Ecosse’s exquisite limited-production luxury motorcycles
Thoughtfully engineered, handcrafted by artisans and designed for discerning enthusiasts, Ecosse’s exquisite two-wheeled creations are built to the highest standards, using the most exotic materials in never-before-seen designs. With six years in business, Ecosse Moto Works makes the world’s most extraordinary machines. Ecosse Moto Works’ home is homage to the handcrafted motorcycles that take shape in the Rocky Mountain headquarters. Access to the fortress is limited, by appointment only to customers who have placed deposits, to protect the privacy of high-profile customers. Customers of these machines include celebrities, rock stars, athletes, collectors and plain-old motorcycle enthusiasts. Ecosse was formed in late 1991. Don Atchison, founder and designer, is a speed freak who grew up riding dirt bikes as his main mode of transportation in rural Washington state.
Heretic – First creation from the house:
Atchison’s deep affection for the quick and obscure, in addition to his appreciation for the functionality of watches, aircraft and weapons with exposed mechanisms, strongly influenced the form-follows-function nature of the company’s first model, The Heretic, named for its aversion to all things standard and its defiance of classification. It was perfected in 2004 after three complete prototype iterations. Forbes declared The Heretic “Bike of the Year” in 2006. The motorcycle was the multi-winner of Robb Report’s prestigious “Best of the Best” award and Stuff Magazine gave it the “Sickest Bike of 2007” honor. Men’s Vogue commissioned a special one-off limited edition for its April 2008 issue.
Former champion endurance racer Alan Cathcart commented on the bike and said…
What the Heretic has achieved is that it dares to be different, to be a multi-cultural, multi-purpose, multi-functional motorcycle that’ll give you a Rocky Mountain high when you crank it into a turn at 80 mph without running out of ground clearance, with that lusty motor beating away beneath you, and you find yourself relishing the unexpected compliance of its sports bike suspension.
Don Atchison says…
We matched one bike to a customer’s race car, another waited for the serial number of his jersey, and yet others have placed their names on waiting lists for the next models – without knowing what type of bike we will introduce next and no matter what the cost. But the ultimate compliment is hearing guys say they need one Heretic for the living room and one to ride. Some of our customers have large collections and we often hear that the Heretic becomes their motorcycle of choice.
The newest model, six years in the making, is the company’s super exclusive Titanium Series RR. With only 10 examples, it shares some of the geometry and styling of The Heretic model but this is a decidedly different beast. The chassis and entire exhaust system are handcrafted from titanium. The carbon-fiber bodywork weave is exposed save for a clear coat providing UV protection and a hand-painted old-school pin stripe. The carbon-fiber bodywork and wheels, titanium chassis and aerospace-grade aluminum keep the weight to an impressive 440 lbs. The machine pumps out >200bhp and >200 ft-lbs of torque at the rear wheel at sea level.
The Titanium Series may look like a delicate beauty, but press its glowing red starter button and an entirely different beast presents itself. Its riding position is akin to sitting in a chair, thanks to Atchison’s disdain for achy wrists and back. The riding position and foot controls are adjustable, the seats are filled with cushy gel, the crankshaft is removed and balanced for reduced vibration, and the dampened urethane handlebar system reduces hand and arm fatigue.
The most inspiring part is the distinctive look of this fine machine, which features bespoke components and exquisite details. The personalized handlebar clamp is machined with the serial number and customer’s individual message. An intricate laser-cut logo badge is affixed to the carbon-fiber tachometer shroud. There are three models in the Titanium Series line and the pricing falls between $155,000 and $275,000.
The Ecosse Heretic Titanium has got the distinction of being the world’s most expensive bike to hit the roads.
Matching Titanium Timepiece:
Each of the bikes comes with a matching BRM chronograph. Ecosse works closely with French boutique watchmaker BRM to design a special limited-edition watch to perfectly complement the limited-edition motorcycle.
Relatively low profile:
While Ecosse is celebrated for its creations, Atchison and the company keep a relatively low profile. Atchison says…
We don’t attend many events – we just can’t with the current backorder list. It’s nice that the bikes have a great following as it allows us to focus on our passion without having to leave the BatCave much.
In the works:
Though two additional V-Twin models are underway, Ecosse isn’t fixated on American V-Twins. A superlight crossover (X-6), F1-derived superbike (X-7) and several other models are in various stages of development.
Pricing for Ecosse motorcycles:
• Titanium Series RR – $275,000 (10 units).
• Titanium Series (supercharged edition) – $230,000.
• Titanium Series race edition – $155,000.
• Iconoclast series – $80,000.
• The Heretic – $75,000.
Thanks, Wendy Atchison (ECOSSE Moto Works)