Posts by tag: tesi 3d

Bimota August 9, 2017 posted by

Unobtanium alert: 2008 Bimota 3D Carbonio

Here's one that meets all the major RSBFS criteria, a 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D in the rare carbon bodywork.  Enjoy!

2008 Bimota Tesi 3D Carbino on eBay

Ah the Bimota Tesi 3d...an evolution of an idea that began in 1991 with the 1D, continued with the 2D/Vyrus in 2005 and then reached its final form in the 3D in 2007.  The original Tesi was the work of Bimota founder and legendary designer Massimo Tamburini, the same person responsible for the Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4 and a tesi is probably on every rare sport bike collectors "bucket list".

While the 3D certainly looks the business, in typical Bimota fashion the result didn't quite quite live up to the promise of the design concept.   It wasn't a major failure like the V-Due, but most reviews expressed a sentiment of it not being all that it could have been in large part due to the power limit of a 95 bhp Ducati engine.  Reviewers also noted a lack of front end feel which was no doubt due to the hub-centered front fork design.  But on the plus side, the same fork system offered improved braking due to no front-end dive and it still looks amazingly cool.

The seller indicates this is one of 29 Tesi 3D units.  While experience has taught us that any official production number information from Bimota should be taken as  leap of faith (cough-VDue-cough-SB6-cough) the Tesi is certainly something you don't tend to see at bike night.  Oh, and one additional note -  from what I understand, the carbon-skinned bodywork makes this a much rarer model.

This low mileage of this particular Bimota Tesi 3D seems to indicate it was a bit of a toy for the current owner.  As for condition, the seller indicates the standard Ducati belt service has not been done, the brake fluid looks dark and no mention is made of tire age so I am thinking this one has been standing for a while.   The seller does mention oil changes in the questions section of the ebay listing but overall I would expect to spend $1000 to put it back on the road and a few more thousand if the intent is to make it a concours-level machine.

Here is a recap of the info provided in the eBay post:

  • Mileage 4,355
  • Due for a timing belt/ inspection replacement
  • Has Zard carbon fiber slip-on's with the stock exhaust included
  • Last serviced in 2010 by Rockwell Cycles (dealer bike was purchased from) at approximately 2,500 miles.
  • I have personally changed the oil and filter several times since the initial dealer servicing.
  • Excellent condition except for small cracks in -pain at fuel tank fill (see photos).  Other than the paint crack near the tank it needs no other work and is basically a new motorcycle.

So let's just to the big question - is this bit of carbon skinned Italian goodness worth the current $30,000 USD Buy-It-Now asking price?   Well lets look at the positives and the negatives

  • Positives -  the Tesi 3D is probably the ultimate iteration of the hub-centered philosophy and given its low production number, this one will likely hold its value.  Also this is the carbon edition of which suposedly very few were produced and for collectors of factory offered carbon-skinned Italian exotics of this era, this is right up there with the Aprilia Nera, Benelli Tornado Tre and Ducati MH900e.
  • Negatives - the asking price is well above what we have seen other carbon Bimota Tesi 3D's go for on RSBFS. Furthermore, if the intent is to buy it as an investment, bringing it back to concours-level condition will probably involve a few more thousand in cost.

I have to admit that I am a fan of the 3D Tesi but I prefer the non-carbon version as it seems to be a more dramatic presentation of the hub-centered technology.  This carbon skinned Tesi 3D seems like it will appeal most to either a collector focused on Bimota's, someone who is already familiar with the Tesi/Vyrus lineup, or an investment oriented collector who is willing to put it into dry storage for a bit.

One additional note - the seller indicates offers are being accepted but I wouldn't expect to see any serious reduction from the asking price simply because even though its almost 10 years old, its still a damn cool bike.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Unobtanium alert:  2008 Bimota 3D Carbonio
Bimota April 17, 2016 posted by

Coming or Going – 2008 Bimota Tesi 3/D #023

In development and production since 1991 but still looking like the future, Bimota's Tesi 3/D might be the ultimate attention-getter.  The 3/D improved Tesi handling and production techniques, and uses the Ducati 1100DS engine, light and good for 95 hp.  Number 23 of just 29 2008's, this Tesi is light ridden with 2,250 miles and is in fine shape.

