It is the final project undertaken by Massimo Tamburini.

Live supercar show “Top Marques Monaco” is moving this year with a sensational line-up of vehicles confirmed for its 15th-anniversary edition including brand-new supercars, rare classic cars, and an exceedingly rare million-dollar motorbike.

Yes, a motorcycle that has six zeros’ on its price tag. This is an extremely Limited Edition bike that’s called the "T12 MASSIMO" that was the final brainchild of Massimo Tamburini, also known as the ’Michelangelo of Motos’. Only 12 of these samples will be ever made, each for a million bucks.

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Massimo Tamburini was the famous designer whose work of art was scaled on the Ducati 916 / 748and the very voguish MV Agusta F4. He was also the “ta” of the Bimota motorcycle company, another Italian firm that creates some of the finest looking motorcycles. This legendary designer passed away four years ago, but his legacy has been kept alive by his son Andrea Tamburini.

What started out back in 2012 (hence the T12 in the name), the $ 1 million T12 Massimo has been designed to the extremely high standards set by Massimo Tamburini. This was basically the last project Mr. Tamburini set his hands and eyes on, and this makes the T12 a rare piece of a machine holding values far higher than any other Massimo’.

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Starting with the base, the chassis is a typical Massimo styled trellis design with high-strength, impeccably welded alloy steel tubes. This, of course, is a patented architecture that has a system that allows to modulate and adjust the transversal rigidity of the structure without the need to replace any element. The steering tube is a magnesium structure that is holstered with a steel tube truss.

Magnesium plates hold the BMW S1000RR engine in place along with the single-sided swingarm. The single-sided swingarm is also a magnesium cast element and so are the wheel hubs. The MFR/Robert Marchesini wheels themselves are forged in magnesium. All other components are CNC machined from high strength aluminum alloy. All this to keep the total mass of the bike to as low as 330 pounds.

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Of course, how can one keep weights so low without making use of carbon-fiber? The T12 makes abundant use of it. All body panels including the superstructure make use of this exquisite material. The structure of the tank, also in carbon fiber, so are the airbox and the intake ducts. Items like the rear sets and top yoke are machined from billet aluminum.

Tamburini has made this machine the lightest in its class and also the smallest. One can easily adjourn this as a 600cc-800cc supersport rather than a full liter class monster. And handling such weighs are MotoGP spec Öhlins forks and shocks made bespoke by Ohlins especially for Tamburini. Brembo GP braking system, discs, and pincers complete with Staubli quick couplings handle the braking department.

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Coming to the heart of this maniac, Tamburin underpinned it with the BMW S1000RR in its most advanced SBK setup. It gives out a monstrous 230 hp and makes a hell-of-a-tune, thanks to the titanium Arrow 4-into-1 exhaust. Motec instrumentation and electronic equipment like the quick shift up / down are also GP borrowed equipment and the cabling running around all over is aerospace graded.

The T12 Massimo is the absolute quintessence of the sports bike, exclusively made for the race-track. Conceived into every square inch of this motorcycle is extreme perfection and chosen only the finest of materials and components to truly make this worth a MILLION BUCKS. A true work of art, it is in all respects to be considered a collector’s piece of absolute value for exclusivity, the last work of Maestro Massimo Tamburini.

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Andrea said: "To showcase my father’s last work, in an extremely prestigious context like Top Marques, is for me the absolute best way to honor him as a designer and as a person! The T12 Massimo is a work of art projecting the future, at the same time representing his way of being, without compromises and always seeking excellence! "

Is it worth a million dollars? I really can’t say, and I don’t even have a tenth of that. To think of it, for that price you could get a Honda RC213V S GP replicas, plus a Ducati 1299 Superleggera and a BMW HP4 Race. Now, that is a tall order. Maybe not for those 12 fanatics who have enough to splurge on a machine designed by someone called the ’Michelangelo of Motos’.

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