10 EXPNESIVE BIKES

1. Ecosse ES1 Superbike ( $3 Million )

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The ES1 project was started by Dick Glover in 2005 when he worked for McLaren Racing. He had a special arrangement with McLaren for a couple of years that created time to pursue the ES1 project as a personal dream to create a ground-breaking motorcycle design, which he worked on with Andy le Fleming, now at Mercedes GP. A relationship was then formed with Ecosse. In 2007, Dick moved to McLaren Automotive as Technical Director. Since then Glover has been fully tied up with supercar development. “Dick’s work in McLaren Automotive has filled his time 150% over the last six years and unfortunately there has been little time to think about two-wheeled projects,” said Atchison.

 

2. Harley Davidson Cosmic Starship ( $1 Million )

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The unveiling of the “Cosmic Starship Harley-Davidson” took place over the weekend at Bartels Harley-Davidson. Bartels H-D, in Marina Del Ray, California, has a reputation for catering to the motorcycle needs of Hollywood stars, but the so-called “Million Dollar Harley-Davidson” looks solely like a strategic marketing ploy. I’m not faulting Bartels H-D. On the contrary, it’s a shrewd way to drum up business. But I’m not impressed. Apparently, words magically appear in Armstrong’s paintings when viewed from different angles. I wonder if it says “There’s a sucker born every minute” somewhere in the V-Rod’s paint. Reports claim Armstrong placed a small sign on the side of the bike stating “If you are not Lady GaGa, Scarlett Johansson or Sylvester Stallone, Do Not Touch This Harley!” Gives you a clue as to how highly Armstrong thinks of himself.

 

3. Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike ( $555,000 )

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The Dodge Tomahawk was a non–street legal concept vehicle introduced by Dodge at the 2003 North American International Auto Show. The design was the work of Chrysler staff designer Mark Walters, who built the vehicle around the Dodge Viper 8.3-litre (510 cu in) V-10 engine. Once approved by Bernhard and Zetsche to build not just a full-scale mockup, but a running, workable concept vehicle, the design and fabrication process took six months.  The engineering, as well as the fabrication, was outsourced to RM Motorsports, a Wixom, Michigan specialty shop that fabricates one-of-a-kind parts for rare and vintage race cars. Walters said Kirt Bennett at RM handled the task of making Walters’ sketches a physical reality that was mechanically sound. Walters’ early sketches had a front suspension that looked something like an Elf-Honda racing motorcycle’s hub-center steering, from which RM designed a new, patented front- and rear-swingarm suspension that allows both parallel wheels to lean together, keeping all four in contact with the ground and allowing countersteering. The Tomahawk was intended, unlike many concept vehicles, to be a “functional runner” that “had to work” as well as have a finished appearance, since the mechanical parts would be exposed to view.

 

4. Yamaha Roadstar BMS Chopper ( $500,000 )

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The guys from BMS Chopers have a pretty creative imagination and the Got Rake Road Star is a solid proof for this statement. The motorcycle features a fancy design with an extra long front fork and is propelled by a 102 cubic-inch air-cooled, long-stroke, OHV 48° twin engine. The engine is mated on a five speed transmission and is brought to life by an Electric starting system which features solenoid-activated auto-decompressor for easy starting. The 102 cubic inch unit is linked to a 2-into-2 exhaust system with dual pipes.

 

5. Ecosse Titanium Series ( $300,000 )

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The new Ecosse Titanium Series FE Ti XX comes equipped with a 2.4l billet aluminum powerplant that produces an amazing 225hp. The Grade 9 titanium pipes have a ceramic, shot-peened finish and a hydraulic clutch combines with a new exposed carbon belt drive. The Ecosse FE Ti XX comes with a wristwatch from some undisclosed brand. Their exquisite two-wheeled creations are built to the highest standards, using the most exotic materials in never-before-seen designs. The firm already has the honor of being the maker of the world’s most expensive motorcycle, the Ecosse Titanium Series RR, which costs $275,000. Now, they are updating the Titanium Series RR with the final bike in the Heretic series – the FE Ti XX, which will become the newest most expensive motorcycle in the world, costing a cool $300,000 cheap Levitra.

