Bimota DB9 Brivido – The Best Looking Diavel Yet

11/16/2011 @ 2:43 pm, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

Astute readers this week would have noticed our coverage of the Bimota DB10 Bimotard, and wondered how the boutique Italian firm jumped from the DB8 to the DB10 designation. Well yes Virginia, there is a DB9. The Bimota DB9 Brivido arrived to the 2011 EICMA show with slightly less fanfare, but its still a classic example of the motorcycle company’s current design and ethos. Based around the 162hp Testastretta 11° motor from the Ducati Diavel, the DB9 Brivido continues the aesthetics that began with the Ducati Superbike 1198-powered DB8, and works in the more streetable maintenance-friendly Diavel motor.

Like every Bimota, the real masterpiece is the chassis that the Italian company builds around the production motors of other companies. In the case of the Bimota DB9 Brivido, the frame is made from both aluminum and a chromoly alloy, while the forks are 43mm Marzocchi units with the rear shock being from Extreme Tech. Brakes are of course Brembos, while the race exhaust is by Arrow. Bimota quotes the dry weight of the Bimota DB9 Brivido as 177kg (390 lbs), though true to the Italian company’s form, that weight can get further reduced with other premium options.

On display in Milan were two Brividos, the base model and one kitted in unpainted carbon fiber. Complete with a single perimeter braking disc, the tricked out Bimota DB9 Brivido will surely turn some heads at a bike night. Our pictures don’t really do either DB9 justice, as both bikes have an amazing fit and finish, and the carbon-clad Brivido is sinister with its high-tech murdered look. Our only real complaint is the general direction Bimota has been going with its fairing design stretching all the way back to the DB5. While the DB9 is still a looker, we’re craving something that sets the Ducati-powered model apart from each other.

Up-Close with the Bimota DB9 Brivido at EICMA:

Photos: Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • Chance Gray

    “The weight can further be reduced with more premium options”….NOW THATS FUNNY!

  • luke

    is it just me or is that starting to look like the last buell monstrosity at the front….

  • BikePilot

    Luke, are you thinking of the Motus? The headlight looks rather poor to me, quite like a Motus or KTM.

    From a performance standpoint the bike looks awesome. The performance and practicality of the Diavel motor without the foolish cruiser-concessions.

  • MikeD

    Pictures 14 thru 23=TOTAL FAP MATERIAL. Specially the welds on the ARROW System…i would make sweet love to it.

    Way to go putting that 11* engine to better use than inside the Diavel.

    I love the Darth Vader look(all black no fancy screaming color BUT black).

    Bimota’s still something else compared to “the others”.

    P.S: Are those Shinko Tires on this thing ? ROTFL, just being silly…(^_^ )

  • MikeD
  • you have to be honest here…

    ugly ugly ugly!

  • BBQdog

    Not my cup of tea. As the Panigale isn’t. Just trying too much doesn’t make a good design.
    All 848 owners better take good care of their bike.

  • Gary

    I’m with BBQdog. The Diavel is trying too hard at what the original M900 came by naturally.

  • Bimota design team seems to be kind of a one-trick pony.

    Having said that, I would do disgusting, unforgivable things to own one of these bikes.

  • RSVDan

    I typically love Bimotas, but this bike reeks of Spy vs Spy. Not a very pretty bike from a bodywork standpoint, but the hard parts are typical Bimota beauty.

  • Not “every” bimota has been built around other maker’s motors. They did build their own engine.

  • irksome

    Put a pretty hat on a warthog and it’s still a warthog.

    Or a Transformer kid toy. Is it Viagralon? Or Obscenatron?

  • Sam

    I wonder what Erik Buell has got to say about that front brake setup on the carbon…

  • Ades

    I think the frame and swing-arm really let this bike down and make it look cheap. Other than that I really like it and think it would be a hoot to ride.

  • tori



    IT IS U G L I E R T H A N D I A V E L !!!