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Honda Announces First 2015 Models, Including Futuristic NM4 and Redesigned PCX150

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American Honda today announced a few 2015 models, including the all-new NM4 (pictured above) that we discussed a few days ago, as well as a redesigned PCX150 scooter.

It looks like the U.S. model NM4 will feature the smaller displacement 670cc parallel twin, rather than the 745 cc unit in Europe. While it has “love it or hate it” styling, the NM4 should be quite practical with all of the available storage compartments. Additionally, if you had the chance to chase a Gurney Alligator through the Southern California canyons a decade or so ago, you will realize this chassis has great handling potential. From the photos, it appears Honda has built in excellent ground clearance … hopefully, for a reason.

Here is Honda’s press release covering each of the 2015 models it is announcing today, with corresponding links to appropriate web pages.

Torrance, CA: In recent new-model releases, Honda has covered an extensive span across all categories with more than 20 exciting new powersports products. This remarkably wide variety has impacted virtually all segments of the market, from lightweight, fun bikes such as the Grom™ and 500 series, to big-displacement trendsetters such as the Valkyrie®, F6B and CTX1300, from the innovative Pioneer™ side-by-sides to great new ATVs. What more can Honda possibly do for 2015? Plenty.

“Honda has a deeply rooted drive toward innovation,” said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. “That’s something Honda has repeatedly demonstrated throughout its history in its role as market leader. For 2015, we’re pressing forward with more innovative new products, as well as updates to some of our most popular models.”

NM4

If you’ve ever wanted to transport yourself into the future, this is your machine. By design, the NM4 shakes up the status quo and explodes conventional barriers in order to attract a whole new segment of forward-thinking riders to motorcycling. Beneath its futuristic bodywork there’s a 670cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine with four valves per cylinder, automatic dual-clutch transmission and ABS. Storage pockets in the fairing plus saddlebags add real-world utility, and the rear turn signals are neatly integrated into the rear bags. The rider settles easily onto a comfy seat that’s perched a low, 25.6 inches off the ground, and there’s also a cool and practical rider backrest feature—the passenger seat flips up and can be set at three different angles and slides fore and aft to one of four positions. Full LED lighting lets the NM4 stand out whether it’s coming or going, the fat, 200mm rear tire imparts a cool look, and the meter display can be illuminated in any of 25 different color choices—nearly one for every day of the month. All this and more add up to one of the coolest new bikes in the Honda line. Color: Black Metallic; Price: $10,999; Availability: June

http://powersports.honda.com/nm4.aspx

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Honda PCX150

PCX150

The PCX150 stands out as a best-seller worldwide thanks to its modern design and remarkable value for money in terms of initial purchase price, low operating costs and thrifty fuel efficiency. Now the next generation arrives. Its low-friction Enhanced Smart Power [eSP™] 153cc, liquid-cooled engine is even more efficient than before, and a larger, 2.1-gallon fuel tank helps give it greater range between fill-ups too. The PCX150 also gets a new look and increased comfort and convenience features, including new seating for rider and passenger comfort. Stylish LED headlights, taillight and turn signals add a trendsetting touch, and a handy 12-volt accessory socket serves as a convenient charging station for personal electronics. With a light curb weight of 295 pounds, a nimble, 51.8-inch wheelbase and a low, 29.9-inch seat height, the PCX150 serves as an easygoing ride that adds a big element of fun to the day’s travels. Colors: Metallic Black, Pearl White; Price: $3449; Availability: July

http://powersports.honda.com/2015/pcx.aspx

CRF110F

The CRF110F fills an important role as an entry-level bike for beginning riders because it has all the right stuff: electric starter, modest size, low seat height, automatic clutch to go with the four-speed transmission and a broad power spread from the 109cc, four-stroke engine. It’s tuned to meet the needs of those new to riding with great ergonomics, comfortable and confidence-inspiring rider triangle. And there’s also a throttle-limiter feature for further adjustability. It also features race-inspired looks from the pro-level CRF450R and CRF250R. Color: Red; Price: TBD; Availability: June

