Somewhere on Facebook, we had come across a status that read – “Asking someone else to drive your beast is like asking someone else to kiss your girlfriend!” Such is the guys’ love for bikes. There is an increasing segment in the Indian market, which spends in beasts to hone or relive the passion of guys for biking. We, at GrabOn, had a lot of fun gazing fervidly over these dream machines, as we put this exclusive list of 20 most expensive motorcycles in the world together. Let’s count down the 20 most expensive bikes on sale on the planet. Prices are in US Dollars.
20 most expensive motorcycles in the world
For anyone who loves the experience of being on the road on the bike, some of these ridiculously expensive motorcycles will still be a dream purchase.
20. TRON Light Cycle — $77,000
Whether you’re a fan of the new movie or think the original 1982 film was better, it is hardly arguable on which movie had the better bikes, which were integral to the science fiction feature.
Missing only the badass trail of light that the bikes leave in the movie, a replica of the futuristic light cycle built by Calfornia-based Andrews Collection is almost as good as the ones in the film. The unique car dealership sold the replica for USD 77000.
19. Confederate B120 Wraith — $92,500
Although not as futuristic as the Tron Light Cycle, the Confederate B120 Wraith is dearer with a price tag of $92500. This bike is a must buy for any motorbike enthusiast who loves the aesthetics of retro motorbike design with modern performance standards.. and also happens to be seriously rich.
The bike itself, is still worth the money in a way, with its billet aluminium that is aircraft grade and carbon fiber that gives it the unique blend of old and new.
18. Vyrus 987 C3 4V — $103,800
Vyrus is an Italian company that builds insane beasts powered by Ducati engines. The 987 C3 4V is one of their most expensive motorcycles with a price tag well over $100k. With a crossover of sports bike and motocross aesthetics, the bike is super light at a cool 158 kilograms.
The naked design also makes it a must buy for those interested in the mechanics of the bike and who also happen to be super-rich.
17. MV Agusta F4CC — $120,000
The aggressive posture of the rider on the MV Agusta F4CC asserts its position as a bike designed for high speeds, with horsepower clocking at 200. The price tag of the MV Agusta comes with a justification of exclusivity, with only 100 units built.
That the entire bike is practically hand built with over 90 percent of its parts(including engine valves from Ferrari) being tailor made might also give some comfort to its owners.
16. Coventry Eagle – $120,000
Flying Eagle is one of the oldest yet high end bikes of Royal Eagle Company. Although it is a little less than a hundred years old, the bike is still good to hit the road. Designed for the classy riders and believers of the phrase ‘Old is Gold’. Well, the price certainly makes it gold.
15. NCR MH TT (Mike Hailwood) — $130,000
Here is another in our list of most expensive bikes in the world. This retro looking, titanium framed motorbike was built exclusively for collectors, or at least that is what one would assume looking at its horsepower of 130 and the price it sells at.
There were only 12 of these babies ever assembled to commemorate the 30th anniversary of British Grand Prix racer, Mike Hailwood’s victory at the Isle of Man. The design is reminiscent of the late 60s racing motorcycles.
14. NCR Leggera 1200 Titanium Special — $145,000
Another titanium beauty, except with splendid components. The bike features carbon fiber BST wheels, suspension by Öhlins, brakes by Brembo and a titanium frame weighing under 5 kilograms. This makes the bike super agile, much like any bike by NCR.
13. Hildebrand Wolfmüller – $150,000
“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” ~ Isaac Newton
The world’s first production motorcycle, Hildebrand and Wolf Müller is one of the most expensive motorcycles in the world. They have a graceful and enduring history. Heinrich and Wilhelm Hidebrand (the original owners) were steam-engine engineers before they teamed up to produce their internal combustion Motorrad in Munich in 1894. 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller first production motorcycle was sold in an auction in 2010 for $111,626. This bike is again on sale and priced at much higher range for the history behind it. It is a rare bike indeed. The bike has a two-cylinder four-stroke engine.
12. Icon Sheene — $172,000
Much like the NCR MH TT, the Icon Sheene is also a commemoratory bike built to pay homage to world champion motorcycle racer, Barry Sheene. Limited edition seems to have an influence on the price tags of the bikes on this list, as with the Icon Sheene with only 52 of them ever built.
To further highlight the exclusivity of each bike, the makers printed one of the 52 playing cards on each unit. Deemed to be the most powerful bike of its time, the $172000 bike has a 1500cc engine.
11. Hub less Harley Davidson – $155,000
This badass Harley-Davidson road king rides On hubless wheels i.e. it doesn’t have spokes unlike other expensive motorcycles. While including the high end bikes in our elite list of world’s most expensive motorcycles, this particular renegade wasn’t in our mind and we had to see the images to believe it. Featuring an all-aluminum body, the most striking thing about this Harley beast is it has the most insane wheels that look strikingly similar to a Dyson office fan. Machined from a solid piece of billet, the brake system has been integrated into the wheels while a custom air cylinder has been designed specifically for the load the bike and wheel will have to endure.
