Big Boys Toys In Monaco…

africa1africa2This article written and sent by Horst Roesler from Monte-Carlo where he is enjoying a stroll along the gorgeous Monaco harbor

You heard this slogan: “Age of the boys is determined by the size of their toys” Combining custom motorcycles with custom high-end yachts is a new concept. During the 2009 Monaco Yacht Show  Turkey-based Yacht manufacturer Sunrise Yachts  introduced the first-ever 45 meter ship with a rear garage housing a rescue-boat, two jet skis and a custom-build Harley-Davidson built and painted to match with the boat.

The ship company was founded by German custom bike enthusiast Herbert Baum. Named Africa, the boat featured here weights 380 tons and runs on 2 x 1070 HP engines. The bike was built by well-known German builder Erik Vauth of  “House of Thunder“ and is based on a stock Harley-Davidson “Rocker C”. A new feature is the foldable handlebar which allows the bike to be lifted in and out of its  “parking position” in the small garage in the rear of the ship. Erik connection to Herbert Baum is decade-long and lasted through several high-end projects, including the unforgettable “Simply the Best” which literally won almost all Bike Shows in Europe and the US during the 2001/2002 season. “We comissioned “House of Thunder” because of their dedication to the job, the reliability and the quality of craftsmanship”, says Baum. Each ship will be named and themed to the owners request,  so will each motorcycle coming with it.”  I am certain that you are interested to know that if you buy such a boat for  for  € 20 million Euro (about US $ 30 million) the custom bike is included in the price…..


8 Responses to “Big Boys Toys In Monaco…”

  1. 1 Grayhawk Sep 25th, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Ok, I take back everything I have said in the past as to Horst having such a hard job. Just kidding enjoy the scenery and buy yourself one of them yachts to relax and unwind on or just trade out for some pics/advertising.

    I can see Horst with the Captains hat on at the helm coming up the channel off Beach Street/Daytona beach: babes on each arm.

  2. 2 Horst Roesler Sep 25th, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Well Grayhawk,

    the images all look nice and the names sound great, but when it comes down to what images you have in mind and what can be done on a floating pier where the bike is stuck fo the entire event and the Yacht can”t move around, you have to get up at 6 am to get a parking spot not to forget the average speed of 2 mph in Monaco. Drive from Nice to Monaco and back – then we can talk!

    Apart from that – it is quite a different scene, but the same problems – only that there are more “0” behind the bill. It is very interseting what you can get for your money and how many people have the purse to do so…

    All the best from sunny france, I’ll be back in rainy germany soon enough…

    Oooh PS: I sure didn”t buy the boat, I am looking for a aircraft carrier that would suit my porpuses much more, neither did I do the helicopter boat shot – unfortunately – that was Sunrise Yachts press…

  3. 3 Grayhawk Sep 25th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    OK, I concede I can see the 6am being a bit tough. Have fun, you deserve it as you are always in the mix at the front, one of the best. lol.



  4. 4 Rinke Sep 26th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Hi Horst,

    We missed you at the European Bike Week. Now I know your excuse. Hope to meet again in Bad Salzuflen.

  5. 5 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian Motorcycles Sep 26th, 2009 at 6:19 am

    Horst, We can’t wait for your new purchase of your aircraft carrier. With all your friends around the world there won’t be any problem filling it up.

  6. 6 David Sep 26th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Wonder if the CEO’s fron AIG and Lehman brothers and the rest were there shopping with Our tax money?

  7. 7 Joe Skonecki Sep 28th, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Anyone up for a game of chicken on that new aircraft carrier?
    How about some drag racing?

  8. 8 Shannonbeau Sep 28th, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Horst, I would feel sorry for you getting up at 6 am to shoot but I know that you do that all of the time. It’s the best light sometimes too.
    Bet you wish you were back in the rolling hills of the midwest laying down on a gravel road shooting midget cars near the bridge… See you around sometime.

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