In the past, bikes were manufactured and bought by riders for commuting from point A to point B. As the years passed, bikes came to be seen as something more than just a machine that we ride, they came to be seen as works of art. More and more passionate engineers and designers began working on motorbikes that would put works of art to shame. And the surge in passion brought with it, a surge in prices. Speaking of prices, here’s a list of the most expensive bikes as of 2018:
10. Ducati Testa Stretta NCR Machia Nera Concept – $225,000
Conventionally, motorbikes are priced based on their performance, design and the overall feel it gives the rider. Another reasons for the price of a motorbike to be high is the fact that the bike is a limited edition i.e. only a certain number of them were manufactured. This is exactly the case with #10, The Ducati Machia Nera with its impressive light weight of 297 pounds and the artistic contribution by the visionary designer Aldo Drudi coupled with the fact that this is a limited edition bike justifies the price aficionados have to pay for this beauty.
9. Ducati Desmosedici D16RR NCR M16 – $232,500
The Desmosedici D16RR starts at $72,500 but after a revolutionary rework into making the motorbike lighter and more powerful with the addition of carbon fiber everywhere, including the fram, swingarm, wheels, the fuel tank, faring, tail and fenders. The NCR sends 200+ hp to the tarmac instead of a 175 hp which is the sent to the back wheel by a a stock 989cc V four Ducati motor. The current gen MotoGP suspension helps bring all that power in control and makes the Millona 16 worth its price.
3. Ecosse FE Ti XX Titanium Series – $300,000
A former #1 spot holder on the list of the world’s most expensive list,, the Ecosse FE Ti XX has a 2,409cc billet aluminium engine powering it. Add to this the abundantly used carbon fiber to lower the bike’s weight, the saddle handcrafted by posh Italian leather virtuoso Berluti and the grade-9 titanium exhaust tips and also the fact that only 13 of these super engineered babies have ever been made and you will finally be able to see why motorbike enthusiasts would pay such a sum to have this bike in their collection.
4. Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike – $550,000
The Tomahawk V10 uses a V10 four stroke Dodge Viper engine, which is unconventional to the say the least. Back in 2003, when this one-of-a-kind motorbike was introduced, it was operational road-ready but not fully road tested. Capable of going 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and with a theoretical top speed of 400mph this beast has never ever been put to the test but is surely a sight that would get even the most hardened conventional motorbike enthusiast a run for his money.
5. Harley Davidson Cosmic Starship – $1.5 million
The last #1 spot holder on the list of the most expensive motorbikes in the world, Harley Davidson’s Cosmic Starship is not work of art just in theory, but one that literally looks and feels like one. With artwork by famed cosmic existentialist artist Jack Armstrong worth $984,000 painted red and yellow on the bike’s V rod, the Cosmic Starship earns its price by being the definition of the place where art and science meet.
6. BMS Nehmesis – $3 million
A Behemoth of a motorbike, the BMS Nehmesis has no side stand making it look like it is lying flat on its underbelly, but that is certainy not the case. Because it incorporates an air-ride system which is capable of lifting the bike 10 inches or lower it right onto the ground. This renders the side stand unnecessary as the bike can gently land on its frame rails when it is time to park. As for the yellow glitter on its body, that is 24 karat gold and I guess that in itself can justify the price tag on this bike.
7. Hildebrand and Wolfmuller – $3.5 million
As we go further and further into the 21st century, the works of art and science from the last century become more and more expensive. One such work of art is the Hildebrand and Wolfmuller, a bike which was built in 1894, which is 124 years ago. The year this bike was built marked the end of horses as a mode of transport as the men passionate about riding just moved their love and affection toward this 2 wheeled petrol-guzzling steed. The only justification I have for the price tag on this bike is that, ‘history is expensive.’
8. Ecosse ES1 Spirit – $3.6 million
A true engineering marvel, the Ecosse ES1 Spirit is not built like your conventional motorbike. Why do you ask? Well, for starters, the bike does not have a chassis framework, swingarm and rear suspension attached to the gearbox and no attachment of its front suspension to the engine. The handlebars are on the upward-projected steer axis to avoid the “muddy” steering feel of earlier articulated front ends. An integrated bespoke transverse inline-Four engine, driver sitting in a position that allows the knees to be close to the body for greater ergonomics and control and many more refreshing new tune-ups make this bike feel and handle like an F1 race care that its British and American engineers envisioned it to be. Add to this the fact that the buyer would be among an elite group of only 10 people to ride this heaven on wheels and you will begin to understand why the bike is priced astronomically.
9. 1949 E90 AJS Porcupine – $7 million
A limited edition with only 4 units of this motorbike to have ever been built, The 1949 AJS Porcupine has a rich history and winning racetrack heritage. The bike has an open aluminium alloy frame and a 500cc DOHC twin engine with horizontal cylinders and heads, which gives it a low entre of gravity. It uses what’s called “Jam-pot” shocks and Teledraulic race forks. The 1949 E90 AJS Porcupine lived through the Cold War in the Coventry National Motorcycle Museum and now it is finally available for purchase to a refined motorcycle enthusiast with a deep pocket.
10. Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter – $11 million
Starting at the market at the “humble” price of $110,000, the Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter slowly but surely made its mark on the hearts of reviewers and enthusiasts with its revolutionary clockwork design and its gorgeous chassis which is carved from a single piece of metal. Reviewers call it the next step in the evolution of motorcycles because of the reinvention of the core elements of a motorbike that the Neiman Marcus displays elegantly. With only 45 units to have ever been built and the fact that the Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter is completely street-legal with a top speed of 190mph, the price of $11 million wouldn’t feel expensive to a true biking enthusiast but instead feel like an investment that’ll be worth it.
So there you have it, ‘The List Of The Most Expensive Bikes In The World’ as of 2018.
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