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Scooter Review: SH300i

Published: 02:39PM Feb 2012

By: Web Editor

I had grown attached to our long term SH300i, which was a surprise to me it’s not ordinarily the kind of I’d go for and I wasn’t initially meant to be getting my hands on it

I’m not a regular commuter; my ‘journey’ to work involves traipsing down a flight of to the office at home so there’s no or time management problems to about. Most of the riding I do is for which often means a of a few hundred miles or more to a resort with a group of (rather than riding aimlessly for fun), or for work, can be anything from a round to the office for a road test, to an dash for a launch, or a visit to a or importer anywhere in the country.

Luckily, the Honda is more capable of doing pretty anything I ask of it. At first glance the didn’t excite me; after all I pride in my scooters and prefer that will get noticed. the Honda is attractive in its own way it’s not the of scooter I’d buy on looks

So what made me become to it and why was I sad when we made our final together?

In a nutshell it’s the Honda is just so much fun to It’s a wolf in sheep’s it rides like a full-on scooter, accelerates very from a standing start, has of power for overtaking and it’ll on a sixpence thanks to those equipped brakes. I had the SH300i for two months in total, by default

Mau had been riding it, but I ‘borrowed’ it and it so much that I didn’t to give it back.

The very thing that me being interested in the Honda was also the thing that me enjoy riding it so much. Its is so unassuming and subtle that road users easily it for a small capacity scooter and really give it the respect it so when you overtake everything in it gives you a smug feeling of

It’s especially good at through twisty back and will upset a few unsuspecting a feeling that I like to whenever possible on a scooter due to some deep-rooted psychological of under powered inadequacy. If you beat them on acceleration or outride them instead, my philosophy. To be honest, I doubt if any of imaginary opponents are even if a scooter overtakes them, but it me feel better about and my weedy looking machine.

I last month that space wasn’t too generous on the even with the standard topbox it’s not as spacious as it be, but for normal day-to-day use you should be My issues came while to carry enough gear for a away, but a rucksack fastened to the seat was all it took to accommodate my rags and if I was taking a passenger, a set of panniers would have the trick.

The other grumble I had was the lack of a it’s a shame Honda fit one as standard because you do notice a especially in winter, when riding a scooter without Honda does offer one in the range, so it’s well buying if you’re likely to be any decent distances.

Honda SH 300

Sadly wanted the scooter back before Christmas. I’d quite attached to it and, though the SH didn’t excite me I saw it parked up in the garage, I still every ride. My final was from home in Nottinghamshire, to the office in Lincolnshire. It was a cold and day, but the route is made up of lovely twisty roads and the performed as well as ever.

It’s fair to say that we good progress and despatched car we came across with ease.

The 279cc fuel engine has plenty of grunt and see a top speed of around 85mph, isn’t bad at all and it certainly makes like this all the more The other thing about the is that it handles very more like a sports than a lot of scooters that to be in that category, not bad for a mild commuter.

As you’d expect, the brakes are second-to-none as well, the is so well sorted that you know it’s there, of course you find yourself to brake hard on a wet or slippery In which case the Honda stop without locking the usually with much finesse and control than an rider could even without the system.

Two wheel fanatics are usually partial to a specific marque and often stick religiously to chosen brand throughout riding years, at any cost. On the scooter side there are two camps, Vespa and Lambretta. I’ve always owned and Vespas (and probably will).

Honda is another with a loyal following; its are known for superb, almost build quality and robust attributes that endear to their followers. Quality at a premium though and the Honda isn’t cheap; it costs which, even with braking is a lot of money when to the competition. That competition got a lot tougher when Piaggio the Beverly 350 Sport Touring

The fantastic high spec Beverly has a 330cc, 33bhp and ASR traction control, as well as Its price is attractive too at £4599. commuter style scooters considering are the very capable Sym 300 at £3599 and the Aprilia Sport Cube, which is just

Those prices make the seem like quite an proposition, or maybe reassuringly but it is going to have to up its game if it to keep the SH at the top of the mid capacity class.

See the full review and more in Go magazine, March/April 2012!


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