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2014 Honda NM4 Vultus - Coolness Factor = 44.4%

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:18 pm

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2014 Honda NM4 Vultus

Japanimation on two-wheels...

A ground-breaking machine inspired by the desire to establish a unique riding experience and an identity not bound by standard motorcycle design, with strong echoes of futuristic bikes seen in Japanese movies. Created by a young design team who remained true to their original concept at every stage through to production, the NM4 Vultus brings radical style to the streets, with function from the future for a new breed of rider.

Honda announces the new NM4 Vultus, a ground-breaking machine inspired by futuristic machines seen in the anime and manga television and film styles, known collectively as “Japanimation”.

Created by a young design team who remained true to their original concept at every stage through to production, the NM4 Vultus brings radical style to the streets, with function from the future for a new breed of rider. The NM4 represents a machine capable of crossing traditional two-wheeled lines and reaching out to a wider audience.

Vultus is Latin for appearance, expression – or face. The NM4 Vultus, with its LED lights, future-shock style and stealth bomber silhouette presents a look that will not have been seen in any cityscape this side of an anime movie…

Underneath the brooding menace is a rock-solid chassis and engine package. Packed with low-friction technology, its 745cc twin-cylinder engine is canted forward, creating space and a low centre of gravity. Delivering strong low and mid-range power and torque for smooth acceleration coupled with excellent fuel economy, it’s also equipped as standard with Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), giving the rider options between automatic twist-and-go D and S mode – plus trigger-operated computer game-style manual MT mode. Intuitive and easy to use, it adds to the futuristic appeal of the NM4 Vultus and is the perfect complement to the engine’s gutsy, usable performance.


2014 Honda NM4 Vultus - http://www.Totalmotorcycle.com UK/European Specifications/Technical Details
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ENGINE (http://www.totalmotorcycle.com)
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) (http://www.totalmotorcycle.com)


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 (http://www.totalmotorcycle.com)
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 (http://www.totalmotorcycle.com)


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, (http://www.totalmotorcycle.com) igital 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






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Re: This Week: 2014 Honda NM4 Vultus - Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:20 pm

Not just BRAND NEW, but JUST RELEASED TODAY.

Enjoy voting on this very interesting bike... oh, not sure if it will be available in the USA/Canada as of yet as it was just announced.

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Re: This Week: 2014 Honda NM4 Vultus - Vote Today

Unread post by sunshine229 » Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:24 pm

I can already predict... this bike is going to fail. The question is, will anyone read the specs and post arguments or discussions?

This to me looks like a DN-01 repeat, and with their marketing shots highlighting the ability to turn the dash "pink"... are they attempting to re-market this failure from years gone by???

Hmmm... :humm:
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Re: This Week: 2014 Honda NM4 Vultus - Vote Today

Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Fri Mar 21, 2014 9:17 pm

WTF is it?
there aint nothin like it

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Re: This Week: 2014 Honda NM4 Vultus - Vote Today

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sat Mar 22, 2014 12:56 am

To start off, I'll hand it to Honda for at least trying to do something different.

I do appreciate that this bike kinda alludes to a lot of the bikes we saw and loved in Akira, Robotech, Battle of the Planets, etc.

That said, I think most of us buy and enjoy motorcycles because they go, stop, and turn reasonably well. That much weight combined with that little power doesn't sound like a recipe for fun.

If you're gonna design a bike that looks as aggressive and as weird as this one, why not have the performance to back it up?
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Re: This Week: 2014 Honda NM4 Vultus - Vote Today

Unread post by montanalifter » Sat Mar 22, 2014 8:36 am

I have to agree with grey thumper that this bike might actually go over quite well if It had a lot of power.

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Re: This Week: 2014 Honda NM4 Vultus - Vote Today

Unread post by jstark47 » Sat Mar 22, 2014 8:01 pm

I don't have to talk about its looks: since it only has the automatic version of the DCT transmission, it's an automatic uncool in my book.
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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:40 pm

jstark47 wrote:I don't have to talk about its looks: since it only has the automatic version of the DCT transmission, it's an automatic uncool in my book.
I suspect it's really designed for the Japanese market, and for people who aren't actually motorcycle enthusiasts. People who grew up on Japanese anime (therefore would actually like the look of this bike), and don't care about riding pleasure (so performance and the uninvolving tranny wouldn't matter to them).
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Re: This Week: 2014 Honda NM4 Vultus - Vote Today

Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:13 pm

So, some quick conversions...

245kg = ~540lbs
40.3kW = ~55bph
68NnW = ~50ft/lbs

Oh, and 28km/l comes out to roughly 68mpg.

Also for comparison, this Honda has a 4.33" trail and a 33 degree rake.

My 2001 Vulcan 800 weighs between 496 and 540 pounds depending on which spec sheet you're reading (TMW's sheet reads 496, KBB says 518, Bikez says 540). My Vulcan also puts out 55bph, somewhere between 42 and 48 ft/lbs (again depending on which spec sheet you're reading), has a 34 degree rake and a 5.9" trail.

So on paper, this Honda is roughly comparable to my Vulcan in most aspects. Except, it gets almost DOUBLE the fuel mileage. In my book, that means it corners, accelerates and brakes reasonably well. In short, this Vultus is NOT a sport bike, it's an aggressively styled cruiser.

How aggressive? REALLY aggressive. I think this this is AWESOME, it should come with a katana owned by your great great great grandfather, an old scrimshaw dolphin possessed by a vengeful ghost, and the email address of a gifted but socially awkward computer genius/hacker named Keiko. If I'm a geek for thinking so, fine. Just remember my vengeful ghost buddy.

So yeah - pay attention to the specs and rate this according to what it is, a midsized cruiser with the sort of bulletproof underpinnings we can expect from Big Red.

