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Bimota Unveils Tera: A Hub-Steered Supercharged Adventure Crossover

Bimota, under the stewardship of Kawasaki since 2019, has officially revealed the Tera – a revolutionary hub-steered adventure bike. The Tera, based on Bimota CEO Pierluigi Marconi’s Tesi chassis design, is a testament to the brand’s commitment to innovation. The patented Tera steering system, developed over three years, enhances the Tesi design by increasing the side-to-side steering range to 35 degrees, delivering improved maneuverability.

The front suspension-steering system maintains the anti-dive effect of the original Tesi, while significantly reducing unsprung masses. It features a knee-type link actuating the shock absorber inside the steering head, connected to the front wheel through machined billet plates carrying the brake calipers. This innovative design allows for a 30mm height adjustment of the center of gravity.

The Tera’s chassis is a blend of machined billet-aluminum plates and a steel-tubing trellis structure, with the engine serving as a stressed member. Bolting the engine to both front and rear structures creates a lightweight yet rigid framework. Powered by the Kawasaki H2’s supercharged inline-four engine, the Tera boasts 200 hp at 11,000 rpm and 101 lb.-ft. of torque at 8,500 rpm.

Key features include a compact wheelbase of 56.9 inches, forged magnesium wheels, Brembo Stylema calipers, and Kawasaki’s advanced electronics suite. The Tera, categorized as a “crossover,” offers superbike-like performance with an upright and comfortable riding position. Remarkably, Bimota has kept the curb weight at just 440 pounds.

While specific details on availability and pricing are pending, the Tera’s unveiling marks a significant leap for Bimota, demonstrating their prowess in pushing the boundaries of motorcycle design and engineering.

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