Bimota kicked in the doors at the 2012 EICMA International Motorcycle Show with a whopping 19 models, and while creations like the 1198cc Ducati Testastretta-powered DB11 and the BMW S1000RR-based BB2 are enough get our hearts pumping, the 2013 DB11 VLX can stop them all together. That beast situates the same 1198cc Duc engine between the rails of a custom frame, but bolts on a supercharger for good measure. That's right, there's a blown V-twin dumping 188 horsepower on this bike's rear tire. We'll admit, we're having a hard time wrapping our mind around that sort of lunacy.

The DB11 VLX just goes to show no one does insanity with quite the same elegance as the Italians. With 105 pound-feet of torque on hand and a curb weight of under 400 pounds, the DB11 VLX is likely quick enough to carry you from zero to dead faster than anything else in your stable. We approve. Right now, there's no word on how much the machine will set you back, but like most toys worth having, you probably don't have the pennies if you have to ask.


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      Agent55
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think this bike tells us why supercharged bikes haven't been seriously considered by most manufacturers. While this Bimota is really trick and produces some impressive figures, the final results are only marginally better than some of the class leaders that probably cost half as much. The Bimmer S1000RR routinely makes 175-185hp at the wheel depending on the dyno, and Ducati's own 1199 is flirting with 170hp at the rear tire, and that's with EPA crap strapped on them from the factory. Look to a built-to-the-hilt World Superbike and you're talking 210-220hp at the wheel. Suddenly the whole "it takes power to make power" method of bolting on superchargers doesn't make much sense on these small-displacement engines.
        IOMTT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Agent55
        Very true, but none of those NA engines make 105 ft/lb of torque over a wide range of rpm. Bimota has a history of being different and quirky seemingly just for the heck of it. Even Kawasaki is considering supercharging for the next iteration of the ZX14R, even going as far as filing patents for a clever supercharger package.
          Agent55
          • 2 Years Ago
          @IOMTT
          Agreed, that's a hefty torque figure. Not sure the 80+ foot-punds that the BMW and Ducati are making is inadequate though, I'd even argue you can have too much torque to drive off a corner. I've seen that Kawi patent, but since they make inline 4-supercharged Jetski's, I wonder if that patent actually was meant for a bike. I can only hope ;)
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll admit, I had no idea Bimota was still around. Haven't heard much about them since the 90s.
        montegod7ss
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Same. When I hear the name Bimoto all I can think of is the crazy Tesi from 1992.
      454
      • 2 Years Ago
      YES!
      Nestor Escobar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sweet mother of pearl! Meth is less deadly
      ngiotta
      • 2 Years Ago
      Holy cow! *If* you could hang on to this thing at wide-open, it would likely rip your face off with that kind of power:weight. Is it wrong to want to have my face ripped off by this?
      iTsLiKeAnEgG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pure madness!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Kuro Houou
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow 0-60 to dead lol, so true. But what an amazing machine!!!