Most expensive bikes in the world
10. Vyrus 987 C3 4V V (Volumex) [Price : $1,03,769 (Rs 57 lakh)]
Ascanio Rodorigo, who worked with Massimo Tamburini at Bimota in the early-1980s, and who now runs his own motorcycle company Vyrus – has something of a shocker in store for high-performance motorcycle enthusiasts around the world. At the 2009 EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Vyrus showed its latest superbike the 987 C3 4v which will be fitted with the 1198cc L-twin from the Ducati 1198.
211bhp for the street? Yes indeed. ‘Everybody will be able to ride it without killing themselves. The main drama is the light weight, not so much the power,’ says Rodorigo, speaking to MCN. ‘It turns easily into corners and the stability grows the closer you get to the limit. It’s incredibly confidence building,’ he adds.
The new Vyrus will be equipped with state-of-the-art electronics, including a race-spec traction control system, to allow riders to handle all that power. The bike’s innovative chassis, with hub-centre steering and front swingarm instead of the usual fork, is inherently very stable and will be refined and optimised further for the new 987.
9. MV Agusta F4CC [Price : $1,20,000 (Rs 66 lakh)]
“I decided to put my name to this bike as I originally dreamed of it for myself”. This is how Claudio Castiglioni, the Managing Director referred to the new F4 that now carries his initials “CC”. The boss of MV did what any of us might well have done and gave in to his inner instincts, gave in to the temptation to create a motorbike, not just to meet strategic market needs, but to create something really special, something truly magnificent – just for the sake of it. To create the F4CC project, he obviously utilised everything at his disposal; exclusive materials and the latest technology to attain the utmost in performance.
The figures for the new MV speak for themselves: 315 kph (195 mph) top speed (auto-limited by tyre specification). Unique in its genre, sculptured by his friend Massimo Tamburini, made with luxurious design and high components hidden in the MV closet, right in that corner where the embryo start to develop: the MV AGUSTA racing department. This model however will never see a race track in earnest due to the size of its engine. What is important is the uniqueness of the F4CC project and the name that it carries. It doesn’t matter if the ignition keys are never turned in the lock, if the bike rests on a stand in someone’s home or if it only does the occasional mile or two to “give it a run”. What does matter for a true enthusiast is to possess just one of the 100 models made and treat it as if it were a priceless painting worth millions. This was part of Claudio Castiglioni’s dream. This is why the F4CC will be presented in “an evening dress”.
8. NCR MH TT (Mike Hailwood) [Price : $ 1,30,000 (Rs 71.38lakh)]
NCR Mike Hailwood TT Built in honor of the 30th anniversary of Mike the Bike’s Isle of Man win on the Ducati 900 NCR, the new limited edition version is a stunningly light 136 kg — 41kg lighter that the Sport 1000S its based on — thanks to a fully titanium chassis and exhaust. The fully adjustable rear sets, clip-on tubes, fuel cap, valves, connecting rods and all fasteners also happen to be titanium.
The NCR racer also gets carbon body work, washers and BST wheels to go along with those range-topping Öhlins FGR 900 NCR-tuned forks, fully adjustable rear shocks, custom wavy brakes and 4-piston Brembo monobloc front calipers. The list of custom aluminum billet bits goes on for days. For those interested in purchasing, there’s only 12 available for a shopping $130,000.
7. Confederate B120 Wraith [Price : $1,35,000 (Rs 74.12 lakh)]
For the most part, new motorcycle press launches follow a standard format: Fly somewhere around the world, learn about the changes, updates or redesigns, and then spend a day or so riding the new machine to evaluate. These launches are always interesting and illuminating, but with progress in the two-wheeled world being highly incremental these days, it is not often I get to go ride something so outrageous, so out of the box, and so completely different that it leaves me scratching my head as I attempt to process what has just happened. Riding Valentino Rossi’s M1, the 260mph Bud Busa, and the Confederate Hellcat are three such experiences that immediately spring to mind. But, as wild as these rides are, they are the exception rather than the norm, so when I got the call from Matt Chambers that his new Wraith was ready to ride, I didn’t hesitate to say yes to meeting him in Daytona, especially as he had something up his sleeve.
6. NCR Leggera 1200 Titanium Special [Price : $ 1,45,000 (Rs 79.57lakh)]
With the NCR Leggera 1200 Special, Ducati tuner NCR is setting two firsts with its titanium clad Hypermotard. Known for making gorgeous work out of already gorgeous motorcycles (NCR Corse Millona One Shot anyone?), none of LCR’s prior creations are destined for a life of street use, and come absent of any lights, mirrors, etc. However, the NCR Leggera 1200 Special is the first NCR that comes out of the crate street legal, and oh…it’s also the lightest Hypermotard in existence, dropping 125 lbs off the stock Ducati Hypermotard…it’s not bad looking either.
