When chief engineer Federico Marconi moved to Gilera it allowed his successor, Pierluigi Marconi, to take over the mantle and push his revised design for the funky front end. Marconi had the new mechanically-steeredtesi running inside just two months, fitted with an untuned FZ750 street engine for initial tests at the short, twisty go-kart tracks of Magione and Varano in the hands of Bimota’s test rider (and works racer) Giancarlo Falappa. Marconi’s steering features a fairly normal-looking pair of yokes into which are slatted a pair of meaty hollow tubes
that not only provide a location for the conventional clip-ons but also for the steering damper. The two yokes pivot on the front of the subframe and operate an abbreviated steering column offset to the left, via a short drag link that is differentially geared to provide a variable steering ratio. A small degree of movement of the bars from the straight ahead position results in an even smaller amount of lock on the front wheel, but as the bars are turned further, the ratio picks up until at around 10°of slack it is 1:1.