HONDA NM4 VULTUS (2014-on) Review

Published: 13 November 2014

Forget those DN01 jokes. ‘Alien-meets-stealth’ styling aside the Vultus is credible and commendable

HONDA NM4 VULTUS  (2014-on)

Forget those DN01 jokes. ‘Alien-meets-stealth’ styling aside the Vultus is credible and commendable

  • At a glance
  • 745cc  -  54 bhp
  • 80 mpg  -  206 miles range
  • Low seat height (650mm)
  • New: £9,666

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

NC750 Integra scooter-based limited edition concept machine attempts to be half-scoot/half motorbike to tempt newcomers to two wheels and thanks to capable, DCT-equipped (Honda’s clevcer semi auto gearbox) NC750 platform and decent dynamics it largely works. So forget those DN01 jokes. ‘Alien-meets-stealth’ styling aside the Vultus is credible and commendable. Motorcycle instead of scooter roots give an alternative future for the commuter two-wheeler, one that’s just as idiot-proof and practical, but has biking fun and cool, too.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

An 18/17in wheel combo and fat 200-section rear tyre means this is certainly no wobbly scoot (interestingly Honda classify it as a ‘custom’ on its website). Instead it’s rock stable, nimble enough to wiggle through traffic (well, as much as its wide mirrors allow) and yet also a joy to carve and slice until the ground clearance runs out through the twisties. Yes, it’s ‘only’ an NC750, but it gave me the biggest hoot I’ve had on any of them yet.

Engine 4 out of 5

The supremely refined second generation DCT system, though daunting initially, is instantly mastered. Just turn on, prod the starter, thumb into D for drive, open the throttle and go. And go, decently well, the Vultus does too. In ‘D’ mode it’s brisk and easy, it’s a 750, 50bhp twin after all. Prod the selector into ‘S’ (for Sport) and it revs a little higher and is livelier still. Want a little more motorcycle-style fun and you can use the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ switches on the left bar to go up and down the gears. It’s easy bloody peasy.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Although new we’ve no reason to doubt either, after all: a) it’s a Honda and b) it’s based on the proven NC750 Integra platform

Insurance, running costs & value 2 out of 5

Could be better. Its two grand more than the base Integra over which it offers nothing except a great big wodge of added style. That said, they’re all sold out, so it’s hardly an issue. Residuals might be interesting though…

Equipment 3 out of 5

The screen does little and is unadjustable (a larger, electrical one, surely?); the front storage compartments are gimmicky and too small, as is the tank, and the mirrors are slightly too wide for comfortable traffic splitting.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their HONDA NM4 VULTUS (2014-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HONDA NM4 VULTUS (2014-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

NM4 excellent all around cycle.

26 October 2015 by Joe Jones

Performs well. Storage can hold more than most reviews state. Transmission is great! Low seat is made for me. Extremely stable running on highway and contrary to reviews it is very manoeuvrable. I get 70 mpg generally and 65 mpg cruising on... Read more interstate at 75 MPH. Tires lasting over 12000 miles. Gas tank should be larger. A belt drive would be great.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Suspension could be better on some road bumps but since I adjusted the preload it is mostly very good to excellent. For me it is excellent all around and touring since I installed a large top box. I can ride over 160 miles and only need to stop for gas. I have done 450 miles in a day with no problems.
Engine
4 out of 5
A little more power would be better.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
I like the low seat. I installed round foot pegs on end of footboards. This gives me a much better leg position and support for long riding times. I installed a Scottoiler for the chain and it nearly eliminates maintenance. A large top box added gives storage for touring/ shopping.
Buying experience

Dealer was excellent. Paid MSRP.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £9,666
Used price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 54 bhp
Max torque 50 ft-lb
Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 80 mpg
Tank range 206 miles
Specification
Engine size 745cc
Engine type liquid-cooled, four-valve, SOHC parallel twin, DCT automatic gearbox
Frame type Steel spine
Fuel capacity 11.6 litres
Seat height 650mm
Bike weight 245kg
Front suspension 43mm telescopic fork, no adjust
Rear suspension Monoshock single shock, no adjust
Front brake 320mm wavy disc with two-piston caliper
Rear brake 240mm wavy disc with single piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 18
Rear tyre size 200/50 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2014: Model introduced

Other versions

None

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