2010 Honda SH150i Scooter Review — Review of the 2010 Honda SH150i Scooter

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Italy’s Best Selling Comes to the States

Italians the scooter genre when launched the Vespa brand in but the current genre sales in Italy is actually a Japanese the Honda SH150i.

The best-selling has finally reached U.S. but at $4,499 it’s not exactly a outpricing the Vespa S 150 by $300— a difference, considering Vespas to be notoriously pricey. How does the compare to its Italian counterpart, and is it the extra dough?

The Goods: The of the Scooter Art

The $4,499 Honda may look European, but it’s through and through. A liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 153cc single-cylinder rated at 15.5 crank rests at the rear wheel, and the is mated to a Honda V-Matic automatic transmission— ie, a continuously transmission. Instrumentation includes a temperature and fuel gauge, an speedometer, and even an oil change light. Less generous, is the underseat storage compartment, is barely big enough for a small bag .

A 33mm hydraulic fork 3.5 inches of travel, while rear shocks offer adjustability. Stopping duties are via a single 220mm disc, setup up front, and a rear drum; both wheels 16 inches. The stoppers are linked and yanking on the left lever pulling an adjacent small bar activates a handy parking

The SH150i’s fuel tank 1.8 gallons (including .5 gallons of and the scooter has a curb weight of 302 about 59 pounds heavier the air-cooled Vespa S 150. include a tall windscreen and a top The SH150i comes with a one-year, unlimited mileage with extended coverage through the Honda Protection

Swing a Leg Over: Typical Quality. Most of the Time

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The Honda has generally high quality fit and nicely finished trim and even an attractive satin-finished but a few details don’t quite up to the bike’s impressive overall

The hand grips, for instance, are of hard plastic; though prevent direct tactile one would nonetheless expect a at this price point to at least rubberized grips. The only comes with a stand, making a heave and a ho an part of parking; a combination of stand and center stand (as on the Yamaha Zuma 125. happens to be $1,500 cheaper) have been welcome. And the assembly (which sits inches high), when by twisting the ignition key counterclockwise, a bit loosey goosey on its front

These are somewhat disappointing especially considering that reputation for high build precedes itself. But let’s see how the rides before passing judgment.

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On the Road: What a 16 Inches Make

When it to road manners, the Honda sixteen inch wheels aid handling and stability, two dynamics lacking in scooters. Although the size makes the SH150i less hyper-responsive at slower the welcome tradeoff for that low maneuverability is higher speed and improved bump absorption.

Pin the throttle, and the SH150i accelerates off the line with the customary at around 10 mph before revs to their 8,500 rpm maximum. is relatively seamless, and acceleration less aggressive at around 40 gradually continuing until the top speed of around 65 mph is reached.

I hit 70 mph, depending on road and body posture, but those few miles per hour over the S 150’s claimed top speed of 59 mph a big difference when it comes to up with highway traffic. it’s certainly no land the SH150i is quite a bit more at highway speeds than the slower Vespa, which has a wheel setup. The Honda are mechanically linked rear to and when the rear brake is (using the left grip some slack can be felt in the brake lever.

When it comes to fuel you don’t need restraint to stellar mpg numbers: I kept the cranked while negotiating a of city and highway roads, and 97.8 miles from gallons of fuel— for the non-mathematically that’s 71 miles per gallon.

The Line: Peace of Mind, the Way

So while the Honda SH150i quite bat a thousand, it hits important marks right on the I’ll still admit to a bit of shock at the $4,499 price tag (a premium over the stellar Ninja 250R !), but brand just might find the SH150i’s price of admission is an tradeoff for a logo that ‘Honda.’

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