Honda NM4 Concept Previews Motorcycling Future Photo:
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Mike Stevens | Mar, 21 2014 | 13 Comments

Honda has revealed a futuristic new two-wheeled monster ahead of next week’s Osaka Motorcycle Show in Japan.

Dubbed NM4, the new concept looks like the sort of weaponised cruiser you’d expect a computer-animated Arnie to ride in a 2050 reboot of the Terminator franchise.

Paint it red, and it could pass as the famous stickered-up ride of Kaneda in the 1988 cult classic, Akira.

Imagine either scenario and you might not be far off the mark, with Honda counting the term ‘Neo Futuristic’ among the design team’s key inspirations.

Honda says the NM4 was designed with a cockpit position in mind, evolving the style of today’s big cruisers for the next generation (or the generation after that) of riders.

Two versions of the NM4 were revealed today, one with a more streamlined rear design and another with a pair of utility cases behind the pilot.

Power in the NM4 pair is provided by a 745cc four-stroke OHC two-cylinder engine - likely the same unit that drives Honda’s NC range.

Motivation is sent to the rear wheel through a dual-clutch transmission, getting to the ground through a 200/50 tyre.

Can we expect to see the NM4 in production? Likely not this decade, but it does look ready for the next.

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