, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: NOS 1992 Bimota Tesi 1D

Sept 9 Update: Due to some issues with eBay UK, the seller has relisted this rare Tesi 1D. Links updated. -MI

From the RSBFS International Desk comes this amazing New Old Stock (NOS) 1992 Bimota Tesi 1D. Created as a thesis for his Mechanical Engineering degree, Bimota Designer Pierluigi Marconi’s hub-steering Bimota TESI 1D was first launched in 1990. The bike was an instant sensation with a swing arm arrangement both front and rear, and an evolution of the DB1's all-enveloping bodywork. The Tesi also utilized Ducati motive power. Today's bike is the rare 904 SR version of the 1D, utilizing a factory-stroked Ducati 888 Superbike mill.

1992 Bimota Tesi 1D 904 SR for sale on eBay

The Tesi - like all Bimota designs - was based around a "function first" ideology. The goal of the strange front end was to isolate the braking forces from other suspension work (such as bumps). The end result is a bike that resists nosediving under hard braking, yet can still be compliant over bumps and road irregularities. The target was no different than what Honda attempted with their TRAC anti-dive front fork; the Tesi front swing arm was simply a different way to achieve it. Ultimately, Honda discovered that a conventional fork that was properly calibrated was more ideal than their TRAC trickery - and Bimota eventually came to the same conclusion. But today, the Tesi continues to conjure evocative imagery and remains a super-exclusive rarity by collector standards.

To find this NEW example (the term "museum quality" loses all luster when compared to this specimen) in this rare configuration available is unheard of - and unlikely to happen again. Coming out of a museum located in Germany, I'll let the seller pick up the tale on this rare find:

From the seller:
This 1992 Bimota Tesi is one of a handfull of bikes left from our collection which we have been dissolving this past year due to continued health related reasons which in turn require us to consolidate all our personal items and to scale back from multiple locations to just one.

Being able to own an original, genuine, brand new, never used Bimota Tesi 1D has got to be special for most serious collectors ; it being a 904SR, the rarest of all 412 Tesi versions ever build should make it an even more desirable and unique affair.

More from the seller:
New motorcycle, never ridden, never run, properly prepared for longterm display. Specifically ordered from the distributor without any fluids when new in 1992. Neither the hydraulic brake system front and rear, nor the cooling system nor the original battery have ever been filled with fluids. All mechanical components inside the engine are most likely still coated with assembly lube from the Ducati factory. The engine is filled with a light-weight oil to preserve internals, it has never been started or run. The 904SR was Bimotas first special version, build in only 20 units and based on the Ducati 888 engine, but with a longer stroke to come up to 904cc. It was the most powerful of all Tesi's in unrestricted tune and several of these 904's were used by very wealthy enthusiasts in racing series in Europe during the 90-ies

More from the seller:
This Bimota Tesi was kept in a climate controlled environment without UV light present, so there has been no deterioration of any rubber pieces and no discoloration of any painted or coated surfaces. Of course there is no oxidation present on any metal surfaces or fasteners. The protective yellow zinc plating on all
3 cast iron Brembo rotor surfaces is still present, the seat foam on the molded solo seat pad and backrest is still uncompressed. The tires mounted were specified to be racing tires when ordered new. Levers, grips, pegs, chain, sprockets as most everything else on this motorcycle are as new as they were in 1992.

More from the seller:
This Bimota comes with all the original ownership documents, the owners manual, the warranty booklet, copies of the parts manual and workshop manual and the original Tesi toolkit in duplicate. The original early Tesi rear stand, the one off custom front stand (for displaying the bike with both tires off the ground) both mph and km/h dash boards (km dash & computer packed up, mph dash with protective white film still underneath mounted in fairing) and two original Weber Marelli P7 ECU computers, one chip'd for regular street use and the other fully open P7 ECU chip'd for race use performance, are also included. Multiple other original spares come with the bike. Of course the red Bimota cover is present and in its correct Bimota bag, but has never been used.

More from the seller:
There are absolutely no guidelines as to what the value of this motorcycle might be in the current international market place. The Bimota Tesi was unique and different when it came onto the market in the early 1990-ies. With only 412 Tesi 1D (all street versions, across all production years, all displacements sans racing bikes and prototypes) build during the 1990-ies it is today probably one of the rarest collectible bikes anyone could own from that or any other period. It was the epitome of italian engineering at the time

Riding a Tesi is said to be far more conventional that it would appear; other than a relatively horrid turning radius, one cannot tell that there is anything different once underway. But I doubt this would be the bike to use to learn of that experience. A motorcycle can only be new once. It can only have zero miles once. If you are in the business of collecting, you look for the very best example you can find. When it comes to a 1D model Tesi, this absolutely has to be the most stunning, original bike we have ever seen. Values are so difficult to ascertain because we very rarely have real sales data for bikes in this condition. The seller has thrown out a rather large number as a starting point, but is open to considered counter offers. There are also a ton of pictures and even more detail on the auction page. Check out this perfect Tesi 1D here; you will not see another like it again. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: NOS 1992 Bimota Tesi 1D
Bimota October 17, 2011 posted by

Super Rare Italian Beauty: 1991 Bimota Tesi 1D!

