Motorcycles come in a wide variety of prices, but the most expensive ones are truly unique and exceptional. These types of motorcycles come from the most reputable brands, they have an outstanding design, innovative features, and are usually limited edition. Owning one of the most expensive motorcycles in the world is almost like having a piece of art that is one of a kind.
Harley Davidson Cosmic Starship
The Harley Davidson brand is associated with top quality, heritage, and innovation. This is why, when the Harley-Davidson Cosmic Starship was launched, it didn’t actually need an upgrade as far as features and technology. It is a classic 2002 V-Rod, without any new customization. What makes it unique, however, is Armstrong’s work of art.
Jack Armstrong, Neil Armstrong’s nephew, is an underground artist who developed a unique style of painting that uses a complex technique. The Harley-Davidson Cosmic Starship, which quickly became known as the “Million Dollar Harley-Davidson”, is painted by Jack Armstrong in his exclusive style, called Extensionalism, and it took six years to finish the painting process.
The Harley-Davidson Cosmic Starship was launched in October 2010. The exclusive launching event took place at a luxurious location in Marina del Rey, California. The motorcycle was dropped from the sky, while hundreds of the most expensive lights were shining on it. It was sold in 2012 for $3 million, and it was back on the market in 2017 for $15 million.
As with other expensive motorcycles, the value of the Million Dollar Harley-Davidson exploded, and it continues to go up. One of the reasons is that Armstrong’s art is not accessible in any other form, and he has claimed he would not make more than 100 pieces of his art in all of his career. He is also a huge fan of the 2002 V-Rod, which is why he chose this specific model.
According to Armstrong, “the style of the 2002 V-Rod was revolutionary, and it was the most futuristic creation in motorcycles I had ever seen”. The Million Dollar Harley-Davidson is currently being kept in a vault with optimum temperature and is in perfect condition. This is not a Hog to ride, but an exclusive work of art to have in your collection.
Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter
The most intriguing thing about this $11 million motorcycle is that it’s not created by a famous motorcycle brand. Neiman Marcus is actually a department store that is not related whatsoever with the fabrication of motorcycles. A well-known department store decided to launch a motorcycle and not just any motorcycle, but one of the most expensive models in the world.
Besides its unusual origin, what truly makes the Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter stand out is its futuristic, high-end design. Those who really want to turn heads cannot go wrong with this impressive motorcycle. The uniqueness of this design comes from the fact that, instead of hiding it, the foundation looks like it’s being exposed in almost every detail.
It’s hard to tell if this futuristic-inspired model is also comfortable because of its unusual construction. However, the great news is that it’s completely street legal, so it’s not just one of those expensive motorcycles you need to keep away from the road. It may not come from a heritage brand, but the Fighter is definitely outstanding, unique, and ready to ride.
Yamaha Roadstar BMS Chopper
When it comes to crazy designs, it’s hard to beat the Yamaha Roadstar BMS Chopper, one of the most remarkable models ever built. It definitely doesn’t look like anything you’ve seen before, it even seems like it can’t move because it sits flat on the ground. However, it is a functional motorcycle. A $3 million motorcycle that is covered in actual 24-karat gold.
Sam Nehme owns a very successful dealership in South Florida, and in 2003 he launched a customs division, called BMS Choppers. Sam Nehme quickly became known as one of the most original builders, and celebrities such as Flo Rida, Diddy, and Ice T were just a few of his clients. As a response to a challenge, Nehme built the Yamaha BMS Chopper for himself, initially.
It was built on a Yamaha Road Star 1700, particularly for its 1.7-liter engine. It took thousands of hours to develop the outstanding two-wheel design, and it also has a single-sided swingarm rear suspension. Nehme also decided to use gold instead of chrome, which is why the Yamaha BMS Chopper is covered in $25K worth of gold.
Not only does this $3 million motorcycle have a crazy original design, but it even competed and won a prize in the Rats Hole Show, Daytona Beach.
1949 E90 AJS Porcupine
Unlike other expensive motorcycles that are all about the design and relatively new on the market, the 1949 E90 AJS Porcupine is truly a heritage motorcycle, with a rich history behind it.
One of the most expensive motorcycles ever to be auctioned, this bike comes from a manufacturer that is associated with racing, and that began building bikes in the post-war era.
The AJS 500 CC Porcupine was launched in 1945, by the British brand AMC, as a racing motorcycle. Several other models were released in the following years. The 1949 E90 AJS Porcupine is a racing motorcycle that has won competitions and was described as “one of the most beautiful, graceful and innovative bikes in racing”.
