Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India today delivered the first lot (4 units) of its flagship premium midsize scooter, the Forza 300 from Honda BigWings.
According to Minoru Kato, president, CEO and MD, HMSI, “With the introduction of the Forza 300 we are proud to take the wave of scooterisation to the next level. It will not only establish Honda as the pioneer in the midsize scooter segment but will also help us cater to a new dimension of customers, who seek luxury and the joy of riding.”
Yadvinder Singh Guleria, senior VP (Sales and Marketing), HMSI said: “Encouraged by the excitement received from customers for the Forza 300 displayed at Honda BigWing, Gurugram (which were pre-booked), Honda decided to introduce it in India. We have delivered the first lot of four units to our customers. Moving forward, we will announce the Euro 5 compliant version in FY2021.
Powering the Honda Forza 300 is a 279cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected SOHC four-valve engine which delivers 24.8hp at 7000rpm and is claimed “to deliver an exciting ride at low, mid and high rpm along with excellent fuel economy.“
The Forza 300 is the first Honda scooter to be equipped with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). HSTC helps in regaining rear wheel traction by detecting difference between front and rear wheel speeds, calculating the slip ratio and further controlling engine torque via the fuel injection. HSTC is switchable and a ‘T’ indicator in the digital display flickers when the system is working to manage grip.
According to Honda, the foundation of the chassis is a tubular steel frame with a short wheelbase of 1510mm. The radiator and battery are located between the fuel tank and under seat storage area, focusing on mass centralisation. The compact dimensions of the Forza 300 make it easy to manoeuvre it through heavy street traffic. Sturdy 33mm telescopic forks are matched by 7-step adjustable twin rear shock absorbers which work through a single piece aluminium swing arm. The cast aluminium 15-inch front wheel and 14-inch rear tyre offers maximum traction and ride comfort. Anchoring the maxi-scooter is a single 256mm disc brake up front and 240mm rear disc brake with dual-channel ABS for braking control on slippery surfaces.
The Forza 300’s design lines flow back from a new electric screen, which adjusts smoothly through 140mm. It is designed to provide wind protection and reduce wind noise. Stability and comfort at higher speeds and long distances, it can be instantly adjusted in its lower position for a greater sense of freedom.
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. It also houses a 12V charging socket.
The Forza 300 comes with a smart key. With the key fob pocketed, the rider can easily control the main ignition switch knob, operate the fuel lid and access under seat storage.
The instrument cluster presents analogue speedometer and rev-counter dials along with a digital display that provides information like odometer (3 modes), range, current mileage, trip meter, average mileage and clock, ambient temperature thermometer and battery sensor.