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Barber Motorcycle Museum: Bimota Tesi and Bimota Tesi 3D

The Tesi with it’s hub-steering has become one of those motorcycles that is the stuff of legend. Seeing the unusual Bimota in the wild is a bit like seeing a UFO. Sure some people say they’ve seen them but I’m usually a little skeptical and never imagined seeing one myself. That was until we visited Barber Motorsports Museum where they have not 1 but 2 different Tesi models on display; a 1991 Tesi and a 2008 Tesi 3D.

Bimota Tesi 3D Barber Motorsports Museum
“While featuring the original Hub-Steering developed by Bimota, the Tesi 3D Concept boasts several new developments and refinements: The front and rear swing utilize a trellis structure similar to the rear swing of our DB5 and DB6 series’ models. Also the front suspension has been radically redesigned and now uses a pull-rod mechanism with the hydraulic suspension located low beside the engine. Carbon body-parts and cowling, forged alloy wheels, and radial disc brakes are further features of the new TESI 3D. “
Bimota Tesi Barber Motorsports Museum

Such radical visual styling elicits a love it or hate it response in people. Where do you stand?

Bimota Tesi Barber Motosports Museum
Bimota Tesi 3D Barber Motorspors Museum
Bimota Tesi 3D Barber Motorsports Museum
Bimota Tesi 3D
Bimota tesi 3D
Bimota Tesi Barber Motorsports Museum

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I really always liked it and hope one day i can ride it and see what that hub steering feels like.

Cadillac Jack

Great… now there’s drool all over my keyboard!

Very nice…


Pretty nifty, aren’t they? At first I wasn’t so sure how I felt about their looks. I definitely like their more faceted look with the 3D. Their sister-bike the Vyrus with the long ram air snorkel looks extra Terminator-ish.

hektor the pup

Love that design, always have. Would love to ride on one day.

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