Usually when someone is shopping around for a new motorcycle, even an expensive one, they want a bargain deal!
However, for the 0.1% elite rich, money is no object as these expensive motorcycles attest (all prices in US dollars):
5 Harley Davidson Cosmic Starship
The Harley Davidson Cosmic Starship is a V-Rod that has been hand-painted by artist Jack Armstrong who earns millions for his paintings. This bike sold for $1.5 million, thanks to his artwork. When the bike was unveiled at Bartels Harley-Davidson in Marina Del Ray, California, six years ago, many said it was simply a marketing ploy to drive business in to see the million-dollar bike.
4 Yamaha Roadster BMS Chopper
Moving up the price range to a cool $3 million, the Yamaha BMS is powered by a 1700cc V-twin engine, fully coated in 24 karat gold and upholstered in a beautiful red velvet. This is definitely not a bike you would take for a cruise down a dusty back road.=
3 Hildebrand & Wolfmuller
The Hildebrand & Wolfmuller was released in 1894 and manufactured until 1897. At the time it only cost a few dollars, but now it comes with a much more expensive price tag: just over $3.5 million! It may not be easy to locate one for sale as the majority still in working order are on display in museums around the world.
2 Ecosse Spirit
Luxury French brand Ecosse Moto Works requires potential purchases of the Ecosse Spirit to take a two-week motorcycle class that details every aspect of the bike from the framework to the engine. The potential owner must then pass a test. This bike reaches a speed off 230mph (370km/h) and was modelled after Formula 1 race cars. It has a very expensive price tag of just over $3.6 million.
1 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter
Topping the list of the most expensive motorcycles ever made is the Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter. It is one of only 45 built and sold at auction for more than $11 million. That’s not bad considering it was originally priced at a little over $100,000. The bike is completely road worthy and will hit speeds of 190mph (305km/h).
If you could afford one of these motorcycles, you probably wouldn’t ride it home from the action. You’d employ a professional motorcycle shipping transport company and have it shipped home in one piece.