http://powersports.honda.com/2015/crf110f.aspx

CRF50F

Every rider has to start somewhere, and for thousands of riders that somewhere has been a very happy place—the Honda CRF50F. For decades, Honda’s off-road 50s have proven to have the right stuff for beginners to get a great start in off-road riding. There’s the strong and tough 49cc four-stroke engine that’s famous for its durability and friendly power characteristics. The automatic clutch and three-speed gearbox make it easy to build up a strong riding foundation, as do the telescopic fork and single-shock rear suspension. For more than 40 years, Honda 50s have stood tall as the bike of choice for beginners, and that tradition continues today with the CRF50F. Color: Red; Price: TBD; Availability: June

http:/powersports.honda.com/2015/crf50f.aspx

167 Comments

  1. ian bell says:

    I’ve had Honda motorcycles nearly all my riding life,ie CD125,CB400,Cb500,VFR750,i’m on my last one now,theres nothing left for me after my Blackbird,I won’t be buying this rubbish,Triumph here I come!!

  2. Mars says:

    Vultus? Is that vulva plus vulture plus vomitus?

  3. Mars says:

    How is the rocking chair seating position good? They say we riders are stuck with styles and concepts that we do not want changed. They say we only want bikes that look like bikes we already have and we wont tolerate anything new. Then they roll this stuff out and claim we are fuddy-duddy’s for not likeing it. But the thing is – there’s only so much you can do with two wheels, a gas tank, a motor, and a seat. Laying back like I’m watching a movie aint the way to enjoy a ride.

  4. “the NM4 should be quite practical”
    and therefore will not do well in the US market. If it even smells like a “good all around motorcycle”, regardless of styling, we just don’t buy them…mighty sad, but true. But being odd ball sometimes works ’cause we’ll buy weird stuff… Who knows.

  5. Skif says:

    NM4- At least Honda did not put one of those useless and ugly beaks under the headlight and jutting out through the…the…OMG, the entire bike is a beak.

    • jake says:

      Well they incorporated what you call a beak into a useful wind deflecting, storage holding, and possibly gas saving fairing, so it kind of had to be fairly big to achieve its utilitarian purposes, of which it at least has, rather than being merely being a gigantic phallic symbol right in the very front of your bike, and existing for no other purpose than that. Can’t we all agree, a beak used merely as a not so subtle phallic symbol is a bit more laughable and silly than one incorporated with a serious purpose in mind, regardless of whether you think it is ugly or not – at least it is not a gargantuan phallic symbol right smack in front of your freaking 20K bike. What else could be more embarrassing?

      Also, at least from the side, the NM4 is a fairly attractive machine. Trent below is right. This design would have worked well as a muscle bike, think modernized B-King here. And the muffs, oh, the B-Kings muffs would just look killer on the NM4 if it could so how be workably fitted onto the bike somehow.

  6. Mark L says:

    Honda can keep the BAT bike and bring in a real mid size 450 or 650 adventure bike since its one of the fastest growing markets. I think honda should find some new marketing guys and start listening to its dealerships that are losing customers!

  7. foster says:

    “If you’ve ever wanted to transport yourself into the future, this is your machine.”

    Now that I’ve seen the future, I can safely say there won’t be any new Hondas in my garage! For ST1100/1300 owners, our future looks bleak!

    • jake says:

      Which is probably good, cause just when most of you all lose hope is just when Honda will probably release an update of the bike. Honda is sadistic like that. Honda and V-4 are synonymous. Doubtful if they let go of the category forever. The wait just maybe due to Honda wanting to make a decent, fairly innovative update rather than a lame one like that of the latest VFR.

      Honda just needs some of these growing brands who survive off of these high profit categories to mature and establish themselves a little more before it feels comfortable releasing a bike which might take sales away from them. Given a choice between these other brands survival and leaving the big bike market all together in both Europe and America, Honda would probably choose to leave the market. That’s how important it is for Honda that these other, off brands do fairly well and continue to grow, even if that growth is at Honda’s expense.

