Bimota Tesi H2 Breaks Cover
The Bimota Tesi H2 was first showcased at EICMA last year as a concept bike after Kawasaki Heavy Industries bought Bimota’s 49 percent stake and became the brand’s main owner. The amalgamation of Italian exoticism and Japanese engineering has brought us the Tesi H2 and the same has been spotted many times, doing the racetrack rounds. And now the Italian brand has announced the latest images, the full spec, latest pricing, and delivery dates of the Bimota Tesi H2 ready for production.
If we had to define the Tesi H2 in just one term, radical would be the case. It’s not especially eye-pleasing but one thing is certain, it looks like nothing else on the lane.
In terms of looks, the production-ready model is not that far from the concept model. It retains the same configuration of the fairing, winglets, central headlight geometry, hub-center steering, and massive exhaust system. But the black treatment on the definition has now been replaced by some Italian colors, indicating its roots. The black livery is now changed onto the fairings with an Italian Tricolore.
The center stage of the motorcycle’s uniqueness is the radical hub center steering system that is connected to a special, dive-free suspension system that allows the motorcycle to be more stable than traditional systems. Powering the new Bimota Tesi H2 is the supercharged, four-cylinder engine from Kawasaki which also power the H2.
The inline-four supercharged 998cc makes 231 hp (170 kW) at 11,500 rpm and the power figure with Ram Air goes up to 242 hp (178 kW) at 11,500 rpm. The maximum torque is set at 11,000 rpm, at 141 Nm. The Tesi H2 shares with the donor bike the engine, mirrors, handlebar, steering damper, switchgear, and exhaust but everything else is newly made.
The Bimota Tesi H2 is the first model introduced by the Italian brand to highlight its collaboration with Kawasaki and pre-sales are underway as the hyperbike is expected to start production from 1 October. Bimota Tesi H2 is a limited edition model and the company will only build 250 units at a price tag of €64,000, with a unique tag and frame number.
Reports also suggest that the KB4 will be the next motorcycle to come out of this partnership. Bimota is renowned for developing radically designed super exotic motorcycles but the KB4 departs from all the perceived notions that we have about Bimota. It doesn’t look like it doesn’t belong on earth, but rather, it looks pretty drop-dead! It might look retro and flaunt the old-school charm flawlessly but underneath those beautiful layers is a four-cylinder inline engine from the Kawasaki Z1000 which is as modern as it comes.
Not only will the Bimota KB4 look at the part, but it will also have performance in spades. We can expect them to tweak the engine a bit as factory-fresh, the engine produces 140 bhp of power and a peak torque of over 108 Nm. There is no official word as to whether it goes into action or remains a fantasy. But if it does, it will have all the firepower to take on the proven players in the premium motorcycle segment with the Kawasaki experience and Bimota’s craftmanship.