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2014 Honda NM4 Vultus Debuts in Japan

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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.

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Technical Specifications of the 2014 Honda NM4 Vultus:

ENGINE
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke   8-valve, SOHC parallel 2-cylinder
Displacement 745cc
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
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel   injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 11.6 litres
Fuel Consumption 28.4km/l (WMTC mode-Tested   in D-Mode)
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V/11.2AH
ACG Output 450W/5000rpm
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type Wet   multiplate hydraulic 2-clutch
Transmission Type 6-speed Dual Clutch   Transmission
Final Drive Chain
FRAME
Type Diamond; steel pipe
CHASSIS
Dimensions (L´W´H) 2380mm   x 933mm x 1170mm
Wheelbase 1645mm
Caster Angle 33°
Trail 110mm
Seat Height 650mm
Ground Clearance 130mm
Kerb Weight 245kg
SUSPENSION
Type Front 43mm telescopic fork, 125mm stroke
Type Rear Monoshock damper,   Pro-Link swingarm, 100mm travel
WHEELS
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
BRAKES
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.
Security System HISS
Headlight LED
Taillight LED

Source: Honda

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