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Top 10 most expensive production motorcycles
For us mere mortals, these bikes are always out of reach. Nevertheless, we cannot avoid admiring them and imagining what it would be like on such a noble iron. But which one is the finest of all production motorcycles? The spearhead of racing luxury machines?
1st place: Honda RC 213 V-S, € 192,000
For several seasons, Honda warned of a machine that was supposedly difficult to beat and was under development. The possibility was considered that they might refer to a new Fireblade, but this time in a V4 configuration. The V-engine came then too. But the machine that carried it was the mighty Honda RC 213 V-S. It is no coincidence that she shares her name with the MotoGP machine. It's practically a MotoGP machine with indicators, lights and a license plate. When it was first launched in 2016, it received both praise and criticism from some readers. Some thought that their best values (215 hp at 170 kg) were nothing unusual. The chassis, for example, was exactly the same size as in the MotoGP customer race last season and used the same material. "It's hard to explain how well it [the chassis, note] behaves and how easy it is to carry, regardless of what it looks like in the photos," said Sergio Romero at the test in Cheste.
The orders for the Honda RC 213 V-S were placed via a website specially set up for the occasion. It was offered in different configurations, from the more humane 160 hp version to the most radical, with an open exhaust and different electronics. When the bike went into production, Honda only made one device a day as many of its components were handcrafted. Each of the approximately 250 units sold found an owner and can only be found in very exclusive collections today. If you want to buy one now, you would have to put more on the table today.
2nd place: MV Agusta F4 1000 CC, € 118,000
The MV Agusta F4 1000 CC (by Claudio Castiglioni) is often forgotten amid a large catalog of limited editions. It was presented at the same time as Ducati's MotoGP-based Desmosedici RR, but still had a significantly higher starting price. Carbon fiber body, the best components Brembo and Öhlins made available to the consumer ... and as if that weren't enough, an exclusive jacket and a Swiss Girard-Perregaux watch. Only 100 units of the "Claudio Castiglioni" were produced. With a top speed of 315 km / h, which is only limited due to the recommendation of the tire manufacturer, the F4CC remains one of the most exclusive MV Agusta that we could find.
3rd place: Ducati Superleggera V4, € 115,000
In February 2020, the Bologna-based company presented the Ducati Superleggera V4, a machine that has more than 1.5 hp per kilogram of power. With these numbers, the Superleggera V4 seemed to be the perfect heir to the previous editions, the Superleggera 1199 and 1299 (70,000 and 92,000 euros, respectively). Both previous models already had an enviable weight / performance ratio. In circuit mode, i.e. the installation of a complete exhaust system signed by Akrapovic, the Superleggera V4 is able to develop 234 hp and stop the scales at 153 kg. That's a weight achieved in large part by the use of carbon fiber in virtually every corner of the assembly, including the chassis, swingarm, suspension rods, fairing, and aerodynamic kit.
With the introduction of the Ducati Superleggera V4 in February 2020, the podium of the most expensive production motorcycles in history will be changed. Although we are still far from suppressing the most valuable of all. The aerodynamic kit is one of the great protagonists. The 2016 MotoGP motorcycle, inherited from the Ducati GP 16, offered 50 kg payload at a speed of 270 km / h and, among other things, enabled less dependence on the electronics to keep the front wheel on the ground.
