According to Honda, the NM4 was “developed under the keywords of ‘the Neo-futuristic’ and ‘COOL,’ pursuing new, unique styling.” We have no idea what that means, but the two designs, the Honda Honda NM4-1 (black) and Honda NM4-2 (white) are sort of a mashup between the company’s DN-01, Valkyrie, and the bike from the anime movie Akira.
To that end, Honda says that the design concept focuses on two elements: “front massive” styling and a cockpit position. More tangible technical items include an LED headlights, tail lights, and turn signals, as well as panniers for storage (featured on the NM4-2). Underneath the hood is a 745cc, two-cylinder, 54hp engine that has Honda’s dual-clutch transmission.
With a fat 200mm rear tire, the NM4 is supposed to give a “prominent” rear-end design, while still being low enough to the ground for a rider to easily get on and off the machine. Breaking cover at the 30th Osaka Motorcycle Show today, the Honda NM4-1 and Honda NM4-2 concepts will also be on display at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show next week.
While Honda’s worldwide press is listing the NM4 as a concept machine, Honda Motor Europe confusingly has the “Honda NM4 Vultus” as a 2014 model. While we try to sort out those to conflicting press releases, leave your thoughts in the comments section about what you think about the NM4.
Technical Specifications of the 2014 Honda NM4 Vultus:
|Type||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve, SOHC parallel 2-cylinder|
|Bore ´ Stroke||77mm x 80mm|
|Compression Ratio||10.7 : 1|
|Max. Power Output||40.3kW @ 6,250rpm (95/1/EC)|
|Max. Torque||68Nm @ 4,750rpm (95/1/EC)|
|Oil Capacity||3.9 litres|
|Carburation||PGM-FI electronic fuel injection|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||11.6 litres|
|Fuel Consumption||28.4km/l (WMTC mode-Tested in D-Mode)|
|Clutch Type||Wet multiplate hydraulic 2-clutch|
|Transmission Type||6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission|
|Type||Diamond; steel pipe|
|Dimensions (L´W´H)||2380mm x 933mm x 1170mm|
|Type Front||43mm telescopic fork, 125mm stroke|
|Type Rear||Monoshock damper, Pro-Link swingarm, 100mm travel|
|Type Front||Multi-spoke cast aluminium|
|Type Rear||Multi-spoke cast aluminium|
|Rim Size Front||18M/C x MT3.50|
|Rim Size Rear||17M/C x MT6.25|
|Tyre front||120/70 ZR18|
|Tyre rear||200/50 ZR17|
|ABS System Type||2 channel ABS|
|Type Front||320mm single wavy hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads|
|Type Rear||240mm single wavy hydraulic disc with single-piston caliper and resin mold pads|
|INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS|
|Instruments||Digital speedometer, digital bar-type tachometer, clock, bar-type fuel meter, two trip meters, gear position indicator, outside air temperature gauge and coolant temperature warning light.|