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Bimota Tesi pictures from Barber

Here are pictures of one of the first Bimota Tesi's in the states that I know of. The bike was behind the shop area for whatever reason.

Last picture is of the racing Tesi.

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Ok, then it's the first one I've seen.

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That thing looks bad ass, very futuristic looking . Is this a bike somewhat connected to a gixxer, it lots like the newer gixxers from the upper.

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The Tesi has been around for a looong time and never really did anything but make collectors happy - Now that beautiful Red Machine that is front in the 1st set of pics?? - mmmmm

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I just realized this guy lives in Pleasant Prairie Wi. Thats a 25min. hike from me.Did he give out his address?

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I just realized this guy lives in Pleasant Prairie Wi. Did he give out his address?
If it is the older, shorter, gray haired gent, he rides one to Full Moon every Sunday Morning during the season - SUPER nice guy too and LOVES his Bimotas - Has over 20 I think - Pulls up in full leathers - Dismounts - Lights up a Cigar and waits for people to start asking him questions about his bike - Cool cat

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If it is the older, shorter, gray haired gent, he rides one to Full Moon every Sunday Morning during the season - SUPER nice guy too and LOVES his Bimotas - Has over 20 I think - Pulls up in full leathers - Dismounts - Lights up a Cigar and waits for people to start asking him questions about his bike - Cool cat




Now I remember who your talking about. My last time at FM he parked right in front of us and was bitching about " fucking italian bikes". He had a hard time finding neutral.

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Yes, I've seen him before but also did not know he had a new Tesi. Must seen closer in person.

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He is a down cat - Loves his Bimotas too

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BMW has had it on their K-12's for a while now - Nothing to really jump up and go wee over - If it was all that, you would see it on the track - From an originality standpoint, tip top for sure

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I don't think the Telelever front end on the BMW's is the same as the hub center steering on the Bimotas. (someone correct me if I'm wrong)

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It is just the "fork-less" set up, no? I am sure you are correct and I am way off as I know shit about bikes

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I'm gonna talk out of my ass because its Saturday and no one else is on here and I'm bored.

The BMW's still uses forks but the Telelever has A-arms at the triples. The front end uses a single spring between the A-arms. But the steering is still sent thru the triples, A-arms and forks at the down to the front axel.

The Tesi hub center steering is more like a car. It uses a swingarm and a single spring, (no forks at all) and steers using tie-rods and linkages.

I don't think any other current bike uses hub center steering. I think Yamaha was the last other company to try hub center steering. Smartbiker has one. Late '90's maybe.

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The BMW's still uses forks but the Telelever has A-arms at the triples. The front end uses a single spring between the A-arms. But the steering is still sent thru the triples, A-arms and forks at the down to the front axel.

The Tesi hub center steering is more like a car. It uses a swingarm and a single spring, (no forks at all) and steers using tie-rods and linkages.

I don't think any other current bike uses hub center steering. I think Yamaha was the last other company to try hub center steering. Smartbiker has one. Late '90's maybe.

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Anyway, have always seen the Tesi as a question that nobody has really ever asked. Interesting? Yes. Better than a good set of male sliders? Ummm......

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I believe Dave brought a friend of mines DB9 Bimota as he did not have that one yet.

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Just from browsing, I would agree, that gentleman seems very cool. Definately has some disposable income, but at least online, doesn't seem snooty at all. Just an enthusiast like the rest of us and happens to have worked hard enough to have the means to make what we dream, a reality.

I like the Tesi bikes just because they are different. Kind of like Ducati desmodromic valves, Harley single pin crankshafts, older VFR with gear driven cams, or BMW paralever front suspension. Not necessarily the best solution to the problem, but the mechanical novelty of it makes it interesting.

If it was not so expensive, I would love to own a Bimota DB6 Delirio. Sharp creases and angles everywhere, it looks like you would cut yourself to touch or sit on it. And the tube perimeter frame and swingarm look great. Maybe in 6-8 years after it has depreciated significantly.
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the k12 uses a hossack style front end, it is not bimota style hub centric. maynard is right, bug is slightly off.

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the hub-center steering is the way to go. i have the GTS 1000 yamaha and love it. i was suspicious about the concept of no front forks untill i rode a dealer demo. i was hooked. very stable especially when leaned over cornering , braking, and hitting road irregularities....confidendence inspiring to say the least. has been the best handling, most forgiving, and most comfortable bike i've ever owned (i've had three so far)

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The Tesi 1D reached production in around 1991. Might have been a 1992 model, I can't remember that.

Dale Quarterley tested it in Italy in 1991 while racing a Bimota Dieci for the North American importer, the Roscetti Corporation, in AMA events in the Three Hour Challenge.

Dale worked with them, and it seemed like some of the issues they had were in selecting spring rates. Dales was awesome with suspension intuition and knowledge.

Bimota Italy brought a Tesi 1D for Dale to race in the US to Daytona for the 200 in 1992. They ran into an electrical problem in the fuel pump and retired. Dale Qualified well, at least similar to what he usually did for the 200. Bimota seemed to loose interest after that.

It was hub center steering. Since it doesn't work like a normal bike, it was easier to isolate the bike's CG and maintain trail, which is feel, in the chassis. It was ahead of its time, but innovation is hard to bring to the mainstream at times.

I think it only had the Ducati 851 motor as Ducati didn't want to compete against another Ducati motor...I think they were up to the 888 at the time? Someone probably remembers better than me.


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