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Honda NM4 Coming Back to U.S. as 2018 Model

Otherwise conservative Honda has taken its share of design risks over the years … not the least was the introduction of the NM4 back in 2014. When we first saw it, the NM4 reminded us of the innovative Gurney Alligator. The unique NM4 is powered by a 670 cc twin, and will be available in June at an MSRP of $11,299.  Here is the press release from Honda making the announcement:

TORRANCE, Calif. – For its first on-road announcement of the 2018 model year, American Honda has selected the radical NM4. Ever since it debuted in concept form at the 2014 Osaka Motorcycle Show, Honda’s NM4 has been an attention-getter and conversation-starter, its provocative, futuristic design setting it apart as something completely different—to the point that a modified version is even featured in an upcoming major Hollywood science-fiction film! Though Japan-centric in conception, the NM4’s anime styling has developed somewhat of a cult following internationally, thanks in part to the fact that the outlandish looks are matched by solid performance.

“From time to time over the years, Honda has pushed the envelope with unconventionally styled models like the Pacific Coast, Rune, Big Ruckus and DN-01,” said Lee Edmunds, American Honda’s Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications. “The NM4 is very much in this tradition, and while it’s not for everyone, that’s really the point; the model has proven to be a hit with a dedicated segment of consumers from a surprisingly varied array of demographics, including tech-savvy millennials but also veteran tourers and women. Those that buy NM4s tend to put a lot of miles on them, so we’re pleased to welcome it as our first street bike for 2018.”

While it’s the NM4’s disruptive form that earns headlines and double takes, the model absolutely delivers in the function department as well. A low center of gravity, enabled in part by the forward-rotated mounting of the powerful, liquid-cooled 670cc parallel-twin engine, results in a comfortable, light-handling motorcycle with a low-slung, feet-forward cockpit from which it’s very easy to reach the ground at stops. The passenger seat converts into a flip-up, adjustable backrest, and the bodywork provides ample wind protection and four separate storage compartments. Gear changes are accomplished via a high-tech, smooth-shifting Dual Clutch Transmission, which has standard and sport automatic modes but can also be manually shifted via handlebar-mounted buttons. The innovative, customizable LED dash display features color-coding for the transmission modes and delivers a host of information, including fuel-mileage tracking. Competent for applications from commuting to cruising, the NM4 more than holds its own on the road. Just don’t expect to go incognito.

  • Color: Matte Black Metallic
  • Price: $11,299
  • Availability: June 2017
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  1. slipjoint says:

    Imagine the funding poured into this project and this pops out the other end, WTF?

  2. carl says:

    This or the Burgman will beat most bikes off the line.
    I dont care what it looks like!

  3. rider33 says:

    occasionally, big giant companies will do something so stupid that it’s hard to figure out just what they were thinking. Honda tho has the distinction of doing it TWICE. If I were them, I’d get a new crystal ball because the one they have seems to be channeling an alternative universe.

  4. Mark says:

    Seriously? With all the great bikes Europe gets that we don’t…THIS is what they decide to send us???

  5. Harold Klassen says:

    If you squint your eyes a bit you see a pontiac aztec!

  6. Mr.Mike says:

    The bike of the future, circa 1981.

  7. paquo says:

    gross, in so many ways but mostly the foot forward nastiness. I would buy that africa twin enduro concept in a heartbeat though.

  8. bill engstrom says:

    make it into a trike, it will sell.

  9. Michael Haz says:

    The Honda dealers will really like this….considering there still are unsold 2015 units listed for sale on CycleTrader.

    Too bad Honda can’t do something that makes sense, like give the Goldwing a serious freshening.

  10. tuskerdu says:

    what the. . .?

  11. Buckwheet says:

    It’s a smart move for sustaining the industry. We have to attract a new generation of riders. The Research, development and tooling has already been done.

    • McClain says:

      Yes, in the interest of continuing the industry it may be necessary to bring in new riders. But does this do that? They’re toeing a line here between motorcycle and scooter and doing justice to neither.

  12. SausageCreature says:

    What, it didn’t fail spectacularly enough the first time?

    • Stuki Moi says:

      Isn’t Scarlet Johansson riding one in a movie now? That may whip up enough interest, and from a completely new and out of left field demographic, to warrant reintro.

      • Norm G. says:

        Q: Isn’t Scarlet Johansson riding one in a movie now?

        A: yes.

        and let’s be honest, NM4 association or not, just the PSYCHOLOGY of Scar-Jo “riding something” (anything) is itself a license to print money. just saying, i’ll buy that for a dollar.

  13. Mr.Mike says:

    I saw one for sale on Craigslist the other day. It was coated with a thick film of regret.

  14. Kevin W says:

    The Honda model number/parts designation for the NM4 Vultus is NC700JD. Does the JD stand for Judge Dredd? Anyway, I don’t see how people can put down a bike they have never ridden. You ride a motorcycle and you really care how you look to other people riding that bike? Yeah, Harley-Davidson does sell a lot of clothing.

  15. ABQ says:

    Those bags don’t actually hold anything largerr than gloves.
    The gas tank is too small.
    Aside from that it is just funny looking enough to be cute.

  16. downgoesfraser says:

    If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything.

  17. Joe Bogie says:

    Its a Victory Vision scooter…….lol

  18. Tommy See says:

    So we’ll try it again Honda ? Bring back that sweet 250 or 305 street scrambler again. What are you thinking?