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Bimota February 24, 2022 posted by

Whitehouse Custom: Bimota Tesi 1D Forgore Bianca

The rampant excess of the 1990s is a glorious time period to look back on.  For those with the available funds, the sky was the limit.  Nothing seemed out of reach and few places embodied that ethos like Japan.  There were many shops offering custom upgrades to rare and exotic motorcycles.  Tuning companies  were more then willing to help customers spend their money and create unique and wonderful machines.  One such creation that is sure to be at the top of the heap is the WhiteHouse Bimota Tesi 1D Forgore Bianca, or White Lighting.

For the time, many viewed the Tesi 1D as about as outlandish and unique as one could get in two wheeled form, but WhiteHouse offered a laundry list of upgrades, changes and modifications to let buyers take things to the next level.  WhiteHouse already had a history of offering similar services on other more standard motorcycles for the local market.  They still offer parts and services to this day.

Customers could choose almost anything they wanted.  They got to pick the materials the custom bodywork was created from, the paint colors and even got to offer some feedback on the overall look.  The changes were more then just skin deep as well.  Options like FCR racing carbs to replace the weber fuel injection, high flow exhausts, and uprated suspension were also available.  None of this came cheap, with rumors of $50,000 builds are common.  Data is limited, but most agree only a handful of the 417 Tesi 1D got the treatment.

From The Seller’s Listing:

Regarding the vehicle you referred to, the engine has been confirmed to be movable at present, and although there are small scratches and small rust due to normal use (see detailed photo), it will be a base vehicle in good condition.

295 Km

Small oil leak

This bike was for a very specific type of owner when new, and that has remained constant.  Currently offered in Japan with a price tag of $49,500.  Listing is lacking details on exactly what specifications it was built to, or what options were selected.  No indication of service history, but some mention of needed tires and other small jobs.

The market is very strong for period correct high end modified vehicles.  A couple of weeks ago a RUF 911 from the early 00s sold for the better part of a million dollars.  Many view the $30-50,000 price mark as the end of the earth for motorcycles, but when viewed through the lens of cars it is an amazing bargain.  You get all of the experience, style and history for a fraction of the buy in cost.

If you have ever dreamed of creating a custom motorcycle with something like a Bimota Tesi 1D as a base but lack the funds of fortitude to dive into a project like that, maybe it best to dip a toe in the water with a model instead.

Whitehouse Custom: Bimota Tesi 1D Forgore Bianca
Bimota February 16, 2022 posted by

Master’s Thesis: Bimota Tesi 1D

The other day a Vyrus 985 caused quite a stir in the comments.  It seems that having all that engineering on display was polarizing.  Hopefully this Tesi 1D has all of the engineering appeal, in a more visually pleasing package.  The Bimota Tesi series of motorcycles stands high water mark for the design of the brand.  The core idea behind the striking front end is to better control the forces acting on the motorcycle while turning or under braking.  With conventional telescopic forks the suspension geometry changes under braking load.  The front end of the Tesi aims to isolate the braking force from influencing the suspension geometry.  The design also allowed for the center of mass to be lower, and in latter versions the overall front end was lighter then a traditional front end.  Obviously this all was wildly complicated and costly to manufacture and never really gained traction in mass produced motorcycles.  The Yamaha GST1000 used a front swingarm for a sport touring applications, and BMW incorporated some of the concept into their duolever front ends.

In total 418 Tesi 1Ds were manufactured across a couple of different model variations.   All but 51 were powered by a version of the Ducati Desmoquattro engine.  The early bikes with a 851cc displacement and the latter 904cc.  The 51 utilized the 400cc Ducati motor from the Japanese market 400SS to meet tax and import laws.  The demand in Japan for Bimota has always been strong and often Bimota has created smaller displacement models specifically for Japan.  It appears that the example today started life as one of these 51 Tesi 1Dj and at some point a 904cc engine was swapped in.  The add also mentions that the OEM fuel injection was removed and replaced with FCR carburetors.

From The Seller’s Listing:

It is an exhibition of the art work Tesi 1Dj Kai of bimota.

It is a hub-center steering type bimota Tesi without a front fork .
It is a very valuable vehicle.
It is a custom vehicle equipped with ZDM904 on Tesi 1Dj with 50 production units exclusively for Japanese specifications , and has been certified. We have obtained a vehicle inspection.
It has been maintained and has been inspected, so you can drive it anytime, and of course it is stored in the garage. It is a rare vehicle that is rarely distributed in the used car market.

