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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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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

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Coming or Going – 2008 Bimota Tesi 3/D #023
Bimota May 7, 2011 posted by

Funny Front End? 1995 Bimota Tesi 1Dsr

For Sale: 1995 Bimota Tesi 1Dsr

Nobody has consistently astounded the motorcycle world quite like Bimota. The small boutique builder based in Rimini, Italy continues to impress with a flair for artful style and technical innovation. This is as true today as it was back in 1991, when the first Tesi 1D was introduced to the world. Today's bike, a stunning 1995 Tesi 1D-SR model, looks as radical today as it did back then.

The original Tesi 1D was powered by a Ducati 851 engine - a watershed powerplant from Ducati, with desmoquattro four valve heads, fuel injection and liquid cooling. The Tesi 1D-SR was powered by a 904cc evolution of that motor; the bigger bore creating even more motive power and torque. Am I the only one that sees a little Ducati Paso in that bodywork?

From the seller:
Up for auction is a 1995 Bimota Tesi 1D SR. This is a very clean motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection. My dad is the second owner. The bike has 115 miles on the odometer. This was a special order through the Bimota distributor and only 2 were ordered this way. It has the latest chasis but the older body style. The condition of the bike is fantastic and it does come with a free and clear title.

With hub center steering, digital instrumentation, top-shelf Brembo stoppers, fantastic enclosed bodywork, trick composite three-spoke wheels, proven Ducati v-twin power, and the exclusivity of a limited production work of art, the Bimota Tesi 1D-SR is a true collector target.

This particular bike has travelled only 115 miles in its pampered lifetime. The seller claims this is a custom order direct from Bimota, one of only two models with this frame/engine bodywork combination. I don't know how to verify this (perhaps some of you RSBFS Bimota experts can chime in here), but the VIN number supplied ends in a very, very low 002.

This bike comes from the same unbelievable collection that brought us the KB2, DB1, DB4, as well as assorted rare and desireable Ducatis (green frame 750ss, 750 Sport, 900ss). Most have been very low mile bikes, some no miles at all. This one has travelled enough that you know it works, but not so much for it to incur damage and wear.

As for pricing, these bikes are rare enough to make an estimate difficult at best. It is immaculate, desireable, exclusive and titled. The auction is currently in the $10k range, with reserve not met. This one will definitely eclipse the $20k mark before it is done, but it remains to be seen how high the reserve is set. To check out more pictures of this amazing motorcycle, click the link and . Good Luck!

MI

Bimota January 29, 2011 posted by

2008 Bimota Tesi 3D – No Reserve Auction!

For sale: 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D at no reserve

Is this a sportbike, a science experiment, or simply artwork? The original Tesi (which translates to "thesis" in Italian), was the work of Bimota founder and legendary designer Massimo Tamburini - you may remember him from Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4 fame. The Tesi 3D that you see here was designed entirely in-house at Bimota's design facility, but retains the hub steering theme. The Tesi 3D is powered by a Ducati air-cooled, two-valve motor. These are very reliable motors with tons of torque, although they are a little flat in the upper RPM range.

Here is a great shot of the front swingarm, as well as the "frame" of the bike. Instead of the traditional perimeter or box frame, the Tesi sports "C" shaped plates to which the engine and front and rear suspension are mounted. Check out the carbon steering rod!

From the seller:
Please call Michael Kiernan at (314)772-5758

All inspections are welcome. Please call Michael Kiernan at 314 772 5758 with any questions regarding this vehicle, shipping and storage.

I'm not sure how a seller of something this beautiful and rare could not have *something* to say about the bike, but apparently the pictures are meant to speak for themselves. Speaking of pictures, here are a few more:

If the Tesi has any drawbacks, the price must certainly be one of them. When new, these left the showroom floor for $36,000 plus taxes, etc. As demand (or the economy) dwindled, so too did the price. Brand new bikes were moving in the high $20k range, which included a factory warranty.

The no reserve auction on this Tesi 3D has an opening bid of $28k - and no takers yet. The bike has 10,000 miles on it, so it is far from new. If you just *must* have a Tesi 3D and have been unable to find one, this might just be your bike. If you are looking for a Bimota bargain, however, I would keep looking. To see for yourself, click on the link and . Good luck!

MI