December 20, 2006 Designer Pierluigi Marconi’s center-hub steering Bimota TESI (named because it was indeed his Mech.E thesis) hit the world in 1990 as the Bimota TESI 1D and created a sensation. Though Marconi has since moved on from Bimota, the third incarnation of the completely redesigned machine went on display recently as the 3D. As the D indicates, the motor of the bike is a Ducati, and this latest redesign takes advantage of Ducati’s new 1079cc motor, adding a lot of horses since the original 1D’s 851 motor. The new TESI 3D is gorgeous, light at just 168 kg, and looks sort of weird because the front and rear swing arms are almost identical. In between there’s the usual trellis framework and extraordinary workmanship. Only 29 numbered 3Ds will be built, each costing EUR 29,000 Euro (US$38,400). For a rundown on its predecessor, there’s a great online article by the world’s most authoritative motorcycle tester, Alan Cathcart, here and the U.S. distributors can be found here.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon