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Concept motorcycles and prototype motorcycles peek at the future of new motorcycles. For manufacturers, it’s a chance to develop street bikes beyond the current spectrum of production in an effort to gauge the motorcycle riding public’s interest. It’s also a creative method to tackle design challenges and progress development forward.
Concept machines often represent the first step, and many are outlandish in terms of performance and looks, never moving past the initial design stage. Others, however, will be built so testers can evaluate all aspects of the machine. Prototypes, on the other hand, generally represent bikes fairly close to production. These vehicles allow engineers to make the final tweaks in an effort to get the machine ready for the public. For example, in 2019 Ducati brought its Streetfighter V4 naked bike prototype to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb while the first production model came to market a year later.
We keep tabs on all the latest concept and prototype motorcycles, providing breaking motorcycle news on the most recent updates, in-depth analysis of technical changes, and insight into the companies that may or may not bring these machines to life. Get the latest concept motorcycle news, motorcycle reviews, and inside industry information with Motorcyclist.