The World’s Most Expensive Production Motorcycle? The T12 Massimo. $335,000.

1-122-12This Italian machine was designed by late motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini whose famed was acquired when he imagined the Ducati Paso 750, the Ducati 916 (both exhibited at Guggenheim Museum’s 1998 “Art of the Motorcycle”) and the MV Augusta F4. Before his passing in 2014 following a long battle with cancer, Massimo worked without budget limit on creating what was for him the ultimate 2-wheel machine, one that of course extremely high-end customers could afford.

3-124-125-12Made to order, $335,000 and it’s even not road legal because the 230 hp, 999 cc, BMW inline four-cylinder engine is from the S1000RR Super Bike. But of course you can take it to the track…

Other features of the Massimo T12 include Grand Prix-specification Ohlins front fork and rear shock absorber, Brembo racing brakes and Pirelli Diablo super bike racing tires mounted on lightweight forged magnesium wheels by MFR. A very unique feature is the adjustable lateral stiffness of the tubular steel frame to suit your preference… Only 340 lbs dry. How many will order? How many of those will ride it – probably slow – more than one time?

16 Responses to “The World’s Most Expensive Production Motorcycle? The T12 Massimo. $335,000.”


  1. 1 Woody's Nov 23rd, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Seems a shame to put all that work into a bike, knowing the end result can’t be titled to play with on the road. Sigh, hang it on a wall with other artworks, I suppose.

  2. 2 bigalyts Nov 23rd, 2016 at 11:45 am

    The Customer for this Motorcycle will probably never Ride this Bike nor even be a Motorcycle Enthusiast. He will probably display it in some sort of magnificent way, next to his Ferrari & Lambo display. Although Jay Leno could be a very likely buyer for this bike and at least he will ride twice…..

  3. 3 rebel Nov 23rd, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    $8500 display stand included no extra charge

  4. 4 domino Nov 23rd, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Why???

  5. 5 1550tc Nov 23rd, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Please tell me its April 1 2017 and you meant to post this then?

    As for buyers try the oil dadddddddy Arabs

  6. 6 Mike Nov 23rd, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    I don’t care what it has, or what they did to make it. There has never been, and will never be a motorcycle that is worth that kind of money. What an age of excess we live in.

  7. 7 Dave Blevins Nov 23rd, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Looks like about 300,000 dollars profit… good work if you can get it, I suppose.
    It is a good looking bike though.

  8. 8 Economessed Nov 23rd, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Over the years, I have found that it is a greater challenge to build something glorious for $3,000 than for $300,000. The limitations on resources push the builder to greater creativity and imagination than a “because we can” budget does.

    No disrespect to this builder — you’ve made a technically excellent machine. But you’ve failed to make a technically excellent machine that people can experience and enjoy.

    There is no prize for offering the worlds most expensive anything. You will not be remembered for your contribution to humanity, your visionary leadership, or the genius of your product. It’s people like Henry Ford who are remembered, not Massimo whatshisname.

  9. 9 Drive The Wheels Off Nov 24th, 2016 at 1:57 am

    @Economessed – Massimo is gone. He’s not part of this as far as I can tell and he certainly will be remembered for his contributions. Good points about having to get creative on a low budget.

    @Mike – in time, some of the old survivor gems will be worth 300 large. This one? No.

  10. 10 Roger Mont Nov 24th, 2016 at 8:40 am

    those guys made investors believe that there is a market for this kind of bike….we all can see nothing extra- ordinary shows to merit that price tag.

  11. 11 Donnie Johnson Nov 24th, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Looks like crap to me. I wouldn’t want to be seen riding it, that’s one ugly piece of shat.

  12. 12 BuzzD Nov 24th, 2016 at 9:21 am

    guess is might look good next to the Koenigsegg or Pagino in the garage

  13. 13 Hillbilly Jim Nov 24th, 2016 at 11:25 am

    I would rather have a used Hyabusa and 330,000 in the bank.

  14. 14 Davis Nov 24th, 2016 at 11:40 am

    As I look through yet another window as I shop, with nose pressed against the glass and yes some drool.

    I only fault people who do things that I myself would never do, given carte blanche to build the best bike ever, I would definitely jump at the opportunity also and would hopefully be seeing something like what I am seeing now.

    I like Frankenstein bikes welded together and painted coming out of a junkyard at $100 and countless cuts, sweat and tears, but this thing from the other side of the spectrum has it’s very own merits.

  15. 15 Coffeebeans Nov 28th, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Well, it’s a nice looking bike, for what it is.

    It seems to me, however, that you are paying $300,000 for a collection of parts.
    Now, it’s assembled by hand, so there’s that…but really: BMW engine, Ohlins suspension, MFR magnesium wheels…looks like the only thing that’s proprietary is (maybe) the frame and the name.

    For roughly the same money, you can have a Flying Merkel or a Brough Superior.

  16. 16 Gym Nov 28th, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Imagine the pride of ownership when some kid working at McDonalds blow their wheels off riding a Jap bike costing a fraction of a Massimo. In this case exclusivity means nothing.

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