Most Expensive Cruiser and Harley-Davidson Motorcycles 2023

The Combat Motors Wraith is available in two colors; in anodized black, it’s known as the Knight Wraith. (Combat Motors LLC/)

If you’re a member of the top 1 percent out there, congratulations—this list of new motorcycles is for you. Well-heeled buyers looking for a high-end bike can afford the premium components, beautiful finishes, and exclusivity of the bikes we’ve assembled here, but we’re going to do you a solid and weed out the one-off customs to shine the spotlight on bikes you can buy in the US.

As you’d expect, limited-run boutique brands with a direct-to-consumer business model rule this category, but the majors are represented here as well, even in the shrinking cruiser pool. There’s still plenty of high-end hardware to be found, some of it exceedingly rare and most of it available to anyone with deep enough pockets. The bikes we’ve sorted through range from $30,000 to $300,000, so in order of price, here’s our list of the top most expensive production bikes.

The Wraith features a machined aluminum chassis and a 2,163cc engine good for a top speed of 160 mph. (Combat Motors LLC/)

2023 Combat Motors Wraith | $155,000

Power cruisers are Combat Motors’ bread and butter, and if it seems like they share visual similarities with the Curtiss bikes, it’s because they have a few of the same elements like a girder front end and lots of machined aluminum. After venture capitalist Ernest Lee acquired the intellectual rights and designs to Confederate in 2017, he continued to churn out models based on the brand’s previous designs. Now that he’s rebranded as Combat Motors, many of those same bikes still appear on the company’s website, though with some refinements.

At the top of the charts is the redesigned Wraith, which features a frame carved from solid billet aluminum and power coming from a 132ci (2,163cc) S&S X-Wedge 56-degree V-twin good for a claimed 111 bhp at 4,500 rpm, with 143 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,500 rpm. Yikes. In case you’re wondering, claimed top speed is over 160 mph. The machined aluminum monocoque chassis supports a massive curved backbone to carry the fuel, and it all rolls on carbon fiber BST wheels, with fully adjustable rear suspension and Beringer brakes. Combat says it has limited stock available, so act fast; some of its other models are already sold out.

Arch’s latest model, the 1s retains the 124ci V-twin engine and aluminum chassis, but brings a sportier ethos. (Arch Motorcycle/)

2023 Arch 1s | $128,000

Keanu Reeves and Gard Hollinger’s boutique motorcycle company makes meticulously detailed, bespoke V-twin musclebikes out of a compact LA-area workshop, and while the $93,000 KRGT-1 performance cruiser is its flagship, Arch Motorcycle also launched a second production model, the sportier, sleeker, and more expensive Arch 1s, last year. Chief differences on the 1s include a new chassis with a steeper rake and shorter wheelbase, but it’s still powered by the same burly, dual-cam 124ci S&S V-twin seen in the KRGT-1, nestled into a steel and aluminum chassis machined in-house. The 1s is the company’s first production single-sided swingarm motorcycle (hence the name), and it’s also the first time Arch has gone with a mid-control arrangement.

Other trick bits onboard include fully adjustable, Arch-spec Öhlins suspension, ISR brakes with dual six-piston calipers up front, and an Arch-designed 2-into-1 stainless steel exhaust capped by a carbon fiber Yoshimura muffler. The Arch team says it works closely with the customer to tailor each bike to their personal aesthetics and ergonomics, so we already know the thing’s gonna blow a hole in your wallet. How big a hole? The 1s is tagged at $128,000 per build.

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By: Andrew Cherney
Title: Most Expensive Cruiser and Harley-Davidson Motorcycles 2023
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Published Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2023 15:41:04 +0000


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