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Honda unveils new concept motorbikes


Honda on Friday unveiled the world premiere of two types of its new production model NM4 motorbikes at the 30th Osaka Motorcycle Show 2014.

The NM4 was developed under the keywords of "the Neo-futuristic" and "COOL," pursuing new, unique styling. 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.

Two NM4 types were unveiled at the motorcycle show; the simply-configured NM4-01 which emphasizes its wide, dynamic rear tire and attractive low silhouette, and the NM4-02 which emanates a unique presence and features a prominent rear design (containing utility boxes on each side of the rear body).

The NM4 will also be exhibited at the 41st Tokyo Motorcycle Show from Friday, March 28 to Sunday, March 30 at Tokyo Big Sight.

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Ugly. Good luck selling that in abroad.

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oh my god.... AKIRA! paint it red and gimme gimme gimme.

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Looks more like a big scooter than a motorcycle.

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Japan always builds nice futuristic concept bikes. The problem is that they almost always remain just concepts.

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Needs suicide handlebars..... ;)

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I'll keep my Harley, thanks.

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@Green Panda:

Well I guess you could call it a "concept" bike if you consider the concept is close to a 14 year old Dan Gurney design. See the link below. http://www.odd-bike.com/2013/01/gurney-alligator-all-american-oddbike.html

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that the rider can smoothly get onto the vehicle.

I suppose that this may be important to someone, somewhere.

as if the rider was experiencing part of a movie scene.

Who writes this stuff?

powerful-looking front fairing,

Of course. Pity the article doesn't mention the power or engine size of this scooter.

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That is beautiful.

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What's "new concept" about this? Basically, it's just a big scooter with a new shape fairing. BTW, the engine is an 8-valve SOHC 750cc twin.

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As someone already mentioned that bike if it was red looks more than a little like Kaneda's bike from Akira. I would buy.

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I'll keep my Harley, thanks.

harley's are fugly. i'll take this honda.

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Nice, low sitting position. But that fairing looks like it could cause some visibility problems.

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BTW, the engine is an 8-valve SOHC 750cc twin.

Sounds good. I'll reserve judgement until I've had a closer look at it.

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I'll keep my Harley, thanks.

harley's are fugly. i'll take this honda.

This Honda is called the Vultus but they should have called it the Revoltus, it's and ugly looking thang.

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The market for motorcycles has really been hollowed out lately, for the same reasons people don't buy good expensive cars. Must be hard for Honda to make a profit these days.

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Actually the Japanese Bike industry's demise is due to the very strict immision regulations that was imposed in the 00's making it impossible for most high powered engines to pass. It's one of the trade offs the government made in order to maintain the Japanese car industry. That is why you will see more Duccuti and Aprecia and less Yamahas and Hondas big bikes running Japanese roads these days.

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Peter, the bike market has been crashing since the J-government decided to ticket every bike parked on the street, in front of your home, a store, etc. They don't provide enough parking for motorcycles especially in the cities. I was averaging 1-2 tickets a year, most of which I was at store for no more than 10 minutes. They even tried to give me a ticket in front of my home when I was washing my bike. Had to go inside get some more rags to dry it. The police have people who ride around all day looking for cars a bikes parked on the street. Very strict here now. I used to run with a touring group but most had given up riding because it's to much trouble and costly to PARK a bike.

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This may be ugly... but it was inspired by a manga, so definite like by me!

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