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        Actually, Honda has a recent patent application put in that covers several details of what appears to be a V4 sportbike. So we may see something sooner rather than later? Who knows?

        • Mike says:

          What is the performance specs of this piece of paper. Will believe it …..when I see and read the tests!

          Additionally, not one of Hondas patents has resulted in a class winner in comparison tests over the past couple of years.

          And by the way……..you want a performance V4………..Aprilia is the manufacturer, not Honda

    • jake says:

      Also, whether you choose to have a Honda in your garage, make sure you have some in your stock portfolio. It seems pretty clear that in the transportation world to come, one of the big, big winners – in fact, probably the biggest winner of them all, although BMW might run a close second – is going to be Honda Motor Corp.

      So whether you choose to ride one or not is your personal preference, but whether to own shares in Honda, well that’s just a no brainer. You don’t have to like them to make money off of them. Only a numbnut would pass on shares of Honda.

      Don’t be a numbnut.

      • Mike says:

        Cut the crap just once or provide a pix of you riding your portfolio…….this is a motorcycle website not a base camp the few Honda supporters still trying to justify the companies pathetic motorcycle offerings over the past 2 decades based solely on the companies investment potential.

    • Mike says:

      Agree totally. The NM4 is just a reworded second pass attempt on the DOA DN-01. If you are looking for a replacement for the ST1100 or ST1300 don’t expect it from Honda as they are too busy redesigning another redo for the 1200 Interceptor sales disaster.

      And……how can Honda be proud of the NM4 which is an all to obvious knockoff of the Gurney Alligator design concept http://allamericanracers.com/gator-gallery/

      Honda America Motorcycles should be disbanded and put in charge of the USA lawn/garden division…….

  8. Brian says:

    Knight Rider and David Hasselhoff want royalties.

  9. roscoau says:

    NM4 – I couldn’t imagine anything better suited to America. Now if only the rest of us can avoid the monstrosity.

  10. wayne says:

    the NM4 looks good well done Honda for being a bit different again , it kind of reminds me of the Honda civic fn2 and the NM4 looks way better than the dn-01. though i bet you a $100 this bike will not sell well , to many motorcyclist are traditional/conservative in their tastes, look at this whole retro cafe racer trend going on

    • Mike says:

      Honda retro sports bike ………huhhhhhhhhhh

      Kawasaki marketed the ZRX 1100 and 1200 in the US through 2005 or so.

      Hondas response was to finally introduce their variant …the CB1100f in 2013 !!!!!!!!!!

      Honda …..first in introducing bikes that will not sell in America

      Honda….. last to introduce a competing bike to something that actually is selling in America like the ZRX 1100 and 1200………but only 15 years too late.

  11. CW says:

    This is the only significant new design that Honda can come up with? A big scooter…  *~*

    This is the company that brought us the CB750SS, CBR900RR, Blackbird, CB1100F, CBX, and so many other kick ass bikes. 

    All they seem interested in now are utility based, easy to ride machines with no interest in excitement or passion. Honda has always been the manufacturer closest to my heart. Now, they are an embarrassment.

    I appreciate that they are trying to make machines that appeal to folks that are new to riding, or elderly folks that may have a hard time getting a leg over a regular motorcycle. But, what about people like me who’ve loved and owned many Honda bikes, and want something from probably the most capable company in the industry? They make the most dependable, well built bikes anywhere! They are leaving their loyal fans out in the cold. They’ve done it in their auto division for years, and now their motorcycles are following along.

    Toyota and Honda seem to have forgotten that PASSION is what creates the real love for their products. Not “golly, this vehicle sure is economical and has abundant storage capacity”. Honda, go ahead and make your plebeian transportation modules. Just don’t forget what made you the best manufacturer in the world. Don’t forget to make motorcycles that capture the spirit and the imagination. If you become a company with a singular, dispassionate focus, you will capture minds, but lose hearts.

