Posts by tag: tesi 3d

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Unobtanium alert: Bimota Tesi 3d Carbon in Australia


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).


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.

tesi 7

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.


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

“Emotion Technology”: 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D

tesitesi front
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.

tesi close
tesi forkstesi shock 2tesi frame

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?

tesi tnak
tesi back
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.


“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.....


Bimota December 4, 2010 posted by

Brand new 2008 Bimota 3D Carbonio down under

Brand new 0 miles 2008 Bimota 3D Carbonio for sale in Australia.

I guess we have to stop calling these "rare" as this is the 4th Bimota Tesi 3D that we have listed in a month! Thanks to our reader Leigh for pointing us to this brand new Tesi 3D Carbonio that will be auctioned off in Australia:

This is a "regular" production (as opposed to the limited edition first production series) Tesi 3D in all black "carbonio" or naked carbon colour (if it's 'naked' would it still be called a colour?).  I have written extensively about the Tesi 3D before, so you can read all about it by checking out previous Tesi 3D listings.

There is no additional info provided on this specific Tesi 3D other than model year and mileage, but if you are interested, I would suggest getting in touch with the auction house to find out how to place a bid.  Click HERE to jump to the listing.


Bimota November 23, 2010 posted by

Apocalypse now! Bimota Tesi 3D LE (#23 of 29) for sale w/876 miles!

2008 Bimota Tesi 3D Limited Edition - #23 of 29 - w/876 miles for sale with a bargain Buy It Now price of $25,000!

What the heck is going on?  This is the 3rd Bimota Tesi 3D that we've listed (not counting serial #00 listed back in July) for sale in the span of less than a month!  First it was LE #06, then it was #28, and now it's #23 - the world must be coming to an end!

Up for sale is a Bimota Tesi 3D Limited Edition number 23 of 29 produced worldwide.

This bike was carefully broken in and is fully sorted. The 600 mile service was performed by Ken Zeller of Evoluzione Cyclesports. This bike is completely stock and in "as new" condition, no disappointments. Retail price was over $40K.

From the Bimota website:

Bimota have now sold the 29 limited edition version of last years Tesi 3D. In 2008 Bimota are offering a more "standard" version of the Tesi 3D. There is no such thing as a standard Bimota, but the new Tesi 3D will cost 3,000 Euro less featuring less carbon fibre and Bimota's own CNC machined brake and clutch levers. Bimota themselves think these are just as good as the Accossato items on the pricier limited edition. The fluid reservoirs are now standard items rather than CNC machined units. The powertrain is the Ducati air-cooled 1100cc L-twin. Choose between an all blacked out carbon version or the white and red. All at around 26,000 Euro.

This bike is one of the more desirable Limited Editions with the extra carbon fiber, CNC reservoirs and wet clutch.

The bike is located in Thousand Oaks, California.

Regular readers of RSBFS will need no further introduction to the Tesi 3D, but to those untrained in the art of hub center steering, here's a very brief intro to why there's a swingarm hanging out in front instead of a pair of telescopic forks: regular forks are inherently flawed in their design in that they have to handle braking, suspension, and steering forces all at the same time, resulting in issues such as fork compression (and hence reduced suspension travel) during braking, causing a change in steering geometry and affecting stability of the bike during cornering.

Hub center steering designs separates braking, suspension, and steering functions, all but eliminating brake dive (or front suspension compression) and geometry change during braking, allowing the front suspension to remain "active" during braking and cornering, greatly increasing stability.

The Tesi 3D is the 3rd hub center steered bike from Bimota (after the 1990 Tesi 1D and the 2004 Tesi 2D), with the punchy Ducati air-cooled 1100DS engine pushing a welterweight 370 lb. It won't trouble any supersports on the track, but in the real world riding on the roads, it should be plenty fast enough. Here's a previous article on The Kneeslider on the Tesi 3D with some great pics.

So all that technical info sounds great, but what's it like to ride?  Two words: confidence inspiring.  But don't take my word for it - read what these magazine guys have to say about the handling of the Tesi 3D: Cycle World,, and Motociclismo.

Now we've addressed the technical / logical side of things - but what about the emotion side?  We all know that purchasing a motorcycle is as much a technical exercise as it is an emotional one, and the Italians - and more specifically Bimota - are the absolute masters at pushing the right buttons - just look at that CNC machined "omega" frame; the machined billet reservoirs sitting oh so pretty on top of the triple clamps; the carbon fiber tie roads and bodywork; even the saddle is exquisitely finished with the words "Tesi 3D" embossed on it. You could park the Tesi 3D in your living room, pour yourself a glass of red wine, and sit there and admire it all day - it's that much of an eye candy.

Just to get your pulse running, here's a great video of a Tesi 3D being flogged around the Tsukuba circuit in Japan:

And here's a Tesi 3D race bike being started (note the roar of those open Zard exhaust @ 0:48):

With the world coming to an end sometime in 2012 according to the Mayan calender, I would not walk, !