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These are the 5 most expensive motorcycles in the world

With price tags that match high-end sports cars, these motorcycles are only for the select few

For any speed demon looking to go fast, motorcycles are one of the more affordable ways to fulfill the need for speed. Bikes not only offer a greater sense of speed than cars, they also cost less to purchase, maintain, modify, and refuel. Shopping for a bike with a budget of $5,000 will go a long way on the used market. With that budget on the used-car market, you’ll be lucky to get something that isn’t a rust bucket.

Just like cars, motorcycles are built for a range of consumers. Exotic supercars exist, so it makes plenty of sense that there’s a world of expensive and exotic motorcycles. Consumers with deep pockets who want to go fast will find quite a few exotic bike options from which to choose. For wealthy owners wanting something with a stunning design or the fastest of the fast, money opens up the door for anything.

These are the five most expensive motorcycles that are currently for sale. Obviously, these are not good choices if you’re just learning how to ride. Instead, you’ll want to explore the best motorcycle types, but it never hurts to know what’s out there.

Arch Motorcycles KRGT-1


In addition to starring on the big screen in action-packed movies, Keanu Reeves has been busy building a motorcycle company. It’s called Arch Motorcycles and it was created by Reeves and Gard Hollinger. The goal of the company is to build motorcycles that don’t make any compromises. Performance, beauty, and bespoke components are all readily available with their creations.

Beyond looking like a rolling piece of art, each KRGT-1 features a 2,032-cc twin-cam V-twin engine (the type popularized by Harley-Davidson) that’s rated at 122 horsepower and 122 pound-feet of torque. More than 200 pieces of aerospace-grade billet aluminum keep the bike’s weight down, while a tubular steel frame and billet aluminum subframe and swingarm help with weight savings.

Every KRGT-1 is built to order and involves custom-tailored fit and finishes, and Arch Motorcycles takes roughly 90 days to build each bike.

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BMW HP4 Race


The BMW HP4 Race is one of the older motorcycles on this list, but that doesn’t make it any less appealing. As its name implies, the HP4 Race is a superbike that’s meant for racing. Duh. The motorcycle’s performance is just as blunt as its name.

BMW only built 750 units of the limited-edition motorcycle, which come with a carbon fiber frame, carbon fiber wheels, carbon fiber bodywork, Brembo brakes, an Akrapovič titanium exhaust system, and Öhlins forks. The 999c four-cylinder engine produces an impressive 215 horsepower, marking an impressive improvement over the S 1000 RR.

The HP4 Race isn’t a hopped-up superbike that’s hard to ride. With a suite of electronic controls and assist features like traction control, engine brake EBR, a pit lane limiter, launch control, and wheelie control, the HP4 helps the rider set quicker lap times. With a price tag of $87,000, it’s a pricey track toy, but there’s no denying that it will make track days even more memorable.

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Ducati Superleggera V4


No one does a limited-edition motorcycle like Ducati. The Italian marque always seems to go above and beyond with its special bikes. The limited-edition Superleggera V4 is a prime example of this.

Produced in only 500 units, the Superleggera V4 is the pinnacle of Ducati’s superbike lineup. The motorcycle features a lot of engineering and knowledge that Ducati uses for its MotoGP bikes to be a radical superbike that’s meant for the road, but is really at home on the track. One of the things that makes the Superleggera V4 so special is its power to weight ratio. Thanks to titanium and carbon fiber components, the motorcycle has a dry weight of 336 pounds.

With its light body, the bike’s 998cc V4 engine that makes an astonishing 234 horsepower at 15,500 rpm doesn’t have a lot to push around. When the bike arrived in the middle of 2021, it was claimed to have the highest power-to-weight ratio of any road bike in the world.

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Arch Motorcycles 1s


The 1s is Arch Motorcycles’ second model and is considered to be a mashup of a cruiser and a street sport bike. From its design, the 1s looks more akin to a traditional cruiser, but it packs a sporty wallop. The 1s features a similar V-twin engine to the KRGT-1 that churns out 115.3 pound-feet of torque. Arch Motorcycles hasn’t said how much horsepower the bike has.

While cruisers tend to be heavy, Arch Motorcycles managed to keep the bike’s dry weight down to 563 pounds thanks to a liberal amount of carbon fiber. Plus, the design of the carbon fiber supports and billet aluminum backbone and side plates create an effect that makes the engine look like it’s on display and not buried deep inside a cavity.

Like other bikes from Arch Motorcycles, the 1s is tailored for its owner with a special ergonomic package to make sure the seat, hand controls, and foot controls are all perfect for the rider. Each 1s is built to order with pricing starting at $128,000.

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Honda RC213V-S


Honda is known for making affordable, value-packed cars like the Civic. When it comes to the world of motorcycles, Honda is known for options like the $3,400 Grom and $16,500 CBR1000RR. The automaker’s halo bike, though, exists in a different realm than its other machines.

The RC213V-S will sound familiar to MotoGP fans, as the alphanumeric is used by Honda for racing. The motorcycle is a replica of the bike that Honda uses on the racetrack and is limited to just 250 units. This bike is awfully close to the one that Marc Marquez rode when he won two MotoGP world championships.

Underneath the carbon-fiber-reinforced fairings and under-seat fuel tank sits a 999-cc V4 engine. Other go-fast goodies on the motorcycle include titanium connecting rods, Ohlins suspension, Marchesini wheels, Brembo brakes, traction control, engine brake control, and different ride modes. To fully enjoy this motorcycle, you’ll want to head to a track, as Honda claims this is the closest way for consumers to really experience a MotoGP bike.

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