The mileage is unknown because the engine has been transshipped, but the mileage of the car body is currently 4,552 Km .
Engine ZDM904
Carburetor FCR
Wheel front and rear Marquezini
Brake brembo
Tires Replaced with new tires before and after vehicle inspection Obtained Traveling about 200 km

For reference, this is an article published in recent years on bimota Tesi hub center steering.
https://ride-hi.com/pickup/bimota_tesih2_211011.html

If you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to ask questions in advance and bid after you are satisfied.
You can check the current car at any time.

As of posting no bids have come in on the $40,320 opening price.  The bike is located in Japan, so many buyers will have to factor shipping and import taxes.  These bikes rarely pop up for sale, but the price seems inline with other data points.  The paint is a non standard design, but the Japanese importer was know to paint bikes in a similar fashion in period.  The images of with the bodywork off are a welcome addition and showcase some amazing billet work.  Eagle eyed readers can spot and opened clutch cover exposing an aftermarket pressure plate, or maybe a slipper clutch set up.  The price point and the location are sure to limit the number of people in a position to add this to their garage, but it is nice dream sometimes.  A quick look around eBay did yield a Bimota Tesi 1D that can be bought much easier because it is 1/12 the size of a real one.

 

Master’s Thesis:  Bimota Tesi 1D
Kawasaki February 23, 2021 posted by

Express Ticket: 1993 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11D for Sale

I’m sure you all must be exhausted by the never ending stream of exotic Italian confections that have assaulted your senses this week. Rich, high-calorie recipes that include a bit too much of all the things that make motorcycles great. As a palate cleanser, I’d like to offer this very clean, very handsome, very appropriately painted, and very fast Kawasaki ZX-11.

Kawasaki’s entry into the 1990’s Horsepower Wars was introduced in 1990 and produced until 2001, when it was superseded by the reskinned and stroked ZZ-R1200. Power naturally came from a big inline four that displaced 1052cc and was connected to a six-speed gearbox. Aided by one of the very first functional production ram-air systems, the big four produced 150 crankshaft horses, enough to push the bike to a top speed of over 175mph.

Handling was neutral and very stable, exactly what you’d want from a bike this powerful. But although it was fast, the ZX-11 was no track bike: it was designed as a roadbike, with very reasonable ergonomics that made it far more of a gran tourismo, as the sleek, mature looks and lack of the period’s famously garish graphics suggest. The near 600lb wet weight helped provide stability at speed and pummeled road imperfections into submission.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11D for Sale

100% OEM Condition… 1993 Kawasaki Ninja ZX11 D-1 in a very desirable Candleberry Wine Red with only 27,800 miles that comes out to 989 miles a year. This bike could easily qualify as a survivor (Pride in Ownership shows). Overall paint is in great condition. Exhaust and ECU are stock. Exhaust cans are very clean. Starts and runs good! Everything works as it should. No leaks, no smoke, no overheating. Plenty of tread on the tires. Decals and emblems are all original. Adult owned and cared for its entire life.

Original tool kit is under the seat. This is a very clean example and as the time progresses these are harder to come by in such great shape. As a matter of fact I’ve only ever come across a couple that were even close to this condition in years past. 

You will be very hard pressed to find one let alone in this condition. Free and clear title in hand. Bike has never been laid down or crashed. I purchased the bike from the original owner who was well into his late 70s. Hate to see it go. Price is firm. No rust whatsoever and garage kept.

I’ll include bar risers and a flat bar should the new owner decide to take touring comfort to another level. I will also include JTR488-45 rear sprocket. Zero Gravity tinted screen mounted, stock clear screen and a black out screens will be included.

Condition of this Candleberry Wine Red example appears excellent, although miles aren’t especially low. But it’s not surprising that the previous two owners racked up some miles, considering the ZX-11’sraison d’etre: ballistic mile-munching performance. I genuinely think these are very cool and, when prices were at their nadir, entertained fantasies of finding a clean example and fitting a set of soft luggage so I could blast up and down the West Coast. I’ve seen lower-mileage examples for less than this one’s $4,200 asking price in years past, but I have a feeling this will look like a very good deal in just a couple years’ time… Snap bargains up while you can still find them.

-tad

Express Ticket: 1993 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11D for Sale
Bimota February 28, 2020 posted by

A fork in the road: 1992 Bimota Tesi 1D 904

One of the most interesting and promising areas of modern motorcycle development has been with suspension systems. At the rear, bikes went from hard tail to twin shocks, and then stagnated for decades until the rising rate single shock came to vogue – as it continues today. The front of the motorcycle has explored a variety of suspension systems, with the telescoping fork emerging in the 1930s and remaining as the dominant suspension mechanism to this day. However the fork is not without issue, as it simultaneously must handle vertical loads, as well as thrust vectors under braking and lateral movements imparted by the road surface to the tire – all while remaining lightweight enough to offer manageable steering. That is a lot to ask from a piece of hardware, and designers developed the hub-center steering mechanism as the motorcycling future’s new mousetrap. Offering the ability to isolate individual loads to specific components and pathways, the front swing arm is (on paper) a superior solution to the problem at hand. Unfortunately, it has utterly failed to capture the marketplace, making examples such as this unfired, zero mile 1992 Bimota Tesi 1D a rare find.

