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 owner of this Bimota Tesi Carbon 3d seems to have decided that the resale value isnt 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 appears to be a 2008 Bimota Tesi 3d Carbon edition. We have written previously about the Bimota tesi bikes 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.
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.
Now we come to the big issue with this bike, the price. The seller is listing the asking price as 50,000 USD , which is a big jump up from other Bimota Tesi 3d's we have seen for sale. While the seller does indicate they are willing to consider offers,its unlikely the seller would be willing to accept a big price discount to bring it into line with other Tesi 3d we have seen for sale recently. To be honest, the asking price puzzled me at first, since even the location in Los Angeles (where prices are typically higher) would not normally justify such a large increase in asking price. It took a careful review of the ebay listing to reveal that this bike is listed as being #29 of 29 produced. This is likely why the asking price is what it is; high end collectors often want either the 1st or last bike produced and the seller is factoring this into the price. 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.