Not many riders may know about the Bimota brand, but just one look is all you need to appreciate it. Known for customizing existing Italian superbikes with their own distinctive design, Bimota bikes’ most striking feature are the hub-center front suspension and steering system.
Forced to shut down in the early 2000s due to financial trouble, Kawasaki acquired a 49% stake to kick start its return. With Kawasaki platforms and engines now used for their bikes, Bimoto revealed a radically-styled superbike at the 2019 EICMA. Now that superbike, the 2020 Tesi H2, is finally headed for production.
The Tesi H2 is based on the supercharged Kawasaki Ninja H2. It’s powered by the same 998 cc 4-cylinder DOHC, supercharged engine that produces 231 PS at 11,500 rpm and 141 Nm at 11,000rpm. Bimota has worked hard to make it lighter than the H2 it’s derived from. Its unique suspension is made of billet aluminum, allowing it to tip the scales at just 214 kg. Unfortunately, its top speed is electronically limited to 299km/h.
The Bimota Tesi H2 is now available for preorder at a shocking price of €64,000 (PhP3,678,000). Unfotunately, it’s only available to European buyers for now and limited to just 250 units. Shipping will start in October.
Of course, there’s a chance Bimota might make more than 250 once production goes into full swing and it begins shipping outside of Europe. There’s also another model planned, called the KB4, another revival of an old model, this time retaining the retro 80s styling.