Tamburini's Last Hurrah: The T12 Massimo

Tom Roderick
by Tom Roderick

A racetrack special powered by a 230+ horsepower BMW S1000RR WSBK engine

Massimo Tamburini’s legacy emerges posthumously in his most refined superbike ever, the T12 Massimo – a 341-pound, 230+ horsepower sex machine powered by a BMW S1000RR inline-Four, and outfitted with the best from Öhlins, Brembo, and Marchesini. Started by the master and finished by his son, Andrea, currently, two prototypes exist, with plans to custom build final versions according to demand and who can afford the bike’s $342,000 price tag.

The T12’s chassis incorporates Massimo Tamburini’s patented system that allows for adjusting the flexural rigidity of the frame. The frame is chrome-moly steel, while the steering head, single-side swingarm, and Marchesini wheels are magnesium. Most other structural components are carbon fiber. For more information, or to order one of your own (please, can we ride it?) go to massimotamburini.com.


  • Type: BMW S1000RR SBK
  • Displacement: 999cc
  • Bore: 80mm
  • Stroke: 49,7mm
  • Compression ratio: N.A.
  • Distribution: gear driven DOHC
  • Induction: 4 valve per cylinder
  • Cooling: by fluid
  • Power: 230+ Hp
  • Torque: N.A.
  • Electronics: MOTEC M170
  • Lubrication: forced, wet sump
  • Exhaust system: T12 4-into-1 by Arrow
  • Primary transmission: by gears
  • Clutch: oil bath
  • Gearbox: 6 speed, quick shift race type
  • Final transmission: chain


  • Patent: Adjustable lateral stiffness
  • Frame: high tensile steel tubing trellis with cast magnesium plates
  • Front suspension: Öhlins GP type
  • Rear suspension: Öhlins GP type
  • Front brake: Brembo Racing
  • Master cylinder: PR 19-18 GP type
  • Front calipers: GP type, four pistons P4.34/38 Monoblock radial mount with fluid lines Staubli quick release connection
  • Front rotors: 320mm steel
  • Rear brake: Brembo racing
  • Master cylinder: PS13 GP type
  • Caliper: GP type, monoblock P2.34
  • Rear rotor: 218mm steel
  • Front wheel: forged magnesium
  • Rear wheel: forged magnesium
  • Front radial: Pirelli Diablo SBK racing 120/70-17
  • Rear radial: Pirelli Diablo SBK racing 200/60-17
  • Steering axis rake: adjustable
  • Teleforks tri-clamps offset: adjustable
  • Trail: adjustable
  • Wheelbase: N.A.
  • Fuel tank capacity: N.A.
  • Dry weight: 341 lbs.
Tom Roderick
Tom Roderick

A former Motorcycle.com staffer who has gone on to greener pastures, Tom Roderick still can't get the motorcycle bug out of his system. And honestly, we still miss having him around. Tom is now a regular freelance writer and tester for Motorcycle.com when his schedule allows, and his experience, riding ability, writing talent, and quick wit are still a joy to have – even if we don't get to experience it as much as we used to.

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  • DickRuble DickRuble on May 07, 2016

    Doesn't seem to be much more powerful/sophisticated than a Panigale Superleggera.

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    • SerSamsquamsh SerSamsquamsh on May 09, 2016

      It's built for rich asshole-speculators so it just needs to be expensive. It'll be in an air conditioned vault no doubt.

  • Born to Ride Born to Ride on May 07, 2016