Bucherer and Harley Davidson Reveal World’s Most Expensive Motorbike at $1.9 Million
Luxury Swiss watch retailer Bucherer and Harley Davidson Bündnerbike have collaborated to create the world's most expensive motorcycle called the Harley-Davidson Blue Edition. The shiny blue motorbike costs a wapping US$1.9 million and comes with two free watches and a ring integrated in its body.
The ostentatious vehicle boats 360 diamonds woven into its build and gold-plated screws. Its iridescent color is the result of having applied six coats of blue paint over the bike’s silver-plated body.
Embedded in the tank are watch and ring holder cases featuring armored glass domes. The cases are also LED-lit, rotating and are rigged to isolate their contents from vibrations.
If that is not enough, the ring provided with the bike is a six-prong Heaven solitaire featuring an impressive 5.40-carat diamond. The watch housed on the other side of the tank is nothing less than a custom-made Bucherer creation based on the ultra-modern Patravi TravelTec II model.
The watch also incorporates design elements from the bike on its dial so that “even when not riding the motorcycle, the buyer will therefore always have a piece of the pinnacle of Swiss watchmaking at his or her side.” The watch's case doubles as a winder ensuring the watch remains fully wound at all times.
World's first motor lit from the inside
The bike also boats the accolade of being the world's first motorbike with a motor lit up from the inside. Blue Edition's 100PS motor has been carefully equipped with heat-resistant LEDs.
To build this unique and exorbitant machine, designers began with a Harley Softail Slim S and replaced all its parts by essentially works of arts “produced, welded, beaten, ground and polished by hand.” The company said the process saw eight people put in 2,500 hours of labor.
The designers implemented a hole in the engine cover that provides a LED-lit view of the bike’s camshaft and gold-plated throttle valves. The headlight, hand levers, front springs as well as shock and shotgun exhaust pipes are all decorated with rose-gold plating.
Meanwhile, Bucherer diamond-encrusted rotating Dizzler rings can be found on the tops of the fork tubes and handlebar ends. Last but not least, the bike features gold-plated footpegs ensuring the vehicle is indeed decked in luxury from head to toe.
Harley Davidson had also previously boasted delivering one of the world’s most expensive motorcycles with the Harley Davidson Cosmic Starship selling at an estimated $1.5 million. However, to this day, the title of the most expensive motorbike in the world still goes to the Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter selling at $11 million.
Only 45 copies of this exclusive automotive masterpiece have ever been produced. Although the bike did start off at a bidding of $110,000, it was reportedly eventually sold at 100 times that amount.
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