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2008 Bimota Tesi 3/D for sale on eBay

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Bimota's hallmark chassis research led them to attempt to separate suspension and steering in the late 1980's, and reduce the negative effects of braking on handling.  Rather more car-like, the Tesi front end uses a parallelogram layout and pull-damper mounted next to the engine.  Braking causes less compression of the suspension, and rake angle doesn't change with suspension movement.  Hard to call it simpler than a conventional fork, but the compromises made between rake, trail, braking, spring rates, damping, and anti-dive aren't easy either.

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The 3D uses the Ducati 1100DS engine, air/oil cooled with two spark plugs and valves per cylinder.  Fuel injection and ignition are Marelli electronic tuned by Bimota.  Brakes are 320mm Brembos, perfectly and weirdly mounted under the wheel hubs, front and rear, the rear using a 220mm disk.  The styling is dominated by the billet-machined frame elements, which are echoed by the seat sub-frame, angularity being the major theme.  The front and rear swingarms are steel trellis, painted red.  Livery is an exciting flight of highlights in white, red, black, carbon, and gold.

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Just occasional miles, as you'd expect from an exotic like this, and the bike does look undamaged and nicely detailed.  From the eBay auction:

You are bidding on a 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D with hub-center steering and Ducati engine in excellent original condition. Purchased in 2010 with 876 miles from 2nd owner. Current mileage is less than 2250 miles. Clear GA title and registration in my name. Bike runs very strong, nothing needs attention, and its ready to go. New belts just fitted in March 2016. Tires are originals, need replacing sooner or later depending on intended use.

Included with bike are:

- 2 keys

- owners manual

- spare parts manual copy on CD

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The owner has taken care of major maintenance, so the 1100DS can be run without worry.  A premium-priced technological exercise, it was never really reviewed as a road bike, though it is certainly built to ride.  More likely to be resident of the dining room than series of long rides, the new owner could mount some new tires and take advantage of the spring weather...

-donn

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Coming or Going – 2008 Bimota Tesi 3/D #023
Bimota July 7, 2015 posted by

Aeryn Sun: 2008 Tesi 3d in California

We last saw this beautiful Bimota Tesi 3d back in January of this year with an eye popping asking price of $50,000 USD.   Now its back with a asking price of $28,000 USD which is still $10,000 over the MSRP but goodness, it is striking.


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To review our post from earlier this year, one of the things that seems to happen with exotic bikes is people are afraid to alter then in any way, perhaps due to the desire to preserve re-sale value.   The previous owner of this Bimota Tesi Carbon 3d seems to have decided that maintaining the OEM look wasn't a priority and made some changes, including what appears to be custom paint (although I could be wrong on that), different wheels and an altered exhaust system.  Personally I think it looks great, like something Aeryn Sun/the peacekeepers in Farscape would ride.

The underlying bike is be a 2008 Bimota Tesi 3d Carbon edition and we have posted numerous times previously about the Bimota tesi series here on RSBFS,  how they began in 1991 with the 1D, continued with the 2d in 2005 and then seems to have finished with the 3d in 2007.  The original Tesi (which translates to "thesis" in Italian), was the work of Bimota founder and legendary designer Massimo Tamburini, the same person responsible for the Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4.

For anyone not familiar with the Tesi 3d, when the bike was launched reviewers pretty much said "epic design, merely good bike".  The major complaint was the Ducati engine which only put out 95 horsepower.  Despite only medium power, handling was excellent due to the hub centered front fork design which also offered improved braking due to their being no front-end dive.

A detailed review of the Tesi can be found here.

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2008 Customized Carbon Tesi 3D on ebay

This particular tesi seems to have been actually ridden by its owner. The bike isn't perfect, with some cracks in the tank cover.  Mileage is under 5000 which is barely broken in for most bikes but more than you see on a lot of Bimota Tesi machines.  Unfortunately, the seller doesn't provide any ownership history or comments regarding the changes that were made, instead just posting standard specification info.

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Now we come to an issue with this bike, the price.  The seller is listing the asking price as 50,000 28,000 USD , which is significantly less than the price from January but still a big jump up from other Bimota Tesi 3d's we have seen for sale. Interestingly the seller even posts in the auction that the MSRP when new was only 17,899 so the BIY price is 10k over the new price.

