Friday, February 16, 2007

Bimota Tesi 3D: Coming to a showroom near you

Exotic, expensive and Italian - the Bimota Tesi 3D
First shown at the EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan last year, the Bimota Tesi 3D is now coming to showrooms in the US. The Tesi 3D is powered by a Ducati-sourced 1079cc, air-and-oil-cooled, desmodromic v-twin. It’s not really one of the more powerful litre-class engines around, and Japanese supersport 600s will probably blow it into the weeds in power and acceleration stakes. However, the Bimota boasts of something rare – hub-centre steering, which was first developed by Bimota in the early-1990s for the Tesi 1D.

The 168kg (kerb weight) Tesi 3D’s front and rear swingarms utilise a trellis frame made of stiff, light alloy, somewhat similar to what Bimota use on their DB5 and DB6 bikes. The hydraulic front suspension unit is located low, beside the engine, and the bike is fitted with Magneti Marelli fuel injection, carbonfibre bodywork, forged alloy wheels, and radial disc brakes.

For more details, go to the Bimota USA site here and for Motorcycle USA's riding impression of the Bimota Tesi 2D, go here

Also see: 
The Vyrus 985 C3 4V and other bikes with alternative front suspension

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