Honda NM4 Vultus 750 ABS
Fourth installment of the saga Honda NC, the Vultus NM4 is a special craft. Mi-scooter, half-custom, under its little stealth interceptor, straight out of a sci-fi, lies the same basic chassis / engine as the Integra. But on board any different! Fans of motorbikes atypical, you will love this amazing machine!
This morning I have the feeling of being a superhero ! Yet I have not changed cereal or abused anything (I promise!), But discovering my horse the day of the car Honda France , I really feel today, I'll cruiser in the streets of Gotham to defend the widow and the orphan. His name NM4 Vultus , an original and the avant-garde design of the two-wheeler straight out of a surname sci-fi . A crazy thing!
Vultus means face in Latin. And what a mouth indeed! With this facies craggy, this LED cyclopean eye than threatening, inserted into a bow with sharp edges (sharp!), the machine is impressive . Line close to the bitumen, consistent length, wide saddle and huge Gommard 200mm wide at the rear , I am dumbfounded by the exercise of style proposed by Japanese designers, bathed from a very early age in the culture manga .
powering the instrument cluster perpetuates amazement. Manner stealth aircraft cockpit , the three LCD dials stashed under the bubble light up a green "Kryptonian." Engine off, the two side members exude a variable intensity, like a heart beat! The Vultus lives!
Aboard the ship stealth
To board this "tribuno-slider" so Judge Dredd poses little difficulty. Indeed, the saddle dug the NM4 Vultus rises to only 650 mm from the ground and even when the passenger seat is raised to act as a file to the driver (vigilante?), the leg lift is easy. Those dried gym class at school will not be penalized!
The driving position is typical of the kind custom . Legs forward completely unfolded, ideally it preserves. Arms outstretched, but not stretched the presence of a right to a reasonable and returned to the driver handlebar width, it also has a great support thanks to the soft case that goes through three quarters back. Folded, turned into the backsplash accessory still offers a very good performance of lumbar. Royal!
The front incorporating mirrors like a Honda CTX 1300 displays a bewildering width. However, its very low height provides a breathtaking view of the road . Lowering the gaze reveals the digital instrumentation vessel Vultus. Fuel gauge, clock, outside temperature gauge, gear position, selected mapping, trip computer ... it is complete. Turning on the original voltage and its unusual layout also enjoyable. And particularity of the model, it proposes a mood light for each driving mode. But playing the two buttons that surround it can also choose from 25 different colors (all details are on page 2 of this article). Which invariably wakes the geek in you!
Steering certificate required
NM4 for "New Model 4" , the Vultus is the fourth two-wheelers from the new platform Honda NC 750 , after the NC 750 S roadster , urban trail NC 750 X and the maxi-scooter NC 750 D Integra . With his impressive background, was also at the latter that he more readily lends parentage, hence the test today SCOOTER Station.com . However, except for the chassis, brake system and engine, all asunder
With DCT dual-clutch transmission and the singular control system that follows, it makes her aboard Vultus . At least for that would already be familiar with the stalks of the range. As for others, the lack of clutch left and the presence of + and leverage - to change the course in manual mode, disconcerting at first. As the selection of three driving modes on the right stalk (Automatic Drive, Sport Automatic and Manual), which requires some time to start
. For the uninitiated, taking the hands of the machine is not clear , especially since the Vultus is long (1645 mm wheelbase) and heavy (245.4 kg on our scale). After its open at 33 ° fork installed a 18-inch wheel and tire rear 200 mm wide does not serve agility. In short if you easy maneuvering manages the engine off - all types of drivers have good support - low speed management gives the sensation of falling. However, developments in the city is not an ordeal, but vigilance is needed, even this morning when we drive on wet pavement. Roll on August!