1992 Bimota Tesi 1D 904 for sale on eBay

There have been several attempts to commercialize the alternate front end. BMW tried the hardest with their telelever and duolever equipped bikes, but have moved back to conventional forks for many models. Yamaha adapted the Radd-Parker design to the weighty GTS (which remains a hidden gem), but it failed to sell and was quickly discontinued. Part of the problem is that the complexity and weight introduced by the alternate front suspension components did not offer any real life performance gains over the humble front fork. They also required innovative chassis changes, which are very evident in the “C” section frame on this bike. Bimota toyed with a variety of designs over the years in the Tesi series, but all were low production and very expensive bikes best suited to the collector. Today’s example is just that – a collector.

From the seller:
Anyone who is seriously looking at buying a Bimota Tesi 1D-904 for their bike collection will know what is on offer here and how rare it is. Add to that the NOS condition and you have a very unique opportunity.

This is Bimota’s earliest limited-to-20-bikes high performance edition of the Tesi. It is new, it has never been started and it has never had its hydraulic systems filled. The protective yellow-zinc plating is still as new on all 3 Brembo cast iron rotors. The bike has always been stored in a UV-free, climate controlled environment, resulting the excellent condition of all its individual parts to this day, including the paintwork, exposed metal surfaces and of course all the rubber and plastic components.

Clear Arizona title, based on the original Bimota MCO (also called MSO) and of course stating zero miles. Complete history since it was delivered new by the factory and a copy of the Arizona title are available on request to seriously interested parties.

From the seller:
According to the Vin this is the very first of the 20 Bimota Tesi 1D-904‘s built, the rarest of all Tesi 1D bikes. Its drivetrain is based on Ducati’s 888 SP engine with the volume upped to 904cc via a longer stroke crankshaft. These 904cc engines were specifically build and tuned by Ducati and provided to Bimota with their own Engine number sequence including the Bimota logo. In street trim this model produced around 115 h.p. and with the race components approximately 137 h.p. was possible. A couple of these 1D-904s were raced in Italian privateers racing series in the early 1990-ies.

This Tesi has 0 Miles and was specifically set up when new for long term storage and display. It has never been started and has always been used as a show piece in a comprehensive classic bike collection. Original Pirelli Dragon Slick racing tyres, comprehensive original Tesi specific toolkit, owners manual, keys with fobs, workshop manual, parts manual plus the super rare extra NOS Weber-Marelli racing electronics and a Km/h as well as an mph dash board come with the bike. The correct early Bimota rear stand are also included.

While the Tesi 1D is rare and the hub steering is a big story, let’s not overlook the fact that this is essentially a brand new Bimota Tesi 1D 904. For although technically this bike is 28 years old, it was pickled when new, wears NO miles and has never been titled, started, ridden or dropped. It is likely that this is a bike that will never run in anger which is a shame, but on the other hand there are so few perfect examples of rare models today it is nice to know that some will survive for future viewers. If you are in a place to offer this amazing piece of rolling artwork a suitable throne room equal to its status, check out the auction here. Get ready to raid your rainy night fund, the kids’ college saving plans, borrow against your 401k, cash in your bitcoin or go rob a bank – because at nearly $50k iconic perfection does not come cheaply. What is your favorite funny front end motorycle? Is it a Tesi? Let us know in the comments. Good Luck!!

MI

A fork in the road:  1992 Bimota Tesi 1D 904
Bimota August 7, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing – 1991 Bimota Tesi 1D

CMG Motorcycles has two motorcycles on RSBFS right now, a 0 mile VDue and a brand new Bimota Tesi! Check them both out! -dc

1990 saw the designer who succeeded founder Massimo Tamburini depart, and a new engineer arrive. Pierluigi Marconi presented a clean sheet design with inherent anti-dive and the 904cc Ducati desmoquatro. This piece of Bimota history is offered with zero miles and ready to display.

Inside the Omega-shaped alloy frame, the water cooled L-twin pumped 113 hp via a six-speed transmission and chain drive.  Outside the frame were two similar swingarms, with hub-center steering in front, suspension and steering mechanically separate, and brakes could be applied without drastically affecting the tire loading and balance.  Typical Bimota appointments included top Marzocchi dampers and Brembo brakes.  Peculiar looking when bare, the Tesi 1D has a not-so-unusual monoposto fairing and riding position.

