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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
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 October 10, 2018 posted by

Master’s Thesis: 1992 Bimota Tesi for Sale

Throughout the history of the motorcycle, there have been many attempts to develop a superior suspension system, and the hub-center steered Tesi or “Thesis” was Bimota’s attempt to radically alter the sportbike landscape and do something completely new, a shocking move for such a tiny company. The ubiquitous telescopic forks have a number of disadvantages, chief among them geometry changes caused by “dive” under braking: the fork tubes compress, steepening the steering. This can theoretically be used to your advantage, but the “stiction” or friction between the sets of sliding tubes certainly can’t. But so far, telescopic forks have proved the best compromise and engineers clearly understand their limits, so they persist as the most common way to suspend the front end of a motorcycle.

The only manufacturer to really buck that trend recently, at least in significant volume, has been BMW. But their Telelever front end is being used less and less, owing to a different concern: radiator placement, since the front “A-arm” of the Telelever system takes up the space where one would normally reside. Bimota got around this issue by using an “Omega” frame that allowed the front swingarm pivot to be very low to the ground,  so a pair of radiators could sit easily above. The frame gets its name from the two Ω-shaped machined aluminum side plates that sandwich Ducati’s liquid-cooled v-twin. Originally a stock 851 motor, it was eventually stroked to 904cc after the first batch of bikes was built.

Unfortunately, the Tesi’s steering linkage was complicated and expensive to produce, and any improper adjustment or slop in those joints caused steering feel to suffer, something that seems to be an issue with alternative front ends in general. BMW’s Telelever front is famously stable on the brakes, but has often been criticized for a lack of front-end feel, although a set of Öhlins shocks at both ends supposedly improves things. The Tesi had the same reputation: it was wild and exotic, and test riders could brake deeply into corners with confidence, but the bike lacked a bit of feel, even when everything was working as designed. Which took some doing, given the relatively complex system connecting the clip-on bars to the front wheel.

The other issue with the Tesi is a bit more theoretical: a swingarm front end should be much easier on front tires than a bike with a telescopic fork , allowing the Tesi to run a much softer compound tire without experiencing the same wear. But manufacturers design their tires to work with telescopic forks, so one hypothetical advantage is lost there as well, unless systems like this become more common.

But the biggest issue with the Tesi was its high cost: for practical purposes, it was just a Ducati 851 with cool bodywork. All that engineering had very little impact on performance, making it more of a stylish statement of intent than an actual improvement. The Tesi name is very apt: the original bike literally was a graduate thesis project, and was built around a Kawasaki GPz 550 engine. Bimota’s prototype was built around a V4 Honda, but that proved to be too wide, so the production model went to the narrow and powerful Ducati v-twin.

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Bimota Tesi for Sale

Somewhat challenging personal circumstances are forcing us to undertake this unusual listing and one-of-a kind sale, so we are now offering this, our lovely NOS 1992 Bimota Tesi 1D904SR starting at $1 without any reserve.

To be absolutely clear, THE HIGHEST BID will purchase this very rare and exceptional motorcycle, no matter the final value.

We had hoped to hold onto this gem for a few more years and wait until the worldwide Bimota market has improved and collectors and enthusiasts alike have come to realize how rare and exceptional some of these bikes and specifically the Tesi really is. Sadly health related problems and financial issues force us to take this step now and sell his rare and unusual motorcycle, hopefully to a likeminded enthusiast.

So there is no misunderstanding, please be so kind to have your finances in order and be able to pay for this motorcycle when the auction is finished, however high or low the final value amount may be. An immediate $500 deposit is expected from the winning bidder upon winning this auction, the remaining outstanding amount due upon pickup or prior to leaving our possession no later than 14 days from end of auction. Please prepare for this request by having your paypal account balance reflect the needed amount beforehand and be ready to complete purchase of the bike in a timely manner. Thanks so much for understanding…..

There will be a flat fee charged to have this motorcycle crated professionally and shipped fully insured to any location, worldwide. Of course: If you prefer to pick this motorcycle up in person, or have it picked up by any professional service or freight forwarder of your choice at our location here in Basel, in Switzerland, the entire packing and shipping fee will be waved.

Please look at the shipping details for more information. All else is explained in the description below in detail.

NOS motorcycle, never ridden, never run and properly prepared for long term storage on a pedestal when new in 1992. Specifically ordered and delivered from the factory in this condition. Original in every way as it was in 1992.

Pictured with and without bodywork mounted to show that the exceptional condition throughout is not just skin-deep.

All 3 cast iron Brembo rotors still have the yellow zink plating on the rotor-surfaces to protect the rotors from oxidation while sitting. This coating wears off on the first mile ridden and when the first contact of the rotor with the brake pads occurs.

