Honda has returned to the mid-size scooter market with the 2014 Honda Forza, which is powered by a 279cc 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. 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. The transmission has just the right amount of engine compression braking, and the brakes are fully intuitive. I started off using the front primarily, before learning to trust the CBS (and the optional ABS) and relying on the left brake lever. 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 wide open. The fuel injection is flawless, and acceleration is predictable and seamless. It does reveal a 9k redline, however. Other large analog gauges are the fuel level (moves slow!) and coolant temperature (riding in 100-degree weather, it didn’t 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. Another family resemblance is to the Honda CTX700, from the seated position. This scooter is in great shape, fully serviced, inspected and detailed at the time you take delivery. See this and other great deals at www.cyclehunters.com
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