Coming from the client side of a New Zealand multi-line dealer, this Tesi has been on display since new.  For a fan, it seems like too many appear without even break-in miles, but an unridden creampuff is great for the buyer.  Transport from Oceana will have to be considered by the new owner, but is worth the effort in this case.

With all the CNC machined parts and pull-rod controls, the Tesi was expensive to build and many prospective buyers couldn’t accept the radical looks.  Only a few hundred were built and many had just a short ride before retirement.  And though two successive generations were introduced in the 2000’s, the 1D Tesi makes the original statement.  CMG Motorcycles asks $43,990 USD for this example, and requests inquiries be sent to Brad by email  – here –.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1991 Bimota Tesi 1D
Bimota December 28, 2017 posted by

Bitcoin level Bimota: Zero miles 1992 Bimota Tesi 1D in Switzerland

Here is a time capsule, a zero miles/NOS Bimota Tesi 1D SR that has never had fluids installed.  The 1st generation Bimota Tesi is already a bit of unobtanium and something every collector considers so this one is certainly one to take notice of…plus the color scheme is perfect for the holidays.

1992 Bimota Tesi 1D with zero miles in Switzerland

Thinking back on the late 1990’s, it seems safe to say that the manufacturer that best embodied the period ethos of “throw-it-against-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks” was Bimota.   Part of that was due to its small nature/lack of multi-layered governance and part of it was also probably due to it being an Italian firm where a certain level of fla.ir is expected.  Regardless, Bimota was willing to bring unproven concepts all the way to market and while some of these never delivered as promised (cough-VDue-cough), the Tesi series actually did what it promised.

The Tesi promise was improved handling via a new suspension feature; hub-centered steering.  The Bimota hub centered suspension setup transferred braking force into the frame, not up into the headstock area like on a conventional bike.  Without the impact of braking on the forks, the front end was significantly more stable which made handling feather quick and rock stable.

NOTE:  A good write up about the concept of hub-centered steering and Tesi can be found here.

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At the launch of the Tesi 1D Bimota said the plan was to build 300 but the actual production numbers are a bit vague.   According to sources I found, over 400 were produced between its launch and end in 1994 and this number is said to have included about 50 produced with 400cc for Japan as well as some “Final Edition” and SR models which came with a 904cc 851 motor (the seller indicates this is one of the SR editions).

Mounted in Bimota’s beautiful “Omega” frame the 904cc Ducati powerplant worked with the hub-center handling improvements to deliver a bike incredibly nimble for its size.  So why didn’t the the Tesi and it’s hub-centered design become the future of motorcycling?  The main factor was probably price.  When introduced the Tesi was offered at the eye-popping price of $40,000 USD which made it the most expensive motorcycle on the market.   Also, the complexity of the bike scared away some owners, especially after reports surfaced that the futuristic electrics and digital dash board could suddenly shut down or give wrong readings.

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Now lets look at this particular Tesi 1D.  According to the seller, the bike has essentially been a display piece since production.  Below is a summary of what the seller has to say:

  • Never ridden, never run, properly prepared for long term 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 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.
  • 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 three 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.
  • Comes with all the original ownership documents, customs forms, 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 the fairing) and two original Weber Marelli P7 ECU computers, one chip’d for regular street use and the other fully open P7 ECU chipped for race use performance, are also included.
  • Multiple other original spares come with this bike. Of course the red Bimota cover is present and in its correct Bimota bag.

Note:  The seller also provides additional photos via an online photo album here.

Now for the real question – is this bike worth the current asking price of $150,000 USD?   Yes, you read that number right – $150,000 USD.   That’s almost 4 times the original asking price which is a level of increase I don’t think we have ever seen on RSBFS before.  To be honest, when I saw that asking price I thought this was possibly a test listing by the seller but after communication with them, this is in fact the actual Buy-It-Now asking price.  Since in most cases sellers expect offers with 10-15% of the BIN price, its seems safe to say this one is going to cost 6 figures US for any interested parties.

So is a zero miles 1D SR Tesi worth that much?  Personally I don’t think so but the 1D and 2D series of the Tesi come up for sale so rarely I don’t know what the current value is.   I do think the current ask price means it won’t go to an investment oriented collector but it could draw interest from the zero miles/”crate-bike” crowd.   I guess we can only wait and see…but it would sure be a nice way to start the new year with it in your living room.

-Marty G/Dallaslavowner

Bitcoin level Bimota:  Zero miles 1992 Bimota Tesi 1D in Switzerland
Bimota February 7, 2015 posted by

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

tesi14

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…

tesii3

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.

tesibrakes

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.

tesi4d

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 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

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