Tuesday, August 7, 2012

3 Of The World's Most Expensive Motorbikes

A luxury motorbike is a dream for many people, and the most expensive types in the world certainly stretch the definition of what a bike can do. Luxury bikes are typically defined by their extreme power, rare materials and limited numbers, as well as by their extreme engineering. In some cases, the most expensive motorbikes in the world are not technically safe for driving on public roads, and are closer to works of art than anything else. The most expensive, as of 2012, include the Macchia Nera Concept from Ducatti, the Ecosse Titanium Series RR Limited Edition, and the Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike.

3 - Macchia Nera Concept
This Ducatti mod has a 998RS engine, and is designed to be the ultimate track bike. It uses alloys on major parts for lightweight design, and is engineered for F1 and MotoGP performance. Nicknamed the ‘Black Spot,’ this concept bike boasts 185 HP, and features a V2 four stroke engine, as well as a liquid cooling system and a 5 speed manual gearbox. The frame of the bike is made from carbon fibre and titanium, and it has an electric starter. The Ducatti build was designed by Aldo Drudi, and the bike made its debut in 2003 as a track prototype, before becoming a 2004 concept model. The bike is typically shown as part of the Macchia Nera Concept Tour, with people able to pay to test it out on tracks.

2 - Ecosse Titanium Series RR Limited Edition
This luxury bike is distinguished by its titanium chassis and carbon fibre bodywork, as well as a unique see through engine covering, and a fuel injected 2,150cc billet motor. The Ecosse has 200hp, an adjustable saddle for ergonomic driving, and a bespoke timepiece attached to the controls. Other distinctive features include Berluti Italian leather in the saddle. Only 10 units have been produced by Ecosse Moto Works, a company that specialises in bespoke bikes using rare and exotic materials. Of these ten bikes, some of the first batch were sold to China, while others have been bought to display as works of modern art. Ecosse may yet supersede the bike, however, with their ES1 custom model.

1 - Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike

Not technically legal to drive on the road as the result of its immense speed, this half a million dollar superbike has an 8.3 litre, V10 engine, and can theoretically hit the astonishing speed of 400mph. The Tomahawk can also reach 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, and has 500 horsepower. 

Unusual in the sense of having four wheels, a few copies of the bike were sold through Neiman Marcus for Chrysler. The monocoque manufacturing design of the bike means that it depends on rear wheel acceleration, and also features twin throttle blades and 12 five watt LEDs. The front suspension includes a mounted ball joint, 20 inch stainless steer rotors, and dual hub steering with a rocker arm. Another bike that’s more of a work of art than a functioning road bike, the Tomahawk is one of the most sought after automobiles in the world.

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