4th place: Münch Mammut 2000, € 86,000
In a list jam-packed with some of the most advanced sports bikes in history, the presence of an uncontrollable beast like the Münch Mammut 2000 is a powerful exclamation point. At the end of the 1990s, the German entrepreneurs Thomas Petsch and Friedel Münch started a project themselves to thaw the mammoth and reach the time of the war of numbers. In collaboration with a group of 15 engineers, the Münch Mammut 2000 was built around a two-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine that Cosworth produced for Opel. So it is hardly surprising that the power and torque figures came from another planet: up to 265 hp at 5500 rpm and 380 Nm at 3500 rpm. However, as in the past, the Mammut 2000 failed miserably. The problem, according to the testers, is not so much the weight of almost 400 kilos or the gigantic dimensions that make driving through tight bends impossible, but the behavior of the turbo engine: The accelerator pedal acts more like an on / off switch, without the possibility of dosing . Thomas Petsch was present on one of the exclusive days of motorcycle testing with the Mammut 2000 and followed the German journalist in his car. After a few kilometers on the motorway and a few moments of anxiety about a worrying lack of stability at over 240 km / h, they take the next exit. Petsch anxiously approaches the journalists and asks their opinion. "You have built the most brutal, most powerful and most expensive motorcycle in the world," is the verdict. A real "mammoth" and as such indomitable and not recommended for most drivers. 200 units of the Mammut 2000 were planned, of which only 16 units were sold.
5th place: Honda NR 750, € 83,700
"They created an unprecedented engine with a four-cylinder with an oval cross-section instead of a circular one, with two connecting rods in each piston, with eight-valve cylinder heads and almost 20,000 rpm at top speed. The NR500 could never achieve its goal. But although it was sporty was a fiasco, it represented a technological advance like few others in history, "commented Pepe Burgaleta, recalling some of the best sports machines of the 1990s. The Honda NR 750, which was made in a limited production of 300 units (all sold), had a similar structure to the NR 500. Its four oval cylinders simulated the configuration of a V8 engine and were an attempt to achieve the necessary performance of the two-stroke -Create competition with only four cylinders. Her 125 hp was a far cry from the most powerful sports engines and her 244 kg didn't help her move with agility either. But the Honda NR 750 would go down in history not because of its track times, but because it was a true mechanical masterpiece. Honda sold the NR 750 for around 83,000 euros (converted to current value levels) and the few that are for sale today are almost 100,000 euros.
6th place: Ducati Desmosedici RR, € 82,000
Long before Honda launched a street version of their MotoGP, Ducati had the same idea and carried it out. In 2007, the Italians took advantage of the huge investment in MotoGP and released a GP6 version of the bike that Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau competed on. It was sold for € 66,000, which would be around € 82,000 in 2020. And as with Honda, a preparation kit was also offered here: it went from 187 to 200 hp at 14,500 revolutions. In 2007, however, the electronics available were much more limited and if you hit the throttle without thinking, the rear wheel would skid or lift the front wheel. "It accelerates very quickly up to 10,000 revolutions per minute, but from there up to 14,200 revolutions per minute the kick is enormous. It's not as violent as the R1 from Haga, for example, but it is very effective. My times with both were in that Acted very similar, "said Sergio Romero. 1,500 units came from the Borgo Panigale factory and, while very exclusive, are fairly common at some of the major motorcycle events.
7th place: Harley-Davidson V-R 1000, € 63,000
This was Harley-Davidson's commitment to tarmac racing in the late 1980s to be ready in the 1990s. Unfortunately, few, if any, will remember this model when they think of the Milwaukee brand. The VR 1000 was the first motorcycle to leave the Yankee factory for competition, and in some ways it could have been a success. The project, led by Steve Scheibe, was launched in 1988 with the help of experts from NASCAR and IndyCar. When the 90s came, Harley-Davidson already had a 60-degree V-Twin with almost 150 hp and a dry weight of just over 170 kg. Numbers that could make life difficult for the Ducati 888. However, the V-R 1000 did not see the light of day until 1994. By then, the competition had evolved and what remained was a machine that looked very maneuverable, but lacked sufficient top speed. On the rare occasions when the engine lasted, in the hands of pilots like Miguel Duhamel or Scott Russell it was able to fight for the top spots in the AMA. Harley-Davidson homologated the 50 units required by the AMA to register for the race ... but only one country in the world allowed the questionable level of exhaust emissions: Poland.