There are only four of these motorcycles left in the entire world because the manufacturer was financially unable to release more of them at the time. This is one of the reasons that make this heritage racing motorcycle even more special.
Legendary British Vintage Black
Described as “a rare and desirable slice of motorcycle history”, the Legendary British Vintage Black is one of the oldest motorcycles still available for auction. In 1948, when it was launched, this motorcycle was faster than the already impressive Jaguar XK120 sports car. Also, there were only 33 of them ever built.
Also known as the Vincent Black Lightning or Vincent HRD, this vintage motorcycle has an unmatched rugged look. It became famous worldwide after winning the Australian land speed record, and it has only been used in races and speed challenges. This is the reason why the Legendary British Vintage Black is still in excellent condition, despite its long history.
This truly unique vintage motorcycle has not been cosmetically restored, therefore keeping its heritage look entirely. It has been auctioned several times for the equivalent of approximately $400,000, and it is declared a historic motorcycle.
Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike
This expensive bike is so controversial that experts are not even sure if they can call it a motorcycle or a strange car with a motorcycle appearance. It doesn’t look like any other regular motorcycle, and it has a car engine because it was created by Dodge. Dodge presented this concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in 2003.
Its cost is estimated at around $500,000. Although nobody expected Dodge to come up with a motorcycle, the Dodge Tomahawk became quite famous, especially due to its very unusual design and massive look. Although it is not street legal, this motorcycle is incredibly fast, reaching up to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, all thanks to the V10 four-stroke Dodge Viper engine.
The Dodge Tomahawk is produced in small numbers but has successfully been sold so far. According to experts, despite its controversial nature, it can definitely be considered a success for Dodge, proving that Chrysler is a powerful brand that can come up with innovations and succeed.
Although the price tag doesn’t always reflect the superior quality of a motorcycle, it does indicate the unique character of that particular bike, whether it be its crazy design, its extensive history, or its innovative features.
Motorcycle experts can see the true value of the most expensive motorcycles in the world and why they are worth collecting not just for investment purposes, but because they represent a unique, special moment in the history of motorcycles.
Ecosse ES1 Spirit
The Ecosse ES1 superbike doesn’t just look great, it is also a beast of a motorcycle inspired by high-speed Formula 1 supercars. It can reach a top speed of 230 mph, and anyone who wants to ride needs to undergo a two-week long training program. With a price tag of $3.6 million, it is one of the world’s most expensive bikes.
The design is very futuristic and unusual since, unlike a traditional two-wheel machine, this one has no chassis framework. Instead, the front suspension attaches directly to the engine, and the rear suspension and swing arm attach to the gearbox.
This innovative engineering eliminates all the extra weight that comes with a traditional two-wheel machine, and it allows this model to pack a total weight of just 265 pounds. That’s mighty impressive and one of the things that allow it to pack such a powerful punch.
Another advantage of the unique design of this model is the improved ergonomics and aerodynamics that the body of the bike allows. This lets the ES1 Spirit perform and control like an F1 car.
If you’re looking for rare sports bikes, then you should know that only ten models have been built. Whoever the owners are, we are certain that they are happy with the purchase since this fancy motorcycle delivers an excellent combination of performance and looks. The high price tag also makes it one of the most expensive sportbikes to have ever been built.
It can be used as a racing bike since it is capable of delivering an unparalleled level of performance and control, or it can be displayed since its futurist and unique design will make it the center of attention in any place.
1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller
A top 10 most expensive motorcycles wouldn’t be complete without this model not only because of its $3.5 million price tag but the historical significance that it has. The 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller is regarded as the first two-wheeled motorized machine before the word motorcycle even existed.
This means that without this particular model, none of the other expensive motorbikes on this list would even exist. The bike was built by the Hilderbrand brothers along with Alois Wolfmüller, who was an inventor, and Hans Geisonhof, a well-known mechanic at the time.
Together they designed the first four-stroke engine and used it on the first motorized bike. Unlike other luxury bikes that are produced in a limited quantity, the 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller had over 2000 units manufactured for people who have never seen a vehicle like this one until then.
If you ever get your hands on a model in the wild and you want to test it, you should be prepared for a shock. Unlike modern high-end motorcycles, this one doesn’t come with a pedal or clutch. This means that you will need to run and jump on it if you want to ride it.
However, the chances of getting your hands on one are very slim since most of the models that have survived can be found only in museums or in private collections.
While the 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller may not be the world’s most expensive bike, it is certainly the one bike we owe most to. Its high price doesn’t come from its innovative design or extravagances, such as being covered in gold. Instead, as the first true motorized bike ever produced, this is a living piece of motorcycle history that cannot be replicated.
