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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.

“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. “

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

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Say ‘Hello’ to Stan the Muffler Man from Birmingham, Alabama

No trip to another state is complete without checking to see if there is a Muffler Man in the vicinity. You can never be sure if you’ll pass that way again, so stopping is a must! On our recent trip to Birmingham, Alabama it was no different. We stopped in to see “Stan” the GCR Muffler Man.

With the fiberglass giants getting up there in age, they often need some upkeep and repair. They also get customized and personalized. Many of them have unique features like chest hair, eyelashes  and in blue-eyed Stan’s case, white gloves.

I don’t know that I want to venture a guess as to what he’s up to with those gloves on but he looks like he’s beckoning you to ‘bring it on!’

Stan underwent some major surgery in 1998 after a storm did a number on him.

Hey -you can view some more of the big fellas we’ve visited in the Muffler Man Gallery.