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “This is the only significant new design that Honda can come up with? A big scooter…”

      exactly. and this isn’t the first one either so may I suggest we stop (cogitate) and use our brains and the sense god gave a cat…

      right then, this is the company everybody seems to think is going to suddenly drop a cutting edge RC-XX V4 superbike in between releasing all these models (something they’ve been doing for almost a decade and half now) that sit at the complete OPPOSITE end of the performance spectrum…? okay, and they’re going to break with tradition why…?

      re: “I appreciate that they are trying to make machines that appeal to folks that are new to riding”

      is that what they’re doing…? okay, who are these people…? (Seinfeld voice) show me the survey data, ’cause I run into new riders all the time and I’ve never heard a ONE say these are the things they’re interested in. granted, it’s not some super scientific Quinnipiac poll like CNN might reference during an election year, but does it have to be…?

      re: “Honda, go ahead and make your plebeian transportation modules. Just don’t forget what made you the best manufacturer in the world.”

      too late.

      re: “Don’t forget to make motorcycles that capture the spirit and the imagination.”

      too late.

      re: “if you become a company with a singular, dispassionate focus, you will capture minds, but lose hearts.”

      too late.

      if there’s any consolation (some may have heard the report elsewhere) they’ve made a management change. the current head of HRC is now going to oversee the motorcycle division. unfortunately there may not be anything in this, since Honda corporate policy has long been to rotate it’s employees.

    • todd says:

      It was the 50cc Cub and utilitarian derivatives that made Honda the best manufacturer in the world, not the low selling, asperational bikes you mention.

      NM4, I served with the Honda Cub, I knew the Honda Cub. The Honda Cub was a friend of mine. You, NM4, are no Honda Cub.

      • Dave says:

        Re: “Toyota and Honda seem to have forgotten that PASSION is what creates the real love for their products.”

        Passion is for the young. In America, the young no longer have the money to follow their passion (at least not to the motorcycle store). This is why you’re seeing Honda and so many other brands trying to reinvent the cruiser.

        I’d dig one of those PCX150’s to get around on. That looks fun/simple.

      • jake says:

        The NM4 provides the same gas mileage as a CBR250. Yes, it’s no Honda Cub (how could it be, it’s a 750), but certainly it is along the same spirit as one. You meet the nicest people on a Honda. Yes, aside from possibly its futuristic styling, the NM4 conforms very closely to the spirit of that slogan.

        Also, that Lloyd Benson line was a full of bull, with no substance and merit only on the rhetorical level. Quail and JFK were cut from the same cloth, so close as to be interchangeable parts. Both from historically wealthy, well connected families, both young, good looking, articulate, womanizing, lousy at school, whose very image was created by the media. In the case of JFK, in a positive light, in the case of Quail, in a negative one. Put Quail in JFK’s time and with his media support and he becomes JFK, and vice versa.

    • Mike says:

      Honda will never introduce world beater sport bikes again because they are a car company.

      Soichiro Honda died 13 years ago and with this the drive, passion and goal of winning he demanded disappeared

      It is as if he made two 20 item lists before he died

      List 1 = What to do related to motorcycles

      List 2 = What not to do related to motorcycles

      Result: Even the NM4 and DN-01 are not unique concepts………just knockoffs of the Gurney Alligator design

      And Honda management since his death has been following the wrong list ever since.

  12. Jim says:

    Honda appears to going in a different direction than the rest of the industry.Building “futuristic” machines with small displacement engines , like the NM4.THe ctx1300 is a answer to a question that no one asked.Check any of the ST1300 rider forms and there are significant numbers begging for an update to the venerable ST1300,with the resources to buy it.Triumph,BMW and KTM are posting double digit sales gains tapping into lucrative existing markets.I wonder what Soichiro Honda would think of the direction his company is going.

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “THe ctx1300 is a answer to a question that no one asked”

      dont know if it’s reasonable, but see, there’s that phrase.

