The 2014 HONDA NM4 Vultus is announced
Packed with low-friction technology, its 745cc liquid-cooled, SOHC 8-valve parallel twin-cylinder engine delivering 55 bhp/ 6,250rpm, with 68Nm / 4,750rpm. ItĒs also equipped as standard with Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), giving the rider options between automatic twist-and-go D and S mode – plus trigger-operated computer game-style manual MT mode. Fuel consumption is 28,4km/l, or 3.5 l/100Km, or 80 mpg Imperial (WMTC mode).
Rake is set at 33° with trail of 110mm, wheelbase of 1,645mm and front/rear weight balance of 49/51. Kerb weight is 245kg. The bike is equipped with a steel diamond frame, 43mm telescopic forks, rear monoshock with Pro-Link with 125 mm and 100 mm wheel travel front and rear, large diameter disc brakes, 18 inch front and 17 inch rear aluminium wheels – with a fat, 200-section rear tyre.
The front 320mm wavy disc and two-piston brake caliper offer plenty of easy to modulate stopping power, matched by the rear 240mm wavy disc and single-piston caliper. Two-channel ABS is also there for the rider. Lighting is full LED with front indicators and mirrors integrated into the bodywork while the shaped headlight is framed with a blue LED definition line. Everything is blacked-out to the max – with carefully-placed glimpses of burnished stainless steel here and there – and only one paint option will be available: matt black.
And in one of those “how come this hasnĒt been done before…?” moments, the rear pillion seat flips upright when not in use, locking to provide the rider with a secure backrest and almost fighter pilot riding position. Its angle can be adjusted through 3 positions and it slides back/forward 25mm through four settings, to fine-tune cockpit comfort.
The digital dash changes mood depending on the drive mode selected, with subtle colour changes from Neutral (white) through D (blue) to S (pink), ultimately to MT (red). Alternatively, the rider can choose one colour from five other tonal ranges of colour – 25 individual colours altogether – they want to live with on a day-to-day basis.