1992 Bimota 904cc Tesi 1D SR Frame no. ZESS5DU25NRTES006
Lot 211
1992 Bimota 904cc Tesi 1D SR
Frame no. ZESS5DU25NRTES006
Sold for US$ 20,700 inc. premium

Lot Details
1992 Bimota 904cc Tesi 1D SR Frame no. ZESS5DU25NRTES006 1992 Bimota 904cc Tesi 1D SR Frame no. ZESS5DU25NRTES006 1992 Bimota 904cc Tesi 1D SR Frame no. ZESS5DU25NRTES006 1992 Bimota 904cc Tesi 1D SR Frame no. ZESS5DU25NRTES006 1992 Bimota 904cc Tesi 1D SR Frame no. ZESS5DU25NRTES006
1992 Bimota 904cc Tesi 1D SR
Frame no. ZESS5DU25NRTES006
Founded in 1966, Bimota manufactured heating and ventilation ducting in Rimini on Italy's east coast, before the enthusiasm of two of its founders - Giuseppe Morri and Massimo Tamburini, persuaded a third, Valerio Bianchi, to turn to motorcycle production in the early 1970s. The intervening 50-odd years has seen Bimota establish itself as one of the world's foremost producers of limited edition, top quality, high performance motorcycles. Technical innovation, sometimes too radical for good business sense, has long been the brand's hallmark, witness the Tesi's hub-center steering.
"The advantages of using a hub-center steering system are that it separates the steering, braking, and suspension functions. The system uses arms on bearings to allow upward wheel deflection, meaning that there is no stiction, even under braking. Complex linkages are needed in the steering process and this can sometimes lead to mildly inconsistent handlebar movement."

The first street production Tesi was the 1D 851 launched in 1990 at the Cologne show, designed by Pier Luigi Marconi. It used a complex arrangement of "boomerang" milled aluminum side plates, and tubes, only this time no loads were taken by the engine. The bike rocked the motorcycle world. The second model of the first series, the Tesi 1D 904, was a logical development of the first year model and was built in 1991 and early 1992.

Only 144 1D SRs were built. The 904 motor is, of course, a big bore 851 Ducati liquid-cooled 4-valve desmo L-twin. 6-speed, dry clutch to boot. The first owner was the late Ron Boltz, who bought the bike from Northville, Michigan Bimota dealer Gregg Rammel. Ron immediately pursued $4,700 worth of upgrades, including the installation of an Ohlins shock kit, track day safety wiring and a pair of Dunlop GP tires. The motorcycle presented is a low mileage, superb example of a very scarce breed.

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