Posts by tag: Tesi

Bimota October 8, 2014 posted by

Middle Child: 2006 Bimota Tesi 2-D in California

Update: This one sold before we could finish writing it. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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Hub center steering bikes make the occasional appearance here on RSBFS.   Sometimes they are wild like the Gilera CX125, sometimes they are mild like the Yamaha GTS listed earlier this week...and then we have the Bimota Tesi/Thesis series.  The Bimota Tesi lineup originated with a fairly standard sport bike with an oddball front end with the 1-D, went to the other extreme with the 2-D and then came back to the middle with the 3-D.  While the 1-d and 3-d make occasional appearances on RSBFS, this is the much rarer middle child, the 2-D.

For those unfamiliar with the middle child Tesi, the 2-D began in 2002 when Ascanio Rodorigo, a former Bimota employee, founded his own motorcycle company ARP and decided to produce an updated version of the hub centered Tesi.  Less than 6 months later Rodorigo unveiled his creation, the Vyrus.  Given his close relationship with Bimota, its not surprising Bimota and Vyrus reached an agreement on how to sell his creation; Vyrus would build the bike and could sell it as a Vyrus, Bimota would be able to re-body/re-badge and sell it as the 2-D Bimota through its more established sales network.

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2006 Bimota Tesi 2D for sale on ebay

To put it simply, the 2-D not only looked miles better than the 1-D, it performed much better too. Handling was a quantum leap over the old bike due to the shocks on both front and rear plus the huge reduction in weight and bulk from the 1-D, with the new Tesi having no fairing and almost no bodywork leaving the aluminum omega frame exposed.

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Like most limited edition models (only 30 were made each year), the Vyrus/Tesi 2-D wasn't cheap.  Interestingly the Bimota Tesi 2-D was the more expensive option at  €46,000 while the Vyrus was only €38,000. The 2-D was removed from the Bimota lineup in 2007, after less than 50 units were built so as not to compete with the Tesi 3-D under development at the time.

Here is the info about the bike from the seller:

One of 10 brought to the US.  To my knowledge two have been exported, one is in the Barber Motor sports museum.

I know of one more private owner so at the most six are here.

One owner, part of a collection & it is just not getting used.

Southern Ca. Location , will assist with a trusted shipper.

FLAWLESS paint, ceramic coated exhaust & Kellerman signals.

Owners manual, & extra key.

So what's it worth?  Well, the Tesi bikes are kind of like the Ducati Supermono - prized by collectors, rarely seen on the actual street.   Given that this one is one of the rare 2-D series the asking price of 39,000 USD actually seems about right.   Personally I would love to have this one tucked away in my collection...maybe a RSBFS reader will pull the trigger and let me come over and drool on it a bit?

MG

Middle Child:  2006 Bimota Tesi 2-D in California
Bimota March 31, 2014 posted by

2008 Bimota Tesi 3D for sale in California

2008 Bimota Tesi 3D for sale

Like the Yamaha GTS posted on RSBFS earlier this month, the Bimota Tesi 3D has a hub centered fork. And that's about where the similarities between the two end. The GTS was a single model attempt by a big Japanese manufacturer to adapt hub centered fork technology to an otherwise standard bike. The result was an uninspiring, heavy, restricted sport touring package that failed to excite most buyers.

2008 Bimota Tesi for sale on eBay

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In contrast, the Bimota Tesi effort began in 1991 with the 1D but continued with the 2d in 2005 and the 3d in 2007. The Tesi 3d was pure Italian and about as far away on the motorcycling spectrum from the GTS as you could get; only made in small numbers, priced out of the reach of most mere mortals and something guaranteed to draw a crowd during bike night. A review of the Tesi can be found here
http://www.motorcyclenews.com/mcn/bikereviews/searchresults/bike-reviews/bimota/bimota-tesi-3d-2007-current/

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This particular tesi is listed as being a slightly repaired carbon version here in the USA and is listed with no reserve. KBB lists the value between 20k and 25k so the sellers asking price is actually spot on, even with the damage. That plus the the good eBay feedback number would seem to indicate a reasonably trusted sale. Bidding will still probably be brisk and it would certainly be a worthwhile add for a collector.

