HUGE trade deal set to drop bike prices!

De­signs show weird front-end is on the way, but which mo­tor­cy­cle will we see it on in the near-ish fu­ture? And why?

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The cost of mo­tor­cy­cles sold in Europe could fall by as much as 8%. An his­toric trade agree­ment be­tween the Euro­pean Union and Ja­pan has blown away price-hik­ing tar­iffs on 99% of Ja­panese goods – in­clud­ing mo­tor­cy­cles and mo­tor­cy­cle parts.

Okay, hands up peo­ple – we’ve got no idea what this patent de­sign filed by the Ja­panese com­pany is for – but it’s weird and has had us scratch­ing out heads for a cou­ple of hours now, so we fig­ured we’d leave it to you to tell us.

These patents have just ap­peared from Kawasaki show­ing a very odd look­ing, hub-steer­ing front end with de­tailed im­ages of the bike’s front wheel and how it works.

There are only two things we can be sure of (largely be­cause it’s men­tioned in the patent it­self ) and they are that this de­sign is go­ing on to a mo­tor­cy­cle at some point and that it’s cur­rently not like any­thing we’ve seen that’s head­ing for a pro­duc­tion mo­tor­cy­cle from Kawasaki so far. Ex­cept, that is, for the Con­cept J bike which was shown five years ago.

Okay, so these patents are a long (pro­duc­tion-based) way away from the funky, im­pos­si­ble love­li­ness of the Con­cept J bike, but if you look at the side-on de­sign of the front of the bike and view it as look­ing at the in­side of the right front wheel (as if the left hand front wheel and unit had been re­moved al­to­gether) then there’s a sim­i­lar­ity here. Kind of.

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