For Sale: 1991 Bimota Tesi 1D

Update 10.17.2011: Just a few hours remaining to snag this one. Current bid is $15,200 and looks like reserve has been met. Good luck!

Today's RSBFS Featured Listing is a very rare, and very special bike. Any Tesi will quickly draw the stares of motorcycle enthusiasts, but how about a Tesi 1D prepped by the Bimota factory as a backup bike for AHMRA Battle of the Twins (BOTT) events with rider Dale Quarterly and *hand signed* by none other than Pierluigi Marconi himself?

From the seller:
This is a 1991 Bimota Tesi 1Dsr. It is the most advanced and celebrated bike of the time, being part of a limited series of thirty bikes produced by Bimota of Italy for sale in the US. The information I recieved from the previous owner was that this particular bike was modified for racing by the factory in an attempt to bolster their design theories. It is one of two bikes that was hand assembled and signed by Pierluigi Marconi in 1991 for Bimota's short and unsuccessful attempt at racing in the US. It was to be campaigned by Dale Quarterly in the Battle of the Twins series put on by AHMRA, which was a hot and competitive event during the time. Shortly after, Quarterly quit the effort in disgust when the bike and team could not be made competitive. The bike you see here was the back up bike for those events though it was never raced in anger.

The engine started out as a V-Twin, four valve head, water-cooled, belt driven cams, Ducati 851 that was bored to 906cc's. It has Twin Raymond Roche injectors along with other internal modifications. The stock suspension has been replaced with Ohlins units front and rear. The radiator fan has been removed and along with other items, but other then the stock bodywork, this is how the bike was to be raced. When new in 1991, in it's stock form, the out the door price was $42,000.00! There are about 4500 miles on the bike. The first speedometer expired with 3600 miles showing and the new replacement has about 815 miles on it at this time. A sister bike to this one is today in the Barber Museum in Birmingham, Alabama, though it has been extensively modified.

Created as a thesis for his Mechanical Engineering degree, Designer Pierluigi Marconi’s hub-steering Bimota TESI 1D first hit an unsuspecting world in 1990. The bike was an instant sensation with a swingarm arrangement both front and rear, and an evolution of the DB1's all-enveloping bodywork. Bimota was headed into the future, and with the Tesi 1D they were looking to get there ahead of everybody else!

Stare at this tidy shot of the front suspension for a while. After a bit, you might ask why other manufacturers did not embrace this particular concept. After all, the swingarm front suspension does a nifty job of isolation braking forces and minimizing chassis pitch changes, allowing the suspension to handle bumps in the road. Load paths are fed directly into the chassis and not via spindly tubes like a conventional fork. Stiction is greatly reduced as well. Weighty components are all kept down low, helping lower the overall center of gravity. What's not to like?

As Bimota found out, there are some minor drawbacks to the hub-center approach. First off, there is a severe limit to how far the front wheel can turn, and most bikes similar to this Tesi have terrible turning radii. The removal of the front wheel can be a very involved process, and adjustment of the tie rods and various control arms is critical - making this design more difficult for the average user/wrencher. Ah, but Bimota has always made concessions in favor of the Gods of Speed and Design, as many Bimota owners already know. Quirks and minor maintenance issues come with the territory.

From the seller:
1991 Bimota Tesi 1 D.

Owned since 2005.... Had 750 Miles when I got it. Only 875 miles now showing, not sure if original.

Mileage update: Bike has a just under 4500 miles on it. 3600 orig Speedo that died plus 835, now.

Looks great, Runs strong. Original Paint. New battery , yesterday. Tach seems to be only going up to 2000 RPM . Charging and other electrics seem to be ok. Tach dead on my 92 model, so may be a common ailment. Tags expired in 2007 and has Cali PNO, so no penalties. Bike always stored indoors , and run every couple of months to keep healthy.

Have very large bike collection being thinned down to make more space. See pictures. Numerous pictures to show the good and the bad of it. Overall, a pretty well preserved bike.

The seller, noted So Cal collector Chris Dolan, has offered many pictures and details regarding this particular bike. Some minor scratched are noted and highlighted in the pictures. In addition to the photos and text, there are also a few videos of the bike in question. These are worth watching if only to hear the beautiful sound of that healthy Ducati Desmoquattro!

This auction started out with a $5,000 opening and an $18k BIN. Since that time bidding has begun in earnest and the BIN has been dropped. This bike was purchased at auction in 2005 for $22k according to the text in the ad, so it will be interesting to see where it all ends up. With so few 1D machines in existence - plus the documented factory race team history - this is one Bimota that you don't want to miss. Isn't this why you read RSBFS every day? Be sure and check it out here, and good luck!

MI