Often cited as the Michelangelo of motorbike design, Massimo Tamburini has given us some iconic motorcycle designs. It has been over two years since we lost the legendary Italian motorcycle designer and the co-founder of Bimota but his legacy lives on and his name continues to be associated with some of the most desirable machines on the planet. The Tamburini T12 Massimo was the last design that he put on the sheet before he departed the world and it has debuted now.
The Italian motorcycle designer gave us some exotic designs like the Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4 and the Tamburini T12 Massimo will be added to this amazing list. The motorcycle is based on one of the most advanced modern litre class motorcycles, the BMW S1000RR. The Tamburini T12 Massimo is a track only machine and continues to carry the ethos of Bimota. The S1000RR forms the base of this exotic piece of machinery.
Weighing just under 150 kgs dry, the Tamburini T12 Massimo takes weight saving quite seriously and cuts down significantly from the stock S1000RR which weighs around 175 kgs dry. Some of the weight has been saved by getting rid of the turn signals and other elements necessary for road bikes but there are various other changes that showcase the engineering prowess.
The Tamburini T12 Massimo has carbon fibre bodywork and gets a custom Arrow exhaust that exits to the side of bellypan. The chassis is a high tensile steel alloy tubing trellis frame with magnesium casting headstock. There is significant use of magnesium in other places as well. The engine has been tuned to 230 HP to keep even the most demanding track day enthusiasts happy. With all these components, Tamburini T12 Massimo, the last Tamburini design, is truly a masterpiece.