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PostSubject: Honda Forza 300   Honda Forza 300 I_icon_minitimeTue Jun 30, 2020 8:05 am

I know these have been around for a while but haven't seen an actual review on here. Comparing them to SWing etc. I am negotiating to trade my V Star 1100 for a 2015 Forza with low miles. The V Star is just too much of a handful for this old bugger. Not looking for a huge review just perhaps some thoughts, I am 6 foot (or was) will the Forza be a good fit?

Thanks for any thoughts on this subject!
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PostSubject: Re: Honda Forza 300   Honda Forza 300 I_icon_minitimeTue Jun 30, 2020 8:52 am

Can't give you an apple to apple comparison ... more like orange to tangerine. We had the predecessor Honda Reflex 250.  Great urban scoot and did fairly well in 90% of other riding.  It handled interstate and secondary country highways with no problems.  

Where it lacked was in steeper hills ... it simply ran out of breath and couldn't keep up.  Top end was about 140 kph/85'ish mph but it could do that all day long (a bit buzzy at top speeds but tolerable).  In other words, once you're cruising near top end ... there wasn't much left to draw on if you needed/wanted to.  Fuel mileage was good ... consistently near 65'ish mpg if I recall correctly. About a 300 km (200 mi) tank range.

Like the SWing, it had a very classic, timeless design look to it.  Being a Honda it was well designed and well put together, maintenance was about the same level of difficulty as the SWings.  Had adjustable rear shocks from what I remember.  Decent underseat storage capacity and a basic but nice dash layout.  Can't remember if it had any dash cubbies or not.  We had fitted a smaller GIVI 30l'ish top case to it and for everyday riding, it worked well.

I'm 6'1" and I fit although there wasn't a lot of extra leg room.  Seems I recall the seating position was a little more upright than the SWing.  I did install ROX risers .. 1 inch up and 1.5 inches back and these worked well.
I also installed the Vince Jaks? seat bump doogy to create a backrest. Never rode 2 up with it so can't say much there.  We also added an aftermarket GIVI windscreen ... needed to like on most scooters.  

We really liked this scoot but eventually sold and replaced it with a Burgy 400 (no problems with hills, etc.)  I've read the 300cc engines in the newer Forza give them just that extra umph that people like us were wanting.  I bet if we originally had the 300cc Forza ... we'd still have it today.  That's how much we liked the Honda Reflex 250.


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PostSubject: Re: Honda Forza 300   Honda Forza 300 I_icon_minitimeTue Jun 30, 2020 9:07 am

Have a search through Meldrews' (hi bud Smile ) more recent posts, he has one so will be able to do a decent comparison for you.
A mate of mine in Wales also has one that I have led & followed on several occasions, it is a very capable machine with plenty of 'grunt' to get it up hills
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PostSubject: Re: Honda Forza 300   Honda Forza 300 I_icon_minitimeTue Jun 30, 2020 10:54 am

I have a friend who rides a 2014 Forza. He’s a short inseam yet felt uncomfortable on longer rides. We removed the butt stop and made up a couple of brackets to raise & relocate it to become a back rest.
Something similar to what many of us have done on our Silverwing’s —but without the protruding bracket pieces. The brackets we fabricated were ~2” wide, 1/8” (3mm) flat stock.

He’s thrilled with the seat mod and actually did the 2018 Scooter Cannon Ball Run on his Forza having first ridden it from Philly to Moro Bay, CA then from there on the SCBR to Virginia Beach, VA.


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PostSubject: Re: Honda Forza 300   Honda Forza 300 I_icon_minitimeTue Jun 30, 2020 3:23 pm

Come on Meldrew, jump on this one!

I would also love to hear your comparison.
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PostSubject: Re: Honda Forza 300   Honda Forza 300 I_icon_minitimeTue Jun 30, 2020 4:16 pm

Yes I have a Forza but it's not the version that young Glenn in Arizona is interested in. I never had much interest in the pre 2018 model apart from noticing it had more a feet forward and sit-in design than new compact sportier Forza that replaced it.

My 2018 Forza has a higher seat, a larger diameter rear wheel and is 26 lbs lighter, plus all the latest spec bits like an electric height adjustable screen, and full LED lighting. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), multi-mode instruments that are a mixture of digital and analog, etc, etc, etc. 

Comparing both Forza’s with the Silver Wing, the older version definitely has more in common with it than mine.

A quick Search on YouTube for 2014 or 2015 Honda Forza 300, or Honda NSS Forza 300 will shows loads of reviews of the beast.
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PostSubject: Re: Honda Forza 300   Honda Forza 300 I_icon_minitimeTue Jun 30, 2020 4:38 pm

Meldrew wrote:
... snipped ... Yes I have a Forza but it's not the version that young Glenn in Arizona is interested in.

A quick Search on YouTube for 2014 or 2015 Honda Forza 300, or Honda NSS Forza 300 will shows loads of reviews of the beast.

We've not seen the NSS300 you ride here in North America. Just watched a review on it ... looks like a very nice scooter.
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PostSubject: Re: Honda Forza 300   Honda Forza 300 I_icon_minitimeWed Jul 01, 2020 7:58 am

Thanks for the info! Will keep checking it out. Made them and offer last night and tentatively the dealer took it but will know for sure today.

And Meldrew, thanks for the "young" comment!!! I will post pix if this happens.
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PostSubject: Re: Honda Forza 300   Honda Forza 300 I_icon_minitimeThu Jul 02, 2020 10:33 pm

Well I did it! Put a deposit on the scooter today, hopefully I will pick it up next week! It is in Las Vegas, NV; guess I better stay out of the casinos until I pick it up! LOLHonda Forza 300 Signal12
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