Vigorous response and instant acceleration (whatever the selected mapping) on the asphalt slippery Vultus the patina quite easily, not at start! It is perfect to play the "rebel" when control exercise, it is much less common to reassure users. Fortunately in these conditions, the management of net gas is pretty easy and it stays on its wheels, thanks also to Dunlop tires good .
merciful Heaven finally gives us a few hours of respite. Nice! The course was drying now allows us to fully enjoy the performance of the parallel twin 745 cm3 . Exhilarating! This distills indeed a result couple there from the bottom of the tachometer, with a marked course in automatic mode S response and engine braking that D mode (gear changes are made to plans above). Catapult way through the motor again become exemplary in the dry, it allows for fast starts , although inspired by the look of our horse. The automatic dual-clutch transmission finely calculated gearshifts, virtually imperceptible to the driver. The impressive surge did not really know break. What up! Too bad that the only sound too metallic and any line of escape are not really in line with the aggressive image of NM4 Vultus.
Easy to register curve rigorous in maintaining the trajectories, it is quick to fault his ground guard , wide steps from scraping the asphalt. However, we appreciate that Vultus muscled in driving and the use of playful desire manual gearbox. Nevertheless it is controlled more easily with flexibility to more cast rhythms. Mode D rigor, then moves on low-schemes, limiting consumption , not really penalize efficiency.
On fast axes, the Vultus has a few questionable keeping road . But past 80 km / h, it is clear that one takes full pear! The bow perfectly preserves the knees to the shoulders, however feet and shins are exposed, but still less than the headphones. damn short bubble ! Too bad, because the extension of the switch is pretty good. There are indeed a lot of answering between 130 km / h and 160 km / h. In passing, note qu'agrippés his handlebar we measured its maximum speed at 177 km / h GPS (188 km / h meter).
braking side, there is the good bite of the system is delivered to the front so progressive, but the back does not distill an exceptional feeling . The ABS appears well set, just before injury and back are not coupled for more efficiency. These downturns, the Vultus remains perfectly steady , not really dive, nor sits in the back, due to the low shock travel.
The envelope sat handsome offer a soft texture with a lot of stiffness to the rear part the passage of potholes is somewhat rough. The Vultus therefore does not really appreciate over time. Anyway its less than that of the Integra (11.6 against 14.1 liters) tank requires crossing the most common pump (we note an average consumption of 5.3 l / 100 km).
More It is impossible to take his gear on Vultus. It may carry a large bag (preferably black!) Secured by bungee cords, but for those who manage to find anchor points on the rear. But for those who appreciate its futuristic design , it graft a top case is totally prohibited. Too bad version "bagger" with integrated panniers is not available in France. However, two boxes installed in the scoops of the front (between turn signals and mirrors) gloves are used to take more than the contents of his pockets. The right one lockable contains a 12V socket to charge your smartphone ... u sound blaster! The right one can accommodate a 50 cl bottle and other trinkets. That's something!
Honda Integra - NM4 Vultus, same chassis / engine, but technically so different basis:
- The Vultus is longer: 2,380 mm long, 2,195 mm against the Integra
- Vultus The wheelbase is 12 cm greater than the Integra
- Vultus The wider 933 mm wide, 810 mm against Integra on the other hand is Vultus least 27 cm higher than the integra
- With a measured weight of 245.4 kg (AV: 119.8 kg, AR: 125.6 kg), against 239 kg (119.4 AV kg - AR 119.6 kg) for the Integra, the Vultus embeds additional 6.4 kg, supported by the rear of the vehicle
- With a seat height set at 650 mm, the Vultus is easier to access than the Integra whose seat rises to 790 mm from the ground
- Fork and shock are different
- Wheels and tire mounts are also different
- Geometry specific to each vehicle
Engine, primary and secondary transmission: the whole mechanical part of Vultus is identical to that of the maxi-scooter NC 750 D Integra . We thus find the latest generation of parallel twin Honda 745 cm3 , a single twin camshaft head and liquid cooling, powered by an electronic injection system and overseen by a cylinder head with four valves per cylinder .
This long-stroke engine stalled at 270 ° has some unique characteristics, such as camshaft causing the water pump and balancer oil pump. It is also equipped with the famous Honda dual-clutch (DCT) , a system whose mechanism has evolved last year (find all the technical details of how the new Honda DCT here) . With the DCT gearbox 6 speed can be controlled via two automatic modes D (Drive) and S (Sport) , the D mode offers more flexibility than S mode - in this mode the changes taking place in higher speeds. In the manner of a race car, you can also manually change gears using the + and - buttons.
