Honda NM4

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Honda NM4
Honda Tokyo Motorcycle Show 2014 concept.JPG
NM4 concept at 2014 Tokyo Motor Show
Manufacturer Honda Motor Company
Also called Honda Vultus concept
Production 2014–
Class Feet forwards power cruiser
Engine 670 cc 8-valve SOHC parallel-twin with twin balance shafts
10.7:1 compression ratio
Transmission 6-speed hydraulic, dual clutch transmission
Frame type Steel diamond
Suspension 43 mm forks
Brakes Front: 1 × 320 mm wave disc, two-piston caliper
Rear: 1 × 240 mm wave disc, single-piston caliper
ABS
Tires Front: 120/70 ZR18
Rear: 200/50 ZR17
Rake, trail 33°, 110 mm
Wheelbase 1,645 mm
Dimensions L: 2,380 mm
W: 933 mm at the mirrors
H: 1,170 mm
Seat height 650 mm
Weight 245 kg (540 lb) (curb weight) (wet)
Fuel capacity 11.6 L (2.6 imp gal; 3.1 US gal)
Fuel consumption 28.4 km/l (80 mpg-imp; 67 mpg-US) (WMTC mode)

The Honda NM4 is a feet forwards motorcycle introduced by Honda for sale in the United States in June, 2014.[1] The motorcycle is also on sale in Japan and Europe.

The NM4 was shown under the name "NM4 Vultus" as a concept motorcycle at the March, 2014 Osaka Motorcycle Show and Tokyo Motor Show.[2] In April, Honda dropped the "Vultus" name and announced the motorcycle would go sale in June of the same year. The production bike for the US is to have a 670 cc engine, unlike the show bike's 745 cc.[1]

Design[edit]

It has a feet forwards design compared to the motorcycle in the anime Akira.[2] Styling was provocative; critics described it as "front massive",[3] as a "scootercycle hybrid" similar to Honda's DN-01,[4] a "mashup",[5] and one said "it isn't pretty".[6]

The engine and dual clutch transmission were sourced from the production NC700 motorcycle/NC700D "Integra" scooter.[2] The concept NM4-02 variant had panniers; the NM4-01 had none.[6] The production NM4 will have 16 liter panniers.[7] The Honda website says the model is a "limited edition".[8]

Specifications[edit]

Specifications in the box to the right are from Top Speed.[9]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bornhop 2014.
  2. ^ a b c George 2014.
  3. ^ Cameron 2014.
  4. ^ Madson 2014.
  5. ^ Beeler 2014: "[T]he 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."
  6. ^ a b Ets-Hokin 2014.
  7. ^ Roadrunner 2014.
  8. ^ http://powersports.honda.com/nm4.aspx
  9. ^ Top Speed 2014.

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