Top 10 Significant Motorcycles Designed By Massimo Tamburini

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This week’s Top 10 celebrates the work of Massimo Tamburini, who died Sunday from complications due to lung cancer. An undisputed legend in motorcycling, any discussion regarding the most beautiful motorcycle ever will undoubtedly feature a Tamburini design.

Passing of a legend: Massimo Tamburini 1943-2014

Indeed, ranking all of Tamburini’s designs would be a tough order, but here we’ve compiled 10 of his masterpieces. Some of them have been smashing successes, while others could be considered utter failures. But they were all significant in one way or another. Undoubtedly there are some models missing from the list – that’s just the nature of these things – so we invite you to list your own favorites from the massive Massimo Tamburini body of work in the comments section below.

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  • Matt Maddalena

    I was all set to argue the placing of the Brutale, F4, and the Bimota HB1, but then I realized you wrote an article about the most “Significant” designs, not the most beautiful. In that case your listing makes perfect sense, but I still rate those 3 above even the 916 for aesthetics. Good article, a fitting tribute to a man’s who’s impact will be FOREVER felt… Ciao, Mr Tamburini. Until we can ride together in Heaven.

  • JMDonald

    Genius in design shows itself as true art and can only be developed over time. Tamburini’s influence will be felt for many years no doubt.

  • http://www.motou.info Gabe Ets-Hokin

    Great story Troy! Really good reading.

  • Billy Jack

    Adrian Morton designed the MV Agusta F3, not Tamburini. To not even mention Morton’s name – and to call the F3 a “fitting send-off for the legendary designer (Tamburini)” – is way, WAY off base. In interviews I’ve read with Morton, he actually had to defend his design against the input of both Tamburini and Castiglioni, both of whom desired that it look more like the F4. Whatever minimal (and largely unknown) influence he may have had on the F3, by way of critique, it certainly doesn’t belong on a list of “…Motorcycles Designed by Massimo Tamburini”.