    • jake says:

      He would be jumping for joy. There are many ways to make money and be successful rather than the direct and simple minded way. What if Honda just buys stock in the company which are replacing them in the market they are intentionally retreating from, as they did with Harley back in the 80’s? Then you sit back, make money, have others do all the work, and get the heat off of yourself by being low key and because it appears to the general buying public as if domestic industries and a variety of different competitors are being successful, instead of just monolithic Honda.

      • Norm G. says:

        re: “There are many ways to make money and be successful rather than the direct and simple minded way.”

        now if only the franchisees on main street holding contracts with Honda could tap into these convoluted financial instruments.

        re: “What if Honda just buys stock in the company which are replacing them in the market they are intentionally retreating from, as they did with Harley back in the 80′s? Then you sit back, make money, have others do all the work, and get the heat off of yourself by being low key”

        dunno, but it sounds like a an SEC investigator’s wet dream…?

        • jake says:

          (1) Not as convoluted as credit default sways, which we all know from past experience the SEC turned a deliberate blind eye to. Besides me feels as if such deals are done strictly under the table anyway and away from the public eye.

          (2) Wet Dream in what sense? In the chance to play renta cop or in the opportunity to get their hands greased some more. Who do you think has greasier hands, an auto mechanic or an SEC regulator? I believe the answer is clear. I may be a different kind of grease, but grease it is nevertheless.

        • jake says:

          Norm, you are supposed to be the “no free lunch” guy around here, the wise old owl who protects us less experienced, worldly wise newbies from our own innocent naivety and gullibility, the one self appointed guardian who protects the rest of us from ourselves, from our own self destructive ignorance, the one who catches us before we fall.

          In that role you are much appreciated around here. Don’t let my mere Norm/Heaven on Earth parody post tempt you to sway you from your alloted task. Honest to God, there was nothing offensive in it whatsoever and it was not allowed to hit the light of day anyway.

          Don’t let your paranoia and bitterness over a non-existence post cause you to sway from your greater duty. You are a bigger man than that.

          • Norm G. says:

            re: “Norm, you are supposed to be the “no free lunch” guy around here, the wise old owl who protects us less experienced, worldly wise newbies from our own innocent naivety and gullibility, the one self appointed guardian who protects the rest of us from ourselves, from our own self destructive ignorance, the one who catches us before we fall.”

            nope, sometimes it’s just easier to hand out rope. this is one of those times.

          • jake says:

            So 4 all others there is no limit to how much you will post to act in your self appointed, superhero, guardian, saving people from their own stupid, gullible gullibility role, but in my case, you would rather hand out a rope and tell me to go and hang myself.

            Ha, ha, ha. Norm, that’s like Spiderman telling a poor little, crippled women in a burning building to go and F herself cause she did not clap hard enough at the Spiderman day parade. I guess you are not the bigger man, at least just in this particular moment in time, and with respect to just me, but I want to let you know – the feelings between us are not mutual.

            I still believe in you, in the nobility of your heart and the merit of your cause. Dang, I wished they had not modded the post out. Then you would have seen how your offense is all just in your head and how truly harmless all the fun was, and we would not be having this the NM4 will fail or I, Norm G., will die trying to sabotage it discussion we are having now.

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “Triumph, BMW and KTM are posting double digit sales gains tapping into lucrative existing markets.”

      Triumph, BMW, KTM, and Ducati…

      that’s 4 Europeans and 4 different full size adventure bikes being sold domestically helping drive those numbers.

  13. John says:

    I keep checking back and it keeps not going away.

    • jake says:

      Don’t know why, but the pic Honda released shows the Vultus at its ugliest. Check out the side view. Looks alot like a Moto Guzzi California Classic, everyone was raving about, except modernized and with a big, honking nose, or a natural, most welcomed, wind deflecting fairing depending on how you wish to see it.

