Some Expensive Motorcycles For the Man of Unlimited Means
If you think spending $20k of your hard-earned scratch on a motorcycle is a big deal, you’re playing way out of your league when it comes to these bikes, compadre.
Each and every bike is essentially a one-off work of motorcycle art, and as you well know, it takes some serious money to play around in the art market these days.
On this list, the buy-in to take a seat at the table starts around $100K, so unless you just sold your social networking thingy for more money than it takes to buy Indiana, please step aside and let the real players through to the front of the line.
There are old standbys represented on the following list, like the wild machines from Confederate Motors, but those are the base models on this showroom floor. Hell, you can pick up the latest Confederate X132 Hellcat for the relatively modest sum of $45K, so the action has moved on into celestially expensive territory in the last few years.
A couple of the bikes on the list come from bespoke racing motorcycle manufacturer NCR, an Italian firm who take already potent and desirable machines from Ducati and squeeze them through a tube until they come out very, very fast indeed.
NCR makes bikes like the Macchia Nera, Italian for “Black Spot,” which will not only burn a hole in your pocket, they’ll burn a hole in the road as well.
Back in 1967, NCR set up shop in Borgo Panigale on the outskirts of Bologna where three gents created a state-of the-art workshop devoted to taking stock Ducati production machines and making them outrageous. What they came up with at the genesis moment of the company, the Ducati 900NCR, took legendary rider Mike Hailwood all the way to the 1978 Formula 1 World Championship on the Isle of Man.
So how did they do their magic? By following the plan which went a little something like this: everything could be improved, made lighter and more powerful. What you got for that was a fast – and horrifically expensive – piece of equipment dedicated to moving at mind-bending speed.
So then, take a walk on the wild side for a minute and allow yourself to dream of what could have been for you had you actually paid attention in school and gone on to become a top swine in the banking industry…
Confederate B120 Wraith – $92,500
Vrus 987 C3 4V – $103,769
MV Agusta F4CC – $120,000
MTT Turbine SuperBike – $150,000
Icon Sheene – $172,000
NCR Macchia Nera Concept – $225,000
NCR M16 – $232,500
Ecosse Titanium Series RR Limited Edition – $275,000
|Ecosse Titanium Specs|
|Displacement:||2100.00 ccm (128.14 cubic inches)|
|Engine type:||V2, four-stroke|
|Engine details:||45-degree V-Twin. Supercharged.|
|Power:||200.00 HP (146.0 kW))|
|Torque:||271.20 Nm (27.7 kgf-m or 200.0 ft.lbs)|
|Bore x stroke:||111.0 x 106.4 mm (4.4 x 4.2 inches)|
|Exhaust system:||Handcrafted titanium race exhaust|
|Frame type:||Titanium frame, titanium subframe, titanium swingarm.|
|Rake (fork angle):||27.0°|
|Front suspension:||Öhlins MotoGP-grade TTX Gas forks, fully adjustable with titanium front axle|
|Rear suspension:||Öhlins TTX Racing Shock for ECOSSE, fully adjustable for riding style and seat height|
|Front tire dimensions:||120/70-ZR17|
|Rear tire dimensions:||190/55-ZR17|
|Front brakes:||Double disc. ISR custom radial brake system|
|Rear brakes:||Single disc. ISR custom radial brake system|
|Wheels:||17” clear-coated carbon fiber|
|Dry weight:||199.6 kg (440.0 pounds)|
|Power/weight ratio:||1.0021 HP/kg|
|Seat height:||699 mm (27.5 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.|
|Alternate seat height:||775 mm (30.5 inches) If adjustable, highest setting.|
|Ground clearance:||165 mm (6.5 inches)|
|Wheelbase:||1,537 mm (60.5 inches)|
|Oil capacity:||3.70 litres (0.24 quarts)|
|Instruments:||Analog tach and programmable LCD speedometer|
|Color options:||Chassis in brushed titanium. Clear-coated carbon fibe/custom ECOSSE orange pin stripe bodywork.|
|Comments:||Each bike engraved with sequential serial number.|