Ultimately the Vultus such as Integra, develops a maximum power of 55 hp at 6250 rev / min, the maximum torque value set at 6.8 daN.m comes at 4750 rev / min. We note an average consumption of 5.3 l / 100 km and a top speed of 177 km / h GPS (188 km / h meter). Revisions follow every 12 000 km.
If the frame and swing arm of Vultus be found on the Integra, its suspensions are different . Indeed fork open at 33 ° (27 ° on the maxi-scooter) exhibits a width of tubes (43 mm against 41 mm). Depressing the latter is higher than 5 mm. Behind the other hand, if the damper is identical Pro-link, this display 25 mm travel offers much less in less flexibility .
Vultus are found on a 18-inch wheel in front and a wide rear tire 200 mm . The braking system of the single front disc 320mm (pinched by a twin-piston caliper) and the rear 240 mm disc is identical to the Integra . ABS is standard. Too bad it is not coupled. For optimum safety, especially on slippery surfaces, we also regret that Honda only offers no traction on the Vultus.
Manufacturing - equipment
Full plastic, bold trim Vultus is impeccably assembled with perfect alignment and variable textures look great. However, we can wonder about their aging, especially at the front whose blocks are many and mirrors particularly vulnerable during the ski agency . LED taillights, integrated turn signals, nifty glove boxes and pillion seat turning into driver folder (adjustable to three positions), are singular details making appreciate this original machine.
His board digital board is also more singular. Sheltered behind the lower bubble , it reserves three dials that glow in surround for the different transmission modes selected colors: White in neutral, blue for the D mode, pink for the S and red for manual mode. And with buttons that flank the central counter, you can still customize the accessory by choosing to give one color among the 25 proposed.
The list of information is distilled bloated. Fuel gauge, clock, outside temperature, two partial totalizers, onboard computer for average and current fuel consumption, gear position , selected mode, everything is there! We only regret not being able to scroll its information to the handlebar.
amounts in the bow installed two glove boxes . The left lockable and houses a 12V socket. The Vultus also has a parking brake , a side stand, a gas cap hinged (whose filling is tedious) and hazard lights.
Conclusion: Already collector
The design of the Honda NM4 Vultus is great debate! And it is easy to understand, as it differs from the common current productions . If it offends some who find it too typical, others enjoy the extravagance of its futuristic, completely inspired by manga culture - a world that has often struggled to gain a foothold on European soil. But this choice is entirely borne by the world's leading manufacturer , who did not also intend this Vultus to mass SINCE a hundred copies only should be offered in our market.
those who will love the craft shapes out -Standards then discover a two-wheeler to the dynamic qualities proved . Certainly developed simpler to take over, but turned the corner of the discovery, Vultus reveal a genuine atmosphere and a very playful , transforming the banality of evil in commuting trip more noticed. Against the sum of € 11,599 after all!
futuristic board edge
protection in the helmet
twin line 745 cm3, 4 stroke, bore 77 mm x 80 mm stroke, liquid-cooled, ACT 1 and 4 valves per cylinder, electronic fuel injection PGM-FI, 6-speed, dual-clutch transmission (DCT), 2 modes automatic (Drive Sport) + 1 manual mode, chain final drive
power 55 hp. (40.3 kW) at 6250 rev / min, torque 6.8 daN.m to 4750 rev / min
Diamond frame-like steel telescopic fork diam. 43 mm deb. 125 mm, Pro-Link single shock deb. 100 mm diameter disc brakes AV single. 320 mm / 2-piston caliper ABS + - AR disc diam. 240 mm / 1 piston caliper + ABS, front tires 120/70 x 18 - AR 200/50 x 17
dimensions (LxWxH) 2380 mm x 933 mm x 1170 mm, 1645 mm wheelbase, caster angle 33 ° / hunting 110 mm, seat height 650 mm, 130 mm ground clearance, 11.6-liter tank Constructor is announced all full weight to 245 kg fully fueled weight checked 245.4 kg (AV: 119.8 kg, AR: 125.6 kg)
top speed measured at 177 km / h GPS (188 km / h meter) manufacturer consumption 3.52 liters / 100 km (WMTC standards D mode), consumption test measured at 5.3 l / 100 km
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