Although Tamburini is most known for his most famous design work on Ducati's iconic 916, Tamburini's first mark in motorcycling was when he formed a small company in 1966 specializing in air conditioning units alongside his friends Valerio Bianchi and Giuseppe Morri. With the first two letters of their surnames accounting for the company's name—BiMoTa—the company took a turn to the motorcycle side when Tamburini crashed his modified Honda CB750 at Misano and broke three ribs. The crash angered his colleagues, with Bianchi leaving the company, and finances forcing Morri and Tamburini to move the company to another area. But after thinking about why he crashed his Honda, Tamburini came up with a novel concept that would change the sportbike landscape. "At that time I said to Morri, 'Wouldn't it be nice to open a company that would take the Japanese bikes — which had a good motor but very bad chassis — and make them good?' He also had a passion for bikes and had seen what I had done to the MV and said, 'OK, let's try it,'" recalled Tamburini. Bimota Meccanica was formed in late 1972.