 

6. Ducati Desmosedici D16RR NCR M16 ( $232,500 )

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Ducati Desmosedici D16RR NCR M16 is a limited production road-legal version of the Desmosedici MotoGP racebike. In 2004, Ducati announced at the Misano circuit at the World Ducati Week that a low volume road replica of the Desmosedici would be available for Reservations beginning in June 2006. With Ducati making 1,500 Desmosedici models for public purchase. Ducati first showed a final production version of the bike at a press day for the ’06 Italian Grand Prix at Mugelloat . Termed the Desmosedici RR (Racing Replica), it was claimed to be the first true road replica of a MotoGP racing bike. The price included a three year warranty and servicing, cover, and a racing kit including a race-only exhaust system, a slip-on muffler, and complementary fuel and ignition mapping in a “race ECU”. It also included enough sponsor stickers to fill both sides of the bike. With forged magnesium wheels the Desmosedici RR was the first production bike to use them.

 

7. Ducati Testa Stretta NCR Macchia Nera ( $225,000 )

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The Italian Poggipolini Group, famous for its titanium racing components found in and on many of the world’s top factory roadracing bikes and Formula Once cars, recently purchased controling interest in the famous NCR racing shop, the team which sponsors Frankie Chili in SBK World Superbike. On display at World Ducati Week 2004 in may, we got to see this latest showcase of Poggipolini engineering magic named the Macchina Nera, the most outrageous monster naked bike imaginable. The Nera features a vast array of titanium components from its trellis Ducati replica frame, to the unique full-race exhaust system and various controls and engine components that are separately available from Poggipolini. The engine is a full race Ducati Testastretta 998R engine rated at 180hp, housed in a bike that weighs just 297lbs. With all that power and almost no weight stuffed in a short 55.5 inch wheelbase you can bet the Nera is a serious wheelie monster.

 

8. Suzuki AEM Carbon Fiber Hayabusa ( $200,000 )

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This is a special bike created by Suzuki in collaboration with AEM. It was unveiled at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas in 2008. The show is one of the most prestigious automotive shows in the world. The bike itself is built using nothing but carbon fiber, making it extremely light. The light frame also allows its engine, whose management system was done by AEM, to rev the bike up to 186 miles per hour. The AEM Carbon Fiber Hayabusa a special bike formed by Suzuki in collaboration with AEM that was revealed in Las Vegas at the annual SEMA in 2008. Extremely light frame allows its engine to revolution the bike up to 186 miles/h while Wossner forged 9.5:1 turbo pistons and rods, adjustable cam sprockets and HD valve springs, Cometic MLS head gasket made it most costly and exclusive model, enlisted it in most expensive bikes in the world which costs $200,000.

 

9. MTT Turbine Streetfighter ( $175,000 )

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Based in South Louisiana, in the US and headed by Ted McIntyre II, MTT are turbine engine specialists. According to a note on the company’s website, ‘MTT is made up of the world’s most experienced professionals in the turbine engine industry, having completed more diverse, custom turbine engine installations than any other company in the world. The best part is, the guys at MTT seem to be putting their expertise to damn good use, by building turbine-engined two-wheeled rocketships. A few years ago, the company had made the MTT Y2K Turbine Superbike, which was powered by a Rolls Royce-Allison turbine that made 320 horsepower and 576Nm of torque. The bike’s top speed was in excess of 400km/h. So, since a 320bhp bike that can do 400km/h simply isn’t adequate for everybody, MTT are now ready with their next bike – the Turbine Streetfighter. The MTT Streetfighter’s Rolls Royce-Allison turbine now pumps out as much as 420bhp and 680Nm of torque. Other changes over the Y2K Superbike include a bigger swingarm, Pirelli Diablo 240-section rear tyre, increased fuel capacity and an enhanced cooling system.

 

10. Icon Sheene ( $172,000 )

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Icon is a brand that has a longstanding reputation in the racing world so it was exciting when they decided to build a tribute bike to legendary British rider Barry Sheene. For the tribute bike they utilised a 1,400cc Suzuki mill, which was mated with a Garrett turbocharger running at 0.4 bar pressure, resulting in a final power output of an incredible 253PS.It features a custom made tubular aluminum frame, a fuel tank made from hand-beaten aluminum and hand-laid carbon fibre body panels. Each bike features a hand-painted image of a playing card held by a bikini-clad girl; each will be different as there are 52 cards in a pack and that’s how many Icon Sheenes are being made. The Icon Sheene motorcycle has been developed in conjunction with some of Barry’s most trusted engineers, the frames are all hand made from aluminium by Barry Sheene’s former frame builder, the bike was tuned with significant input from Steve Parish (Barry’s former teammate) and the bike (and bespoke helmet’s) paintwork is all done by Mike Fairholme .

 

 

 

 

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