Why You Need It
With so many cable TV reality shows dedicated to customizing motorcycles—and so many leather-encrusted yuppies riding them—the over-the-top, one-off bikes have lost their prestige. Enter the “anti-choppers” from Ecosse Moto Works: limited-edition production motorcycles fitted to each customer with custom accents such as hand-stitched seats. Engineer and former U.S. Marine Corps officer Donald Atchison started the Denver, Colorado-based business in 2001, driven to become to motorcycles what Aston Martin is to cars and fighter jets are to aircraft. His bikes are “for those who appreciate attention to detail, superior craftsmanship, performance and exclusivity.”
Why It's Special
Ecosse’s latest masterpiece is the Titanium Series. The chassis is sculpted from titanium, a metal stronger—yet significantly lighter—than steel. Forging it takes two welders, working in an oxygen-free environment, more than 30 days to complete. The bike body is trimmed in carbon fiber. The build process exceeds 1,280 man-hours for each motorcycle, and Atchison hand-delivers each one to the customer. The founder is also the customer service point of contact—each owner gets his personal cellphone number.
What it Costs
The Founder’s Edition Titanium XX is limited to 13 units and each costs US$300,000.
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