2013 Bimota DB11 VLX – Supercharged Italian Hotness

11/13/2012 @ 12:56 am, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS

Bimota is known for making some exquisite machines by taking production motors from other OEMs, and wrapping those engines in frames of Italian company’s own design. Art on two wheels, Bimota rarely strays from this formula, though when it does, something interesting usually happens. One such example is the 2013 Bimota DB11 VLX , which looks strikingly similar to the Bimota DB9 Brivido we saw at EICMA last year.

A full-fairing machine with a Ducati Testastretta 11° engine at it core, what is really interesting about the VLX version of the DB11 is the supercharger that lurks underneath the fairings. The Bimota DB11 VLX  makes an impressive 188hp with an even more impressive 105 lbs•ft of torque, compared to the more “reasonable” 160hp of the base model Bimota DB11.

That ludicrous amount of power is due to a Sprintex dual-screw supercharger, which has been further modified by Bimota’s engineering team. Brakes are Brembo monoblocs, while the suspension is by Öhlins, both front and rear. The exhaust is made by Athena, but designed in-house by Bimota. The 2013 Bimota DB11 VLX tips the scales at 394 lbs dry. Price, well if you have to ask…

Source: Bimota

  • Gutterslob

    Would be nice if they gave us a bit more info on the supercharger.

    I preferred Bimota back when they used Japanese (main Suzuki, I think) engines. They had all the exoticness but were still easy to work on, a great balance.

  • Working on it…Bimota is the most “Italian” of the Italian bike makers, if you know what I mean.

  • The supercharger is a Sprintex dual-screw supercharger.


  • Gutterslob

    Thanks for that, Mr. Beeler

  • RJ

    Does that look like Ohlins suspension to you?

  • We did this some years ago…….


  • MikeD

    Jensen ? You know is not real if there’s no JUICY Pictures….LOL.

    I want to see how well integrated it ended being.

    This is a nice alternative to ever increasing displacement and engine’s bulk…(im not complaining, merely sugesting, lol).
    The OEM should try this one…there’s the tech, know how and materials to achieve great results.

    Man…that’s one ugly motorcycle…Bimota………call KTM. They can help you with your severe case of bodywork dullness.


    Magnificent work Sr. Keep it up.

  • This bike is highly collectible for the well healed set.
    Super-charged Italian ? That torque?
    Throw in the history of Ducati refraining from supplying the Superquadro motor to Bimota (with this bike as the resulting response)…and it makes for a great machine.

    If those are Ohlin’s forks, i’m glad to see them in something other than gold.

  • The spec-sheet says Öhlins, but I agree that those look very Marzocchi-like…nothing surprises me when dealing with Italian motorcycle manufacturers though.