Author: Iggy Grainger Posted: 06 Jun 2013
In a class already well populated the new Honda Forza has some fairly stiff competition, so what makes this new addition stand out from the mid-capacity scooter crowd?
Firstly it’s built by Honda, so you just know that build quality, reliability and economy are three pre-requisites. We’re talking about fuel economy in the high 60s, (without trying to ride it like a granny) and a range of around 200 miles. It’s got a 25.7bhp fuel injected engine and stupendous C-ABS braking.
It also has that sleek Japanese styling and a nice low seat height of just 716mm, perfect for those vertically challenged riders. The 279cc engine is lifted from the popular SH300i but has been fettled to produce its power higher up the rev range for more relaxed motorway cruising, there’s enough power in reserve for those nifty overtakes too. The Forza will also go around corners well enough, thanks to the stiff chassis, decent suspension and excellent Dunlop ScootSmart tyres.
On the recent Spanish launch we got to test the scooter to its limits around the twisty Catalonian roads and in the busy city. It’s an agile scooter so filtering isn’t a problem but it certainly wasn’t designed to be sporty; it’s built with the long distance commuter in mind, somebody who wants style, reliability and comfort wrapped up in an attractive package. The Forza scores highly on all counts but if you’re over six feet tall you may find the riding position a bit cramped, so have a sit on one when they arrive in your local dealer in August. Like any scooter, practicality is very important and you can fit two full-faced helmets beneath the large comfortable seat, extra storage and a 12v socket can be found in the cubbyholes up front, one of which is lockable and comes in handy for storing a mobile phone and nick-knacks.
The instruments are well designed and feature a digital screen with dual trips, fuel gauge, mpg reading, temp and level indicators (more info than you’ll get on most bikes). Incidentally, the dash on my scooter was reading 63mpg after an 80-mile thrash through the countryside, which isn’t bad and could certainly be improved significantly on a steadier ride.
If you’re looking for a quality scooter from a name you can trust and don’t mind paying slightly more than you really want for the privilege, the Honda Forza 300 is well worth a try.
+ points : Looks, fuel economy, brakes
- points: A bit cramped
Price: £5000 (TBC)
Power: 25.4bhp, -19.7ft lb
Dry weight: 192kg
Seat height: 716mm
Colours: Seal Silver Metallic, Pearl Himalayas White and Asteroid Black