8th place: MV Agusta F4 750 Serie Oro, 59,000 €
The MV Agusta F4 750 Serie Oro is possibly one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever made. With a timeless design that today, two decades after its introduction, still looks like it did on the first day. But the MV Agusta F4 750 Serie Oro was not only a beauty, it was also Claudio Castiglioni's dream come true. The then leader of a Cagiva group had brought Ducati back on the market and acquired MV Agusta, not without constant criticism. Many doubted MV Agusta's ability to put a motorcycle like the F4 into production, but in 1999 Castiglioni welcomed a select group of journalists to Varese before setting off for Monza on the F4. Claudio himself had chosen the track in Monza because he grew up there with the victory of MV Agusta. In truth, it wasn't even particularly suitable. Castiglioni was even advised to avoid Monza because the bikes would spend a lot of time at full throttle on the straights. But there was no problem. Apart from the fall of an Italian journalist in the first corner, who accused the Pirelli Dragon EVO, the MV Agusta F4 covered around 2,000 km without any problems in these days. Its 750cc and 126 hp engine convinced anyone who could test it. Curiously, a German journalist accused the Varese team of manipulating the speedometer, which was set to 265 km / h. They responded with a radar gun to show the actual speed. Only 300 units of the "Gold Series" were sold.
9th place: Kawasaki H2R, € 55,000
If we have described the Münch Mammut 2000 above as a cattle from a motorcycle, then the Kawasaki H2R surpasses the German beast in concept and execution and is without a doubt one of the most exuberant works of the last decade. After several teasers on social networks, Kawasaki confirmed all rumors during Intermot 2014 in Cologne by unveiling this Kawasaki H2R with no less than 310 hp for 216 kg (dry). Kawasaki wanted to build a motorcycle that would make history again, like the GPZ 900R or the Mach IV H2 did in their day. And it seems that they succeeded. After the engine was presented at the Tokyo Motor Show 2014, the Akashi team was ready to present their new motorcycle: in Germany they presented the H2R and in Milan the H2. Even today, five years later, these motorcycles are a real eye-catcher and have developed into a whole family of models. The international presentation was organized in Losail, a circuit of 5,389 meters, 1,068 of which belong to the endless main straight. And the choice wasn't a coincidence either. There the testers could experiment with charged fuel and match their times with those of other machines. Although a little slower than the SBK, the Kawasaki H2R pushes with no noticeable limitation. When it reached a speed of 200 km / h where other machines stopped pushing hard, the H2R continued to accelerate strongly to 300 km / h and over.
10th place: Norton V4 SS, € 53,000
The story of Norton and its V4-SS could have had a happy ending, but given recent news of the British factory's practical bankruptcy, everything seems to indicate that it was petered out by faulty management. Under the direction of Stuart Garner, Norton returned to the production of high-performance machines: Norton made its debut on the Isle of Man with its own chassis and Aprilia V4 engine. With the experience gained there in their luggage, the engineers set out to produce their own engine and an approved version of the Norton V4 SS. The motorcycle was and is undoubtedly impressive, both in mass production and in the two limited editions, the 200 units of the V4 SS and the 250 of the RR. The former came with a chrome-effect painted carbon fiber fairing (like the Tourist Trophy prototype) and the latter was clad in black throughout, including a set of carbon fiber rims. The sad thing is that despite the pre-order of all V4 SS, many were forced to either take over the RR or look through the fingers. The number of V4-SS units ultimately delivered could be counted on one hand due to problems on the assembly line.
Although the demand for the V4 could not be satisfied, the Donington team continued to expand the catalog and invested in the development of new interesting mid-range models such as the Norton Atlas and the promising Norton Superlight, which could still make a lot of noise at the next TT. At the end of January 2020, a consulting firm took over the reins of the company, which is faced with a debt of around 300,000 euros. However, the Guardian reported on Garner's embezzlement of pension funds to fund Norton, as well as other bad practices that are believed to seriously jeopardize the very survival of the iconic British brand. In an effort to win the Tourist Trophy, Stuart Garner hired some of the best road racers like Josh Brookes, John McGuinness and Peter Hickman.
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