The real star of the Japanese animation classic, AKIRA (アキラ, 1988), was Kaneda’s hyper-scooter cycle (as you can see on the left). Over the years, many people have tried to duplicate the impossible engineering of the Akira bike.
I have written about a Akira-scooter lookalikes before, but it’s amazing to see that Honda has put the faux-AKIRAesque NM4 Vultus into full production rather than just going for one-off concept/show bike.
Honda’s Anime-Inspired Bike Is A Stealth Bomber On Two Wheels
jalopnik.com | 2014mar21
I have a hard time watching the 1988 Japanese sci-fi classic Akira without staring at Kaneda’s bike and thinking, “GOD, I need that thing in my LIFE.”…
…The NM4 Vultus packs a 745cc twin-cylinder engine mated to a dual clutch transmission with automatic or manual shift modes. They call it intuitive and easy to use with a low center of gravity and “future-shock style and stealth bomber silhouette” …more blah, blah, blah….