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Bimota December 12, 2014 posted by

Unobtanium alert: Bimota Tesi 3d Carbon in Australia

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Here is a bit of carbon wrapped exotica for the holidays, a Bimota Tesi 3d Carbon version located in Australia.

The Bimota Tesi hub centered steering effort began in 1991 with the 1D and continued with the 2d in 2005 and the 3d in 2007.   Each evolution of the Tesi design improved both the function of the bike while also making it look more and more like a piece of art.

For the Tesi 3D, the reviews were mostly in the vein of “epic design, merely good bike”.  The major complaint was that the Tesi 3D came equipped with an engine that offered only 95 horsepower.  Even so, reviewers gushed about how the suspension offered outstanding cornering stability which allowed the 3D to change direction quickly with the front end always feeling planted.   The hub centered front fork design also offered improved braking due to their being no front-end dive and minimal pitching which meant almost no  weight transfer went onto the front tire.   The suspension design allowed the Tesi 3D to handle any road surface changes separately to the braking forces and the layout/seating position was more upright than the previous Bimota Tesi designs (which  resulted in more comfort and excellent ground clearance).

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2008 Bimota Tesi 3d Carbon ebition for sale on ebay australia

Here is what the seller has to say:

“This Tesi is new with only 1.2 kilometres showing. It is a limited edition model from 2008 with carbon fibre bodywork. It has never been ridden but the engine has been started however. I don’t need to go into engine and frame details as if you have read this far you know what this bike is about. Both keys, owners manual and Bimota bike cover are on hand.

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So lets get to it – whats this piece of unobtanium worth?  Well like most Bimota models, the 3d was only made in small number.  Pics on the auction seem to indicate some dark brake and clutch fluids so a bit of haggling might be acceptable but the cost when new was 30,000 euros/about US$40,500 and given that this one only has 1.2 kilometers the price will likely be somewhere close to that.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Unobtanium alert:  Bimota Tesi 3d Carbon in Australia
Vyrus February 10, 2022 posted by

Engineering Overload: 2008 Vyrus 985 Carbon

What we have here is a rolling hyperbole.  From every angle it is staggering how far removed from our concept of a normal motorcycle it is.  Literally nothing about the bike could be called conventional, standard or typical.  Here at RSBFS we are fortunate to be able to see and share some of the rarest and most amazing motorcycles on the market at a given time.  It is fun to drool over the images and lust after pulling the trigger and becoming an owner.  This Vyrus 985 is as over the top as they come.

Born from a team of Engineers and Designers that worked on the Bimota Tesi 2D project, Vyrus was started in 2001 with the aim of producing some of the most radical motorcycles ever to hit the street.  What really makes a Vyrus special is that it is not just something built to look a specific way.  There is real performance to back these machines up.  In 2011 Vyrus produced a Moto2 bike and showed real speed on track.

Known for the connection to the Bimota Tesi 2D, many assume all Vyrus have an air cooled Ducati L twin.  While that might be the more commonly seen examples, other engines have been used over the years.  This 985 is powered by the liquid cooled 999R engine.  Some have claimed only 25 were produced with this power plant.  It should make for a widely entertaining experience.  No word on if Vyrus squeezed any additional power from the 150 horsepower engine, but even if they did not the massive weight savings would ensure a shaper performance machine.  The 985 is 100 pounds less than the already light 999R.  It is hard to fathom the achievement.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

The Italian style.

2008 Vyrus 985
Ducati 999R engined
Telemetry, carbon body discs and wheels.

Amazing opportunity.

This example seems to have had more than a few upgrades added to the original build.  Extensive use of carbon fiber is a given, but carbon discs?  That is unique to see.  The wheels are carbon, as is the subframes.  Billet GP calipers can be seen as well as TTX Ohlins shocks. 

The specifications on this bike are incredible, and even in the world of Vyrus is uber desirable.  The listing is painfully devoid of details or information for a potential buyer to make an informed decision on, but bikes of this caliber normally trade hands privately so it is safe to assume a buyer is going to reach out directly to arrange the conditions of the sale.