Coming with the usual NCR look and feel, the NCR Leggera 1200 Special is based of the Hypermotard 1100, and comes with a titanium frame that weighs only 10.6 lbs, just like the NCR Leggera. Other trick bits include the carbon-ceramic brakes and carbon bodywork and wheels. But while the base NCR Leggera comes with a stock DS 1100 motor, the NCR Leggera 1200 Special features a completely re-worked motor from NCR Corse.
5. Icon Sheene [Price : $ 1,72,000 (Rs 94.39 lakh)]
By guest writer Tom Stewart. Looking for the world’s most powerful and expensive production road bike? Well look no further, because according to the newly formed, Nottinghamshire-based manufacturer Icon Motorcycles, it’s the 250+bhp, £107,000 Icon Sheene.
First revealed at the recent Goodwood pre-season media day, this arresting machine is British businessman Andrew Morris’ vision, now a running reality, of the ultimate road-going motorbike and a tribute to his boyhood hero; the late, great Barry Sheene. Endorsed by Sheene’s widow Stephanie and by ex-team mate and best mate Steve Parrish, just 52 Icon Sheenes are planned to be built—one for each year of Barry’s life.
When it was put to chief Icon test rider Parrish that £107,000 (US$172,000) was ‘quite a lot’, even for a 200 mph motorcycle, he replied, “If you look closely then you can see the value”. So, let’s look closely. The engine is a hand-built, Garrett turbocharged Suzuki GSX1400 air-cooled lump (because it looks like an engine) with Carrillo rods, Wiseco pistons and other competition-spec internals. 250bhp with 133lb/ft is claimed at the rear wheel, even in lowest (0.4bar) boost mode.
4. MTT Y2K Superbike [Price: $ 1,75,000 (Rs 96 lakh)]
I With a power output of 286bhp and a top I speed of well over 200mph (322km/h), I the bike that was named Y2K and produced by Louisiana firm Marine Turbine Technologies was almost certainly the most powerful and fastest motorcycle ever to go into series production. Given that Y2K was powered by a gas turbine engine previously used in a helicopter, its performance was hardly surprising.
Jet engines had been used to power drag-racing bikes and a few one-off creations before, but this was the first time that such a machine was produced for roadgoing use. Despite Y2K’s price of US $175,000, there was enough demand for Marine Turbine to build and sell a small series of machines over the next few years.
3. NCR Macchia Nera [Price : $ 2,25,000 (Rs 1.23 crore)]
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.
2. NCR M16: [Price : $232,500 (Rs 1.27 crore)]
The new NCR M16 unveiled at World Ducati Week 2010. This official press launch of the NCR M16 took place at 10AM on Thursday June 10th at the NCR booth within the Misano Paddock.At NCR, you find a passionate pursuit to use the very best material and technology available today to build the very best performance parts and motorcycles.Around since 1967, NCR has built very exclusive performance motorcycles. They strive to offer the highest technology with unmatched quality for all our customers. Every motorcycle is hand built with the greatest attention to detail.NCR continues this trend with its latest introduction of a truly exclusive and technologically advanced Ippoliti Designed NCR Millona 16 or simply the NCR M16.Starting with a Ducati Desmosedici DD16RR, the NCR M16 utilizes the latest carbon fiber and titanium to create a clean and flowing design with functionality as its main criteria.You can see the family evolution of the NCR Millona One Shot air cooled motorcycle in the lines of the new NCR M16. The NCR tradition of unmatched power to weight ration continues to be the main driving force in the design and development.
1. Ecosse Titanium Series FE Ti XX: [Price : $ 3,00,000 (Rs 1.64 crore)]
The ECOSSE Titanium Series brings to bear all of the cutting-edge marque’s expertise in the design of innovative, limited bikes. These special motorcycles are a combination of old-world craftsmanship and computer-controlled accuracy that effortlessly blend American muscle with exquisite lines, race-bred components and the first-ever all-titanium chassis. The result is a lightweight, carbon-fiber beauty with a supercharged billet motor producing insane amounts of torque and power. This bike is simply stunning. Öhlins custom, fully adjustable MotoGP-grade suspension and the low, perfectly balanced chassis provide agile handling and predictable, confidence-inspiring riding dynamics. While short, precise shifts from the ultra-compact, proprietary six-speed overdrive transmission ensure a smooth ride. Braking is easy and enjoyable thanks to the billet ISR radial braking system complete with 12 individual brake pads up front for superior grip, plus adjustable lever reach and master cylinder piston leverage allowing riders to decide how much effort is required to bring it all to a stop. Along with control, comfort is key, so each of the Titanium Series bikes is equipped with adjustable ergonomics and gel-padded seating. Each motorcycle in the series will have “Titanium Series RR Limited Edition” and the serial number engraved into the handlebar clamp and VIN plate.