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Used bike spotlight: Concepts that made it to production

Published: 15 January 2016

Concept bikes are great at creating a bit of buzz in the biking world, especially when they offer something really ludicrous, like a turbocharged 240bhp engine, or a fingerprint recognition starter. Understandably, when they make it to production many of the fancy bits are missing. 

We've scoured MCN Bikes for Sale to find some of the best examples of concept bikes that made it to production

Suzuki B-King, £6,995

The concept B-King promised 240bhp, but when it was unleashed on the public as a production model it could 'only' muster 164bhp from the Hayabusa engine - about the same as today's super nakeds are producing. The looks are certainly divisive - especially those huge exhausts, but if you're a fan of the looks it's a lot of bike for the money.


Honda DN-01, £3,995

The DN-01 is a cruiser/scooter mash up with an automatic gearbox (it was introduced before Honda started using DCT technology). As with the B-King the looks divide opinion, but if you want something that's incredibly easy to ride and will turn heads in the city the DN-01 would be right up your street. This example is available for under £4000 - good value for a trendy inner city commuter.

Suzuki V-Strom 1000, £6,750

First shown as a concept in 2012, by the time the V-Strom 1000 reached production in 2014 the big adventure class had moved on and all the top models were overflowing with electrnoic trickery. While the V-Strom can't match the more advanced bikes currently sitting at the top of the adventure pile, it's still a cracking bike in its own right. Competent and good value, if not particularly exciting.

Honda CB1100, £5,999

Sadly the CB1100 wasn't the CRB racer-styled model most of the industry was hoping for, but the production roadster model is a good machine with silky smooth power delivery and good road manners. They were a little pricey when new, but early examples - such as this one - are now cropping up for under £6000. One of the better retros available.

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