Completely in the dark on pricing.  Some claim the cheapest bike Vyrus will build a customer is in the $60,000 range.  Others say no price sheet is available, but a question “Do you have a titanium check book”?  As is often the case with ultra high end vehicles, the used prices are much different then the newly commissioned MSRPs.

Engineering Overload:  2008 Vyrus 985 Carbon
Bimota August 9, 2017 posted by

Unobtanium alert: 2008 Bimota 3D Carbonio

Here’s one that meets all the major RSBFS criteria, a 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D in the rare carbon bodywork.  Enjoy!

2008 Bimota Tesi 3D Carbino on eBay

Ah the Bimota Tesi 3d…an evolution of an idea that began in 1991 with the 1D, continued with the 2D/Vyrus in 2005 and then reached its final form in the 3D in 2007.  The original Tesi was the work of Bimota founder and legendary designer Massimo Tamburini, the same person responsible for the Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4 and a tesi is probably on every rare sport bike collectors “bucket list”.

While the 3D certainly looks the business, in typical Bimota fashion the result didn’t quite quite live up to the promise of the design concept.   It wasn’t a major failure like the V-Due, but most reviews expressed a sentiment of it not being all that it could have been in large part due to the power limit of a 95 bhp Ducati engine.  Reviewers also noted a lack of front end feel which was no doubt due to the hub-centered front fork design.  But on the plus side, the same fork system offered improved braking due to no front-end dive and it still looks amazingly cool.

The seller indicates this is one of 29 Tesi 3D units.  While experience has taught us that any official production number information from Bimota should be taken as  leap of faith (cough-VDue-cough-SB6-cough) the Tesi is certainly something you don’t tend to see at bike night.  Oh, and one additional note –  from what I understand, the carbon-skinned bodywork makes this a much rarer model.

This low mileage of this particular Bimota Tesi 3D seems to indicate it was a bit of a toy for the current owner.  As for condition, the seller indicates the standard Ducati belt service has not been done, the brake fluid looks dark and no mention is made of tire age so I am thinking this one has been standing for a while.   The seller does mention oil changes in the questions section of the ebay listing but overall I would expect to spend $1000 to put it back on the road and a few more thousand if the intent is to make it a concours-level machine.

Here is a recap of the info provided in the eBay post:

  • Mileage 4,355
  • Due for a timing belt/ inspection replacement
  • Has Zard carbon fiber slip-on’s with the stock exhaust included
  • Last serviced in 2010 by Rockwell Cycles (dealer bike was purchased from) at approximately 2,500 miles.
  • I have personally changed the oil and filter several times since the initial dealer servicing.
  • Excellent condition except for small cracks in -pain at fuel tank fill (see photos).  Other than the paint crack near the tank it needs no other work and is basically a new motorcycle.

So let’s just to the big question – is this bit of carbon skinned Italian goodness worth the current $30,000 USD Buy-It-Now asking price?   Well lets look at the positives and the negatives

  • Positives –  the Tesi 3D is probably the ultimate iteration of the hub-centered philosophy and given its low production number, this one will likely hold its value.  Also this is the carbon edition of which suposedly very few were produced and for collectors of factory offered carbon-skinned Italian exotics of this era, this is right up there with the Aprilia Nera, Benelli Tornado Tre and Ducati MH900e.
  • Negatives – the asking price is well above what we have seen other carbon Bimota Tesi 3D’s go for on RSBFS. Furthermore, if the intent is to buy it as an investment, bringing it back to concours-level condition will probably involve a few more thousand in cost.

I have to admit that I am a fan of the 3D Tesi but I prefer the non-carbon version as it seems to be a more dramatic presentation of the hub-centered technology.  This carbon skinned Tesi 3D seems like it will appeal most to either a collector focused on Bimota’s, someone who is already familiar with the Tesi/Vyrus lineup, or an investment oriented collector who is willing to put it into dry storage for a bit.

