Honda NM4 Coming to the USA – 670cc & $10,999

04/01/2014 @ 9:45 am, by Jensen Beeler22 COMMENTS


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:

Model: NM4
Engine Type: 670cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin
Bore and Stroke: 73.0mm x 80.0mm
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Valve Train: SOHC; four valves per cylinder
Induction: PGM-FI with 36mm throttle body
Ignition: Fully transistorized
Transmission: Automatic DCT six-speed
Final Drive: Chain
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
Tires Front: 120/70-18
Rear: 200/50-17
Wheelbase: 64.7 inches
Rake (Caster angle): 33°
Trail: 110mm (4.3 inches)
Seat Height: 25.6 inches
Fuel Capacity: 3.0 gallons
Estimated Fuel Economy**: TBD
Color: Black Metallic
Curb Weight*: 562 pounds

Source: American Honda

  • CLB

    April Fools?

    Yeah, I just really can’t believe it’s coming and then at 11k. They really missed the chance to market this correct as BMW did years ago with weird by then standards…. 1200C / Cruiser.

    This makes that bike look VERY normal and really needed a spot in some movie before the launch. I’m sure all the negative hype will turn out to be POSITIVE and this will turn out to be something that is so in demand that production can’t keep up… Right???

    … still shaking head!!!

  • MrDefo

    $11k US doesn’t sound that bad to me. I’m going to have to sit on one, but I really like the looks of it. That being said, I’m really dumbfounded why America would get a smaller engine when we’re the ones always going on about bigger = better. And given our high speed highway use, why not have that extra power?

    The engine swaps for the Euro spec have got to be common place once this thing goes to market.

  • Thomas

    Reminds me of a recumbent bicycle that grew up into a power-cruiser-sport-tourer-thingy.

    Cool-lookin’ though. Must be interesting to be seated “in” the bike rather than “on” it.

  • Jay

    3 gallon gas tank? Smaller than a Sportser’s? So it’s a really big commuter scooter?

  • Lewis Dawson

    The Honda website page linked in the press release shows the “bagger” version with the integrated side cases. Presumably included in the $11K price.

    This bike is way “out there” IMO, and I’m not sure how it fits with Honda’s emerging “un-cruiser strategy,” or if it fits at all. Most of the popular motorcycle press has failed to grasp (again, just my opinion) what Honda is trying to do with its new family of bikes that have cruiser ergonomics and cruiser power characteristics, but emphatically DO NOT pay homage to Harley-inspired heritage cruiser styling. We have the F6B bagger, the Valkyrie cruiser, the CTX1300 bagger, the CTX700 cruiser, and now this NM4.

    It might be more descriptive to call these bikes “un-Harley cruisers” but I prefer the term “un-cruisers.” Up to now, essentially all cruisers either are Harleys or are trying to ride the Harley coattails and rub off a serving of the Harley mystic. Even the few bikes not trying to overtly imitate Harley (such as Victory with their neo-heritage style) are mostly sticking quite close to the Harley design philosophy. Except Honda, who is forging a separate path with this new “un-cruiser strategy.”

    I speculate that Honda research shows there are potential cruiser buyers who find that whole Harley scene distasteful. They might prefer relaxed ergos and torque down low (rather than revs and horsepower), if only it didn’t come with that Harleyesque image baggage. Honda’s “un-cruiser strategy” is for these folks.

  • chris

    remember when the sv650 was half the $, brought new people into motorcycling, and made racing affordable? yeah.

  • Damn

    DAMN that things is butt-ugly

  • Tony C

    Please let this be an April’s Fool Day joke
    Please let this be an April’s Fool Day joke
    Please let this be an April’s Fool Day joke
    Please let this be an April’s Fool Day joke
    Please let this be an April’s Fool Day joke

  • Paul mcm

    Yet another weird bike from Honda to go down with the dn01 as styling experiments that proved to be complete sales failures. For $11,000 I can get a nearly new FJR 1300 or I can get a 3 year old R 1200 RT with minimal miles. There may be some quirky computer execs who will get this thing because they have money to burn. But mark my words this thing will be on loss leader close out sale in a couple of years at dealerships. I would much rather see Honda bring back the Pacific coast with a better motor.

  • CC

    Repsol product all over this.

  • Lewis Dawson

    Well, nobody posting here has seen it yet in the flesh, just photos, and opinions are split at this early stage. That is good news for Honda because it is not intended that everyone will like this bike and buy it. I think it’s true in the 21st century that every successful bike is rather polarizing. If it is polarizing, that means some folks like it strongly, so it has a chance to succeed. There is no bike that everyone likes enough to consider buying.

    The more I look at this Honda NM4, the more I am reminded of the legendary Citroen DS 19 introduced in the mid-1950’s. Wow.

  • afletra

    that design obviously for japanese market, why bother by sending it all the way to USA?

  • 2toe

    deifnitely a buck rodgers ride. heavy slow and flashy. not quite as insect like as ktm. i prefer the fluid to the jagged.

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  • tiger37373

    Worst looking recumbant bike I’ve ever seen….the designer should think about seppuku…

  • bikepilot

    The Yamaha Morpheus did so well I can see where Honda would want to take some of that action.

  • paulus

    It is currently at the Bangkok Motor show… I have seen it in the flesh and it does not look bad.
    It is a scoot for non-motorcyclists.

    It could still benefit from an alternative front end
    USD11K seems steep for a mxi scooter.
    The smaller engine for US market makes no sense either, unless there is some import duty or government incentive refund.

  • Marco

    The engine displacement is what it is so that it can be changed later and sold as a “new” model. Have we not yet learned about product lifecycle management? Fins. No fins. Lather rinse repeat.

  • Jason

    The NM4 isn’t a scooter. Scooters have a step-through and CVT, the NM4 has neither.

    What Honda has made is a modern cruiser. I’m curious what the NM4 has that the CTX700 doesn’t.

  • Jw

    562 pound Easy Rider?

  • manofleisure

    Isn’t that Judge Dredd’s ride?

  • Clarence

    Is this a marketing test for the next generation Goldwing???