Tesi is Italian for “thesis”, and the name reflects that this bike started as a thesis project by Pierluigi Marconi exploring hub-center steering for his mechanical engineering degree.
The first generation was the 1D, which utilized the 93 horsepower twin from the Ducati 851. By the third generation (3D), the Ducati-built heart was the 1,078cc dual spark engine found in machines like the Multistrada 1100 and Hypermotard 1100 (rated for 97 horsepower in the Tesi).
The 3D was a vast improvement of the 2D: Blake Conner of Cycle World said “I was amazed by how much more responsive the front end was compared to the 2D.” Alan Cathcart said the “third time’s the charm” in a Motorcycle.com review.
The air-cooled motor didn’t have much mass to move around – Bimota claimed a dry weight of just 370 pounds thanks to the high spec components and extensive use of carbon fiber.
2020 brought the last run of the Tesi 3D before Bimota moved to the Tesi H2. It was known as the Final Edition (Edizione Finale) and it marked the end of a long run of Ducati-powered Bimotas. Upgrades over previous 3Ds included a wet clutch and Ohlins TTX suspension.
This example (VIN: 4B9DD0952LR106007) is #25 of 45 of the Final Editions.
The odometer shows zero miles.
There are no modifications from stock.
The sale includes the Warranty and Service book, factory cover (in bag), and mirrors (not pictured).
The sole blemish we note is a slight imperfection in the “Tesi” sticker on the clutch cover, which we believe was from the factory.
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California, this Bimota is offered on a MSO from Bimota Spirit. It’s designated as a 2020 MOTO1.
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Santa Monica, California
Continental US: Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for a starting rate of $750 in the Continental US (prices may increase in rural markets), and Iconic will handle the paperwork on your behalf. You do not need to crate your bike or drain the gas/disconnect the battery if you go with Haul Bikes. We are glad to work with the shipper of your choice as well, but you will have to arrange it.
spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
the fee includes $15,000 of insurance with a $500 deductible. Additional insurance can be purchased at a cost of $50 per additional $5,000 of value.