Or, maybe, only the Italians are allowed to make edgy bikes? Just sayin'...

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Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:48 pm

Wow I couldn't care if it did tricks.I wouldn't even let people I don't like ride that thing you know the old saying... Build a thousand bridges no remembers your name suck ahh never mind you guys get the idea :lol:
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Re: This Week: 2014 Honda NM4 Vultus - Vote Today

Unread post by jstark47 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:43 am

JackoftheGreen wrote:So, some quick conversions...

245kg = ~540lbs
40.3kW = ~55bph
68NnW = ~50ft/lbs

Oh, and 28km/l comes out to roughly 68mpg.
So it weighs the same as my Trophy 1200, and has half the horsepower. Yeah, that's gonna be an exciting bike alright. You can keep the 68mpg. If I'm going to ride a bike that looks like that, it better be able to do something....
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Re: This Week: 2014 Honda NM4 Vultus - Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:48 am

JackoftheGreen wrote:So, some quick conversions...

245kg = ~540lbs
40.3kW = ~55bph
68NnW = ~50ft/lbs

Oh, and 28km/l comes out to roughly 68mpg.

Thanks Jack for doing those conversions. So stats on paper are not so horrible really, but what does it in (for me) is the design. I can fully appreciate Honda for making such a unique bike and they have been going out on a limb to "find their way" it seems again. Honda's Innovation is awesome even though I don't always appreciate the new designs myself.

That said, I'm thinking this design itself is pretty darn aweful... while I like Jack's point of "Can only Italian's design an edgy bike" this one (for me) is just plain aweful and is just too close to the DN-01 Honda failed at years ago... here is a quick question, why does Honda keep pushing the "DN-01 like designs"? I never heard they did anything for sales other than horrible.

So while I can appreciate the new innovations, I guess what could have changed this to a cool vote might have been color choice or do something really wicked with graphics on it. All black = no good.

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Re: This Week: 2014 Honda NM4 Vultus - Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:02 am

2014 Honda NM4 Vultus - Coolness Factor = 44.4%
Featured: February 21st, 2014 - March 28th, 2014
Most popular vote category: Fail

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Your Coolness Factor of the 2014 Honda NM4 Vultus is:

Awesome (3 points) 21% 21% [ 8 ]
Cool (2 points) 28% 28% [ 11 ]
Uncool (1 point) 15% 15% [ 6 ]
Fail (0 point) 36% 36% [ 14 ]

Total votes : 39


NOTES: Japanimation on two-wheels, aimed at a very specific target market who gets it, will it work for Honda? As JackoftheGreen said "it should come with a katana owned by your great great great grandfather, an old scrimshaw dolphin possessed by a vengeful ghost, and the email address of a gifted but socially awkward computer genius/hacker named Keiko." Quite mixed results with the liking the design of it according to our polls though and I suspect it may end in the bottom 5 Coolest bikes of 2014...but still, 44% isn't a total fail.


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Re: 2014 Honda NM4 Vultus - Coolness Factor = 44.4%

Unread post by ceemes » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:30 pm

I gave it a guarded cool. Why not my type of bike and it is lacking in power, plus not sure about the transmission, I will say cool just because Honda is daring to do something unique and new. How it will do in the market place is still to be seen. In North America I figure it will bomb big time, might get a strong niche following the European and Asian markets.
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Unread post by ceemes » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:37 pm

totalmotorcycle wrote:
NOTES: Japanimation on two-wheels,
Japanimation? Who the hell is still using that term? It went out of style after the Anime crowd strung Carl Macek up by his dingly danglies for screwing up The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA and unleashed the unholy abortion called Robotech.

I think you can still find pictures of that stringing up on the web, if you look closely you will see a much younger me off to left hold a burning torch to his bare buttocks.
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Re: 2014 Honda NM4 Vultus - Coolness Factor = 44.4%

Unread post by blues2cruise » Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:25 pm

The name of it is lousy. That alone would be enough to deter me from buying it.
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Re: 2014 Honda NM4 Vultus - Coolness Factor = 44.4%

Unread post by Shriker » Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:26 am

I voted Cool......this was tough . I like this particular styling try better than other similar stuff like the DN01 etc. This is basically like a large moped which is not all bad.

It is too heavy but would probably be VERY practical with super high mileage and tons of comfort and room for stuff potentially.

Honda is trying to change the motorcycling paradigm lately, offering some interesting alternatives in the realm of two wheel transport. I applaud them for that and if this general type of machine catches on more in the future , which might make sense for folks wanting practical futuristic easy to ride and comfy automotive alternatives, Honda will be remembered for these efforts. These will appeal more to non traditional motorcyclists ........this

Only time will tell......I wonder what a more performance oriented machine could be like? Just a thought.....these could be really cool if done right.

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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:12 am

ceemes wrote:
totalmotorcycle wrote:
NOTES: Japanimation on two-wheels,
Japanimation? Who the hell is still using that term? It went out of style after the Anime crowd strung Carl Macek up by his dingly danglies for screwing up The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA and unleashed the unholy abortion called Robotech.
Talk about obscure references. I've never actually seen any of the (unrelated) original series that were edited together to create Robotech. You might appreciate this 'shop I found . . .

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Re: 2014 Honda NM4 Vultus - Coolness Factor = 44.4%

Unread post by faded sun » Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:17 pm

I read the Honda release notes for this model and given what they were going for, they hit the nail on the head. I'm not sure WHY they thought that anime fans were motorcycle riders (and maybe they are in Japan) but those are basically the market for this bike. I think Dino is right, it's not a bike that most bikers would consider owning. But those who think it is cool looking won't care how powerful it is. I wouldn't buy one either but I would love to ride one around town for a few days - I would have to get my hair dyed pink and put my earring back in - it looks like it would be a blast.

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