Think you've seen the costliest, or the most bizarre bikes in the world? Now check out these: elusive, exclusive, but no less exhilarating than anything on two wheels.
Aston Martin AMB 001
Last year, two of Britain’s most celebrated names from the automobile industry joined hands to create one of the most exotic limited-edition motorcycles ever made. Called the AMB 001, it’s a track-only motorbike spawned out of the partnership between Aston Martin and Brough Superior. The AMB 001 is also the first-ever motorcycle to feature the iconic Aston Martin winged logo. Aston Martin says the motorbike’s styling draws inspiration from some of the greatest cars built by the famed British marque, including the upcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie. Powering the motorcycle is a turbocharged version of Brough Superior’s 1000cc V-twin engine delivering 180 horsepower. Thanks to the extensive use of carbon fibre in construction, the AMB 001 only weighs 179kg, which gives the motorcycle a power to weight ratio of 1:1. Limited to only 100 examples, each unit costs a whopping $1,20,000.
The Honda RC213V-S is a hyperbike that debuted at the 2014 EICMA show. The $1,84,000 motorcycle is basically a street-legal replica of a MotoGP machine Marc Marquez rode in 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, packing similar components and performance.
Kawasaki Ninja H2R
The 2014 EICMA show in Italy also saw the launch of the Kawasaki Ninja H2R — the track-only version of the H2. Powered by a supercharged 998cc 4-cylinder engine, it has 300hp on tap. In 2016, five-time world champion Supersport circuit-racer Kenan Sofuoglu made history by hitting 400kmph on his H2R.
Ducati 1199 Superleggera
Ducati unveiled the range-topping, limited-edition 1199 Superleggera (Italian for Superlight) in 2014. Based on the homologation-special Panigale R, the 1199 Superleggera weighs only 155kg dry and has 200hp on tap thanks to a cranked-up 1198cc L-twin engine. Only 500 units were made.