Ecosse FE Ti XX Titanium Series
Priced at $300,000, the Ecosse FE Ti XX Titanium Series is not famous due to its performance but rather for its looks and exclusivity. This doesn’t mean that it disappoints when it comes to raw power since, with an engine that puts out 250 hp, this is the best-performing motorcycle Ecosse has ever produced.
Only 13 units have exited the factory, and one of them will never see the road since one client decided to order this exclusive bike without fluids. Instead, the bike will be displayed as the true work of art that it is.
So what makes this bike so alluring? Well, to put it bluntly, the design is simply one of a kind. The body is covered with a carbon fiber finish, the exhaust pipes have a ceramic media shot-peened finish, and the saddle is constructed from Berluti premium leather.
Ecosse has reported that it takes their talented craftsmen upwards of 1,280 hours to create the unique aluminum chassis of this model. Overall, to make just one motorcycle, it requires a combined effort of more than 3,000 hours of work.
That’s without even taking into account the price of the premium materials used for every part of the bike. The high price tag may seem high, but when looking at things from this perspective, it certainly seems deserved, especially for the people that this type of product is built for.
Ducati Testastretta NCR Macchia Nera Concept
The Ducati Testastretta isn’t the most expensive production motorcycle on this list, but it is certainly one of the most interesting from the perspective of both design and performance.
The design is daring, but it has a classic touch to it that makes you forget that you’re looking at a concept bike. The body is covered with titanium and carbon fiber blocks that give it an industrial yet refined look that is sure to catch the eyes of everyone in a showroom.
With a price of $225,000, the Ducati Testastretta may be less expensive than some of the other options on this list, but it is still a luxury motorcycle that enthusiasts and collectors alike would love to have.
Suzuki AEM Carbon Fiber Hayabusa
This model was released in 2008, and it marks the first time that Suzuki has used carbon fiber in its motorcycles after the success that this material had in its cars. It wasn’t the first brand to use carbon fiber for bikes, however, since that spot belongs to Ducati.
Even so, the use of carbon fiber has helped improve the performance of this sports bike considerably but at a cost. The carbon fiber construction has increased the price of the motorcycle considerably, especially when compared to the previous model in this line.
The motorcycle costs $200,000, but for critics and customers alike, the price is more than fair since the improved design of this model adds a high level of additional performance. It does that without compromising other important qualities, such as fuel economy, handling, reliability, comfort, and noise.
Ducati Desmosedici D16RR NCR M16
It is easy to confuse this model with the original Desmosedici D16RR, which is available for a much lower price point, namely $72,500. The D16RR NCR M16 takes everything that customers loved about the original Desmosedici to a whole new level. It is not only more powerful but also lighter.
It sports a V-four Ducati motor that can generate upwards of 175 horsepower, which allows the motorcycle to reach speeds of up to 190 mph. This is a good choice for anyone looking for high-end sportbikes, seeing as it comes fitted with race-style electronics that deliver improved traction control and data recording. The current price tag is $232,500, making it the most expensive Ducati.
MTT Y2K Turbine Streetfighter
If you’re interested in rare motorcycles, this is one of the rarest to have ever been built, and this fact alone makes the MTT Y2K Turbine Streetfighter deserve a place on this list. There are currently about only 12 or 14 models in circulation, and the bike is priced accordingly at $155,000.
This motorcycle is built for speed, and it is equipped with a turbine engine that is usually reserved for helicopters. This engine provides 320 horsepower and 425 ft-lbs of torque. This translates into a manufacturer-guaranteed 250 mph top speed.
One proud owner of the MTT Y2K Turbine Streetfighter is no one other than Jay Leno, the famous talk-show host. He owns the second of the 14 models that have currently been built.
Hubless Harley Davidson
For the vast majority of riders, a Harley-Davidson is beautiful on its own, without any modification, but for people who are looking to get attention, there’s a wide market of customized Harley-Davidsons.
One such option is getting a hubless chopper, and one model that has received a lot of attention is a Hubless Harley Davidson unveiled in 2008 that is believed to have cost $155,000. This custom bike was built around a classic 1969 FL Harley-Davidson by hand. Currently, this is the most famous hubless custom bike in the world.
It weighs around 700 pounds, and it is capable of reaching a speed of up to 100 mph. It may not be the fastest motorcycle on this list, but that’s because it was built for looks and not performance. The goal of this model is to make the rider the center of attention on the road.
Creating this custom design took more than 4,000 hours of hard work and two years of R&D. Compared to other hubless choppers, the improved design of this model is more practical and easier to handle. Even so, riders who are used to the feel of a classic motorcycle will still have a hard time getting used to this beast.