As Good Charlotte once famously stated, “Girls don’t like guys, girls like cars and money.” The Times of India recently did an op-ed called: “Why do women always fall for the bad boy?” Jim Stark, James Dean’s character in Rebel Without a Cause and the master narrative of the bad-boy trope, rode a sweet metal steed and beat away Betties with his Pomade slicked comb. In short, girls like expensive motorcycles.
Marshall McLuhan famously argued that technology is an extension of human faculties. A telephone is not just a device for making and receiving phone calls but is permuted, intellectually, into a bionic ear that lets its owner hear over the throbbing American heartland and the vast Atlantic. A raincoat is a superior skin one can remove from the closet and slip over his shoulders. To ride a motorcycle is to outpace the cheetah and rule the natural world with speed and force. Here are the 16 most expensive motorcycles in the world.
16 TRON Light Cycle – $77,000
15 Confederate B120 Wraith - $92,500
14 Vyrus 987 C3 4V - $103,800
13 MV Agusta F4CC - $120,000
12 NCR MH TT (Mike Hailwood) - $130,000
11 NCR Leggera 1200 Titanium Special - $145,000
10 Icon Sheene - $172,000
The Icon Sheene pays homage to renown World Champion Barry Sheene of Britain. As with several of the other bikes on this, the Sheene was limited edition, there being only 52 copies of it. To mark each bike’s individuality, there is a discrete playing card hand painted on it, the bikes together forming an entire deck. The bike produces 250 horsepower with the help of a Garrett turbocharger, but the engine itself is capable of 1,400 cc. When the bike was first produced, it was sold for $172,000 and was dubbed the most powerful motorcycle in the world.
9 MTT Turbine Streetfighter - $175,000
8 NCR Macchia Nera - $225,000
7 Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike - $550,000
6 Harley Davidson Cosmic Starship – $1.5 million
5 The Yamaha BMS – $3 million
4 Hildebrand & Wolfmuller – $3.5 million
3 Ecosse Spirit – $3.6 million
2 1949 E90 AJS Porcupine - $7 Million
1 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter – $11 million
Most people know Neiman Marcus as a department store. It is typically synonymous with machinery of the highest-echelon. The motorcycle started off at $110,000 – not peanuts, but certainly not worth its later price of 100 times that amount. It would eventually be purchased at an auction for $11 million, possibly because there were only 45 copies of it and was very limited edition. Its credentials aren’t very good: it can only reach 190 miles per hour. But its design was beautiful, with some people saying it resembled clockwork and the company marketing it as “the evolution of machine.” Despite the price, it’s totally street legal.
Sources: myfirstclasslife, about.com
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