Let’s start with the low, 25.6-in high saddle and laid-back riding position. The NM4 rider isn’t crouched forward in typical sport bike fashion. That’s because the 670 cc parallel twin-powered bike is more Star Wars cruiser than back road runner. Nor is this a single-seater. The pillion is created for a second rider by folding the three-position seatback over the rear fender. In this position, it can slide fore or aft along four detents.
The eight-valve, liquid-cooled twin is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle-style shift buttons. Power is sent to a fat, 200-mm rear tire, and braking is by serrated-edge ring disc brakes with standard ABS. Performance figures have yet to be announced.
The faceted bodywork also conceals a pair of front utility compartments hidden under gullwing covers. Not only are they capable of holding most everything you might want to take on your next journey, including your phone and navigation system, a 12-volt outlet is located inside the compartment. This cargo space complements the built-in saddlebags, which have faired-in turn signals at their trailing edges. If that’s not enough, the backlit LED instrument cluster offers 25 different background color choices.
On sale this June, the Black Metallic NM4 is priced from $10,999. This does not include the $310 destination charge or tax, title and registration fees. — CAS