Most people think of sportbikes when they think of great moving art on two wheels. This is especially true for people like me who like contemporary machines rather than two-wheelers designed in a neo-retro aesthetic. Even though the Ducati Panigale V4 and BMW S 1000 RR are some of the most exquisite motorcycles ever made, you could say they pale in comparison to the bike we’re talking about today.
In the motorcycle world, few people know the Bimota brand. On the other hand, once you have seen one of his works, you will probably not forget it. Sports motorcycles are the main product line of the Italian motorcycle company Bimota. The company, which had to close its doors in the early 2000s, was revived by none other than Kawasaki, who bought a 49% stake in it. Unsurprisingly, Bimota’s relaunched motorcycles were equipped with Kawasaki technology. However, there was a catch.
The Bimota Tesi H2, which was presented by one of the largest motorcycle distributors in the Philippines, Wheeltek, during the recent edition of the California Superbike School, is unlike any other existing motorcycle, as you can see from the pictures below.
The outrageous front suspension layout is probably what catches your eye first. In fact, a billet aluminum alloy swingarm serves as the front suspension instead of the standard telescopic forks seen on nearly every other motorcycle. This setup not only gives the Tesi H2 an extremely stunning, otherworldly look, but also gives it excellent handling by eliminating brake dive and reinforcing the front end. The Tesi H2 (214 kilos dry) is even lighter than the Ninja H2 (238 kilos dry) it was built on thanks to the lightweight construction of this system.
While we’re talking about the Ninja H2, it’s worth noting that the Tesi has the same 998cc inline-four engine as this bike, hence the H2 in its name. Thanks to the motorcycle’s ram-air technology, the compressor, which emits a characteristic roar as a result of the sonic boom created in its housing, generates an astonishing 238 horsepower. We don’t know if the Tesi H2 will be sold in the Philippine market at the time of this writing. However, it carries a surprising price tag of 64,000 euros in Europe.