Written By Jason Lowder
Few things are as revered and storied as hitting the open road for an adventure. Odysseus , Bilbo Baggins and “Easy Rider” all shared that need for adventure. Like “Easy Rider,” the motorcycles and bikes have been some of the most exciting modes of travel out there.
And hitting the road in style is all a part of the adventure. While many looking for a stylish cross-country bike likely won’t find these in their price range, the following bikes are certainly worth drooling over from a distance.
Here Are 5 Of the Most Expensive Bikes Ever Sold:
1. Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike (price: $555,000)
This behemoth looks like it popped a wheelie and ripped itself from the pages of comic books. With its pristine, stainless steel design, it appears that if Superman ever got tired of flying this is the motorcycle he would ride.
The bike’s 8.3 liter, 500 horsepower engine–capable of reaching 60 mph in under 2.5 seconds–also, unfortunately, makes the bike street illegal in the US of A.
2. Damien Hirst’s “Butterfly” Trek Madone (price: $500,000)
Renowned and sometimes-controversial artist Damien Hirst designed this bicycle, which uses real butterfly wings by the way, for Lance Armstrong’s 2009 Tour de France ride. It fetched its whopping $500,000 at auction for the Livestrong charity.
3. Ecosse Titanium Series RR Limited Edition (price: $275,000)
With a style that looks like it could have come out of a scene from the WWII-action flick “The Great Escape,” this motorcycle has all the class of a vintage model with the speed, innovation and technology of today. If Steve McQueen had had this 2,150cc supercharged bike, there’s no doubt he would have escaped capture–and maybe won the war while doing so.
4. Macchia Nera’s Concept Bike ($201,000)
A one-of-a-kind motorcycle–literally, there is only one of these bikes in the world–this concept design features beautiful Italian engineering coupled with a classically simple design.
5. Trek Yoshitomo Nara Speed Concept (price $200,000)
The UFO’s that adorn this concept bike by Trek should give you some indication of its otherworldly creation. Famous Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara designed this awe-inspiring bicycle.
While you might not be able to get your hands on some of these bikes, you can, of course, imagine yourself cruising the open road on any one of them–which means if you crash you won’t be ruining a half-million dollar investment.
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