Today I made my biennial visit to Victor Devine Motorcycles - Glasgow's Honda Dealer - to buy a new helmet. While I was there I saw the new NM4 Vultus - a kind of scooter/cruiser hybrid.
It's a striking motorcycle, more like a concept bike or prop from a science fiction movie, than something you can buy. The seat height is very low at 650mm (25") It is powered by the 750cc twin engine from the NC with Honda's DCT (dual clutch automatic transmission) Novel features are a passenger seat that folds up to become a backrest & storage areas on either side of the large fairing. A version of the bike has also been shown with rear panniers.
According to Honda the bike is inspired by manga cartoons and aimed at "The young social media-engaged urbanite living a digital existence in a fast moving world" So not me, then. Keita Mikura of the design team said: "Honda is a big company. We make every kind of motorcycle. It’s great that sometimes we make a certain machine simply because we can and because we want to, not because we should". It's a bold move especially since Honda have been here before with the DN-01 that sank without trace but Honda have the resources to do this and not worry about it being a commercial success.
Honda are making good use of the NC700 (now 750) platform producing the S - roadster, X - adventure sport, Integra - scooter, and in the US the CTX - cruiser/tourer.
|Vultus with panniers|