Top 10 Significant Motorcycles Designed By Massimo Tamburini

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4. Bimota KB2

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Continuing Bimota’s theme of creating frames for Japanese engines, the KB series, of which there were three iterations, made a proper handler out of various Kawasaki engines. In the KB2, the Kawasaki GPz550 mill is surrounded by a steel trellis frame and the best suspension components out there, including a single shock. It may not sound like a big deal today, but considering the KB line started in the 70s, this technology was groundbreaking for its time. Then as in today, it’s still a good looking bike, too.

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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”.