About a year after rumours of the Kawasaki/Bimota team-up, we’re hearing the Bimota Tesi H2 hyperbike is almost ready for delivery.
Asphalt & Rubber recently ran photos of the new machine, showing its final production design is very similar to the version that appeared on last year’s show circuit. The styling is wild, for sure (check out all that carbon-fibre in A&R’s pics), but it’s the unique chassis design that really grabbed people’s attention. The hub steering design looks like nothing else on the market; it’s a classic Bimota idea, but it’s never really been a sales success over the years. With only 250 bikes on this first Tesi H2 production run, it’s not as if there’s enough volume here to turn the company into a powerhouse, either.
But! This is only the first run of the Tesi H2, and Bimota plans on making more. More importantly, it’s also the first machine what’s likely going to be a series of collaborations between Kawasaki and Bimota.
Remember, the Tesi H2 has Kawasaki’s H2 engine, a supercharged inline four that makes around 228 horsepower (238 horsepower at speed, claims Kawasaki, thanks to ram air function). It also has Kawasaki lighting and other bits. Kawasaki actually bought up a big chunk of Bimota last fall, and this means that Bimota has more financial stability than before, as well as a consistent supply of engines. These have been Bimota’s biggest problems over the past few years, and now they’re likely solved.
The Bimota Tesi H2 has a 64,000-euro price tag, which works out to roughly $76,000 USD. It’s supposedly starting delivery in October, 2020.