July 24, 2024

Massimo Tamburini’s Final Project – The Tamburini T12 Massimo

Tamburini T12 Massimo
The Tamburini T12 Massimo was the Italian designer's final project.

Massimo Tamburini was the Italian motorcycle designer credited with designing the classic Ducati 916, the MV Agusta F4, and was one of the founders of Bimota.

Sadly, the world lost the great designer in 2014 at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer.

Massimo Tamburini
Massimo Tamburini

Now, two years after his death, his family have unveiled Tamburini’s final project – the Tamburini T12 Massimo – a pure track bike that is certain to be Massimo Tamburini’s greatest legacy.

Tamburini had a huge passion for motorcycles, first inspired by attending the world championship race at Monza in 1961.

He had wanted to study engineering but the family didn’t have the money for a university education so he trained at a local technical school instead.

According to his biography he never finished his technical education for health reasons, and remained largely self taught.

He had started his own business manufacturing air-conditioning ducts, but in 1973 founded Bimota together with Valerio Bianchi and Giuseppe Morri.

Tamburini had a long standing relationship with Claudio Castiglioni, who hired him in 1985 when the Italian businessman took over Ducati.

In 1991 when Castiglioni acquired MV Agusta, Tamburini once again found opportunity and challenge with Castiglioni at a new company.

At MV Agusta he was responsible for the F4, Brutale, and his final design before retiring in 2008 was the F3 675.

Despite retiring, Tamburini continued to design, and the Tamburini T12 Massimo is the result of that  work.

The bike is designed purely for track use and is built around a superbike-spec BMW S 1000 RR engine that produces in excess of 230 hp (172 kW).

The frame is a steel trellis construction which is characteristic of all of Tamburini’s designs, and reports are the master hand welded the frame for first prototype himself.

A pure track bike with an expensive price tag - AUD$467,000.
A pure track bike with an expensive price tag – AUD$467,000.

Magnesium alloy is used for the swingarm, inner steering tube, triple clamps and rear wheel hub, and most of the rest of the running gear is made from billet aluminium.

The bike is fitted with the very best race spec Ohlins suspension, Brembo Monobloc brakes and lightweight Motec electronics and display.

The bodywork is largely made from carbon fibre, and the fairings of the T12 were developed personally by Tamburini.

This all helps to reduce the bike’s dry weight to just 154.5 kg.

The exclusive machine has a price tag of around €300,000 (AUD$467,000).

Massimo worked an average 12 hours a day on his design, and left behind a very well defined motorcycle in every detail.

His family were committed to bring his last dream to reality, and it was his son Andrea who has led the team to build the bike.

In the end, Massimo Tamburini’s spirit lives on in a superbike that will forever represent a legendary milestone within the motorcycle world.