1986 Suzuki Nuda

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Compared to concept cars, concept bikes are a rare breed. Radical design departures used to take place through racing on bikes like the 1954 AJS E-95 "Porcupine" or the 1969 Jawa Typ-860 GP. Innovation lived as long as it was winning races, only to be immediately cast aside once something newer was dreamt up. Alternatively, the low production costs of a one-off motorcycle meant that many ideas actually found their way onto the road. Witness the 1921 Ner-A-Car, with its early version of hub-center steering. Exploring ideas not possible with current technology, concept bikes as design exercises started to appear in the 1970s. Here are our 10 favorites.

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2007 Yamaha Tesseract

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2002 Sachs Beast

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Maier BMW

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1999 Honda New American Sports

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2003 Confederate B91 Wraith

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1990 Honda Mantis

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2007 Ecosse Spirit

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2007 Yamaha Bobby

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1973 BMW Futuro

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