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3/22/2014

Japan’s newest Stealth Fighter on 2-wheels

AKIRA
 
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….

Kanada-scooter

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Check out our previous posts about the mega-kool Akira motorcycle that include:
   • The “DETONATOR” bike (3Yen / 2006-10-31)
   • AKIRA cycle (3Yen / 2006-04-04)
   • AKIRA DiCaprio!? (3Yen / 2008-02-22)

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4 Responses to “Japan’s newest Stealth Fighter on 2-wheels”

  1. Coligny Says:

    That’s a lot of excitation for few bits of plastic slammed on a bike, Do the guys at jalopunik feel edgy and stuff comparing it to akira’s bike while the only thing in common is ‘having 2 wheels’. But kudo for comparing it at the same time to a stealth bomber because of some straight edge and a dark paint job and to the red and roundish thing from akira…. Talk aboot bipolar….

    Sometimes wonder what kind of people write these.
    -Nepotic recruit ? they are here by birth but feel they deserve the place. Quote or compare with j-stuff they sort of heard aboot at the coffee machine because they think they will flatter their readership by using pseudo cultural reference who at least are not DBZ and Sailor moon… Usually the same kind fetal alcohol poisoning survivors that consider Top Gun as a ‘classic’ for aviation stuff… Instead of pro gay propaganda… But since it’s the only movie they saw on the topic and/or can remember the title, that will have to do… No better than web2.0 clown who consider themselves journalist since they are invited to press events…
    -Shell scripts who use preformated bullshit with auto sql queries to match with comparison that accessible to the readership ?
    -Unpaid interns that wonder where their life started to go so wrong…
    -Or they are genuine mouthbreather…. Then they certainly jeezed up to the ceiling when they saw the Lambo Aventador…

  2. Taro Says:

    Coligny wrote:
    That’s a lot of excitation for few bits of plastic slammed on a bike..comparing it to akira’s bike while the only thing in common is ‘having 2 wheels’…
    …Sometimes wonder what kind of people write these?…< ?small>

    Dude, there’s no need to “wonder”–it’s just a Press Release. This is a standard, time-honored example of rewriting the Press Release in traditional Journalism.

    Honda Motor Europe Ltd — Press release date: 21st March
    ~2014 new Honda NM4 Vultus (Europe) first photos & details compilation~
    2014 HONDA NM4 Vultus
    New model: A ground-breaking machine inspired by the desire to establish a unique riding experience and an identity not bound by standard motorcycle design, with strong echoes of futuristic bikes seen in Japanese movies. Created by a young design team who remained true to their original concept at every stage through to production, the NM4 Vultus brings radical style to the streets, with function from the future for a new breed of rider.
    1. Introduction
    Honda is founded on innovation. In keeping with this tradition, in recent years, from deep within the company came the desire to create a new machine that would push boundaries, with an identity, riding feeling and experience that could and would place it in a class of its own.
    The visual creative spark was fired by the futuristic bikes seen in the anime and manga* television and film styles. Known collectively as “Japanimation”, in Japan both genres have long been very grown-up entertainment, woven into the fabric of life; now, the philosophy, attitude, fashion and feeling are worldwide and mainstream phenomena.
    Another critical factor in the genesis of this new entity was a desire to create a machine capable of crossing traditional two-wheeled lines and reach out to a wider audience. The creative team of engineers who conceived, designed and put it together are in their 20s and early 30s. They were given a completely free hand. In that respect, the NM4 Vultus represents a leap of faith from Honda, one intended to appeal to and attract a new kind of rider.
    And those that want it will want it now. They may well be aware of the great engine and chassis it’s built on, but what will really captivate them is the way it looks and how it makes them feel. The NM4 Vultus is real, like nothing else, and it is here.
    Mr Keita Mikura, Large Project Leader (LPL) NM4 Vultus.
    “Honda is a big company. We make every kind of motorcycle. It’s great that sometimes we make a certain machinesimply because we can and because we want to, not because we “should”.
    The NM4 Vultus exists because of a passion from deep within our company. We wanted to create something special, not just in the two-wheeled world, but truly unique in the whole world – a machine that engages a human soul like no other.
    Our intention was to make something that makes every moment feel cinematic, and we want riding it to be an event – guaranteed — every single time.”
    2. Model Overview
    The young social media-engaged urbanite lives a digital existence in a fast moving world. And they’re totally engaged by the new. Without question, the NM4 Vultus is just that. It is avant-garde in both the way it looks but also, and perhaps more importantly, in the detail work that has gone into creating a unique riding experience. The reactive dashboard — with colours that change depending on driving mode — and flip-up pillion seat that acts as rider backrest are just two examples.
    Vultus is Latin for appearance, expression — or face. 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…
    Underneath the brooding menace is a rock-solid chassis and engine package. Packed with low-friction technology, its 745cc twin-cylinder engine is canted forward, creating space and a low centre of gravity. Delivering strong low and mid-range power and torque for smooth acceleration coupled with excellent fuel economy, it’s also equipped as standard with Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), giving the rider options between automatic twist-and-go D and S mode — plus trigger-operated computer game-style manual MT mode. Intuitive and easy to use, it adds to the futuristic appeal of the NM4 Vultus and is the perfect complement to the engine’s gutsy, usable performance.
    Matching the engine’s strength is a rigid steel frame, 43mm telescopic forks, rear monoshock with Pro-Link, large diameter disc brakes, 18 inch front and 17 inch rear aluminium wheels — with a fat, 200-section rear tyre — for street-bike levels of handling, feedback and stability.

  3. WS (quoted) Says:

    Coligny wrote:
    That’s a lot of excitation for few bits of plastic slammed on a bike…

    Agreed. And it looks like crap. And not even original crap. More like a BatBike than a Stealth bomber. At least the Stealth can point to function dictating form.
    Just how fucked are the Japanese companies these days? It is really hard to believe that this is the same company that made the CB750 in 1969 and proceeded to sell them by the shipload:


    HONDA_DREAM-CB750FOUR
    wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_CB750

  4. Coligny Says:

    Honda Press Release wrote:
    Honda Motor Europe Ltd — Press release date: 21st March
    2014 new Honda NM4 Vultus (Europe) first photos & details compilation
    …Honda is founded on innovation. In keeping with this tradition, in recent years, from deep within the company came the desire to create a new machine that would push boundaries, with an identity, riding feeling and experience that could and would place it in a class of its own.
    The visual creative spark was fired by the futuristic bikes seen in the anime and manga* television and film styles. Known collectively as “Japanimation”, in Japan both genres have long been very grown-up entertainment, woven into the fabric of life; now, the philosophy, attitude, fashion and feeling are worldwide and mainstream phenomena…
    …The young social media-engaged urbanite lives a digital existence in a fast moving world. And they’re totally engaged by the new. Without question, the NM4 Vultus is just that. It is avant-garde in both the way it looks but also, and perhaps more importantly, in the detail work that has gone into creating a unique riding experience…

    Thanks, I just vomitted my cheezeburger…
    My former high-school human science teacher would have ripped your belly open and hung you with your bowels for writing such filler bullshit…
    With Honda… You apparently get paid…
    Feels like it was dumped on paper to get approving nods between balding plump middle execs in one of those masturbatory design by committee session…

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