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INTRODUCING THE FORZA 300
IDEAL ALL-ROUND SCOOTER
Honda’s NSS300 Forza is the ideal all-round scooter boasting excellent build quality, fresh design and usable practicality perfect for both commuter travel and weekend highway trips.
The Forza name has long been a powerful force in Honda’s two-wheeled line-up. Its history as a premium mid-size scooter goes back to the year 2000: the first model set the template, delivering a lively ride, plenty of storage room and an innovative combined braking system. It was well received and owners found its multi-role capability useful in every aspect of daily life
We welcome the 2018 Forza 300, which has a new look and much tighter, sharper dimensions than the previous design. Its wheelbase and length are reduced and it’s narrower, but has a higher seat for improved visibility. Even with a new larger diameter rear wheel, it is 8kg lighter thanks to a revised chassis and redesigned frame, which boosts acceleration, top speed and fuel efficiency.
Smoothly adjustable, the new electric screen provides maximum wind protection at speed¬ or ultimate freedom around town. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) has been added and can be switched on and off from the left handlebar. Revised instruments serve up extra information digitally, in support of the analogue dials and all lighting is LED.
The liquid-cooled fuel-injected SOHC four-valve engine has power characteristics tuned (via a gas flowed head, long reach spark plugs and altered valve timing) to deliver an entertaining ride at low, mid and high rpm – plus excellent fuel economy.
A significant new feature for the 2018 Forza 300 is Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) – the first time the system has been fitted to a Honda scooter. HSTC detects any difference between the front and rear wheel speeds, calculates the slip ratio and then controls engine torque via the fuel injection to regain rear wheel traction. HSTC can be switched ON-OFF via a switch on the left handlebar. A ‘T’ indicator in the digital display flickers when the system is working to manage grip.
The Forza 300s engine is well-proven and engineered to last – a roller type rocker arm, plain journal crank bearings and sealed crankcases deliver long-term reliability; oil capacity is 1.7-litres and a 5mm offset cylinder reduces internal friction. An automatic centrifugal clutch works a V-Matic transmission (with ratios set for fast low speed reaction and smart acceleration) and belt final drive. Bore and stroke are 72mm x 68.6mm, with a compression ratio of 10.5:1. The new models 8kg weight loss helps performance and fuel economy. The fuel tank holds 11.5-litres.
The 2018 Forza 300 has a brand-new chassis, its foundation is a tubular steel frame that also shortens the wheelbase 35mm to 1510mm. Rake is slightly steeper at 26.3° (from 27°) with trail of 89mm, and the radiator and battery are located between the fuel tank and under-seat storage area, focusing mass to the centre.
Compared to the previous model, it is 25mm shorter in overall length, at 2140mm. Seat height has been raised 62mm to 780mm and the riding position is naturally upright, promoting excellent all-round visibility. Handlebar width is now 755mm (2mm narrower than the previous design) with front width of 580mm and mirror width of 860mm – compact dimensions to make slipping through traffic-heavy streets easy.
Sturdy 33mm telescopic forks are matched by twin rear shock absorbers – adjustable through 7-stage spring preload – working through a 1-piece aluminium swingarm. The cast aluminium 15-inch front wheel is fitted with a 120/70-15 tyre while the 14-inch rear (1-inch larger in diameter than the previous design) wears a 140/70-14 tyre, offering maximum traction and ride comfort. A 256mm single disc performs stopping duties up front, mated to a 240mm rear, with the benefit of 2-channel ABS for braking control on slippery surfaces.
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ENGINE TYPE279cc Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 4-valve OHC single
BORE AND STROKE72 × 68.6mm
CARBURATIONPGM-FI electronic fuel injection
DIMENSIONS2,140 × 754 × 1,470mm
FUEL TANK CAPACITY11.5 litres
COLOUR OPTIONSHorizon White and Sword Silver Metallic
FRONTTelescopic front fork
FRONT256mm hydraulic disc, ABS
REAR240mm hydraulic disc, ABS
IMAGESPlease note images show overseas models. Specs subject to change without notice
WARRANTY PERIOD24 months