Honda NM4 Vultus

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by DOUBLE-O G, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Today a little report popped onto Gizmag from the Tokyo Motor show.
    All the comments in the photos seemed to indicate this bike was the Big Star of the show.

    I also noticed those 'shoulders' on the fairing open up for storage too
  2. No.6

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    Thanks; the link you cited is http://www.gizmag.com/honda-vultus-nm4-motorcycle/31522/
  3. 670ccc

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    Actually the manual NC700X is quicker than a 1200 Sportster. It's close unlike the 883 which a Honda Shadow could probably out accelerate.
  4. mrbreeze

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    thanks for the link. that's a good article, and it explains the existence of the nm4 very well. I thought the use of the term "myopic" to efer to the motorcycle press was spot on.
  5. Vertical C

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    Gizmag is one of the best mags for bikes.


    I really like this nm4 as well.
  6. swissbake

    swissbake Adventurer

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    Lucky fella in Taiwan having a go at the NM4.

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LaDrn_2_AtM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UQ3mLtrinIE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  7. swissbake

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    some new videos were released only a few weeks ago. Have a look. The black version looks really raw: mad max / batman raw ; I'd love to have it if I was still in school,

    But the white ... why does it look like riding a wheelchair

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qrUvAtHMi1w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7UWPojVDkqA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  8. GREY.HOUND

    GREY.HOUND Been here awhile

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  9. NateLePain

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    Dear Honda, thanks for overtaking Victory, in the "Ugliest Steaming Pile of Bolted Plastic and Metal, Pretending to be a Motorcycle" category.

    Absolutely putrid but at least it takes the spotlight off of Vision and Wee-Strom owners.

    nlp
  10. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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  11. 670ccc

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  12. Colorado_Rider

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    The vulva seems like a very dumb idea and a waste of Honda's enormous resouces. Those of us dedicated Honda owners have room to complain.
  13. DandM

    DandM Been here awhile

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    Wifester recently chose and bought this over the "Vulgar."
    Was she wrong?

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  14. L.B.S.

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    If I had to choose between those two, I'd go for the Vultus in a heartbeat, even though I'm on record as a hater :lol3

    The thing is starting to drop some of it's shock trauma to my senses, and is growing on me...

    The CTX models, I do not like for looks, and their function bothers me, because you lose the benefit of the giant storage bin on the X and S versions, and you get a smaller fuel tank, to boot!

    If I'm going to be stuck in that awful feet way forward riding position, I would at least want floorboards, rather than pegs, too.

    Bring on the Weird Harold bike! :jump:loaded:D
  15. GREY.HOUND

    GREY.HOUND Been here awhile

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    Let's not forget the purpose of the NM4. It is designed as an alternative to a car. If you think about entry price and what you get: ABS, DCT Auto, standard storage both front and back. All for the price of $11,000. Now consider the insurance cost and probably close to 70 mpg. If you live in an area that has decent weather most of the year, commute a few miles on paved roads then Honda is going for you, male or female; but specifically younger Millennials.

    From the Gizmag arctile:
    Finally, Honda is keen to attract car drivers onto motorcycles and it recognizes that the current state of the world's increasingly congested roads is driving change in the global personal transportation marketplace.

    In advanced economies, a wind of change is sweeping through motorcycle land. After decades of refinement, enthusiast motorcycles are now astoundingly good and the enthusiast is already well catered for. The NM4 caters for the non-enthusiast who is not mired in traditional, often spartan motorcycle form factors.


    I am hoping to see one at my local dealer, is it the June or next June they will be released? I gotta say, the 18" front tire and 200mm width on the rear tire look kind of nice. I do hate thee front view and it does look too long and low; but from the other angles I think it is pretty good looking.
  16. quasigentrified

    quasigentrified Ape Trumpet

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    i do agree that the "enthusiast" is over-catered to, and i really applaud honda for branching out from the niche. a lot of what they learn from these experiments can benefit the enthusiast as well.

    that said, :puke1 :puke1 :puke1
  17. popscycle

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  18. ferrix

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    Yes, and that's exactly why it should have storage space in the faux tank like the first of the NC series! I am not convinced their reclined riding position is ideal for a commuter either - sure it looks comfortable... until you hit the first pothole or one of many speed humps infesting our cities.
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  20. GREY.HOUND

    GREY.HOUND Been here awhile

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    Yeah, definitely some things I think my pose a problem but maybe not.

    There are supposedly two models: NM4-1 and NM4-2; the latter comes standard with the 22 liter side cases built in. The other sounds like you can buy and attach aftermarket saddlebags. So, storage, while not great and abundant is available. The front fairing has two storage cubbies; a 1 liter and a 3 liter.

    As for the reclined riding position I also agree. My current scooter has a 31 or 32 inch seat height and I can see ahead of most cars that are in front of me; with such a low seat height on the NM-4 it may be difficult to see ahead or even to be seen. As for storage, the NM4-2

    The other thing, the slope of the front. I think that the fairing and windshield combo would blast me right in the face. But again, if 90% of my travel is 45mph and under then it shouldn't be that big of a deal.