In 1914 the city of Dodge City, Kansas held a motorcycle race, the Dodge City 300, attracting over 17,000 spectators. By 1921 there were more than 20,000. The race was held on a two-mile dirt oval and was sanctioned by the FAM (Federation of American Motorcyclists). Many manufacturers of the time attended, including Excelsior, Indian, […]
World’s Most Expensive Motorcycle Is Made From Gold
Having more money than you know what to do with I suppose could be a burden. Not that I know what it feels like (nor will I ever), but just look at this. What you see here is the dream child of wealthy Turkish motorcycle enthusiast, Tarhan Telli.
His custom mythological-themed motorcycle is highlighted by a Medusa sculpture on the gas tank, with serpents reaching around to the tail section. The bike took over a year to build, utilizes a 1801cc RevTech V-Twin, pumps out 125 horses, has six gears, weighs over 700 pounds, and has a frame made entirely of gold.
Telli is keeping the actual cost of the bike a secret, but experts predict the value of the frame alone to be over $1 million. He’s even submitted an entry to the Guinness Book of World Records for the title of World’s Most Expensive Motorcycle. The title is currently held by the MTT Turbine Superbike, which “only” cost $185,000.
You’ll also notice the aged and weathered aesthetic to the bike. Telli wanted to avoid the shine of gold or chrome, and instead used rugged, almost industrial-looking materials to balance out the bling factor of the gold. If you look closely, you’ll even notice the seat has studs and fringes around the perimeter.
What do you think of this uber-expensive custom motorcycle? Too much? Not enough? Or just right? Look at the photo gallery for more pictures of the bike, then tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.