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I know, I know, this bike isn’t in the US…but since the Bimota Tesi 3D is such a beautiful rare bird, I got permission from Dan to post this so we can all drool over it. With that, I give you a 2009 Bimota Tesi 3D for sale on ebay Poland:
There’s not much information offered in the listing, except that the seller “have a special statement to allow registration in Poland.” While I cannot comment on the USD40,000+ asking price and the seller’s zero feedback rating, but coat me in chocolate and throw me in a barrel of cats if that’s not a beautiful bike!
A bit of background on the Tesi series: before working for the exclusive Italian marque, ex-Bimota chief engineer Pier Luigi Marconi wrote his Mechanical Engineering degree thesis on the hub-center steering concept. While at Bimota, Marconi applied his thesis design to create the Tesi 1D (‘Tesi’ meaning ‘Thesis’ in Italian, and ‘D’ indicating that it has a Ducati engine – a Bimota modified 851 motor – inside) – Bimota’s first alternative front end design.
After the Tesi 1D was introduced in 1990, there came the Tesi 1D SR (slightly larger engine displacement than the 1D), the Tesi 1D EF (Edition Final), Tesi 2D (also known as the Vyrus 984), and now the latest incarnation, the Tesi 3D. The Tesi was never meant to be a mass poduced vehicle, and the Tesi 1D was probably the most (relatively) common model at 127 units totally produced.
Although there are no official figures how many 3Ds have been made, my (very) rough guess is 50-80 units worldwide. This particular example is from a later production batch as identified by the red-coloured steel steering push rods and plastic brake fluid reservoirs. Units from the very first production run was a limited series (named as the ‘Tesi 3D Concept’ by some importers), with carbon fiber steering push rods, alloy machined brake fluid reservoirs mounted on top of the triple clamp (just like the old DB1), wet clutch, and a small metal plaque stating the serial number. These bikes also came with Bimota Tesi 3D watches (made by Italian watch maker Officina Del Tempo) complete with matching numbers!
Definitely something to drool and fantasize about over the weekend!