One additional note – the seller indicates offers are being accepted but I wouldn’t expect to see any serious reduction from the asking price simply because even though its almost 10 years old, its still a damn cool bike.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Unobtanium alert:  2008 Bimota 3D Carbonio
MV Agusta June 30, 2017 posted by

Carbon Copy: 2006 MV Agusta F4CC

We already know the MV Agusta lineup is a pretty exclusive affair. Originally conceived as a 750cc model to re-launch the historic brand, the F4 eventually grew to 1,000cc and spawned many “Limited Edition” models. From the original 750cc Oro (like this one here), through the Neiman Marcus Edition, the Ayrton Senna tribute (both the 750 as well as the 1000), The Ago tribute, the Tamburini tribute, the Veltro Strada and Veltro Pista, The R and RR models and the 312, MV Agusta leveraged the F4 lineup with special editions of varying performance and exclusivity. The Big Daddy of them all, however, was reserved as a tribute to Claudio Castiglioni, the driving force behind the rebirth of MV Agusta. The F4CC (Claudio’s initials), was the uber-rare of the street-going F4 set (although not quite as limited as the Veltro Pista racer), and the most hot-rodded of all of the factory models (including the 312). It also had the highest price tag. When new this F4CC had a MSRP sticker of $120k(!).

2006 MV Agusta F4CC for sale on eBay

Utilizing the same basic architecture of the rest of the F4 1000 lineup, the CC model had some special – and significant – touches. Power was way up from base models, nearing 200 HP (and matched only by the later RR model) thanks to a bump in displacement to nearly 1,100cc, and trick titanium engine parts that include rods, valves and crank. Titanium was also used on external engine parts such as the complete exhaust; other magic metals such as magnesium were utilized for items such as engine cases and ancillary covers. This technology not only added to the HP, but detracted from the total weight of the bike. At 413 pounds, the F4CC is a lightweight beast, undercutting the entire history of the F4 lineup with the exception of the 750 Oro. Much of the light weight that is not related to the engine is due to carbon fiber; the entirety of the fairings are made of this aerospace material. The frame begins as an off the shelf F4 1000 unit, although the massive swingarm is magnesium (rather than aluminum for base models). With only 100 models in existence, the F4 performs as good as it looks – and costs as much too.

From the seller:
The 2006 MV Agusta F4CC #76 is the Enzo of motorcycles, you can’t pull your eyes away, every inch of her draws you in with growing curiosity.

With only 750 miles , expect near new condition on the F4CC. The howl of the inline four through the beautiful, sculpted, titanium organ pipes is intoxicating! Winner Greenwich Concours D’Elegance

The bike comes with a cover, a full titanium racing exhaust is installed and spare stock exhaust, a Corse rear wheel stand, a matching #76 Girard-Perregaux Evo3 Laureato watch ($10,000 value), Trussardi F4CC leather jacket ($4000 value) certificate of Authenticity. The F4CC is the bike that MV Agusta President Claudio Castiglioni built for himself.

The F4CC had an MSRP of $120k, making it the most expensive production bike at the time. Only 100 F4CCs have been built with less than 20 making it stateside, and 90% of the components are made as one-off items including the fork feet, the upper steering plate, the steering damper, the brake and clutch fluid reservoir, the gear change and brake levers, the foot pegs and the side stand were all machined and hand-assembled by MV’s top artisans.

There is no doubt that MV Agusta has made – and continues to make a huge statement. It’s great to see them survive and thrive, and their involvement in WSBK is a aural, ear-splitting treat. Like their Italian brother, Ducati, it seems that so many of the MV Agusta Limited Edition models are fancy marketing schemes. With the F4CC, you are getting something truly special and unique to the lineup. Besides, it is hard not to fall in love the Darth Vadar blacked-out look of the bike; welcome to the dark side my friends.

This particular CC appears to be in the loving hands of a collector (given the Oro and Senna editions that share the parking area). This bike is fanatically clean, and obviously very loved. Included in the sale are both a to-die-for, numbers matching Girard-Perregaux timepiece, as well as a F4CC leather jacket. The cover for this bike is form fitting, and includes a reproduction of Claudio’s freaking signature (matching the sparse paintwork on the bike). From the CNC-machined controls that are exclusive to this model to the tiny details of the cockpit, the F4CC oozes with the sort of one-upmanship that Ducati cannot deliver, save for the Desmosidici RR (almost). This is a price-is-no-object exercise that results in a glorious bit of artwork with a ferocious bark (and bite). Keep in mind that your $120k, irreplaceable, numbered-edition rocket ship comes with nearly no rider aids – if you get yourself into trouble on the F4CC, Claudio expects you to get yourself out of trouble too. Best to utilize your superior judgement lest you find yourself relying on talent alone when the bike costs the equivalent of a decent home in some parts of the country.

