When it comes to the coolest type of vehicle you can have on the road, very few things beat a motorcycle. Not only do you get to feel the open air on your face, but it gives you the exhilarating feeling of freedom. When you’re on a motorcycle you know you’re not a part of the everyday humdrum that you see from the other cars on the road. A lot of people are driving the standards (such as the sport bikes or Harleys), but some people have gotten a little more luxurious with their motorcycle spending.
Some motorcycles are just miles above their competition, these aren’t your everyday run of the mill bikes. These are high powered machines that have received makeovers to look completely unique compared to everything else on the road; they cost more than $75,000 each, and some even cost millions.
So what are these motorcycles and what makes them so expensive? We’ve found the most expensive that have ever been sold, and they are absolutely breathtaking. Here are the 13 most luxurious motorcycles ever created and how much they cost when they were sold. Just a warning, be ready for immense jealousy if you ever see one of these on the road.
#13 – TRON Light Cycle ($77,000)
If you have ever wanted to live out your dreams of riding around on the same bike Jeff Bridges did in the 1982 movie, “Tron” (or even the 2010 sequel, “Tron Legacy”), you had your chance to do so earlier in May 2015 when it was sold by Andrews Collection, a unique car dealership in California. Now the closest shot you have to riding around on this bad boy is living out your fantasies in a video game.
The light cycle was a true-to-life replica of the one from the movie that included an electric motor, hydraulic brakes, and an on-board computer accelerated the cycle. The only thing it didn’t do was give off a wall of light behind you when you went forward. Imagine pulling up at a stoplight and giving an approving yet challenging nod to a fellow driver. Can we just agree now that this thing is too cool to be legal?
#12 – Icon Sheene ($172,000)
Barry Sheene was a great world champion motorcycle racer from the United Kingdom, and the Icon Sheene was built as a tribute to the legend. Only 52 of these bikes were made, and each one of them featured an image of a single playing card that was painted by hand. The Ace of Spades, of course, was the first one off of the line.
The Icon Sheene is a powerful motorcycle with a 1,400cc engine made by Suzuki and could produce up to 250 horsepower. When Icon released the motorcycle, they sold it for $172,000 each, and it was dubbed as the most powerful cycle to ever be produced. Getting your hands on one was extremely difficult. Extreme collectors of the bike may be waiting for the day that they get a full house.
#11 – MTT Turbine Streetfighter ($175,000)
MTT (Marine Turbine Technologies) released the Turbine Superbike, also known as the Y2K Turbine Superbike back in 2000. The machine was made by Rolls Royce and can reach speeds of well over 200 miles per hour with its Allison Model 250-C18 turboshaft engine. Unlike other jet fuel based engines, Turbine Superbike could accept diesel or kerosene. The production of these vehicles stopped in 2005, but MTT wasn’t done with the model quite yet.
In 2008, MTT revealed that they would be releasing an improved version called the Streetfighter that would have an incredible 420 horsepower. The final product wasn’t as powerful as they expected it would be, but it still climbed over 200 miles per hour and cost $175,000 per motorcycle. While it may have never achieved the greatness that was promised, it still is one of the fastest and most expensive bikes ever produced. You’d have to be the real Ryu to get something like this.
#10 – Ducati Testa Stretta NCR Macchia Nera Concept ($225,000)
In case you don’t speak the native Italian language of Ducati, the Macchia Nera translates into English as “Black Spot.” The reason is because you are likely to leave a few marks on the road when you crank up the accelerator on this superbike. Very few were made by Ducati since it was only a concept designed in 2012, which is where the $225,000 price tag originates.
The Macchia Nera isn’t the fastest on the list, it has a horsepower of 185 and four valves per cylinder with a six speed transmission. The Macchia Nera is certainly one of the better looking ones on this list, but you won’t “spot” many of these on the road; there are still some left for sale from various dealerships, but the most common price that is being listed is around the $225,000 mark.
#9 – Ducati Desmosedici D16RR ($232,000)
The Ducati Desmosedici D16RR is street legal, but good luck avoiding the attention of the police when you can reach top speeds of nearly 200 miles per hour. The D16RR was first introduced at a 2006 Italian MotoGP event, and it was there they announced that for just a few months over 2007 and 2008, they’d be produced for sale.
It takes only 5.53 seconds for the D16RR to reach 100 miles per hour, and it comes with a full carbon fiber body with the finest wheels to ensure you can accelerate and decelerate quickly. Only one bike was made each day during the span of its production, and the opening cost was nearly $73,000 with the most expensive going for $232,000. With a lower end price tag, you may even be able to afford one yourself and become the envy of the track.
#8 – Ecosse Titanium Series FE Ti XX ($300,000)
Ecosse is known for making top of the line luxury motorcycles that are held to ridiculously high standards, but the best one they ever made was the Titanium Series FE Ti XX back in 2011. This bike is the final one in the Heretic Series and as the last bike produced in the series, it was the most refined and exquisite model produced by Ecosse. This work of art had a starting price tag of $300,000, which made it the most expensive production bike in the world at the time, and also meant you’d have to have a wallet as heavy as titanium to buy one.
The pipes of this bike are made of Grade 9 titanium, and it’s boosted by 225 horsepower. These features helped it win several awards from motorcycle and business magazines alike. According to Ecosse, one customer even purchased this model without the fluids so he could keep it on display in his home as a “sculpture.” If I paid 300,000 dollars for a bike, I wouldn’t want to ride it around either.
