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.
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.