Bikes may just be a mode of transportation for ordinary people, but some bikes are not made for ordinary use, right!. It is a special medium to express emotion and feelings for many people especially the younger generations. One thing is for sure, whether it’s a boy or a girl, old or young everyone must have an infatuation over a car or most probably a bike.
That’s the power of these metallic machines that even for a short time, it can create a great attraction that no one of us can deny. And that’s a lot of philosophy; isn’t it, so let us take you straight to the realm of those bikes that one day you want to have in your garage. Have a look at the top 15 Most Expensive Bikes in the world.
15. Harley Davidson Rocker
In the mid-1960s, a special type of custom motorcycles emerged in the American market popularly known as ‘chopper’. A chopper, according to many experts is the most extreme of all custom styles, which is generally associated with radically modified steering angles and lengthened forks giving it a stretched-out appearance.
Mostly, production bikes have to be separately ‘chopped’ or maneuvered to have a chopper look, but the Harley Davidson Rocker is a tailor-made, off the rack chopper which makes it quite unique. It was first introduced in 2008, having features like self-adjusting filters and map controlled spark ignition. It is powered by a 1600 cc, four cylinder engines and has a six speed transmission.
14. NCR Mike Hailwood TT
Michael Hailwood is regarded by many as the greatest racers of all time who dealt a career ending injury in 1974 at the German Grand prix, which grievously forced him to retire from the racing world. But after almost eleven years away from the biking world, he returned to relive his childhood passion once again. In 1978, he achieved one of the memorable performances of his entire career grasping a legendary victory.
The NCR Mike Hailwood is originally a Ducati 900SS, it is powered by a V2 four stroke engine producing approx. 85 HP. Since then, it has managed to win 9 World Championships, 76 Grand prix, and 14 Isle of Man trophies. This is a limited edition bike and only 12 units were produced.
13. NCR Leggera 1200 Special
The Neggera 1200 is a highly modified version of Ducati Hypermortard 1100 bike. It is produced by NCR, an Italian based company known for giving a gorgeous makeover to already handsome Ducati bikes for a long time. Leggera is a street legal bike and currently holds the position of the lightest Hypermotard bike with only 328 pounds of total weight.
Having the usual NCR look and feel, it also includes the carbon-ceramic brakes and carbon bodywork and wheels which. But it’s the power house which makes the difference, while the base Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP comes with a stock DS 1100 motor, the NCR Leggera 1200 Special features a 1200cc engine with an increased Power of 132 HP.
12. Icon Sheene
Remember Barry Sheene, the last British World Champion in 1977 until replaced by Danny Kent in 2015. The Icon Sheene is a collaboration of all those people who were involved in his life during his fame as a motorcycle road racer. It’s a tribute by his family, engineers and friends to an icon in the 70s.
It is a complex piece of engineering and one of the most powerful production motorcycles in the world with the 1400 cc turbocharger, four cylinder engine which produces power of over 250 HP. Only 52 Icon Sheene bikes were built. The maximum speed of this bike is 200 MPH. It has carbon wheels, aluminum frame, 6 speed quick shift gearbox and much more compelling features.
11. MTT Turbine Streetfighter
The MTT Turbine Streetfighter is a unique hybrid motorcycle which runs on either diesel or kerosene and even on jet fuel. As the name suggests, it is powered by turboshaft engine. One of the many unique things about the motorcycle is that it is not mass produced and can only be acquired by prior order.
It has a Rolls Royce engine producing 420 HP at a torque of 576 NM. The bike registered the top speed of 249 km/h. The V8 engine has two speed gearbox with a frame and wheels that are made up of aluminium and carbon fiber respectively.
10. Suzuki Hayabusa (Carbon Fiber)
The Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R or just simply Hayabusa doesn’t need any kind of formal introduction. The sixth fastest bike in the world also comes in a carbon fiber special edition. A factory model Hayabusa can be easily converted into a special carbon fiber model after installing just few exclusively designed carbon fiber parts. But doing this may slightly stretch your pocket.
9. NCR Macchia Nera Concept
This Ducati Macchia Nera Concept was designed by Aldo Drudi and built by NCR. The bike made its first official appearance back in September 2003 during EICMA (Milan Motorcycle Show) in Milan, but the official track debut was at Misano WDW in 2004. Its unique design attracted many fans across the globe.
Titanium trellis frame, full race exhaust system made it one of the most unique concept bikes ever. The Macchia Nera is powered by Ducati Testastretta engine with 180Hp. The wheels were fitted with a MotoGP Brembo brake system with 320 mm double disks.