#7 – Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike ($550,000)
This futuristic speed machine is the stuff of legends.The Tomahawk debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit back in 2003. Originally, the price was listed at $550,000, but Dodge was quick to correct people by saying that they were able to sell two of them for $700,000. That sale price was never confirmed by the media, but I’ve seen that sales tactic used on Craigslist once or twice.
The Tomahawk superbike is a concept bike that weighs nearly 1,500 pounds and can reach 60 miles per hour from a stopped position in just 2.5 seconds; that’s great for people who want to go pick up groceries and be home before the TV commercials are finished. What’s even crazier is that the Tomahawk can reach speeds of up to 300 miles per hour if given the right amount of room. You may never have to go that fast, but it’s nice to know that you can if you ever have to escape a nuclear blast. Unfortunately you won’t be riding this one in the streets since it isn’t street legal.
#6 – Harley Davidson Cosmic Starship ($1.5 Million)
You would think that the most famous motorcycle manufacturer in the United States would have a few limited edition versions that were worth more than $1 million, but this is the only one. The Cosmic Starship was created in collaboration with Jack Armstrong, an artist that hand painted the motorcycle’s design. This world-renown duo is sure to attract those who appreciate motorcycles and art, because otherwise you likely won’t fork over the dough.
Jack Armstrong’s paintings usually sell for upward of $300,000 to $3 million each, so you might actually be getting a deal if you buy this $1.5 million art machine. The bike released in October of 2010and was made to stand out with brightly colored orange and red paint. This was the only bike ever made by Armstrong and Harley-Davidson, and is stated to be the only bike Armstrong will ever paint. If you were hoping to get your hands on one you’ll have to fight the current owner.
#5 – Yamaha BMS ($3 Million)
Yamaha is one of the biggest names in the motorcycle production industry, and there is one bikethey’ve produced that stands far above the rest: the BMS. The BMS (or at least the $3 million version of it) has a 1,700cc V-twin engine. That’s all well and good as it sounds pretty standard, but it’s the bells and whistles that push it over the top.
This version of the BMS is plated with 24 karat gold and has one seat that is sewn with red velvet. It is truly a masterpiece in its audacity and class, but It doesn’t seem too necessary to have a motorcycle like that on the road. Millionaire show-offs will certainly be lining up for the BMS; this 2013 release by Yamaha was the only gold plated chopper on the market. Of course if you spend three million dollars on a bike you have to gold plate it, how else will everyone know how much money you have?
#4 – Hildebrand & Wolfmuller ($3.5 Million)
The first motorcycle to ever be put on a production line was the Hildebrand & Wolfmüller from Germany, and it was only created from the years of 1894 to 1897. The bike obviously isn’t the fastest thing in the world with a high speed of just 28 miles per hour, but what do you expect for a 110 year old motorcycle that weighs only 110 pounds?
The Hildebrand & Wolfmüller factory closed in 1919 after the First World War, so very few of these motorcycles exist today. This makes them serve more as a historical item than an actual vehicle. If you can get your hands on one it could instantly make you a millionaire, as most of them are just sitting in museums. If you want to see one up close, You’ll have to travel to Germany, London, Detroit, Maine or Indonesia.
#3 – Ecosse Spirit ($3.6 Million)
If you are a speed freak that happens to have $3.6 million lying around and collecting dust, the Ecosse Spirit might be for you. Three engineers from the United States and Great Britain collaborated on this machine; it weighs 265 pounds and can reach speeds of up to 230 miles per hour. It was built with the same design used in Formula 1 cars. With all this crazy technology it sounds to me like a formula for a car accident.
The Ecosse Spirit is described as a superbike, and buying one of these requires a two week class at the Ecosse headquarters so you don’t hurt yourself or others while trying to drive it. Only 10 of these Spirit models were made in the titanium series, and each one is listed for at least a minimum of $3.6 million.
#2 – 1949 E90 AJS Porcupine ($7 Million)
Only four versions of the 1949 E90 AJS Porcupine were produced and it is still one of the most legendary motorcycles ever conceived. AJS and driver Les Graham won just one world championship in 1949, and it came on the heels of this bike. In fact, this is the only twin cylinder motorcycle to win the 500cc event: a rare and prestigious title for a very rare bike.
The design of the AJS motorcycle was changed only a few years later, so the world champion 1949 edition remains the rarest motorcycle out there. The E95 that came out five years later could not match the performance of the E90, but will still cost you a small fortune at auction. It has been said that the Porcupine is the most beautiful and innovative motorcycle ever built, and it better be for 7 million dollars; that price tag will make you feel like you sat on a porcupine. Ouch!
#1 – Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter ($11 Million)
Neiman Marcus is known more for its retail stores and is hardly a name synonymous with motorcycles. It comes as a surprise then that they are responsible for the most expensive luxury motorcycle in the world thanks to its Limited Edition Fighter. When the Fighter was released it had a starting price of an already high $110,000.
The Fighter would end up on auction for $11 million with a very unique body that some say resembles the inside of a watch. The Fighter was able to reach speeds of 190 miles per hour, and only 45 of them were made in this limited edition. It was marketed as an “…evolution of the machine” that was reengineered for optimal performance, its creator said “It’s our street-legal sci-fi dream come to life.” For as much as the Fighter costs you may as well consider it a dream, and while this piece of science fiction is completely street legal, you might not want to take it out for a spin with that price tag.