Top 200 Current Motorcycles: Best Or Worst? - Bimota DB7 & Tesi 3D
Let's be very clear: I don't like the styling of most Bimotas... actually the vast majority of them bear a remarkable resemblance to rolling piles of metal scrap with paint jobs that were conceived during LSD bummer trips. Having said that, the Bimota DB7 doesn't overtly offend me as much as most of the rest of the Bimota lineup. It most certainly does not have the classic beauty and perfect harmony of my favorite of the Bimotas, the stunningly lovely DB5R but in its own strangely alluring angular fashion this Bimota does appeal to me on a visceral level. All those sharp semi origami angles do seem to hold together, the girdery frame member at the sidecover position is a vivid demonstration to the whole world (are you reading this, Ducati?) that girder can be attractive when shiny, silvery, and restrained, and frankly I believe that the muffler is a work of art. But they shouldn't have named it with the same moniker as an Aston Martin V12!
The bike is powered by a whirlwind 1099 cc, liquid cooled, 90° l-twin motor with a bore and stroke of 104 mm x 64.7 mm and a compression ratio of 12.5:1 which gives the model a beguiling 160 horsepower (117.7 kW). When we look at the total dry weight of the bike equalling 374 pounds (170 Kg.), and factor the weight in to the strong power available we get a final calculation of 2.34 pounds per horsepower, which is not far off from the power to weight ratio of a Formula One car.
Verdict: No, 160 horsepower does not belong anywhere but the track, but the angular styling of this motorcycle most definitely has me hooked. I love it! BEST!
Bimota Tesi 3D
There really is no point in rehashing what I'd written in my Top 100 Ugliest Motorcycles - 10 Bizarrobikes Hub where the Bimota Tesi 3D came in third with the Tesi 2D leading the pack. "The merry group of psychotic lunatics at Bimota with the Tesi 3D have created yet another engineering structural cross-section and manage to pass it off as a finished motorcycle. What is it with this beam look that resembles a mechanical MRI? Why does the front wheel look like it came off a Lotus Seven? And what's with the scrawny tank and the wasp sting fairing and headlight? Ok, I can at least tell where you sit on this bike and which way is forwards, although if I sat my big fat butt on that Tour De France bicycle seat it would have the effect of a proctological examination. What a waste of perfectly good metal!"
The motorcycle is driven by a dyno-cranking 1079 cc, oil/air cooled, 90° l-twin engine featuring a bore and stroke of 98 mm x 71.5 mm and a compression ratio of 10.5:1 which gives the motorcycle a notable 97 horsepower (71.3 kW). When we calculate the overall dry weight of the motorcycle tallying up to 370 pounds (168 Kg.), and factor it into the mighty horsepower we get a total calculation of 3.81 pounds per horsepower, which is close to the power to weight ratio of a fuel dragster.
Verdict: It's absolutely true. I honestly don't know what they're smoking or snorting in the Bimota styling department, but the Italian police's narcotics squad should rush there right away. WORST!
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