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Bimota Tesi 1D

The bikes that time — Bimota Tesi 1D

Few can render a group of battle-hardened, and professionally cynical bike silent in dumbfounded awe, but the is one of them. When it was rolled out of the van at Hatch a hush descended as we stared at it.

Beautiful doesn’t come close. Even Oli, a man who’d fail to so much as an eyebrow if Valentino rode past him on a unicycle the Italian national anthem was You can’t ride it, he said, the silence.

It’s too perfect.

He had a too because never have I as scared of damaging a test as this one because you almost even put a price on the Tesi. It was the ever production bike hub-centre steering and even now is one of two to ever make it onto the Just 250 were ever and even if you wanted to buy parts for it, the fortunes of Bimota in the years its launch mean you can’t they just don’t

Talk about an iconic For years Bimota persevered the idea of a forkless front first titillating the world a racing prototype in 1983 finally unleashing the production eight years later. The had arrived, and everyone was excited.

The incredible thing was that had produced the Tesi at all. For engineers had been harping on the benefits of removing front end on the brakes by isolating braking from steering and suspension and an assortment of race bikes had cover with a fair of success. The fact it was Bimota, a Italian company of just employees who made the jump production ahead of any of the major and their comparatively infinite is nothing short of remarkable.

So why didn’t the Tesi take Two reasons. The first is hub-centre is infernally complicated not only to and build, but also to run and service all makes for some serious expense, not just for the manufacturer but for the too.

And with the bike costing over 20 grand, loved to look at it but there many who could actually one. Secondly, Bimota some of the worst motorcycles on the and had the Tesi ever been a success it would probably sunk the company overnight in claims.

You see Bimota are gutsy, gifted and turned out some of the most looking bikes known to When these bikes worked, on occasion they been spectacular, especially in the department. Problem is, they work.

And by this I don’t they splutter a bit when or the electrics play up now and again although they are prone to all of gremlins and parts falling off they do run — I mean genuinely don’t work. And our was no exception.

Bimota Tesi 1D

This particular bike has had love and pampering from its than a Crufts poodle. It in a dehumidified, warmed garage, has seen clouds let alone and when it so much as needs just about the only technician in the country is called in at expense to tend to it. It has just 660 on the clock. It fired up when we it into the van, and a day later at the

Nothing. The starter turned but fired.

We bumped it endlessly, we everything, we bumped it some We called the owner to see if we’d something daft like an We bumped it some more. It fired once.

There we were with one of the bikes on the planet, a bike all dreamed of for years, with a dry and Brands Hatch and the best we do was roll it down Paddock like a home-made go-kart.

But Bimotas for you. I tested the 500cc two-… V-Due a few years back, well, I say what I mean is I spent a day to start it at a racetrack and that started either. The same for the supposed WSB homologation machine, the which I also spent a day around another paddock.

Three perfectly-prepared Bimotas, and all of ’em inexplicable non-runners.

at Bimota is certainly tainted genius to develop bikes the Tesi, it’s just a their intentions are so far adrift their production capabilities. If made a wheelbarrow the handles probably fall off.

Bimota Tesi 1D
Bimota Tesi 1D


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