Winning our Reader’s Choice award for top scooter is the same scoot your MO staff picked, the BMW C650… wait, what? You voted for the $10,999 Honda NM4? Wow, we didn’t see that one coming. In fact, the final voting wasn’t even that close, either – the Honda’s 36.3% of the votes gave it a commanding lead over the second-place finisher, BMW’s C650GT, with only 21.4% of the votes. The Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS came in a close third, with 19.6% of the votes.

2015 Honda NM4 Review

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Best Scooter Of 2014

The NM4 is certainly unique, and its quirky exterior attracts attention like nothing else. As far as commuting duties go, its fuel-efficient 670cc parallel-Twin is great for the task and its Dual Clutch Transmission is responsive in ways a conventional CVT can’t be. A low, 25.6-inch seat height is attractive to riders of various shapes and sizes, with the added bonus of its passenger seat doubling as a backrest. Even though the small storage compartments were a disappointment to our own John Burns in his review, they clearly didn’t seem to bother you much. Its looks might be polarizing, but the NM4 is a worthwhile people’s champ in the scooter category.


Reader’s Choice Best of 2015 winners:

Best Motorcycles of 2014 Best Sport Bike
Best Streetfighter/Hooligan Motorcycle Best Touring Motorcycle
Best Cruiser Motorcycle Best Sport Touring Motorcycle
Best On-Off Road Adventure Motorcycle Best Value Motorcycle
Best Standard Motorcycle Best Dirt Bike
Best Scooter Best Electric Motorcycle
  • Vrooom

    I’ll never own a bike with that seating position again after trying it once 20 years ago. It’s cool looking (sort of, in a futuristic sort of way), the engine sounds capable, but that weight on my tailbone limits long rides or poor roads. I suppose with a scooter long rides isn’t the point.

    • 12er

      Thats my cruiser experience in a nutshell even without foot forward controls, Just too low for my legs so everything is transmitted right up my spine.

      • Buzz

        Half a Caterpillar would be too small for you.

        • 12er

          Only two cruisers that have semi fit, the original Valkyrie and the Triumph Rocket III, beyond those I need a back brace and a helmet painted like a fez.

  • Jaime Cruz

    WTF?? When did MO’s reader base become Manga fanboyz??

  • cbolling

    Loose the chain and I would consider it.

  • http://www.bradentibbles.com Braden

    Great discussion here on how sad it is that this could be considered a scooter;
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1047721

  • Piglet2010

    Would NOT trade in my Honda Deauville (or a Silver Wing, if I owned one) for this.

  • Tim Quinn

    This is NOT a scooter!

    • JoMeyer

      It is indeed a scooter!

      Nah, just stirring. At least Honda has given a better target to the crowd that still considers the NC700/750 a scooter.

  • Buzz

    A bike that doesn’t exist for Best Electric and now this Goober machine?

    What readers are voting? Dork World monthly?

    • Old MOron

      These are the pre-agreed winners between VerticalScope and the OEM sponsors.

      • Buzz

        I know.

        The “readers” may thing it’s the best at something but head down to your local Big Four dealer and this POS is known as a “floor anchor.”

        • Old MOron

          Well, they’ve sold at least one of them.

          http://shop.rockstorephotos.com/img/s7/v156/p270872719-4.jpg

          • Buzz

            The batman helmet proves my Dork World monthly comment.

          • Old MOron

            I’m in the choir, so preach on, Reverend Buzz. Preach on.

          • 12er

            Great, now I got “same Bat time, same Bat Channel” stuck in my head and for some reason this pic keeps on swirling and Im waiting to see “POW” or “BAM”

  • BTRDAYZ

    Maybe Honda will keep it in the product lineup now, and offer more color choices.

  • http://www.themotorcycleobsession.com/ Chris Cope

    “It’s not a scooter” — To be said in Arnold Schwarzenegger “It’s not a tumor” voice.

    Honda refers to the NM4 as a cruiser and I think that’s a closer description.

  • Jack Meoph

    The NM4 is not a scooter.