Bike of the day: 2014 Bimota Tesi 3D
Today's bike of the day is this 2014 Bimota Tesi 3D, which is due to go up for auction at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show this month.
Estimated to go for between £15,000 to £25,000 here's what we know so far...
Bimota first experienced international racing success in 1980 when Jon Ekerold, a true privateer, won the 350cc world championship on a Yamaha-powered Bimota. They also experienced success in the early years of the Superbike World Championship. Virginio Ferrari won the 1987 Formula TT title aboard a YB4 EI, partnering with Davide Tardozzi. Tardozzi won five races in the inaugural 1988 world superbike championship, more than any other competitor, but inconsistent results relegated him to third place in the final standings.
After many years without success, the Australian rider Anthony Gobert caused a major shock in 2000 by winning a wet race at Philip Island on a Bimota SB8R. The Alstare team entered a Bimota package into World Superbikes in 2014 for riders Ayrton Badovini and Christian Iddon, however the bike initially did not have enough units in production to pass the championship’s homoglation rules. As a compromise, the bikes were allowed to enter from round 2, but ineligible for points until homoglation is achieved.
The Tesi 3D 40th anniversary edition on offer is in fantastic condition. As a low mileage example there are only few minor blemishes to the motorcycle. Offered with all the relevant registration documents this genuine low mileage example is ready for the summer months.