The price is a bit a puzzle to me, even with a location in Los Angeles (where prices are typically higher) would not normally justify such a large increase in asking price.  The ebay listing does reveal that this bike is listed as being #29 of 29 produced so the seller may be thinking that this justifies the extra monies (high end collectors often want either the 1st or last bike produced).   Does this make it worth the asking price? Not to me, although if it came with a date with Claudia Black I would certainly have to give it serious consideration.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Aeryn Sun:  2008 Tesi 3d in California
Bimota December 12, 2014 posted by

Unobtanium alert: Bimota Tesi 3d Carbon in Australia

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Here is a bit of carbon wrapped exotica for the holidays, a Bimota Tesi 3d Carbon version located in Australia.

The Bimota Tesi hub centered steering effort began in 1991 with the 1D and continued with the 2d in 2005 and the 3d in 2007.   Each evolution of the Tesi design improved both the function of the bike while also making it look more and more like a piece of art.

For the Tesi 3D, the reviews were mostly in the vein of "epic design, merely good bike".  The major complaint was that the Tesi 3D came equipped with an engine that offered only 95 horsepower.  Even so, reviewers gushed about how the suspension offered outstanding cornering stability which allowed the 3D to change direction quickly with the front end always feeling planted.   The hub centered front fork design also offered improved braking due to their being no front-end dive and minimal pitching which meant almost no  weight transfer went onto the front tire.   The suspension design allowed the Tesi 3D to handle any road surface changes separately to the braking forces and the layout/seating position was more upright than the previous Bimota Tesi designs (which  resulted in more comfort and excellent ground clearance).

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2008 Bimota Tesi 3d Carbon ebition for sale on ebay australia

Here is what the seller has to say:

"This Tesi is new with only 1.2 kilometres showing. It is a limited edition model from 2008 with carbon fibre bodywork. It has never been ridden but the engine has been started however. I don't need to go into engine and frame details as if you have read this far you know what this bike is about. Both keys, owners manual and Bimota bike cover are on hand.

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So lets get to it - whats this piece of unobtanium worth?  Well like most Bimota models, the 3d was only made in small number.  Pics on the auction seem to indicate some dark brake and clutch fluids so a bit of haggling might be acceptable but the cost when new was 30,000 euros/about US$40,500 and given that this one only has 1.2 kilometers the price will likely be somewhere close to that.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Unobtanium alert:  Bimota Tesi 3d Carbon in Australia
Bimota October 24, 2013 posted by

“Emotion Technology”: 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D

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Bimota's website describes the Tesi 3D as "Emotion Technology" and I don't think they could have found two better words. Bimota's are all about emotion and the Tesi 3d is an obvious engineering/technology exercise. This example is located in the U.S. and has had a whole 775 miles put on it.

Put the calls on hold, push the paperwork away and enjoy some emotion and technology in pictures.

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I have to admit, I've never really paid close attention to the Tesi since it is out of my league budget wise but when I sit and look closely;  "wow"!

A quick word from the seller:

Hello I have made a tough decision to sell my Bimota factory hand built limited edition Tesi 3D.It is based on Pierlugi Marconi’s college thesis for which the model was named. It has less than 800 miles and I am the original owner.

This is an early special limited production # 21 of 29 with special CDC and carbon fiber features.

More pictures you ask?

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tesi mufflertesi left

You might have to skimp on Christmas if you want it because the bidding is already above $22,500 with a lot of time remaining.

Check out the auction here.

Ian

“Emotion Technology”:  2008 Bimota Tesi 3D
Bimota July 14, 2011 posted by

You don’t need front forks! – 2008 Bimota TESI-3D

Here we have an very rare example of a Bimota: the TESI 3D and it is number 3 of 29 bikes built.  Of course the unique feature of these is the swing-arm that replaces the front forks along with hub centre steering.  Like any Bimota the bike is beautifully crafted with CNC machined parts everywhere.  The front end design was all about eliminating front end dive under braking so that the steering geometry remained the same.  The battle was balancing the increased unsprung weight that the complex front end often brought with it.  Designer Pierluigi Marconi’s TESI  was named named because it was his Mech.E thesis (tesi being thesis in Italian) and it first saw the world  in 1990 as the Bimota TESI 1D and quite created the sensation.  The D in the name designates it as having a Ducati engine.  This bike is the 3rd incarnation and uses an air-cooled Ducati engine with some 95 HP, if you are worried about performance the bike only weighs 370lbs dry and if that is too heavy then there is always the optional carbon body to shave a few more.  You know you would all love to have one.

Go and have a look at the eBay auction here

The price this will go for?  Well new these bikes were $37,000 so I am sure that the seller will be looking for close to that. It will be interesting to see what it fetches in today's market.  If I had won the lottery.....

AS