Honda NM4

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Honda NM4
Honda Tokyo Motorcycle Show 2014 concept.JPG
NM4 concept at 2014 Tokyo Motor Show
ManufacturerHonda Motor Company
Also calledHonda Vultus concept
Production2014–
ClassFeet forwards power cruiser
Engine670 cc 8-valve SOHC parallel-twin with twin balance shafts
10.7:1 compression ratio
Transmission6-speed hydraulic, dual clutch transmission
Frame typeSteel diamond
Suspension43 mm forks
BrakesFront: 1 × 320 mm wave disc, two-piston caliper
Rear: 1 × 240 mm wave disc, single-piston caliper
ABS
TiresFront: 120/70 ZR18
Rear: 200/50 ZR17
Rake, trail33°, 110 mm
Wheelbase1,645 mm
DimensionsL: 2,380 mm
W: 933 mm at the mirrors
H: 1,170 mm
Seat height650 mm
Weight245 kg (540 lb) (curb weight) (wet)
Fuel capacity11.6 L (2.6 imp gal; 3.1 US gal)
Fuel consumption28.4 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 Asia 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]

The customized NM4 featured in Ghost in the Shell.

Specifications in the adjacent box 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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