If you’re not listening to the Two Enthusiasts Podcast, you should…there is some good two-wheeled gold in the show. So, with a hat-tip to my co-host Quentin Wilson – whose new favorite phrase is “pinnacle weird” – we present you with perhaps the strangest motorcycle to debut at the 2015 EICMA show.
The Bimota Tesi 3D champions the hub-center steering chassis design, and is one of the more unique motorcycles in the industry right now. Its design is positively futuristic, so it is a little strange that Bimota is trying to make the Tesi 3D into a café racer with the launch of the Bimota Tesi 3D RaceCafe.
Powered by the same 803cc air-cooled v-twin engine that’s found in the Scrambler series, you can tell that Bimota is trying to latch onto the post-heritage trend that is dying a slow death in the motorcycle industry, but hasn’t quite figured out how to do it yet.
Arguably, the Bimota Tesi 3D is the worst platform in the Rimini company’s lineup for the café racer treatment, with the Bimota Impeto probably being closer to what Bimota fans are looking for in that regard; after all, streetfighters really are the modern day café racers.
Where does that leave the Bimota Tesi 3D RaceCafe? We’re not quite sure. It’s an interesting design to be sure, but it just doesn’t fit an obvious segment in the industry. We’ll have to ponder this one. Leave your thoughts in the comments.