      Another funny thing. Honda decided to make a futuristic concept bike, but one with the front fender and muffler of a GS500 on it. Remove the muff, maybe replace it with one from a VFR1200, and mod the fender with something more fitting, even the one from the PCX150 looks more appropriate for the NM4 than the one Honda placed on it, and it will help the looks quite a bit.

      The smaller engine and rev limit issue shouldn’t be much of an issue since all these bikes will have DCT and the auto tranny will shift for you before you hit the rev limit.

      All in all, I think this bike will be more of a sales success than most of the mocking old geezers around here think. We will definitely have at least one more year of the model. Yes, this Honda is most likely gonna make you old geezers eat a bunch of crow.

      • Norm G. says:

        re: “Remove the muff, maybe replace it with one from a VFR1200, and mod the fender with something more fitting, even the one from the PCX150 looks more appropriate for the NM4 than the one Honda placed on it, and it will help the looks quite a bit.”

        3 words… BIGGEST REACH EVER.

        re: “The smaller engine and rev limit issue shouldn’t be much of an issue”

        correct, consumers will be STYMIED by the price long before they get to any of that.

        re: “I think this bike will be more of a sales success than most of the mocking old geezers around here think.”

        correct again, they will move 1 unit. OG bets are on ZERO units.

        re: “this Honda is most likely gonna make you old geezers eat a bunch of crow.

        gotta have a dream i guess.

        • jake says:

          (1) No, the biggest reach ever would be you attempting get the rest of us to believe that the SEC could be clear, transparent, fair handed, and utterly honest in its dealings and in its choice of enforcement. I mean, it’s a fact. The NM4 from that angle looks short and stubby. From a complete sideways pic, it looks long and lean, with very similar lines to that of a Moto Guzzi California. Also what would women be without their black eye liner, or sports cars without their blinged out mags. Slight details can make or break a look. Put the wheels of a Buick on a Ferrari and see how that works out, or put the NM4’s muffs and fender on a MV Augusta and see how that works. But vice versa, put the MV Agusta’s on the NM4 and its looks would improve dramatically.

          • Norm G. says:

            re: “No, the biggest reach ever would be you attempting get the rest of us to believe that the SEC could be clear, transparent, fair handed, and utterly honest”

            sorry, the Guinness people have already updated their records. it’s official, you’re IN THE BOOK. a press conference has been scheduled for later this afternoon, they’re hoping you’ll attend…?

          • jake says:

            Yea, right below the picture of you kissing the SEC’s ginormous hiney, saying I made to number 2, but could never ever overtake the duzzie that is number 1.

        • jake says:

          (2) The thing costs the same as a Burgman, while offering so much more. The DCT alone is worth half the price of the bike. If Honda had chosen to license the DCT out to the snob brands, is there any doubt that the HD’s, Ducati’s, and BMW’s of the world would have offered it as a 5K option, and all the old geezers around here currently dissing it would instead be full of endless praise because of its exclusivity, snob appeal, and it’s association with the snob brands, not mention cause they all need it because of their creeping arthritis? I mean, doesn’t BMW offer mere heated hand grips and seats as a 1K option? And yet, no one around here seems to be able to appreciate the offer of once in a generation, cutting edge tech for only a grand, or realize what an utter bargain that is. Honda is basically giving the DCT away, and no one around here has the good sense to thank them for the freebie.

          Honda, because of their overall plans and because they care about how history will view them, because they want to take credit for next coming evolution of the motorcycle, is offering the DCT at bargain basement prices, so low that even the average Joe can partake of it, and all the people can do around here is diss it, completely failing to appreciate its historical significance due to their own personal biases.

          The DCT is the new inline 4. It will change motorcycling, ushering in a new era, as significantly if not more, than the I-4 did in the 70’s. All the old geezers around here were alive back then to see the change happen right before their very eyes, and yet they, it seems, are completely oblivious to the same type of change happening right before their eyes once again, just cause its happening with a different aspect of the bike, or because it is happening through a brand which they do not favor.

