For many, a motorcycle is just a utilitarian mode of transport that gets them from point A to B while for some others it's a means of self expression and a passion. Imagine if you have all the money in the world and need a bike that can share garage space with your swanky Rolls-Royce or sporty Ferrari with equal panache? For such niche customers there exists a very rare breed of bikes which apart from their incredible craftsmanship and performance sport a price tag that can put many sports and luxury cars to shame. Here's a look at the current top 10 most expensive production motorcycles:
10, Vyrus 987 C3 4V V (Volumex)
Price : $1,03,769 (Rs 57 lakh)
If Bruce Wayne had to buy a motorcycle then the Vyrus 987 C3 4V V would be definitely his weapon of choice. It not only looks like a motorcycle from another planet but rides also like one, instead of traditional steering arrangement where forks are used up-front, the Vyrus employs hub-centre steering and front swingarm which is parallel to the tarmac. The C3 4V V is the brainchild of Ascanio Rodorigo who used to work for Bimota in the early '80s and the bike is powered by a Ducati-sourced 1198cc V-twin engine which has been further supercharged to pump out 214PS of power while weighing just 154kg.
9, MV Agusta F4CC
Price : $1,20,000 (Rs 66 lakh)
When the CEO of Italian exotic motorcycle brand MV Agusta gives his name to a bike then it is clear that the end product has to be spectacular. The MV Agusta F4CC where CC stands for Claudio Castiglioni is according to the company’s boss the most extreme expression of the brand MV Agusta. Powering the F4CC is a 1,078cc mill competent enough to pump 203PS of power and enables the bike to attain a top speed of 315 kph. Though visually the bike looks similar to the standard F4, according to company officials around 90 per cent of the entire superbike has been crafted using custom-built parts. To keep the weight of the bike as low as possible titanium has been used guards in the intake and the air outlets along with the classic four-pipe exhaust system. Carbon fibre has been employed in crafting the bikes body panels and fenders whereas the single-sided swingarm to the rear wheel is made entirely of magnesium. Only 100 examples of the F4CC would be built and each would set the owner back by $1,20,000 or Rs 66 lakh. Along with every bike the owner would be gifted a Girard-Perregaux Laureato EVO3 F4CC wristwatch worth $ 22,856 or Rs12.5lakh which would be also limited to 100 units.
8, NCR MH TT (Mike Hailwood)
Price : $ 1,30,000 (Rs 71.38lakh)
When NCR planned to build a tribute bike then it is obvious that both the man and the machine would be special. The MH TT is NCR’S tribute to commemorate the 30th anniversary of legendary racer of Mike Hailwood’s victory at the Isle of Man. The MH TT is a modern replica of the Ducati 900 NCR on which Hailwood recorded his famous win. The donor bike is the Ducati Sport 1000 which has been modified extensively to reduce as much as possible and the super lightweight bike tips the scale at just 136kg. Like its other creations NCR has sought the aid of titanium and carbon fibre to shed the extra flab. The 1,120cc engine pumping out 132PS is nestled in a titanium frame which weighs a mere 5kg. The exhaust and frame of the bike has also been crafted from titanium whereas carbon fibre has been employed on the body panels and wheels. Just 12 MH TT would be built and each bike would loosen your wallet by $ 1,30,000 or Rs 71.38lakh.
7, Confederate B120 Wraith
Price : $1,35,000 (Rs 74.12 lakh)
When you first lay your eyes on the B120 Wraith, the first thought that strikes your mind is what this contraception is? It doesn’t even resemble remotely to any standard motorcycle nor does it have killer performance (127PS from an air cooled V-twin) to command a price tag which would help it enter this list. Then what makes the Wraith as one of the most expensive production bikes in the world? The answer is details, like the carbon fibre frame, handmade massive fork and seven-spoke wheels. For Confederate, functional minimalism is of utmost importance and with the Wraith they took it to the next level. The aircraft-inspired chassis consists of a carbon fibre spine complemented by aluminium bulkheads sandwiching the engine. The fuel tank is located under the motor, while the front suspension shuns conventional telescopic forks in favour of a blade-type girder arrangement. When you have customers like Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Bruce Springsteen and King Abdullah II of Jordan you have every right to command an asking price of $1,35,000 or Rs 74.12 lakh.
6, NCR Leggera 1200 Titanium Special
Price : $ 1,45,000 (Rs 79.57lakh)
In a glance the Legerra 1200 loojks like a standard Ducati Hypermotard which has been modified moderately but once you start looking at the bike closely all the details of the bike rise-up an you realise this is something unique. NCR’s belief is that everything can be improved upon, made lighter and pack more performance and that’s the treatment they have given to the Hypermotard with the Leggera 1200. The Trellis frame of the stock bike has been replaced with handcrafted titanium one which weighs a mere 4.8kg. To further reduce the weight the bike uses carbon-ceramic brakes and the body has been sculpted from carbon fibre all this has resulted in the bike weighing 47kg lighter than the stock bike. Engine modifications include more titanium for the valves, magnesium engine covers and bigger bore cylinders which have resulted in a total power output of 140PS.