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Honda SH 150 i

Honda’s SH150i is truly an scooter.

Words by DAVE photography by LOU MARTIN

When it to choosing a scooter, certain must be made. First and is to consider what you actually on doing with the scooter. Is it a commuter for short inner-city

Or would you like the option of off the back streets and covering a few kilometres, perhaps with an freeway jaunt?

In some you might find yourself at two totally different scooters for roles, and perhaps a maxi-scooter to the longer trips. Not so with the new SH150i.

At first glance, my was immediately drawn to the big wheels. I ridden many small-wheeled and was keen to see how these 16-inch felt on the road. I was also keen to knock off for the day and take the home.

My initial reaction was. The handling and balance were and, before too long, I the little Honda was doing me a I reckon a good commuter is one that you don’t have too hard about, one that you just to enjoy the ride.

The does that and, 20km into my trip it all made sense. Potholes and little ruts in our less perfect roads were noticed, and when it came to on a roundabout or some twisties, the big and extra ground clearance had me the Honda like a racer.

The has a low and flat floorboard configuration, and I was with both the seating and my overall comfort when on the go. is often an issue for taller (I’m 180cm, for example), but it was a I didn’t have on the SH150i.

Not was there plenty of space for my and feet, Honda has added a of subtle indents to the legshields, which you can ‘lock’ your to enhance the feeling of security ergonomic. The legshield also has a storage box, which is a place to stash your and other small items.

Pressing the ignition switch the seat and gives access to the underseat storage area, will take an open-face or bag quite comfortably. For full-face or bigger bags, a … and lockable topbox, complete reflector and aerodynamic styling, is as standard. The topbox also has a roller system, which the box to be removed in seconds to reveal a useful carry rack.

So there you are, sitting at the while behind you a string of and unhappy car drivers are lined up for the green light to shine. hate the fact you’ve snuck past them all on slim and nimble scooter, and know you’ll get places quicker than they will. Ever get the feeling they are all waiting to run you over the chance they get?

It’s not likely to happen you’re on the SH150i. The Honda’s four-… engine delivers of clean performance, which is than enough for rapid getaways. The engine is also so it’s really economical our scooter’s 7.5-litre tank was once and was still going after two weeks of regular

One fact I can’t ignore is the At $5960+orc, the Honda is by no means a scooter, but after living one I reckon that’s a good A close inspection showed the quality of the build and the parts go into the SH150i, the casting of the and plastic components was excellent, and I find any areas on the scooter made me think a shortcut had taken.

The dash comes with a clock and has clear, uncluttered which were easy to at a glance while cruising This was something I found doing a lot in the beginning, as it took me a of days to get used to how zippy the actually is.Even two-up the didn’t miss a beat and my was returned home in shock the spin.

Their edited went something like, that really surprised me, it expect it to feel like I nodded, and in a flash was gone.

has covered all the bases with the Not only does it go really and handle really well, it stops really well. The U-section five-spoke cast-alloy wears a 220mm disc, is grabbed by a dual-piston brake while the rear end has a 130mm brake.

I felt comfortable grabbing two of brake, knowing I’d remain in total control. And at through corners, the brakes also sensitive enough to me to correct my line with slight pressure on either the or rear brake levers.

I found the handlebar controls all right where my hands wanted them, making a breeze, while the headlight has a throw and gives plenty of

Practical matters are important, but as we all a scooter needs to look too. There’s more to life than work and socialising plays a big part. In its Sienna Red or Metallic Black schemes, the SH150i will out in any café line-up.

With contours, subtle lines and all flowing back to a tapered with integrated tail an aura of urban elegance the machine.

It’s light and to park on the centrestand too, and if asks you if they can have a insist that they do. are, once they the comfortable saddle and check out the features, you’ll be discussing colour they should get That’s the deal with the SH150i: good looks, the of big wheels, and scooter economy motorcycle thrills.

As published in TW SCOOTER MAGAZINE 4/02/2009

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