This is either the most awesome April Fools joke from an OEM ever, or the Honda NM4 is coming to America. Announced two weeks ago at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show, the NM4, or “Vultus” as it’s being called in Europe, features a 670cc two-cylinder engine for the US market (the machine seems to get a 745cc parallel-twin lump in other markets), and includes Honda’s dual-clutch transmission.
Why the NM4 gets a capacity reduction for the American market is not clear to us, though the entire launch of the Honda NM4 has been a confusing one, as the motorcycle was debuted as a concept bike in Japan, and shortly thereafter announced as a production model for Europe (now for the USA & Canada as well). Effective communications aside, considering the favorable comments we got last month about the NM4/Vultus, Honda has a popular motorbike on its hands here.
Expect the 2015 Honda NM4 to hit the United States in June with a $10,999 MSRP price tag. You can get it in any color you want, as long as it’s black. Pre-production photos are after the jump, along with the technical specifications for the American market.
Technical Specifications of the Honda NM4:
|Engine Type:||670cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin|
|Bore and Stroke:||73.0mm x 80.0mm|
|Valve Train:||SOHC; four valves per cylinder|
|Induction:||PGM-FI with 36mm throttle body|
|Transmission:||Automatic DCT six-speed|
|Suspension||Front: 43mm fork; 3.9 inches travel|
Rear: Pro-Link single shock; 3.9 inches travel
|Brakes||Front: Single 320mm disc with two-piston caliper and ABS|
Rear: Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper and ABS
|Rake (Caster angle):||33°|
|Trail:||110mm (4.3 inches)|
|Seat Height:||25.6 inches|
|Fuel Capacity:||3.0 gallons|
|Estimated Fuel Economy**:||TBD|
|Curb Weight*:||562 pounds|
Source: American Honda