8. Ducati Desmosedici D16RR NCR M16
The Ducati produced Desmosedici RR is a limited edition bike, a road-legal version of the Desmosedici MotoGP race bike. In 2004, Ducati announced at the Misano circuit, Italy, during the World Ducati Week that a low volume road replica of the Desmosedici would be available from early 2006.
Ducati made only 1,500 Desmosedici for general purchase. The Desmosedici RR (Racing Replica) was claimed to be the first true road replica of a MotoGP racing bike. The production cost of this bike is only $72,500 but after upgrading, it reaches to a price more than $200,000. Power wise, with the Ducati 989 cc v4 desmodromic engine, it is capable of producing a 200 HP.
7. Ecosse titanium Series FE Ti XX
Ecosse motor works is one of the finest motor companies who are extremely popular for making exclusive and most expensive motorcycles. The Ecosse Titanium Series FE Ti XX is one of them. It is equipped with a powerful 2.4l billet aluminum engine that produces astonishing 225Hp.
Engulfed with spectacular titanium chassis the FE Ti XX contain compelling all-titanium exhaust system, custom head pipes with internal ceramic coating, custom titanium mufflers with titanium inlet cone and titanium internal baffle moto GP Öhlins suspension (forks and shock) carbon-fiber wheels and bodywork insane dual-cam powerplant (supercharged), intercooled & fuel-injected. This is one of the fastest bikes in the world with a speed of 250 MPH.
6. The Legendary British Vintage Black
The Legendary British Vintage Black or Black Lightning was a Vincent –HRD motorcycle first ever produced in 1948. It is powered by a 998 cc V-twin engine that produced 70 horsepower and a top speed of 240 km/h. It features an air cooling system in the engine to improve the performance in racing. A total of just 31 of these were ever produced.
The British singer Richard Thompson once wrote a song “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”, recorded on his 1991 album Rumor and Sigh. Thompson later said, ‘When I was a kid, that was always the exotic bike… the one that made you go “ooh, wow”.
5. Yamaha Roadstar BMS Chopper
In 1985, Sam Nehme, the founder of BMS Chopper entered into the motor industry just as a kind. After 30 years, he produced one of the gems in the motorcycle world, the Yamaha Roadstar. Also known as the Gold Plated Custom Chopper, it features a unique body which is completely plated with gold and thus making way amongst the most expensive bikes in the world till date.
It has a frame with no front down tubes. Rider can select gears by rotating the left hand grip. The fuel tank is divided into two parts-one for petrol and other for the electronics.
4. Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike
The Dodge Tomahawk is the fastest bike in the world produced by Dodge Viper. Dodge can reach to top speed of 680 km/h. The bike is equipped with 8.3 L V10 engine and 2 speed manual transmission with 500 HP power. It can accelerate from 0- 100 km/h within 2.6 seconds.
3. Ultra Rare Porcupine
In 2011, at a Bonhams August sale in Carmel, California, one of the world’s rarest and most legendary motorcycles, the 1954’s AJS 497cc E95 ‘Porcupine’ Racing Motorcycle was sold nearly at $750,000. The Ultra Rare Porcupine is one of the only four porcupine bikes, built during the World War II. It was a part of the National Motorcycle Museum in Coventry for last twenty years. It is powered by a 550 cc four speed engine with supercharger.
2. Harley Davidson Cosmic Starship
Price: $1.5 million
The most famous motor brand in the USA, the Harley Davidson unveiled their first million dollar bike “cosmic starship” at Bartels Harley-Davidson in Marina Del Rey, California in 2010. This pure art machine would cost you $1.5 million.
As we mentioned earlier, the cosmic starship is one and only million dollar bike ever produced by the legendary company and it’s likely to remain the same. The reason behind the popularity and gorgeous valuation of this bike is the hand crafted artwork by famous artist Jack Armstrong on the Harley. His paintings usually sell at $300,000 to $3 million each.
1. Ecosse ES1 Superbike
Price: $3.6 million
Finally, it’s down to the no. 1 spot. It always takes something special to be at the top and this bike has it all. We are talking about the ES1 Superbike. The Ecosse ES1 is simply a multi-million dollar Superbike having a unique frameless chassis which separates it with the other bikes.
The front and rear suspension use torsion springs fitted on the swingarm pivots and F1 spec dampers mounted directly between swingarm and engine. This bike is powered by a modified IL4 engine that could achieve a speed of 250 MPH and could generate 200 bhp. The bike is customized according to customers pre-order. It comes with an electronic control system for better handling.