Center – Honda Forza 350 test – Car Engine

Many cars could envy this dashboard, the readability is great. Photo: Balázs Stefler

Launched last year as a 350 comet, it exploded into major European markets, and in Italy, for example, it immediately jumped to tenth place on the scooter sales list, surpassing the 125 and 750 siblings. Would it be surprising? Not at all! As the Forzák are full-bodied, heavily shaped, comfort-oriented maxi-scooters, the 125-powered design isn’t exactly dynamic, and the 750 with the serial two-cylinder unit and DCT transmission is the other extreme in the category. So it is quite clear that the carefully redrawn 350 is of great interest everywhere.

Thanks to the adjustable plexiglass sheet, the wind protection is first-class and the large cover is effective against the weather.

Although the stroke volume increased from 279 to 330 cm3 does not seem significant, the peak power is now 29 horsepower, a 16% surplus. In addition to the fact that the new block is naturally more powerful than its predecessor in the full speed range, its weight has not changed, and it is also worth mentioning that the roller valve shaft, the plain bearing crankshaft and the CRF450R enduro nozzle cooling . Although the block runs unevenly after a cold start, the Honda starts fairly and highways don’t necessarily have to be avoided due to the top speed of 137 km / h. Not least because only positive things can be said about the position taken by the driver, the design of the seat and the windscreen. The electrically movable plexiglass plate can be adjusted in a range 4 inches larger than before, and a large opening has been created at the front of the engine, significantly reducing the unpleasant effects of air vortices. While two smaller full face helmets fit seamlessly during the session, the classic cigarette lighter charger has disappeared from the glove compartment to make room for a USB socket – great for charging your phone on the go. Every detail of the Forza 350 feels like you want to make life easier for the owner, for example, the Smart Key not only connects to the ignition switch and the opening mechanism of the storage compartment under the seat, but also opens and closes the 45-liter rear box. But we can mention the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system, which allows us to control our phone while riding a motorcycle, ie we can receive calls and listen to music without having to let go of the steering wheel for a moment.

The seat is well-formed and there is enough space for the legs

In terms of practicality and usability, the Forza stands out, which is a real maxi-scooter in terms of driving experience as well. With 15- and 14-inch wheels, it doesn’t absorb road errors really well and is noticeably heavy when riding in a more dynamic style. The price of HUF 2,349,000 is of course not small, but it is not excessive due to the value in use and the quality impression.

Like most scooters, the Forza 300 is heavy. Because of the small wheels, the model loves good quality roads. Two smaller helmets fit during the session

I LIKED IT
• comfort
• wind protection
• thrift
I DID NOT LIKE
• wide mirrors
• hard running gear

SUMMARY
A well-thought-out and well-used machine, the 350 Forza is primarily for those looking for an above-average windscreen and comfortable scooter. The price is proportional, but the smaller SH350, for example, is offered by Honda at a price almost 400 thousand HUF cheaper.

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Honda Forza 350
Stroke volume: 330 cm3
Cylinders / valves: 1/4
Max. Power: 21 kW (28 hp) 7000 / min
Max. Torque: 32 Nm 5250 / min
Gearbox: continuously variable
Wheelbase: 1510 mm
Seat height: 780 mm
Fuel tank: 11.7 l
Rubber front / rear: 120/70 R15 / 140/70 R14
Ready to weigh: 184 kg
Test consumption: 3.3 l / 100 km
Base price: HUF 2,349,000


Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.

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