Hydraulic system, cooling system and the original battery have never been filled with any fluids. The engine is filled with a light oil to preserve internals, seals and bearings. This motorcycle was kept in a climate controlled environment without UV light exposure its entire life, so there has been no deterioration of any rubber pieces nor any age related discoloration of any other parts

This Bimota comes with the original owners manual, warranty booklet, copies of the parts manual and workshop manual and 2 sets of the complete and original Tesi 1D toolkit. This Tesi also comes with both the mph dashboard and the km/h dashboard, both were ordered with the bike in 1992. The original early Bimota Tesi rear stand is also included with the bike

Please only bid if you are serious in your intent to purchase this motorcycle at the end of the 7 day bidding period. Obviously any taxes or duties the buyer has to pay upon importing this vehicle into the country of their choice is solely the responsibility of said buyer

This motorcycle is over 25 years old and hence is fully legal to import into most countries including the USA (EPA and DOT excemptions apply to vehicles over 25 years of age) as of last year!

The bike is currently located in Switzerland, but I’d guess anyone buying this is looking to collect and display, not actually ride this Tesi: it’s a museum-piece, but what a museum-piece! Happily, the seller has provided plenty of pics of the bike for us to drool over, since most of us won’t be owning or riding one of these anytime soon: less than 200 of the 1D model seen here were built before the updated SR version was introduced. Even better, the bike is shown sans the fully-enclosed fairing that really only allows hints of the weirdness within to peek out, something rectified on the minimalist styling of the current bike.

-tad

Master’s Thesis: 1992 Bimota Tesi for Sale
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 November 15, 2016 posted by

Funky Forkless Flyer: 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D for Sale

2008-bimota-tesi-l-front

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.

2008-bimota-tesi-r-front-suspension

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…

2008-bimota-tesi-fairing

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.

2008-bimota-tesi-l-frame-detail

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.

2008-bimota-tesi-r-engine

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

2008-bimota-tesi-r-side

Funky Forkless Flyer: 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D for Sale
Bimota April 17, 2016 posted by

Coming or Going – 2008 Bimota Tesi 3/D #023

In development and production since 1991 but still looking like the future, Bimota’s Tesi 3/D might be the ultimate attention-getter.  The 3/D improved Tesi handling and production techniques, and uses the Ducati 1100DS engine, light and good for 95 hp.  Number 23 of just 29 2008’s, this Tesi is light ridden with 2,250 miles and is in fine shape.

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2008 Bimota Tesi 3/D for sale on eBay

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20160417 2008 bimota tesi 3d right rear

Bimota’s hallmark chassis research led them to attempt to separate suspension and steering in the late 1980’s, and reduce the negative effects of braking on handling.  Rather more car-like, the Tesi front end uses a parallelogram layout and pull-damper mounted next to the engine.  Braking causes less compression of the suspension, and rake angle doesn’t change with suspension movement.  Hard to call it simpler than a conventional fork, but the compromises made between rake, trail, braking, spring rates, damping, and anti-dive aren’t easy either.

20160417 2008 bimota tesi 3d left front wheel

20160417 2008 bimota tesi 3d right engine

The 3D uses the Ducati 1100DS engine, air/oil cooled with two spark plugs and valves per cylinder.  Fuel injection and ignition are Marelli electronic tuned by Bimota.  Brakes are 320mm Brembos, perfectly and weirdly mounted under the wheel hubs, front and rear, the rear using a 220mm disk.  The styling is dominated by the billet-machined frame elements, which are echoed by the seat sub-frame, angularity being the major theme.  The front and rear swingarms are steel trellis, painted red.  Livery is an exciting flight of highlights in white, red, black, carbon, and gold.

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20160417 2008 bimota tesi 3d right front engine

Just occasional miles, as you’d expect from an exotic like this, and the bike does look undamaged and nicely detailed.  From the eBay auction:

You are bidding on a 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D with hub-center steering and Ducati engine in excellent original condition. Purchased in 2010 with 876 miles from 2nd owner. Current mileage is less than 2250 miles. Clear GA title and registration in my name. Bike runs very strong, nothing needs attention, and its ready to go. New belts just fitted in March 2016. Tires are originals, need replacing sooner or later depending on intended use.

Included with bike are:

– 2 keys

– owners manual

– spare parts manual copy on CD

20160417 2008 bimota tesi 3d right front wheel

20160417 2008 bimota tesi 3d left front

The owner has taken care of major maintenance, so the 1100DS can be run without worry.  A premium-priced technological exercise, it was never really reviewed as a road bike, though it is certainly built to ride.  More likely to be resident of the dining room than series of long rides, the new owner could mount some new tires and take advantage of the spring weather…

-donn

20160417 2008 bimota tesi 3d cockpit

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