Honda returned to the mid-size scooter market with the 2014 Honda Forza, which is powered by a 300cc SOHC motor with fuel injection, four valves, and liquid cooling. With it Honda V-Matic belt-drive automatic transmission, the Forza gets a claimed 68 mpg, yet is freeway legal and capable.
Getting the right scooter depends on where you plan on riding it. A 50 is good for dense urban areas, a 150 for when you are out in the suburbs with some faster surface streets, and 600s for touring and extended freeway rides.
A 300-class machine, such as the 2014 Honda Forza, gives you access to the freeway, yet the scooter is still agile enough for squeezing though urban traffic.
Certainly, the Honda Forza prefers a freeway speed limit of 55 mph rather than 65 mph. It will go over 80 if you push it (and remain stable), but acceleration is minimal over 70, so keeping up with the flow of traffic can be a challenge.
If the speed limit is 55, though, you still have some flexibility in speed, and twisting the throttle can move you out of trouble when hitting the linked disc brakes—Honda’s Combined Braking System (CBS).
In tight traffic, it has the the ability to dart in and out of downtown traffic.
Working your way up to the front of the line, the Forza has more than enough power to leave cars behind when the light turns green–just be willing to wick the throttle open. The fuel injection is flawless, and acceleration is predictable and seamless.
You can find yourself at 50 mph quickly, so be mindful of speed limits. Honda makes it easy with a digital speedometer front and center, augmented by a large analog read-out. There’s a tachometer too.
Other large analog gauges are the fuel level (moves slow!) and coolant temperature (riding in 100-degree weather, it wont budge above proper operating temperature). There’s also a clock, check engine light (like a car!), and a reminder that it’s time for an oil change. Sitting at the controls, you actually feel like you’re on a mini Honda Gold Wing F6B. It has the same kind of fairing from the rider’s perspective and the short windscreen.
Practically speaking the Honda Forza gets the job done for cargo. The storage area can accept two full-face helmets, and it’s nice and long–great if you’re carrying rolled up artwork or architectural plans. In the fairing there are a couple of convenient cubby holes (one locked, one not), and there’s a power socket for keeping your phone charged up during the ride. A pleasant machine that is fun to ride!! The 2014 Honda Forza is a mid-size scooter with the capability of freeway use to go along with its friendliness in crowded urban and suburban locales. This one is clean, it has been fully serviced, and it is ready to ride!!!
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