Lauge Jensen – World’s Most Expensive Motorcycle

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Lauge Jensen Worlds Most Expensive Motorcycle

Not many things surprise us at RideApart, but when a customized, hand-built motorcycle sells for a staggering $850,000 it does make us raise an eyebrow and wonder what exactly wealthy people are doing with their money.

Danish design and engineering company Lauge Jensen, deals almost exclusively with high end clients building one-off custom bikes to order and it recently sold a what is thought to be the world’s most expensive motorcycle ever built.

Worlds Most Expensive Motorcycle

There was nothing exceptional about the bike. It did not feature one of a kind technology, nor was it a unique engineering masterpiece, or even a motorcycle with some type of special history.

Instead, the bike, christened Goldfinger, was plated with 24-karat gold and covered from forks to tail fender with 250 small diamonds totaling more than seven carats. The seat was upholstered with crocodile skin and more than 850 of the bike’s parts were gold-plated individual by hand.

Lauge Jensen Worlds Most Expensive Motorcycle

Normally, customers approach Lauge Jensen with an idea for a bike they want but on this occasion the company built Goldfinger without a customer order and then took it to private events earlier this year, staged in Monaco and Dubai, to show potential buyers.

Somebody at one of these gatherings saw the bike, liked what they saw and handed over $850,000. Nobody knows who the buyer is, or where the bike will be kept as Lauge Jensen declined to comment.

Lauge Jensen Worlds Most Expensive Motorcycle

However, the company’s founder and chief creative officer Uffe Lauge Jensen said that there was a lot of interest in the bike despite the high price tag.

Jensen says he is now working on another motorcycle with a customer that could easily cost in excess of $1 million. He wouldn’t reveal specific details but added: “it’s going to have a lot of stones and diamonds. We’re talking pretty wild stuff.”

We think we’ll hang on to our money.

  • MichaelEhrgott


  • grb

    Its expensive because its covered in gold and diamonds, not because its a good or special bike in any way, you can cover anything with this much gold and diamonds and it will be as expensive, thats not impressive at all, unless you like looking at gold of course, but motorcycle-wise this is boring

    • Piglet2010

      I want a motorcycle covered in some sort of rubbery substance that flexes instead of breaking in a crash, sheds dirt when hosed off, and prevents corrosion.

      • Justin McClintock

        Motard with plasti-dip or spray on bedliner. You’re welcome. :-)

      • zedro


      • grb

        That would definitely be more interesting to me then this useless show-off

      • HoldenL

        Well, at least gold doesn’t corrode. The buyer of this bike can look forward to that.

  • hunkyleepickle

    Yeah ok. How about i coat my 1995 toyota tercel in gold, and use diamonds for headlights, and sell it for 10million? Does it make it special, nope. It just makes the buyer stupid.

    • Jeremy

      Fools, money, you know what happens. The reason the buyer remains anonymous isn’t because he doesn’t want the world to know his riches, but because he doesn’t want the world to know he gets his jollies off with a vastly over-priced, rather mediocre motorcycle.

      • Davidabl2

        Not the whole world, just the impoverished people of his own country,

  • das not compute

    So he “vajazzled” it?

  • 200 Fathoms

    Someday soon, the people will rise up.

    • Piglet2010

      Bring back the guillotine!

      • runnermatt

        With today’s technology there can be much more inventive means to the same end.

        • Davidabl2

          Au contraire, given the recent debacles w/ lethal injection in the USA, the tried&true method of the guillotine might be more “humane.”

    • Davidabl2

      Can you say “Arab Spring”-it’s probably going to Abu Dhabi- a place that’s overdue for it’s own arab spring

      • labradog

        Right after Wall Street.

        • Davidabl2

          Other than in monarchies and dictatorships the gross leadership failures that lead to revolutions just don’t seem to happen.

  • the antagonist

    This is actually worse than the DriveApart crap.

    • Michael Howard

      I totally disagree. On a motorcycle site I would rather have lame motorcycle-related stories than the greatest non-motorcycle stories. But I have faith that RideApart can resume being the best motorcycle site on the Web.

  • Justin McClintock

    Further proof that money can’t buy taste.

  • zedro

    So the mall outlet buys gold for 60$ an ounce so if if I melted this down…….

  • NOCHnoch

    What a turd. At least some moron is $850k poorer now.

    • John E. Jablonski

      Without which, there’d be a bunch (well,a maybe a handful, I don’t know how many people Lauge Jensen employs), of custom bike builders out of work. :-)

      I say more power to Lauge Jensen. Found a niche; filled it.

  • runnermatt

    Gold is heavy and I expect this added considerable weight to the bike. For instance, according to Wikipedia lead is 11.34 grams per cubic centimeter(cc), meanwhile gold is 19.3 grams per cc. So gold is heavier than lead. Also according to Wikipedia, gold is a good conductor of heat, which would be beneficial to this bikes air cooled engine considering the weight added and the fact that it probably sold to someone in the middle east. This is all a moot point though as I doubt the bike will ever be ridden.

    • James Jamerson

      Gold plating is fractions of a thousandth of an inch thick. A relatively thick plating at .05 Thou (.000127 cm) means your CC would cover 7800cm^2, or 8 square feet. Which is why they always use it on spaceships and stuff…. Which, as you say, is moot, because this will never be ridden.

  • Nicholas King

    I dont know if its just me but something like a vincent black shadow which is also expensive is far more beautiful than this

    • Mr.Paynter

      100% Agreed.

  • Philip Heung

    “it’s going to have a lot of stones and diamonds. We’re talking pretty wild stuff.” – Oooo-errr.

    My local beach is FILLED with rocks and stones, and that’s pretty wild too.

    • mimo256

      Comment of the Day if this were jalopnik.

  • KC

    Well, it’s shiny. Aesthetically it’s not working for me. To each his/her own, I guess.

  • Mr.Paynter

    If I was that stoopid kinda rich I’d buy this, rattle-can matte-black it and thumb my nose up at all the oohers and aahers and ride it…. If I’d actually buy what looks to my very uneducated eyes to be some kind of Harley V-twin styled engine.

  • Zachary Laughrey

    So classy

  • Nathan Haley

    Looks like it would be great in the dirt.

    Wait, no, the opposite of that.

  • Racetrack Style

    “it’s going to have a lot of stones and diamonds. We’re talking pretty wild stuff.” Can’t wait

  • chris ordanez

    I’d be interested in a tech article on how they got the motor to run on douche.

    • dead_elvis

      That would solve our dependence on oil in a hurry!

      • chris ordanez

        “Only the finest for my baby: 87 octane Massengil!”

  • Davidabl2

    Not to be critical or anything..but i hope somebody steals the damn thing and melts it down to get the gold & the diamonds.
    And it’s too bad they can’t return the the skin to it’s original owner :-)

    • eddi

      Crocs are raised commercially for meat and hides. Some species are endangered but not all.

      That said, this is the gaudiest waste of money and time I have seen in a very long time. And did I mention tasteless? Because it is totally tasteless.

  • Davidabl2

    If it starts to run lean will the gold melt off of the headers and the can?

  • labradog

    Shouldn’t this crap be on the Honey Boo-Boo fan page?

  • anthony

    tacky and pointless

    • eddi

      Well it probably does have EDI.

  • Mark D

    This is the natural, logical progression of the Harley fetishization impulse. Only instead of dentists with a $30k bonus burning a hole in their pockets, its Russian oil barons.

  • orlandojon

    It just screams…steal me. Can you imagine parking it anywhere even for 5 minutes?