CON­CEPT BIKES EX­PLAINED

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Jon Urry – MCN bike show ex­pert Con­cept bikes usu­ally fall into one of three main cat­e­gories. They’re ei­ther a taste of the fu­ture in­tended to build ex­cite­ment and show­case a firm’s vi­sion; a nearly pro­duc­tion-ready bike that the man­u­fac­turer wants some fi­nal-stage, pre-pro­duc­tion cus­tomer feed­back on; or they’re sim­ply used for at­tract­ing at­ten­tion. This year’s bike shows boasted the usual smat­ter­ing of con­cepts, and they all fit the groups above. For ex­am­ple: KTM’S 790 Duke is a taste of what’s to come in a cou­ple of years’ time, while the Yamaha T7 is a near pro­duc­tion-ready bike that will ar­rive in 2018, whereas the Honda CB1100TR con­cept (seen here) is just a de­sign study, which is never likely to make it into pro­duc­tion, and was only built to draw peo­ple to the firm’s show stand and cre­ate a bit of a buzz

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