Honda NM4 MotorcyclesDuring the 30th Osaka Motorcycle Show 2014 in Japan, Honda debuted two new NM4 motorcycles as “exhibition” models, which means they are planned for production.
The Honda NM4-01 and NM4-02 were developed under “the Neo-futuristic” and “cool” design concepts, helping Honda achieve “unique styling.” We concur on the unique styling; it’s as if Honda designers redrafted the DN-01 while watching Back to the Future.Honda says both bikes arrive with a 745cc OHC inline two-cylinder issue, automatic Dual Clutch Transmission and 18″ wheels.Honda says the “simply-configured” NM4-01 utilizes a wide rear tire and low silhouette, whereas the NM4-02 takes this design and adds side bags, which Honda Japan calls “utility boxes.”Speaking of the NM4, Honda says it was “designed to realize two points – the design concept ‘the Front Massive Styling’ and ‘the cockpit position’ focusing on the sense of unity with the rider, that the rider can smoothly get onto the vehicle.”“The low-setup cockpit position and adjustable backrest provide an enjoyable new riding feel. The instrument panel was designed to provide clear readability and the fun riding, as if the rider was experiencing part of a movie scene.“LED lamps are used on the headlight of the powerful-looking front fairing, the tail lamp and the turn signals. In addition, the utility boxes are set up on the right and left sides of the front fairing for small articles.”The NM4 will also be exhibited at the 41st Tokyo Motorcycle Show, which runs March 28-30. Honda has not released a production or release date as of this writing, or if they will be available stateside.Honda NM4 Concept Motorcycle Specs:
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!