A mad cocktail of creativity gone wild and next generation engineering, concept motorcycles are every bike lover’s dream. We take a look at some of our favourite dream machines from the last few years.
It’s just human nature to want what you can’t have. Maybe that’s why concept bikes leave even the most pragmatic bike lover surrounded by a pool of dribble. By their very nature, they fuse functionality with a practicality that mass production lines aren’t quite ready for to push the boundaries of what’s possible.
So what’s the point of these beauties if only a small amount make it off their plinth into prototyping? It’s the trickle-down. If you want a sneaky peak into what’s next in bike technology, then these crazy bikes are a big hint.
Here are our favourite concepts bikes to get you frothing for the future.
Icare Bike Concept
If Batman’s bike in The Dark Knight sped off the screen and into reality, this would be the closest thing to it. The difference with this one though, is that it’s a real working design. Powered by a six-cylinder 1.8 litre Honda engine with dual exhaust, the Icare has a small chance of going into production.
Is it a motorbike? Is it a scooter? This one is actually both. The Suzuki G-Strider motorcycle-scooter hybrid first appeared at the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show. Its unique ergonomic feet-first body position signals a new take on rider comfort and mimics the posture our bodies take in an entirely weightless environment.
What makes it roar? A four-stroke 916cc liquid-cooled DOHC parallel twin engine. The G-Strider also utilises Suzuki’s electronically-controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), as found on the Suzuki Burgman 650 scooter.
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Honda recently unveiled this mini-bike with a smattering of café racer at the Bangkok motor show. Th 150SS runs on a 150 cc engine, and features huge carbon disc wheels and fenders which unfortunately may not translate so well if this dream machine ever went into production.
BMW Motorrad Hover Ride
This truly is a case of life imitating art, imagining the future. When Lego’s Technic team made a model of a flying BMW bike, BMW Motorrad was so inspired, it turned that little model into full-scale reality.
Unfortunately though, it’s not a full reality yet – they haven’t quite figured out how to make the thing actually fly.
Harley-Davidson 750 Stealth
This one mean looking adventure bike – like Mad Max mean. And we love it. Also unveiled at last year’s Bangkok Motor Show, it’s small-ish in size but could be epic as a lightweight adventure bike.
Based on the Street 750, (which unfortunately never reached Aussie shores), the angled features of the Stealth concept include motocross suspension, aluminium tanks, huge storage and custom dual exhaust.
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