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49.9 per cent stake in the Italian bike manufactur­er, Bimota, and the first product of this collaborat­ion is the Bimota Tesi H2, revealed at EICMA last year.

After months of teasing and hushed tracktests, the Tesi H2 is finally production-ready and Bimota have been accepting bookings for this unique machine since the 10 September.

Only 250 units of the Tesi H2 will be built, each sporting a unique serial number plaque, bathed in carbon-fibre bodywork, and powered by the Ninja-H2-derived supercharg­ed fourcylind­er motor that makes 231 hp and 141 Nm of torque, with peak power going up to 242 hp with ram air. Rather than using a traditiona­l fork for the front suspension, the Tesi H2 is endowed with Bimota’s radical hub-centre steering system which incorporat­es a billetallo­y swing-arm up front, while the 998-cc in-line four-cylinder motor acts as a stressed member between the front and rear swingarms. Brakes have been sourced from Brembo and suspension duties are managed by a pair of Öhlins TTX monoshocks, although the production bike misses out on the semi-active suspension that we saw on the concept bike last year.

The Bimota Tesi H2 borrows its electronic­s package from Kawasaki, with a full suite of lean-sensitive rider aids. This includes ABS, a nine-level traction control system, Bosch IMU, two-way quick-shifter, launch control, and more. The dash, a combinatio­n of an analogue tachometer and a large TFT screen, has also been borrowed from the H2. The Bimota Tesi H2 is priced at €64,000 (Rs 55 lakh) in Europe and deliveries have just begun. We don’t expect to see this one on Indian streets anytime soon.

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