First ride: Honda NSS300 Forza review — Road Tests: First Rides — Visordown

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Honda NSS 250
Honda NSS 250

First ride: Honda Forza review

THE Honda is the UK’s best selling scooter, with good It’s a smooth, nippy, little scoot; its swoopy are very up to the minute, and it’s to buy and run (90+ mpg). On the downside small and riding two-up is there’s storage for only one and say a pair of trainers, and it maxes out at which is frustrating on the occasional

It’s a great little — but you wish you had a bit more and a bit more oomph. If I sound confident about that, I do own one.

And along comes the Forza offering just While the Forza imitates the and shape of the PCX — it looks Honda’s boffins put the PCX in an enlarger and set it to — it has substantially more and speed, and more generous and generous seating.

It plugs a gap in line-up: that of a stylish scooter, slotting in neatly the rather dumpy-looking SH300i and the slicker Silver Wing 400 and 600 only the latter is sold in the But what impact do these in size and power have on the factors of fuel economy, and purchase price?

The Forza is powered by the 279cc, fuel-injected single-cylinder engine the SH300i, though quoted is down 2bhp to 24 bhp. The sits in a frame which says is built to flex in areas while otherwise extremely rigid. Around is wrapped flowing bodywork big and aggressive twin headlights make the bike look from a front-three-quarters angle.

the flank and shoulder look a tad but overall the look is one of aerodynamic

Tucked into all this are a variety of cubbyholes and underseat Button-operated flaps allow to the two-helmet underseat storage and the fuel cap which is located on the part of the inside of the fairing, there’s a deep (nearly the of my forearm!) storage compartment to the and a smaller one to the right.

The Forza’s instrumentation is comprehensive and analog, with the racy speedo and tach set next to and temperature gauges, and a small digital display for trip fuel consumption and the time. a 12V power socket too, for heated jackets, satnavs and

This is not a compact scooter, but feel vast like, a Burgman 650. When you a leg over it and settle into the seat, it feels low and deep, your legs into a angle (though that may be me; the floorboards allow you your of leg angle, from rearset to out) and a ‘sit-in’ riding If you’re a scooter-sceptic or biker who has ever sat ‘on’ scooters Vespas) and not felt ‘at with the bike, take a on the Forza.

The seat is wide and with the backstop on the rider’s perfectly positioned to give … a great warm hug doesn’t like that and also to allow your to take a rest. While I did not the opportunity to carry a passenger, seem to have been catered for with a wide and footrests and integrated grab

Pop in the key (with Honda’s H.I.S.S. system, the engine is immobilised the key’s embedded chip and with the engine fired up and a nondescript sound, it’s to head off. In that Honda way, the power is refined, soft, under — the Forza doesn’t the sporty, urgent feel of, a Yamaha X-Max 250 (which makes 4 bhp less).

The 194kg gets up to 60 mph in about 11 seconds and on to a top of 90 mph — more than for the open road for most needs — at which the engine is doing 8,000-odd rpm but perfectly refined and doesn’t ragged or out of breath at all. there were times, uphill, when I felt it have done with a few horses.

Honda believes the 300 class is the perfect balance urban agility and highway With a 1,546-mm wheelbase mil over the X-Max 250), you can through town centres rapidly, though I’ll until I get a stint on it in Central to see just how it slices and dices.

Where the Forza really into its own is freer-flowing traffic and open roads. The test was full of lovely flowing with sparse traffic, and the seamless CVT transmission allowing you to off half your brain, great fun to just twist-go-brake-lean-go. It light and well balanced, and is no at all to flick through the bends.

Honda NSS 250
Honda NSS 250

At it dealt with occasional of bumps and ripples of this of Spanish motorway with the suspension not sending the bumps up the spine. But the bike did feel at sustained vmax, perhaps not unexpected given its 14-inch and 13-inch rear wheel, and a profile being naturally susceptible to crosswinds.

The Forza Honda’s combined braking (CBS), where the left activates both front and brakes, while the right only works the front. people don’t like it, but always found this useful — I use the right purely to slow down or off speed on more open or roads, while in town or riding two-up, I only use the brake so the bike sits flat rather than forward under braking. Add in and the Forza’s stopping power is for all daily needs as well as the burst of over-enthusiasm.

Honda’s claim for fuel is 30.8 km/litre, or 87.4 At the 70-mile mark of our test which included a bit of town a couple of good stretches of and W.O.T. and lots of twisties and my Forza took on exactly 4 which works out to a very 79.8 mpg. The 11.6-litre makes for a 200-mile-plus range.

The is certainly an accomplished scooter, but is it a buy? Honda UK hasn’t pricing yet, but the ballpark mentioned was £5,000. This is, a neat fit between the £4,750 and the £6,650 Silver Wing 600 and about double the PCX’s sticker.

If you’re an ex-motorcyclist, or moving up a small motorcycle to a large because you need the convenience yet an involved ride, you may want to a Yamaha X-Max 250, costs ten per cent less, or the 400 for a few hundred quid more. for moped or small-scooter riders up the capacity ladder, and car drivers or transport users seeking a bike, this friendly, good-looking Honda is well a look.

Model tested: NSS300 Forza

Price as TBC — approximately £5,000

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Honda NSS 250
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