These photos of the new NM4 Vultus from Honda might look like a sci-fi inspired concept bike that will never see the light of day, but if press reports are to be believed we can expect these machines to start rolling off the production lines in the near future.
The 745cc twin offers a laid back, low down riding position and looks that will convince other road users that their being tailed by a stealth-bomber when they see you coming in the rear-view mirror. Ignoring the future-shock appearance, the bike seems like it might fit nicely into the super-commuter category, for riders who need to do long distances in comfort and don’t need super-sports performance or handling. We wouldn’t be surprised if that engine is very softly tuned for fuel efficiency rather than raw power.
As you can see from the pics, one version of the NM4 Vultus comes with a set of panniers built into the bodywork, which also hints at a commuter market, as does the fact that the bike offers a choice of manual or automatic gear modes. It might look like something out of Neo-Tokyo, but this motorcycle will probably appeal to riders who need to grind their way to work through in the more mundane cities of the present day.
The NM4 Vultus will be priced at $1100 in the US, and word is that the American market will be getting a slightly smaller 670cc motor, while the larger version will be available in Europe. More information on the Honda NM4 official site.