This motorcycle embraces two very different dynamics. On the one hand, it's quite possibly the most expensive motorcycle ever built, with some experts speculating that the frame alone is worth $1 million. On the other hand, it looks old and beaten up, like a steampunk MadMax.

Designed by an extremely wealthy Turkish motorcycle fan, Tarhan Telli, the basics are include an 1801cc V-Twin with 125 horsepower, a six-speed transmission and a 700-pound curb weight. But what makes it special, aside from the frame that's made entirely from gold, is the artistry. As Motorcycle explains, Telli wanted high-end materials, like the gold, but wasn't looking for something shouty, opting for worn materials with interesting patinas. So, basically, he commissioned a bike with a frame made from gold, but didn't want it to be too loud, so he went to further lengths to obscure the gold finish. This may be the world's biggest humblebrag.

Telli has approached the Guinness Book of World Records to get his one-off creation certified as the world's most expensive motorcycle. He isn't revealing what it cost him to build, but if he spent a million bucks on the frame, we'd expect the entire bike might be a few times that. Scroll down for the video.


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      Michaele
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is total BS. Gold is way to soft, weak and pliable to be used for a motorcycle frame. You could plate steel or aluminum with gold, but solid gold? Garbage.
        stwbrnr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michaele
        Also, besides gold being to soft, gold weighs more than most metals. The article states a 700 lb curb weight, a gold frame would weight that and then some by itself. 1800 CC v-twin, add another 4-5 hundred lbs. Totally bogus article
          ragingconservative
          • 1 Year Ago
          @stwbrnr
          To add to your statement, a solid gold frame would not only weight much more than said 700 pounds, it would be worth a healthy chunk more than 1 millions dollars.
      HELLRAISER
      • 1 Year Ago
      More like the most expensive rat bike ever built.
      chicagoleather
      • 1 Year Ago
      It just figures that some wannabee from the Mideast with too much money and nothing to do would dream up such a stupid, unattractive, useless bike. And even mopre pathetic that anyone covers it as "news".
      dwjatwwk
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sorry, but anybody that has a high school chemistry class under their belt knows you can't make the frame "entirely" out of gold (unless this is an art piece that has no intention of ever performing its function as a motorcycle). Gold is too soft. OK, did they mean to say "gold plated?" The author should be a bit more inquisitive before taking as fact outrageous claims or provide the important caveats.
        C4RBON
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dwjatwwk
        Continuing along this train of thought, the tensile strength of gold is 120 MPa. The tensile strength of chromoly steel is ~700 MPa. It stands to reason that the bike would need about 5x more gold than steel to make it equal in strength. The article states the frame is worth $1 million dollars "according to experts." Given the current price of gold (~$43000/kg), and assuming zero labor cost, there would be ~50 lbs of gold in the frame. That would equate to about 10 lbs if it were made of chromoly. Does it seem reasonable for a 10 lb frame to support the remaining 690 lbs of bulk? No. It doesn't.
      phastbikes
      • 1 Year Ago
      the engine is only around $ 4500.00 to 6500.00 u.s.a, , where is a million ? somebodies pocket. plus its ugly. Doubt frame is solid gold because it is too soft , so plating would be possible .glad I didn't buy a used car from the designer! that's one slick guy there! Overall bike shouldn't of cost more than 35k to build, now the ugly maybe price less.
      PATRICK
      • 1 Year Ago
      stupid
      callwb
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gold is extremely heavy, I can't imagine what gas must cost to ride it. Of course this fool probably doesn't care about that. If he feels the need to just throw his money away I'm sure there are lots of starving families willing to take it off his hands, such a waste of money and gold,
      Stuka
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Mythological hero, Medusa..." They have a very odd definition of "hero".
      Jerry
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a jackass... the bike is hideous too!
      HAT1701D
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gold is a very soft metal. Either this thing is not designed to be put to actual use and instead is for merely a "looky here" item OR he had to have the frame reinforced. To much road use an the frame will start to sag, flex and then crimp. Regardless, not a good looking bike.
      Gary1212
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another moron with to much money and..... WHY ? Just to get in the Guinness Book of World Records. Any one with a ton of money can do the same thing....I'm not impressed.
      jblack132
      • 1 Year Ago
      I recently sold my old Honda 750 for TWO nillions buck! Well, I actually traded it for two kittens worth a million each.
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