10. MTT Turbine Streetfighter — $175,000
This beast by MTT had a Rolls Royce-Allison turbine built in which let it reach 320 hp with its Pirelli Diablo tires. With production limited to less than 5 per year, the bike is known for its insane acceleration with zero vibration. The MTT Turbine Streetfighter is still up there with the best super bikes.
9. NCR Macchia Nera — $225,000
Macchia Nera is another bike riding on the ‘limited edition’ game to get its $255000 tag, and having celebrated Italian designer, Aldo Drudi’s name only helped. Albeit not very powerful in comparison to the many superbikes on this list, the NCR bike is super light at under 135 kilograms making it heavily popular as collectibles for aficionados.
8. Ducati Desmosedici D16RR NCR M16 – $232,500
It features carbon fiber for the fenders and there are also other materials which were used for making the different parts of the bike such as titanium, avionic and aluminum. Although you can find all of these materials, the bike is not heavy as it weighs 319 pounds.
7. Ecosse FE Ti XX – $300,000
Ecosse Moto Works is renowned for its exclusive range of motorcycles and one its latest most expensive motorcycles in the Titanium Series the Ti XX is the Ecosse FE Ti XX. The bike is ranged at whopping $3 lakh, which is 1.64 crore in INR.
The motorcycle is powered by a 2,409cc billet aluminium powerplant and transmits 228PS of power to the rear wheel. Carbon fibre has been used abundantly on the bike to keep the weight low and the saddle has been handcrafted by posh Italian leathermaker Berluti.
If that wasn’t enough, its grade-9 titanium exhaust pipes have a ceramic media shot-peened finish on them. To keep the Titanium Series FE Ti XX highly exclusive, only 13 units would ever be made.
6. Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike — $550,000
At the first sight, the Dodge Tomahawk V10, one of the world’s most expensive motorcycles, looks like something straight out of a high-budget sci-fi movie. The chrome futuristic beast weighs well over an absurd 680 kilograms and still manages to clock o to 60 in 2.5 seconds with a maximum speed of 482 kms per hour.
The bike itself however, is a concept automobile meaning that it is illegal to ride it on the streets.
5. Harley Davidson Cosmic Starship — $1.5 million
Harley Davidson is the only American company in the list with a bike priced over $1 million. The price you’d pay(if you could) wouldn’t be for the power as the bike has nothing much to boast in terms of horsepower or torque. But, the Harley Davidson Cosmic Starship is a complete work of art hand painted by Jack Armstrong.
The price tag of 1.5 million might seem too much until you consider the fact that most of Jack Armstrong’s paintings’ prices go as high as $3 million.
4. The Yamaha BMS Chopper — $3 million
The list from here on is of bikes that are pure collectibles and not really meant for the road. The selling factor is more the uncanny design rather than power or torque.
With a red velvet upholstered seat, the Yamaha BMS is almost entirely coated in 24 karat gold with a peculiar print and seating posture that oddly shares a stark resemblance with the bikes featured in Samurai Jack.
3. Ecosse Spirit — $3.6 million
The Ecosse Spirit ranks second in the list world’s most expensive motorcycles. It may look harmless at first sight but make no mistake, it packs enough power to satisfy any racer with a maximum speed of 370 kilometres. The peculiar looking motorcycle was built based on the design of formula-1 cars by American and British engineers.
The Ecosse Spirit, not unlike other bikes on the list also rides on exclusivity with only 10 of these ever built in the titanium series priced at least $3.6 million. Ecosse require you to take a two-week class at their headquarters in order to take a ride.
2. 1949 E90 AJS Porcupine — $7 Million
Considering that this motorcycle was originally made in 1949 makes it worth studying for any bike designer. The bike isn’t too far from modern design standards and is often considered one of the most innovatively designed motorcycles.
With only 4 units ever made, it is easy to understand where the price comes from. And that Les Graham had won the world championship in 1949 on the bike seals it for the AJS Porcupine.
1. Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter — $11 million
For anyone who doesn’t know Neiman Marcus as a superbike manufacturer, there is good reason — it isn’t a superbike manufacturer, rather a department store. When the company unveiled the Limited Edition fighter for auction, it started at $110,000, which although not a small amount is not even close to what it would go on to sell at.
With Neiman Marcus selling the bike as the evolution of the machine coupled with its resemblance to clockwork, innovative design ultimately got the bike purchased at $11 million, making it the most expensive bike so far and the number 1 on our list!
Honestly, these photos of the most expensive motorcycles are probably the closest we’ll ever get to possessing any of these luxury bikes, so we can at least revel in the above photos.
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