Which Are The 20 Most Expensive Motorcycles of All Time?

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Which Are The 20 Most Expensive Motorcycles of All Time?

If you are supposed to be a motorcyclist, there is nothing that can deter you. Riders like to be on the open road cruising through their bodies so it's beautiful when they're out there. Although only few motorcycles can offer the thrill, with a little more horsepower and a lot more elegance some can do that. Most people, especially the rare models or those driven by famous people, cannot imagine how expensive many motorcycles are. So here is a compilation of the 20 most expensive motorcycles of all time.


20) Hub less Harley Davidson – $155,000

Source : https://www.autoevolution.com/news/a-hubless-harley-davidson-chopper-is-one-sure-way-to-get-attention-141943.html#agal_4

The most remarkable thing about this Harley beast is that it has the wildest wheels and an all-aluminum frame. Machined from a sturdy piece of billet, the braking mechanism was built into the wheels while a custom air tank was specially designed to withstand the load that the bike and wheel would have to bear.

The Hubless custom started with a 1974 swing arm frame and a 21-inch front wheel, the Harley-Davidson Pan Shovel 80ci engine, 1969 & 1974 Harley-Davidson engine cases, and 1982 Harley-Davidson cylinders, according to Howard Sofield.


19) 1955 Vincent Black Prince – $162,800

Source : https://buy.motorious.com/articles/news/389670/1955-vincent-black-prince

With a horsepower of 55 at 5,700 rpm, this motorcycle was introduced way back in 1950, but things didn't work out as expected and due to a good decline in the purchase of luxury products, they no longer produced them. The Black Prince, though unloved at its launch, is now one of the rarest and most desirable of all Vincents. However, few have been imported into the US, with fewer still retaining their unique fiberglass bodywork.



18) Icon Sheene – $172,000

Source : https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/214272894749402999/

The Icon Sheene is a commemorative bike designed to pay tribute to Barry Sheene, the world champion motorcycle racer. Limited edition seems to have an impact on the bikes' price tags on this list, as with the Icon Sheene, of which only 52 were ever made. The creators printed one of the 52 play cards on each package to further illustrate the exclusivity of each wheel. This bike is considered to be the most powerful bike of its day and has a 1500cc engine.



17) MTT Turbine Streetfighter – $175,000

Source : http://picimgdmp.blogspot.com/2017/08/20-most-expensive-motorcycles-in-world.html

This MTT masterpiece had a Rolls Royce-Allison turbine installed in which its Pirelli Diablo tires allowed it to reach 320 horsepower. The bike is known for its crazy acceleration with minimal noise, with production limited to fewer than 5 a year. Still up there is the MTT Turbine Streetfighter with the best superbikes.



16) Suzuki AEM Carbon Fiber Hayabusa – $200,000

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The Suzuki Hayabusa is powered by a 1,340 cc, liquid-cooled, in-line four-cylinder engine which puts out 197 bhp at 9,500 rpm and 155 Nm of peak torque at 7,200 rpm. The Hayabusa is regarded as the fastest development motorcycle in the world, a title it still holds to this day, it can comfortably hit the speed of over 188 miles per hour. It was introduced in 1999 with an improved version in 2008 and does not sacrifice standards such as convenience, handling, durability, noise, power, economy or even size.



15) Ducati Testa Stretta NCR Macchia Nera Concept - $225,000

Source : https://thetop10awesome.blogspot.com/2019/12/top-10-most-expensive-bikes-in-world.html

The Ducati Testa Stretta NCR Macchia Nera Design comes with a $225,000 price tag which makes this motorcycle one of Ducatti's most exclusive motorcycles ever made. This bike, which comes with a 185 horsepower engine, may not be the most inexpensive bike, but if you're looking for anything to add to your collection then don't look any further, particularly when built by the legendary Aldo Drudi.



14) Ducati Desmosedici D16RR NCR M16 - $235,000

Source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ducati_Desmosedici_RR

With an engine power of 989cc and a maximum power of 200 Bhp @ 13800 rpm, the Ducati Desmosedici has long been on the list of the world's best motorcycles. This bike comes with carbon fiber throughout the body, from the load-bearing sections like the chassis, swing arm, and wheels to the fuel tank, fairing, tail, and even the fenders.



13) Ecosse FE Ti XX Titanium Series - $300,000

Source : https://www.forbes.com/pictures/ehlg45gihg/ecosse-moto-works-fe-ti-/#292377ec7aae

With a 228 horsepower engine this motorcycle justifies the $300,000 price point; the designer used a hefty amount of carbon fiber in order to lower the weight as much as possible. And to make it unique, Ecosse decided to produce only 13 units, one of them is owned by the Australian land speed racer Jack Ehret.



12) Vincent-HRD Black Lightning - $400,000

Source : https://silodrome.com/vincent-black-lightning-motorcycle/

With the engine of 998 OHV air-cooled 50 degree V-twin the Vincent-HRD Black Lightning comes with a horsepower of 70 and 5,700rpm and is one of the rarest motorcycles in the world with only 31 of them in the entire world. This coupled with its price has become an attraction for many motorcycle collectors in the world, one of them being Sam Nehme, the owner of Broward Motorsports.



11) 1932 Brough Superior 800cc Model BS4 Project - $480,000

Source : https://www.bonhams.com/locations/TRU/#/i2_0=TRU&m2=2

The motorcycle was one of the most innovative of its day. The Brough Superior 800cc Model BS4 Project of 1932 had a four-cylinder engine of 800cc while most bikes of the period only use one cylinder. And just to see how rare it is, the bike was sold for $480,000 in an auction, and is one of only seven survivors out of ten made.



10) Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike - $550,000

Source : https://www.pinterest.pt/pin/214272894749403005/

The Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike can go in 2.5 seconds from 0 to 60 mph, with a theoretical top speed once 420 mph (now downgraded to 300 mph). Unfortunately, this bike isn't legal in the street and wasn't meant to be ridden; Dodge claims this bike is meant to be seen as a ‘rolling sculpture’ rather than something that's meant to be ridden. The company has sold 9 Tomahawk bikes and Team Obsolete owns one of those.



9) 1954 AJS E95 Porcupine - $695,000

Source : https://motoriced.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/1954-ajs-497cc-e95-porcupine/

The Porcupine remains the only twin-cylinder motorcycle to win the 500cc World Cup. The 1954 AJS 500cc E95 Porcupine is the last creation ever made of the most beautiful, revolutionary, and elegant British Grand Prix racing motorcycle. New for 1954, its final year of competition, the special low handmade alloy fuel tank "pannier" wraps around the engine. The magnesium cam boxes protrude from under the tank’s top, catching the cooling air. 1954 AJS E95 Porcupine is one of the world's rarest and most famous bikes and the bike is one of only four created. This bike is owned by the Australian entrepreneur EJ. Cole.



8) 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer - $852,500

Source : https://www.articlelist.com/most-expensive-vintage-motorcycles.html

This bike is one of the six 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer bikes left in the world and this bike was the most technically sophisticated motorcycle of the day, even with its odd style in 21st-century terms. The bike came with a 45-horsepower engine and had a top speed of 111 mph. It was sold to the Moran Family in 1984, for $852,500.



7) Harley-Davidson Bucherer Blue Edition - $1.8 Million

Source : https://www.trussty.com/2018/08/the-worlds-most-expensive-modified.html?m=0#axzz6My5P3M4M

The Harley-Davidson Softail Slim S is powered by an air-cooled 1.8 liter V-Twin with a torque of 148 Nm. A 6-speed gearbox matts the transmission. The frame and rims are custom made. Several pieces are plated with gold. The creators also managed to create a window that would reveal the rotating camshaft. The Harley-Davidson Bucherer Blue Version is the world's first motorcycle designed in partnership with watchmaker Carl F. Bucherer.



6) BMS Nehmesis - $3 Million

Source : https://www.cnbc.com/2016/04/12/the-500000-gold-plated-super-chopper.html

The BMS Nehmesis motorcycle was named for its designer, Sam Nehme, who designed this motorcycle to look nothing like what looks like a regular motorcycle. In addition to a frame that is plated in gold, the bike comes with a giant 360 mm rear tire, an automatic clutch, and smart electronic grip shifters make it a luxury custom-built bike. Today this masterpiece is held by the Deutsches Zweirad- und NSU-Museum.



5) Harley Davidson Cosmic Starship - $3 Million

Source : https://www.autoevolution.com/news/the-harley-davidson-cosmic-starship-is-now-worlds-most-expensive-bike-141789.html

The price 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 cosmic Harley sold for $3 Million after a Dupont Registry Publication. But it has reappeared in the market, now with a price of $15 Million but it has not attracted a buyer yet.



4) Hildebrand & Wolfmuller - $3.5 Million

Source : https://theinfong.com/2015/10/top-15-most-expensive-motorcycles-in-the-world-and-how-much-they-cost-photos/12/

History takes center stage here with the first ever-built production motorcycle when two brothers who were steam engineers (Hildebrand) met designer Alois Wolfmüller in Munich in 1894. The maximum speed of this bike, manufactured between 1894 and 1897, is 45 kmph which would have been fairly good for a motorized bicycle of the 19th century. The remaining models of this bike still exist in museums around the world, and it may be said that they have transcended to art from practical objects.



3) Ecosse ES1 Spirit - $3.6 Million

Source : https://theinfong.com/2015/10/top-15-most-expensive-motorcycles-in-the-world-and-how-much-they-cost-photos/13/

The Ecosse Spirit, with only 10 ever made, is the brainchild of American and British engineers who were influenced by Formula 1 high-speed cars. This rocket hits 370 km / h and packs a strong punch. You will need to take a 2-week preparation course at the Scotland headquarters to be able to ride this cycle. The bike comes with 200 HP engine.



2) 1949 AJS E90 Porcupine - $7 Million

Source : https://theinfong.com/2015/10/top-15-most-expensive-motorcycles-in-the-world-and-how-much-they-cost-photos/14/

With an engine of 498cc air-cooled DOHC parallel twin, 54mm by 54.5mm bore and stroke, 9:1 compression ratio, 48hp @ 7,600rpm, and top speed reaching a whopping 135mph, The Porcupine, built in 1949, today more than ever resembles modern bikes on the track. It's easy to explain the quality, that and the fact that Les Graham, its maker, won the World Championship for him in 1949, with just 4 units ever made. Some call it the most stunning motorbike ever made.



1) Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter - $11 Million

Source : https://webuyanybike.com/blog/8-most-expensive-motorbikes/

And finally, the most expensive motorbike owned is this masterpiece, the Fighter uses a girder-style front suspension made up of titanium, aluminum and carbon fiber bits and a 120ci 45-degree air-cooled V-Twin. This bike was supposed to cost $110,000 but his innovative clockwork style persuaded wealthy motorcycle enthusiasts to spend a lot to add it to their collection, making this item the world's most expensive motorcycle.

Those are the 20 most expensive motorcycles owned and almost all motorcycle enthusiasts would love to get their hands on these masterpieces while most of them might frequent in and out of auctions one can easily admit that these motorcycles and their unorthodox builds surely do stand out and justifiably so at their price points, as a wise person once said, “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”.

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