Massimo Tamburini

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Massimo Tamburini

Massimo Tamburini is an Italian motorcycle designer for motorcycle companies including: Cagiva, Ducati, MV Agusta; and Bimota, which he founded, together with Bianchi and Morri (BiMoTa).

He lived and worked in San Marino at CRC (Centro Ricerche Cagiva), a subsidiary of MV Agusta, but has announced he will be retiring effective December 31, 2008.[1]

He was known for introducing some of the motorcycle designs, including:

Tamburini's experience within the motorcycle industry began when he attended the world championship race at Monza in 1961. Captivated by the sound of the MV Agusta's four stroke engine ridden by Provini, Tamburini devoted his life to the design of motorcycles.

Tamburini's designs are iconic in the world of motorcycle design. His Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4 were included in the Guggenheim Museum's The Art of the Motorcycle exhibit of 1998-1999.[2]

In 1973, Tamburini was one of three founders of Bimota, but he was to join Cagiva in February 1985. In his new position, he designed the now classic Ducati 916. When Cagiva acquired MV Agusta, Tamburini designed the new range.

In the field of product design, Tamburini is on a par with the very best Italian automotive designers such as Giorgetto Giugiaro and Marcello Gandini.


  1. Massimo Tamburini Retires. Retrieved on 2008-12-03.
  2. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Field Museum of Natural History, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao (2001). The Art of the Motorcycle. Guggenheim Museum. pp. 379, 396. ISBN 0810969122, 9780810969124