Friday, June 27, 2008

Riding Impression: 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D Carbon

The Bimota Tesi 3D at the Albacete circuit, in Spain
Pics: Motociclismo
With the Tesi, Bimota have stuck to their ‘alternative front-end’ guns for 25 years – no mean feat for such a small company. The work of two Italian engineers, Pierluigi Marconi and Roberto Ugolini, the first Tesi came out in 1983. Today, while the motorcycling world has still not accepted the front swingarm concept, the Tesi, now in its third avatar, still soldiers on regardless.

Last week, the guys at Motociclismo got to the ride the new Tesi 3D, with its new carbonfibre bodywork, during the Bimota Day event, which was held at the Albacete circuit in Spain. Here’s what they had to say about the bike:

The Tesi 3D’s chassis and suspension offer a very neutral setup and very good cornering stability. The bike changes direction quickly and the front end is always very poised, planted – as if it were riding on rails. In fact, the front end feels very similar to that of conventional high-spec racing bikes, with great poise and stability at all times. However, the Tesi 3D’s 95 horsepower engine seems a bit ordinary, especially given that the new DB7 has a 170bhp engine. Then again, the Tesi’s beauty is in the way it handles on the racetrack…

During hard braking, the Tesi 3D’s front end does not dive – the bike stops in a straight line and without any hesitation whatsoever. The front end setup allows you to brake deep into corners and the overall effect is very confidence inspiring.

Finally, the Bimota Tesi 3D is not a motorcycle for the masses. The bike simply isn’t about having the biggest engine or having the maximum amount of horsepower or being the fastest around a racetrack. No, it’s about being an exclusive piece of Italian engineering with 25 years of history behind it. Is the Tesi 3D worth the 30,000 euros (about US$40,500) it costs? Yes.

...and here's MCN's riding impression of the Bimota Tesi

Also see:
Memorable: The Bimota YB11... and YB6 Tuatara

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