SUBMITTED BY RSBFS SUPERFAN MARTY G/DALLASLAVOWNER

2008 Bimota Tesi 3D for sale in California
Yamaha March 19, 2014 posted by

Strange New World: 1993 Yamaha GTS1000A

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In the late 1980s and early 1990s it seemed that everybody was trying to improve upon motorcycle front suspension design. The working theory was that as front forks have to deal with multiple different forces (suspension, braking, steering), they needed to be extra beefy to handle them all. A better way might be to isolate some of the forces, enabling a better handling, safer motorcycle. Engineer James Parker developed the RADD concept, which was adopted by Yamaha for this rare sport-tourer: the GTS1000.

1993 Yamaha GTS1000 for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
Right side has been down, plastics have been replaced, scratches on the frame and front swingarm

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There were many interpretations of "funny front ends" during this era, including the Bimota Tesi and the legendary ELF racers (both of which experimented with alternate takes on the swingarm front end concept). Noted designer Tony Foale created one, and Dutch master Nico Bakker marketed an example as well. But for all the benefit of isolating braking, suspension and steering forces, the concept has yet to take off commercially. All of what adds up to make this GTS a rare bird.

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This bike is far from perfect, but then we don't see many of them around. Prices are relatively cheap, and aside from the front end the rest of the bike is pretty standard Yamaha - meaning parts availability and mechanical reliability are what you would expect. Click here to check out all the pictures. Be sure and let us know what you think!

MI

Strange New World: 1993 Yamaha GTS1000A
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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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 March 25, 2012 posted by

Monday Mailbag and What are You Shopping for this Spring?

Good morning! Here's the latest submissions, Facebook spots, and reader rides to go with your morning coffee.

This week I'd like to hear what readers are shopping for this spring and see if we can't find some good examples for the blog. Leave a comment below, no registration required.

Have a great week,

dc

First up is a reader ride from Ayden with his 1989 Honda MC18 NSR250. Located in Santa Barbara, this bike has less thank 7k miles. Good luck with the sale!

Next up is this Bimota Tesi submitted from Peter. As with most Bimotas this one has hardly been touched with just 88 miles. Buy-it-now is at $36k.

Also in the nearly new category is this 1994 Ducati 916 with just 388 miles.

I know Rem will dig this one, a 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 with less than 10k miles. Thanks for the submission Ryan.

And here's a complete looking Yamaha FZR400 spotted by Garrett on Craigslist for just $1850.

dc

Bimota January 1, 2012 posted by

Collectable Thesis: 1992 Bimota Tesi 1D

For Sale: 1992 Bimota Tesi 1D

The weather forecast for St. Louis, MO is 59 degrees F with no chance of rain. Why is this important? Simply because in that fine city, with reasonable riding weather even on the last day of the year, there sits a Bimota Tesi 1D with only 350 miles on it - just waiting for its next care taker. The question is, will that next owner be a collector or a rider?

We have posted bikes from this particular seller before, and should I ever make it east of the Rockies I will make a point to drop by in person and oogle the well-presented machinery. As we see in the pictures - and as vouched for by RSBFS readers in the know - this dealer of high-end collectable motorcycles is the real deal. And in this case, the collectable in question is one of the iconic models in Bimota's history: the swingarm front suspension Tesi.

There have been several Tesi 1D models on the market lately. Most recently CA collector Chris Dolan placed two up for auction. You can see them HERE and HERE. Both bikes were looking to fetch north of $20k, and I would expect something similar with this particular example, if not higher.

From the seller:
1991 Bimota Tesi
Super nice
everything works
Mint condition
owners manual toolkit and workshop manual included.

350 original miles.
Nice!

With only 350 miles on the clock would you be willing to ride this beauty? I know that the common thinking is with mileage so low this is probably a bike someone will park rather than risk adding miles to. I really admire that kind of restraint, as I don't think I would ever have that kind of control.

This auction is live right now and the bidding has started at a moderate pace. From the opening ask of $500, this bike has risen to just under $4k - which is far, far below the going rate. There is a reserve in place as well, so it will be interesting to see if bidding will reach that mark. For more information and pictures, click the link and jump over to the auction. Don't forget to tell us what you think about this one!

MI