Author: Peter Matthews
Ever since Sylvester Howard invented the first motorcycle in 1867, the craze for two wheelers has been ‘spinning’ – if you pardon the pun – out of control.
Here, we give you the lowdown on the most expensive bike in the world – the Ecosse ESI Superbike – along with a couple of other motoring masterpieces with some of the most exorbitant price tags around.
Read on to find out more about some of the most expensive bikes on the market.
Ecosse ESI Superbike–$3.6 million:
Manufactured by Scotland’s Ecosse Motorcycles, the Ecosse ESI Superbike is the most expensive bike in the world with a price tag of $3.6 million.
However it’s not only the most expensive; it’s also the fastest. Built on par with a Formula One car, the Ecosse ESI weighs just 265lbs and can touch a maximum speed of 230 miles per hour.
Designed meticulously, the Ecosse ESI Superbike has handlebars fixed onto the cylinder head to ensure perfect grip on the front wheel.
Jack Armstrong’s Million Dollar Harley Davidson–$1 million:
Rolling out from the prestigious Harley Davidson factory, the Million Dollar Harley Davidson is the world’s first and only million dollar Harley.
The motorbike’s technical specifications are similar to those of other Harleys. However, ‘cosmic extensionalism art’ by Jack Armstrong on this motorcycle sets it apart from other models.
Unveiled at Marina Del Rey 2010, this modified Harley-Davidson Night Rod is the third most expensive bike in the world.
Ultra Rare Porcupine–$750,000:
Befitting of its name, this Porcupine is ultra rare and created a milestone when it won the inaugural modern Grandprix Championship in 1949. Built by AJS, the 500CC Ultra Rare Porcupine was given its name because of the spiked fins on its cylinders.
AJS claimed that the Ultra Rare Porcupine E95, a modified version of Ultra Rare Porcupine E90S, produced 55bhp at 7600rpm.
Built with aluminum alloy and DOHC twin, the Porcupine bike ensures a low centre of gravity. It was on the same bike that legendary racer Leslie Graham rode to victory in the FIM 500 CC World Championship, making Britain proud.
Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike–$555,000:
Introduced by Dodge in 2003, the Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike costs a stonking $555,000. Claiming a top speed of 420 mph, the Dodge has reportedly never demonstrated a speed over 100 mph.
The Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike is categorised as something between a two-wheeler and a four-wheeler due to its two wheels attached together in the front and its two wheels at the rear. With a billet aluminum body, V10 doesn’t meet the legal requirements to be classified as a motorcycle by the US government or to be driven on the street. Only nine models have been sold by Neiman-Marcus for use on private roads. However it still remains the fourth most expensive bike in the world.
Yamaha Roadstar BMS Chopper–$500,000:
The Yamaha Roadstar BMS Chopper is a custom made motorcycle by BMS Choppers which has the original 1700cc engine of Yamaha Motors.
The estimated cost to build the chopper was $250,000 – excluding parts and gold coating.
Featured at the International Motorcycle Show in Seattle, the Yamaha Roadstar BMS Chopper is the fifth most expensive bike in the world. This bike features 360mm rear tyre, an automatic clutch and electronic grip shifter.