Top 10 Most Expensive Bikes. In this selection are highlighted the top 10 most expensive bikes ever sold at auctions around the world. Perhaps these bikes are not the fastest in the world, but that’s not the reason that the owners bought them. One of the main reasons are the stories behind these rarities, to whom it belonged, who developed and when. The more rare and unique for the bike, the greater their values at the end of the auction.
Top 10 Most Expensive Bikes
10. Brough Superior SS100 (1939)
Price: US $ 425,943
This bike was sold in April 2014. However, it is not entirely original. It is documented that was built and used by George Brough. The engine number is 2 digits higher than the last Brough to leave the factory.
9. Brough Superior SS100 (1929)
Price: US $ 448,156
This particular bike was designed and built by George Brough in England in 1924. Only 69 bikes have been produced in 1925 with all models specially designed to meet customer specific needs, such as individually molded handlebars.
All bikes have a guarantee that they were able to reach 160 km / h. Later, in October 2010 a new record was set when it Brough Superior SS100 was sold at the Haynes International Motor Museum for US $ 448,156.
8. Ariel Cyclone 650 (1958)
Price: $ 450,000
The motorcycle was bought by three young and newly successful musicians Buddy Holly, Joe Maudlin and Jerry Allison in May 1958. Buddy fell by Ariel Cyclone 650cc black and bought the limited edition model of a group of only 200 ever produced. The Buddy motorcycle was sold for $ 450,000.
7. Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sports (1926)
Price: US $ 452,234
The Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sports 1926 was sold in October 2012 for US $ 452,234. The model features a JAP, 8/45 HP, engine 980 cc OHV V-Twin, two carburetors sports float twin jet Binks, among other special features.
6. Brough Superior SS-80 “Old Bill” (1922)
Price: US $ 463,847
This model was specifically built for the company’s founder, George Brough. This bike was the first to ever complete a lap around the track at speeds of more than 160.93 km / h.
It remained guarded throughout World War II and was later placed on display at the Nottingham Industrial Museum until it was sold in an auction of H & H in 2012.
5. BMW RS 255 Kompressor (1939)
Price: US $ 480,000
This bike was sold at Bonhams auction in 2013 for US $ 480,000. The bike was a private project produced by BMW built a motorcycle engine using parts directly from the BMW factory.
Using the influence of its original owner Walter Zeller, BMW produced a motorcycle engine which came with a super charger and planned to put it on the bikes the company running.
But then World War II came and the engines were never placed in production bikes. But after the war ended, BMW was able to finally launch its special engine.
4. Cyclone Board Track Racer (1915)
Price: US $ 520,000
The bike had 996cc, 45-degree V-Twin. It was purchased at an auction Monterey Mid-American in 2008 for US $ 520,000. Thanks to this buyer, the Cyclone Board Track Racer is fourth in this selection of the top 10 most expensive bikes ever sold at auction.
3. HP Winchester (1910)
Price: US $ 580,000
The American legend, Winchester, just made motorcycles between 1909 and 1911. Worldwide Auctioneers believed they could auction off the bike for about $ 250,000, but were shocked when the 1910 Winchester was sold for US $ 580,000.
2. AJS E95 Porcupine (1954)
Price: US $ 675,000
This model was specifically built as a racing bike. They began to produce the Porcupines in 1949. In 1954, they solved the problems and launched a second generation model.
But they only produced 4 of motorcycles that year. This bike was really the centerpiece of the National Motorcycle Museum in England for years until it was sold at Bonhams auction in 2011 for US $ 675,000.
1. Captain America “Harley-Davidson Panhead” Easy Rider
Price: US $ 1,350,000
The bike is called Captain America Harley Davidson Panhead. The bike was ridden by Peter Fonda in the classic film Easy Rider making it one of the most recognized motorcycle instantly the world.
It was produced by Harley-Davidson and was a police vehicle Harley-Davidson used by the Los Angeles Police Department before it was modified and purchased for the movie role. Call Captain America after Peter Fonda’s character in the 1969 film, was collector of the property based on LA, named Michael Eisenberg.
However, before the bike was put up for auction by Profiles in History, which is the reason for his authenticity has been questioned, an anonymous buyer offered US $ 1.35 million, which is the leading position in this selection of the top 10 most expensive bikes ever sold at auction.