The motorbike planet lost a fantastic designer in excess of the weekend. Massimo Tamburini, the mind behind the shape of the Ducati 916 Superbike, MV Agusta F4 and a host of other gorgeous bikes died of cancer at age 70.
Tamburini founded Italian higher-functionality motorbike builder Bimota in the ’;70s with 2 partners. The final 2 letters of the company’;s name truly come from Tamburini. He then moved on to Cagiva in the ’;80s when the company also owned Ducati and penned styles for both companies.
Whilst there, Tamburini was responsible for making the 916. It refined what Ducati had done ahead of into a beautiful bundle, and the mixture of a semi-exposed frame, single-sided rear swing arm and underneath tail exhaust defined the company’;s design aesthetic for many years. He later took motorbike style even farther with the beautiful MV Agusta F4 (see over), with its 4 individual exhaust pipes poking out from below the seat. He retired from motorcycle design in 2008.
His designs transcended nicely past Italian sportbike followers. In accordance to Asphalt and Rubber, Tamburini’;s work was between that featured at The Art of the Motorcycle exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum. The guy was clearly a maestro when it came to shaping bikes, and he will be missed. Our condolences go out to his close friends and family members.