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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 November 15, 2016 posted by

Funky Forkless Flyer: 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D for Sale

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Most Bimotas are about obsessive light weight as a path to improved performance, but their radical Tesi goes a step further. The name literally means "thesis" in Italian, and that's what the series has represented from the start: an experimental alternative to traditional telescopic forks. Three-quarters of the Tesi looks pretty familiar: Bimota's hybrid trellis/ machined-aluminum frame and swingarm with minimalistic origami bodywork and a funky Zard exhaust. But the front looks a bit like the rear, with a second swingarm and a hub-center steering setup holding the front wheel, resulting in a machine that looks like nothing else on the road.

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It's pretty well established that telescopic forks are a triumph of development over design. They've got significant drawbacks, but those limitations are well-known and their widespread use means that most manufacturers stick with them. It doesn't help that tire manufacturers design their products around traditional suspensions and hub-center steering set ups like this theoretically could get away with softer compounds... Ultimately, the theory doesn't play out in practice, and the Tesi is typically criticized for the lack of front-end feel that afflicts Hossack-suspended BMWs. Really, the only high-performance machine to make anything other than a telescopic fork work was John Britten, and I'm still shocked that no one has borrowed one of his V1000s, taken it to pieces, copied it, and put it into series production...

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The Tesi has been around for a while, in several different iterations. The earlier 1D actually used a liquid-cooled 851 engine, giving it cutting-edge power, but later models used Ducati's air/oil-cooled two-valve engines, making them simpler and lighter, but down on power. I'd assume this is mainly down to Ducati's willingness to supply Bimota with engines, rather than a particular engine's suitability for the application, although aesthetics may have played a part: the Tesi does look better without a big old radiator cluttering up the place. Regardless, the use of simpler, higher-torque engines mean that the later Tesi models make for excellent road bikes.

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From the original eBay listing: 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D LE (Limited Edition) for Sale 

This is number 05 of 29.  Exceptional condition, new Michelin Power3 tires. Comes with original tools, books, workshop manual, specialty tools, original rear shipping stand, and factory indoor cover.  Both keys and Zard Exhaust. The condition of the bike is as delivered.  This bike is a work of engineering art, the details are only appreciated in person.  Best guess is only 27 left in the USA, 2 were sold to collectors in Europe. These bikes do not come up for sale very often. The only minor issues circled in the last two pictures.

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The listing also includes this walk-around video. The "minor issues" the seller mentions do look pretty minor, just a couple of cosmetic blemishes you'd be likely to miss the first time you saw this bike in person, since you'd be busy trying to absorb all the jewel-like details of this very exotic machine. Bimotas no longer perform much better than mass-production motorcycles, but they make up for it by being exquisite in terms of craftsmanship and style. And with the Tesi, you get all that and more.

Bidding is up to $16,000 with the reserve not met and plenty of time left on the auction. For the money, it's certainly possible to buy a faster motorcycle, but you'd be hard pressed to find one more fascinating and exotic.

-tad

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Funky Forkless Flyer: 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D for Sale
Bimota February 7, 2015 posted by

The real culprit: 1991 Bimota Tesi 1D SR (in the UK)

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Regular readers of RSBFS have seen many posts regarding Bimota, their history, collapse and rebirth. The Bimota V-Due (or VDue) model is usually referred to as the bike that caused Bimota to go bankrupt but this isn't the whole story. The VDue and the sudden disappearance of one of Bimota's main sponsors during the 2000 World Superbike season finally pushed the company into receivership but the Tesi effort actually started Bimota downwards.

The Tesi series  was a design and production effort based on the idea of hub centered steering offering improved stability over conventional forks. The Tesi 1D appeared in 1991 and attracted attention for its hub-steering system. (Note: The ‘D’ in 1D signifies Ducati as power came from the engine designed for the Ducati 851). The Bimota was equipped with a fuel injection system Weber dual injector per cylinder and other modifications that produced 113 bhp.

The problem was that the Tesi 1D and following Tesi related models were big development efforts than never translated into huge sales for Bimota, and the Tesi effort put Bimota into a a restricted financial condition.  Perhaps without the Tesi effort Bimota would have been able to weather the storm caused by the VDue debacle...

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1991 Bimota Tesi 1d for sale on ebay uk

While the Tesi 1D is already a rare bike, the seller indicates this particular Tesi 1D is one of the limited edit SR models.  The SR models were different in that the engine had larger displacement, weight was reduced, the tank was reduced to 4 liters and the suspension was switched to Öhlins.  Only  164 SR versions of the 1D were produced, and they can be recognized by the green lines on the bodywork.

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Like a lot of the early 1990's Bimotas', this one appears to have been owned by a collector.  The seller states that it was previously in Italy but it is now for sale via a UK-based dealership.  It certainly looks to be pristine and even seems to have the stock mufflers/exhaust canisters.

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Is this ultra-low mileage Tesi 1D worth the $35,000+ asking price?  Well prices for the previous ones we have posted here on RSBFS have gone from 15,000 USD back in 2011 to over 20,000 USD just a few years later and all the Bimota Tesi models seem to be moving to the front of collectors most wanted lists.  Personally I think this price is a bit high but given the trend, this may be one of those situations a potential buyer looks back on soon and regrets not acting on.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

The real culprit: 1991 Bimota Tesi 1D SR (in the UK)
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