With a $121,000 price tag, the Aston Martin AMB 001 is one expensive motorcycle. You could almost get 3 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glides for that much. Or about 35 Honda Groms. But the AMB 001 isn’t the only pricey bike available for purchase. However, the rest of the world’s most expensive motorcycles might be easier to ride on the road.
Criteria for the most expensive motorcycles list
Our list of most expensive motorcycles comes with a few criteria.
Firstly, all the bikes listed here are production vehicles as defined by the Guinness Book of World Records. Which, Road & Track explains, means that at least 30 examples have to be planned or already built.
Secondly, the motorcycles listed here are all street-legal machines. The AMB 001 passes the first criterium—100 examples will be built—but it’s a track-only motorcycle. However, this isn’t just about disqualifying the Aston Martin superbike. There are several other expensive motorcycles excluded by this, such as the BMW HP4 Race. It’s because, while you can take a street bike on the track, you can’t take a track bike on the road. What’s the point of having a high-quality machine if you can’t use it as much as possible?
Finally, all the expensive motorcycles on our list are either currently in production or are still available brand-new from the factory dealer. This means bikes like the 197-hp, V4-engine $72,500 Ducati Desmosedici are also not up for consideration. Luckily, in Ducati’s case, the Panigale V4 has even more horsepower at a fraction of the price, according to Car and Driver.
MV Agusta F4 Claudio
The MV Agusta F4 Claudio just barely makes it onto our most expensive motorcycles list. And not necessarily by price. Though with an $83,000 price tag, it’s certainly expensive, RideApart reports. It’s because the Claudio is MV Agusta’s way of closing out the F4 superbike lineup, NewsAtlas explains. However, brand-new examples can still be found at dealerships, several of which still list the bike on their websites.
That $83k does get you quite a lot of bike, though. In road-legal form, the MV Agusta F4 Claudio’s 998cc four-cylinder engine makes 205 hp and 85 lb-ft, Bennetts reports. And it redlines at 14,200 RPM, Cycle World reports. All this in a motorcycle that weighs 403 pounds without fluids. That’s even with ABS, Ohlins front forks and rear suspension, as well as adjustable traction and throttle control.
That low weight is thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber. The side panels, cowling, side spoiler, and even the wheels are made from it. And instead of using steel, most of the MV Agusta F4 Claudio’s components are made of titanium or aluminum. There is one slightly heavy touch, though: that golden pinstripe is genuinely made of gold.
Although plenty of celebrities buy expensive cars and motorcycles, Keanu Reeves is one of the few who wanted to make them. Specifically, he wanted a powerful American V-twin in a sporty package, R&T explains. He couldn’t find such a bike, so he and custom bike builder Gard Hollinger decided to work together and make one. The result is the $85,000 Arch KRGT-1, derived from a custom bike Hollinger originally built for Reeves, Rider Magazine explains.
At the heart of this expensive motorcycle is a 2032cc V-twin which delivers 122 hp and 122 lb-ft at the rear wheels, Cycle World reports. It was developed with help from S&S, which also provides assistance to Harley-Davidson and Janus Motorcycles. Part of the help included making a custom air intake system for the KRGT-1, which splits the fuel tank into 2 cells so rider ergonomics aren’t affected.
Given its large price tag, every Arch KRGT-1 is customizable to its buyer’s specifications. But even the ‘base’ bike includes Ohlins front and rear suspension, Brembo brakes, and carbon-fiber wheels. That’s in addition to the billet aluminum swingarm and fuel tank. The only parts made from plastic are a few minor switches. Even the taillight doesn’t use plastic—instead, it’s composed of LEDs in a reflective metal element.
Curtiss P40 Warhawk
The next 2 expensive motorcycles technically originated from the same company, Confederate Motors. A few years ago, though, the company renamed itself Curtiss Motors and partnered with Zero Motorcycles to go fully-electric. As of this writing, the company’s first electric model, the Hades, aka the ‘Curtiss 1,’ still hasn’t reached full production.
However, the P40 Warhawk, the last internal-combustion bike that Curtiss will make, is still available. Only 35 will be made, The Drive reports, which just makes it within our established ‘production bike’ requirement. Price-wise, though, it fits right in with the other expensive motorcycles here; it starts at $90k, Motorcycle Cruiser reports.
That $90,000 gets you a bike powered by a 2163cc V-twin rated at 150 hp and 160 lb-ft. Which, according to Curtiss, lets the Warhawk reach a top speed of 165 mph. The engine is bolted into an aluminum monocoque frame, with girder-style front forks to prevent brake-diving. And while the frame and many of the components are made of aluminum, the wheels are carbon-fiber.
Combat Motors P51 Combat Fighter
After Curtiss Motors re-branded itself, the ‘Confederate Motors’ name and motorcycle design rights were sold to another company. Which has since also undergone a renaming, becoming ‘Combat Motors.’ However, while the name might be different, the company is still producing updated versions of the original Confederate designs. And that includes the most expensive motorcycle on our list, the $113,900 Gen2 P51 Combat Fighter.
Like the Gen1 bike, the Gen2 Combat Fighter features plenty of “aerospace-grade” billet aluminum, Robb Report reports. And, like the original, it’s powered by a V-twin engine. However, the Gen2 bike’s 2163cc V-twin is more powerful; it’s rated at 200 hp and 180 lb-ft. As with the Curtiss Warhawk—which stems from the same design—the Combat Fighter has girder-style forks, RaceTech suspension, and carbon-fiber wheels.
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