The problem with Limited Edition models is that they try to emulate what natural selection has done for us in the past. By artificially limiting production, the laws of supply and demand are quasi-circumvented; the payday is immediate for the manufacturer, but these models do not necessarily appreciate in the short term in the same manner for follow-on owners. These may be good investments to hold onto for a bit longer, but for now this looks to be a lot of bike and a lot of additional stuff for a pretty steep discount compared to new. Depreciation is an evil mistress, making this sub-1,000 mile missile $45k less than when parked in the showroom. Check it out here, and and then jump back to the comments and let us know your favorite MV Agusta model. Good Luck!!

MI

Carbon Copy: 2006 MV Agusta F4CC
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.

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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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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

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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

Coming or Going – 2008 Bimota Tesi 3/D #023
Bimota July 7, 2015 posted by

Aeryn Sun: 2008 Tesi 3d in California

We last saw this beautiful Bimota Tesi 3d back in January of this year with an eye popping asking price of $50,000 USD.   Now its back with a asking price of $28,000 USD which is still $10,000 over the MSRP but goodness, it is striking.


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To review our post from earlier this year, one of the things that seems to happen with exotic bikes is people are afraid to alter then in any way, perhaps due to the desire to preserve re-sale value.   The previous owner of this Bimota Tesi Carbon 3d seems to have decided that maintaining the OEM look wasn’t a priority and made some changes, including what appears to be custom paint (although I could be wrong on that), different wheels and an altered exhaust system.  Personally I think it looks great, like something Aeryn Sun/the peacekeepers in Farscape would ride.

The underlying bike is be a 2008 Bimota Tesi 3d Carbon edition and we have posted numerous times previously about the Bimota tesi series here on RSBFS,  how they began in 1991 with the 1D, continued with the 2d in 2005 and then seems to have finished with the 3d in 2007.  The original Tesi (which translates to “thesis” in Italian), was the work of Bimota founder and legendary designer Massimo Tamburini, the same person responsible for the Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4.

For anyone not familiar with the Tesi 3d, when the bike was launched reviewers pretty much said “epic design, merely good bike”.  The major complaint was the Ducati engine which only put out 95 horsepower.  Despite only medium power, handling was excellent due to the hub centered front fork design which also offered improved braking due to their being no front-end dive.

A detailed review of the Tesi can be found here.

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2008 Customized Carbon Tesi 3D on ebay

This particular tesi seems to have been actually ridden by its owner. The bike isn’t perfect, with some cracks in the tank cover.  Mileage is under 5000 which is barely broken in for most bikes but more than you see on a lot of Bimota Tesi machines.  Unfortunately, the seller doesn’t provide any ownership history or comments regarding the changes that were made, instead just posting standard specification info.

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Now we come to an issue with this bike, the price.  The seller is listing the asking price as 50,000 28,000 USD , which is significantly less than the price from January but still a big jump up from other Bimota Tesi 3d’s we have seen for sale. Interestingly the seller even posts in the auction that the MSRP when new was only 17,899 so the BIY price is 10k over the new price.

The price is a bit a puzzle to me, even with a location in Los Angeles (where prices are typically higher) would not normally justify such a large increase in asking price.  The ebay listing does reveal that this bike is listed as being #29 of 29 produced so the seller may be thinking that this justifies the extra monies (high end collectors often want either the 1st or last bike produced).   Does this make it worth the asking price? Not to me, although if it came with a date with Claudia Black I would certainly have to give it serious consideration.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Aeryn Sun:  2008 Tesi 3d 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
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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tesi mufflertesi left

You might have to skimp on Christmas if you want it because the bidding is already above $22,500 with a lot of time remaining.

Check out the auction here.

Ian

“Emotion Technology”:  2008 Bimota Tesi 3D

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