You’d be excused if you thought the Vultus was the name of a character from Spider-Man – but it’s not. Nope, the NM14 Vultus is another new motorcycle from Honda, based around their NC750, but it does have its roots in the sequential art scene.
The Vultus has the same liquid-cooled, eight-valve 745cc liquid-cooled parallel twin as found in the NC750, but most of the similarities end there. Honda coloured outside the lines on this one, drawing inspiration from comic books and sci-fi. According to their press release, “The visual creative spark was fired by the futuristic bikes seen in the anime and manga television and film styles.” Later on, they say “The NM4 Vultus, with its LED lights, future-shock style and stealth bomber silhouette presents a look that will not have been seen in any cityscape this side of an anime movie.” Maybe there will be an Akira tie-in sometime?
The Vultus has an 18-inch wheel in front, and a 17-inch wheel on back, and has a DCT instead of a standard gearbox. There’s two lockable storage compartments up front, one with one litre of space, the other with three litres, and optional sidebags will be available. There’s a flip-up pillion seat that can double as a backrest for a solo rider (similar to the BMW R1200C arrangement).
That DCT has three modes – MT gives you manual control (six-speed) while D and S take care of shifting for you. D mode is conservative, respectable and saves you gas. S mode is for sportier action. One of Honda’s little side touches on this machine is a dash that changes colour depending which mode you select.
Other details: Naturally, the machine has EFI. Fuel tank capacity is 11.6 litres. It has a 1645 mm wheelbase, a 650 mm seat height, and a steel frame. Wet weight is 245 kg. The machine has an LED headlight and chain final drive, and, in Europe, dual-channel ABS (320 mm single disc up front with two-piston caliper, 240 mm disc with single-piston caliper in rear).
We don’t have an arrival date for this in Canada; Honda hasn’t told us yet if it’s coming here, or what it would cost if it did arrive.
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