Expensive Motorcycles doesn’t come to mind when choosing, your own motorbike. When purchasing a motorcycle, what is the budget? A couple of thousands? Or is it, hundred of thousands?
There is plenty of expensive motorcycles sold at auction. But only listed a selection, Five of the Most Expensive Motorcycles. Each, amazing for different and their own reasons. Not done in any order and will vary, person to person.
1) 1954 – AJS E95 Porcupine – sold for $675,000 (approx, £511,092.61)
Sold at auction for $675,000 in 2011. A motorcycle designed to be a racing bike. But a bike that wasn’t so successful first time round. A motorcycle that failed a first time round, due to its carburetors. Because of its redesign in 1954, it gave the British Grand Prix championship a victory. A victory that was well deserved.
2) 1910 – Winchester – sold for $580,00 (approx, £439,161,05)
Sold at auction for $580,000, much to the shocked auctioneers. Originally believed it could be auctioned off at $250,000. Designed and produced between 1909-1911, not selling well, due to the high price tag; and better known for their Guns. Even though the Winchester, is much better than anything else around at that time.
3) 1915 – Cyclone Board Track Racer – sold for $520,000 (approx £393,730,60)
Sold at auction in 2008 for $520,000. Between 1910-1920, different companies competed to make a racing motorcycle. This type of motorcycle was the first engine, to have Hemispherical Combustion Chamber. Resulting in a 45 Horsepower V-twin engine, which was unheard of in 1915. Produced for only 2 years, making only 12 of these motorcycles.
4) 1939 – BMW RS 255 Kompressor – sold for $480,000 (approx £363,443,63)
Sold at auction in 2013 for $480,000. A motorcycle with a twist. BMW produced an engine with a supercharge, designed to go on racing bikes. But because of WW2, it delayed the makings of it and the engines never went on. After the War, BMW finished the creation, and the 1939 supercharge engine was fitted to a 1951 Chassis.
5) 1922 – Brough Superior SS80 – Sold for $469,500 (approx £355,493,30)
Sold at auction in 2012 for £469,500. Not the first time it was sold at auction, it was originally sold in the late 1920s. Furthermore, put into storage during the War and displayed in Nottingham Museum until 2012. A bike nickname “Old Bill”, specifically made for the company founder, George Brough. The first motorbike to ever complete a lap, with top speed of 100mph.
Finally, don’t be breaking the bank balance trying to purchase one of these. Motorcycles have come a long way from the idea of a motor to a bicycle. But all beautiful in their own way.