Massimo Tamburini

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Massimo Tamburini

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

He currently works at the CRC (Centro Ricerche Cagiva), a subsidiary of MV Agusta, in San Marino. He is known for introducing some of the most stunning motorcycle designs, including:

  • Ducati 916 - the most iconic motorcycle of the 90's

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 the most iconic in the world of motorcycle design. The grandmaster of the Italian school of motorcycle design, Tamburini's motorcycles contrast sharply with the designs of the Japanese school of design.

In 1973, Tamburini was one of three founders of Bimota, but he was to join Cagiva in the mid-1980s. In his new position, he designed the classical Ducati 916. When Cagiva acquired MV Agusta, Tamburini designed the new range.

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

He lives and works at CRC in San Marino.