        • jake says:

          (3) 1 unit. Really, Norm, you are letting your personally biases, whatever they maybe, show through. I guess the movie, Noah, being released around the same time was appropriate. Yea, back then, the set in their ways, full of personal biases, old Geezers also said the dang thing will never float, and the world would never change, that it would never flood.

          Well, all I’ve got to say is just sit back and watch how the world of motor vehicle transportation changes and sit back and watch her float, cause the NM4 will not be a complete sales dud. It will sell well enough to warrant at least one more year. It’s been priced to sell.

          I’ll be around still in few months and I’ll be back. Let’s just see who the real dreamer happens to be.

          • Norm G. says:

            re: “Really, Norm, you are letting your personally biases, whatever they maybe, show through.”

            no worries, REALITY has already sorted the light work. personal biases haven’t even gotten a word in edgewise…!? :) LOL

          • jake says:

            Really, you can be serious. You claim at most they will sell only one of these and your position is the one of REALITY, the realistic one? Even the biggest, most vehement hater of the NM4 around wouldn’t go that far, and then go even further by claiming they have REALITY on their side with such an obvious to all, over extreme claim and that all other possible outcomes are superfluous, impossible, and just pie in the sky, wishful thinking.

            Norm, just chill. We here all know it is not the real Norm G. talking right now, but the ticked off, full of resentment Norm G.

            Norm, geez, you are the most thin skinned, over sensitive caped crusader I know. Superman has his Kryptonite, Spidey his Green Goblin, Batman his inability and unwillingness to use a simple firearm, but for Norm G., extraordinaire, it name calling, even just the innuendo of it, even when it’s never even allowed to exist.

            A very unique and special superhero you are, Norm.

  14. Sean says:

    When looked at simply as a maxi scooter alternative it starts making a little more sense(emphasis on little). It’s a little weird but self cooler than a burgman, or silverwing and has normal sized wheels but if honda is hoping for more than that they will be dissapointed.

  15. Trent says:

    Unlike most everyone else, I actually like the NM4. It reminds me of Kaneda’s bike. However, I’d want to put the Super Blackbird’s 1137cc motor in it, and swap out the suspension for a real superbike’s.

    • Provologna says:

      Best idea in all posts herein. I was wondering what would make the NM4 make more sense, and you nailed it.

    • jake says:

      In some places in the world, like India, the NM4 is a big bike and a hot rod, compared to all the other weenie bikes everyone else is riding around on. Eventually, even in the States, the weenie bikes like those of India will become the norm rather than the exception.

      So the point is – if you want to see the NM4 as a sexy, ubber powerful, gas guzzling hot rod, instead of the trouble and expense of an engine mod or transplant, just live really, really healthy and just don’t die. If the NM4 merely stands still, the rest of the market in time will simply come to its level and become ever more weaker, more weenie, and more concerned about MPG.

      Youth of the future maybe wowed by the NM4’s sudden and dangerous levels of acceleration and power, amazed that men at one time dared to ride around on such a raw, testosterone dripping beast. Things like that are all relative. Remember the first time we jumped off our bicycles and rode our first 50cc? Remember how wowed we were by the acceleration and raw power of thing.

  16. Tank says:

    Riding this bike is like dating a fat chick. It’s a lot of fun until your friends see you. (old joke)

    • jake says:

      I don’t know. The pic of the Japanese chick riding one doesn’t seem to remind me of fattiness. She kinda of looks cool on one. And how fat we talking about? Cause I happened to be quite fond of a women with some meat on her bones, and not the anorexic, eating disorder, holocaust victim looking toothpicks you see on Vogue and such.

      Hey keep laughing Bud, but I’ll just continue to enjoy the soft, cushy, not overly big headed, won’t break your bank account ride. Big Boobs > Big Heads in my book.

  17. Norm G. says:

    re: “If you’ve ever wanted to transport yourself into the future”

    yes.

    re: “this is your machine”

    no. i want my MTV and my gull-wing doors.