BikeBiz’s budget didn’t stretch to a trip to Monte Carlo for the first LikeBike Show last month, but the PR machine behind the event is still sending through some curiosities and statistics from the event.
€2million (£1.4million) was the total value of bikes on display at LikeBike 2015, which possibly isn’t as impressive as we might have expected – particularly as the most expensive bike on display retailed at €53,000. That pricey model – the Cipollini RB1000 Luxury Edition, featuring platinum plate and gold finishes – was closely followed by Malle Bicyette by Moynat (€45,000) a made-to-order Parisian bike with its own luxurious picnic basket trunk.
The limited edition Sarto 18K will set you back €27,000 (£19,300), but as well as the 18 carat gold, the bike also features crocodile skin. Other ethics-dodging bikes featured real fur.
Other high-end offerings included the tailor-made Pininfarina Fuoriserie €9k (£6,730), of which only 30 units will be availble worldwide.
In total there were 450 bikes on display at the show, so by our calculations that would make the average price of a bike there around €4,400 (£3,200).
The next LikeBike will take place from June 3rd to 5th at Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo, no doubt full of more eyewateringly expensive bikes but (we can’t help but hope) hopefully less using real fur and crocodile skin next time.