New Honda Forza 300

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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 throughout Europe, where owners found its multi-role capability useful in every aspect of daily life.

2018 marks the unveiling of a radically revised Forza 300. It’s following in the hugely successful wheel tracks of its little brother, the Forza 125 (of which 30,000 have been sold in Europe in the 3 years since its launch) and, while retaining the best attributes of its ‘GT’ nature it’s now lighter, smaller, smarter and sportier.

The new Forza 300 shares its 279cc, liquid-cooled fuel-injected SOHC four-valve engine with the legendary SH300i, and 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.

Bore and stroke are 72mm x 68.5mm, with a compression ratio of 10.5:1. It produces peak power of 18.5kW @ 7,000rpm, with 27.2Nm torque @ 5,750rpm. The new models 12kg weight loss helps performance: 0-200m is covered in 11.1s, with V-max of 129km/h, 0.3s and 2km/h faster than the previous model. Fuel economy is also improved, up to 31km/l from 30.8km/l (WMTC mode). The fuel tank holds 11.5-litres, giving a potential 370+ range.

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 300’s 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.

The Forza 300’s design lines flow back from a new electric screen, controlled by a switch on the left handlebar, which adjusts smoothly through 140mm. It is designed to provide wind protection (with airflow directed around and over the rider’s head) and reduce wind noise. Stability and comfort at higher speeds – and for long distances – can be instantly exchanged for a greater sense of freedom with the screen in its lower position by simply pushing a switch on the left of the screen to move it to any point in the 140mm range.

Two full-face helmets can be stored under the seat, and it’s also possible to partition the storage area to house a helmet and/or rain gear and A4 sized bags. The front left inner fairing pocket is lockable, and its internal space can be arranged for the rider’s convenience, to hold a phone and water bottle, for instance. It also houses a 12V charging socket. All lighting is LED.

The Forza 300’s Smart Key – as well as controlling the main ignition switch knob and compartment locking – also now manages the optional 45L removable top box, a first on a Honda scooter. With the Smart Key in the rider’s pocket, the box automatically locks when the rider walks away. It can also be locked from the key. The top box switch is on its bottom surface, and to maintain the internal volume of the box the actuator mechanism is located in the rear body of the machine.

Revised instruments present analogue speedometer and rev-counter dials flanking a digital display that can switch between 3 modes (controlled by a switch on the left handlebar): odometer, range remaining and current mpg; trip meter, average mpg and timer; or ambient temperature thermometer and battery sensor.

Sculpted for both style and aerodynamic efficiency, the Forza 300’s look mirrors that of the popular Forza 125, with modern lines that create a real sense of sportiness and freedom. In a radical departure from the outgoing model, the completely new styling moves from a more curved, rounded feel to a sharper, more dynamic look, completely in keeping with the agility and performance offered by the more compact dimensions. Silver accents around the nose, front and side cowls lend a further touch of elegance in keeping with the overall premium feel.

The 2018 Forza 300 has a brand-new chassis, which carves 12kg from the machine for a wet weight of 182kg. Its foundation is a tubular steel frame that also shortens the wheelbase 35mm to 1510mm. Rake is slightly steeper at 26.5° (from 27°) with trail of 89mm, and the radiator and battery are located between the fuel tank and underseat 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.

A range of Genuine Honda Accessories are available for the Forza 300. They include:

  • 45-litre Smart top box
  • Rear carrier rack (direct fitment)
  • Inner bags
  • Heated grips
  • Alarm

Colour Options


Cresent Blue Metallic

Cresent Blue Metallic


Matt Cynos Grey Metallic

Matt Cynos Grey Metallic


Pearl Nightstar Black

Pearl Nightstar Black


Matt Pearl Cool White

Matt Pearl Cool White



Representative example

NSS300 FORZA 19YM - Terms & Conditions
TypePCP
36 Payments of£79.00
APR6.9%
OTR£5,099.00
Deposit£800.95
HUK Contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£4,298.05
Final Payment£2,112.25
Final Payment inc Option Fee£2,122.25
Total Amount Payable£5,767.20
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Annual Contracted Mileage4,000
Excess Mileage Charge2p
Interest Rate pa6.60%

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NSS300 FORZA ABS - Terms & Conditions
TypePCP
36 Payments of£69.00
APR6.9%
OTR£4,699.00
Deposit£835.19
HUK Contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£3,863.81
Final Payment£1,979.31
Final Payment inc Option Fee£1,989.31
Total Amount Payable£5,308.50
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Annual Contracted Mileage4,000
Excess Mileage Charge3p
Interest Rate pa6.60%
NSS300 FORZA 19YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeVPL
36 Payments of£129.00
APR6.9%
OTR£5,099.00
Deposit£902.08
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£4,196.92
Total Amount Payable£5,546.08
Interest Rate pa6.69%
NSS300 FORZA ABS - Terms & Conditions
TypeVPL
36 Payments of£119.00
APR6.9%
OTR£4,699.00
Deposit£827.48
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£3,871.52
Total Amount Payable£5,111.48
Interest Rate pa6.69%
NSS300 FORZA 19YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeHP
36 Payments of£129.00
APR6.9%
OTR£5,099.00
Deposit£896.28
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£4,202.72
Total Amount Payable£5,550.28
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Interest Rate pa6.60%
NSS300 FORZA ABS - Terms & Conditions
TypeHP
36 Payments of£119.00
APR6.9%
OTR£4,699.00
Deposit£816.97
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£3,882.03
Total Amount Payable£5,110.97
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Interest Rate pa6.51%


Specifications

Bore × Stroke (mm)72mm x 68.5
CarburationPGM-FI
Compression Ratio10.5:1
Engine Displacement (cc)279cc
Engine Type (cm³)4 stroke, 4 valve liquid-cooled
Max. Power Output18.5 kW @ 7,000 rpm
Max. Torque27.2 Nm @ 5,750 rpm
Oil Capacity (Litres)1.7 L
ClutchAutomatic centrifugal clutch; dry type
Final DriveV-Belt
Transmission TypeCVT
Battery Capacity (VAh)12V-8.6 AH
Caster Angle26.5°
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm)2140 x 755 x 1470
Frame typeSteel underbone
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)11.5 litres
Fuel Consumption31km/l
Ground Clearance (mm)135mm
Kerb Weight (kg)182kg
Seat Height (mm)780mm
Trail (mm)89mm
Wheelbase (mm)1510mm
ABS System2 Channel
Brakes Front256mm disc
Brakes Rear240mm disc
Suspension FrontTelescopic
Suspension RearTwin Shock
Tyre Size Front120/70R15
Tyre Size Rear140/70R14
Wheels Front15 inch
Wheels Rear14 inch

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