Honda's Anime-Inspired Bike Is A Stealth Bomber On Two Wheels

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." Besides a few crazy real-life custom jobs, no manufacturer has built that bike yet – but Honda just came close.

This is the new Honda NM4 Vultus. The anime inspiration isn't an inference I'm making, it comes from Honda themselves. They call it "a ground-breaking machine inspired by futuristic machines seen in the anime and manga television and film styles, known collectively as 'Japanimation.'"

That's a mouthful, and they don't say what "Japanination" (I haven't heard that word since the 90s) they mean, but I think the Akira bike was a clear inspiration here. It looks awesome!

Honda's Anime-Inspired Bike Is A Stealth Bomber On Two Wheels

It's more than just a looker, too. 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." I want things like that on my motorcycle. Don't you?

Now, someone just needs to paint it red and put the stickers all over it and we'll be in business.

Honda's Anime-Inspired Bike Is A Stealth Bomber On Two Wheels