Harley Davidson might be the most recognized and notable name in motorbikes. It's name is familiar to anyone, whether you are a bike fan or not, and they have produced some of the most desirable and sought after bikes in the history of motorcycles.
Harley Davidson is an American motorcycle manufacturer that was founded in 1903, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is one of only two motorcycles to have survived the Great Depression and grown into one of the most iconic motorcycle companies in the world.
There is a loyal following for the bikes produced by Harley and have universal clubs and events. They also have a large product-line of brand-focused merchandise. Harley has designed some of the most expensive bikes in the world.
Some of Harley's most expensive bikes date back to the company's early years and are highly sought after by motorcycle enthusiasts and collectors.
Here are the ten most expensive Harley Davidson motorcycles.
10. CVO Street Glide (2010) - $30,999
The CVO Street Glide (2010) is part of Harley Davidson's 2010, limited edition models and is known as one of their hot-rod model bikes. Only 3,500 units of this powerful touring bike were produced.
The bike was designed with a V-Twin engine 110ci (1803 cc), which is the largest displacement V-Twin engine Harley offers. This customized bike was designed with load of chrome and a vibrant paint job to give it a look of speed and agility. This model is worth $30,999
9. EL “Knucklehead” (1936) -$100,000
The EL "Knucklehead" (1936) bike is the bike that had the biggest influence on all future bikes that have been produced since. It is often referred to as the "father" of the modern Harley.
The bike was the first to sport the teardrop gas tank, which is still used today, and it inspired the air-cooled twins that Harley Davidson used on the following models to-date. This original "Knucklehead" is worth $100,0o0 and is one of Harley's most prized bikes to-date.
8. JH “Two-Cam” (1928) - $150,00
This is the first Harley bike that was designed with a Two-Cam engine and the first bike that customers were able to experience riding on a bike of this nature.
The year was 1928 when Harley fans first got a taste of this top-notch bike and could soar down the road at top speeds of 85-100 mph. This type of engine had originally been used in racing, until Harley released this new application to the public.
7. DAH Hillclimber (1932) - $200,000
The Hillclimber got a lot of recognition in the 1920's and 1930's for its ability to take the victory in races, on even hills. This little bike had power and it was the very first of its kind, and first to sport the rare, 45 cubic-inch, overhead valve arrangement that was never used on the street bike models. Once this bike began to show its power on hills, consumers flocked to it and it is now worth $200,000.
6. Unrestored Singles (Pre-1910) - $300,000
During the first ten years of Harley's business, they kept their production down to just a couple hundred motorcycles per year. Even on into the year 1908, they still were only producing under 500 bikes, which is what makes the bikes from those days, very rare.
It also makes them expensive. If you can find an unrestored Harley Davidson from this era, and better yet, one that is unfinished, you can expect to pay between $300,000 and $1Million.
5. Model 5-D Twin (1909) - $400,000
There were only 27 units made of this design back in 1909 and is known as the Model 5-D Twin, due to it twin-cylinder engine. The bike boasted of a 50 cubic-inch F-head with magneto ignition, a Schebler carburetor and the rear wheel was powered by a leather belt.
This bike sits in the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee and it is the only one of these bikes that survived and still exists today.
4. 8-Valve Racer (1916–1923 - $1 Million
The 8-Valve Racer was a racing bike and had 8 valves to help with speed. Only two of the authentic bikes from this lineage, are still around today, and one of them is sitting in the Harley Davidson museum. With only 20 of the bikes ever made, it is no wonder why they want to put in safe keeping. This bike is said to be worth $1 Million.
3. Easy Rider - $1.35 million
The most expensive Harley Davidson motorcycle ever sold at an auction is the Easy Rider Captain America, which fetched a whopping $1.35 million in 2014. This iconic motorcycle was ridden by Peter Fonda in the 1969 classic road movie "Easy Rider".
The star-spangled Harley-Davidson panhead chopper was sold at an auction and broke the record for the most expensive motorcycle ever sold at an auction. The hammer price of $1.35 million made it the most expensive motorcycle ever sold, beating a private transaction that saw another Harley Davidson sold for $1 million.
The Easy Rider Captain America motorcycle is known for its patriotic design and has earned the nickname "Captain America," which was Peter Fonda's character's name in the movie. The bike was designed and built by two African American motorcycle builders, Ben Hardy and Clifford Vaughs, who were part of the chopper scene in Southern California in the 1960s. The bike's design and construction were inspired by the American flag and the chopper culture of the time.
2. Cosmic Starship - $1.5 Million
The Cosmic Starship is one of the most expensive Harley Davidson motorcycles ever sold. It was designed by artist Jack Armstrong and is known for its unique and eye-catching design. The bike features a bright orange and yellow paint job and a powder-coated frame that perfectly complements the paint job.
The Cosmic Starship was first sold in 2012 for $3 million, making it one of the most expensive motorcycles ever sold at the time. It was sold again in 2017, and the asking price was $15 million, but it eventually sold for $1.5 million.
The Cosmic Starship is truly a work of art, and its unique design is what makes it so valuable. It is a one-of-a-kind motorcycle that is sure to turn heads wherever it goes.
1. Harley-Davidson Blue Edition - $1.9 Million
The Harley-Davidson Blue Edition is the most expensive motorcycle ever sold by the company. It was created in collaboration with Swiss luxury watch and jewelry company, Bucherer. The bike was first unveiled in 2018 and features a unique iridescent blue color.
The Harley-Davidson Blue Edition is a one-of-a-kind motorcycle that took over 2,500 hours to build. It features a handcrafted metal fuel tank and fenders, which are adorned with over 360 diamonds. The bike's seat is made from alligator skin, and the handlebars are adorned with gold leaf.
The Blue Edition is based on the Harley-Davidson Softail Slim S and features a 1.8-liter V-twin engine that produces 110 horsepower. The bike is also equipped with a six-speed transmission and a custom exhaust system.
Overall, the Harley-Davidson Blue Edition is a stunning example of the company's commitment to craftsmanship and luxury. While it may not be the most practical motorcycle, it is certainly an impressive work of art that commands attention wherever it goes.
You can also read:
- The Five Best Harley Davidson CVO Models Money Can Buy
- The 10 Best Harley Davidson Adventure Bikes of All-Time
- The 10 Best Harley Davidson Sportster Models of All-Time
- The 10 Best Harley Davidson Chopper Models of All Time
- The 10 Best Harley Davidson Road King Models Money Can Buy
Written by Maria McCutchen
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