Honda Forza 300 (2018)

Honda Forza 300

OMG! I’m checking out scooter motorcycles! From the fastest motorcycle in the world to some of the slowest in the world oh how I’ve fallen…or have I? This spec and showroom review is purely because I’m looking at these types of motorcycles to see if their worth buying.

This week I’m looking at the Honda Forza 300 for 2018, but there’s an all new model due out later this year. So while I checked out the current model I wouldn’t buy it rather wait for the new one just around the corner.

The Honda Forza 300 design was released world in about 2013 but the styling was clearly 2000’s more than 2013 so it looks old. The design was also resembled the 2000’s Suzuki Skywave which which was more popular and then became the Burgman.

Technically the Forza is a classified as a maxi-scooter since it’s over 250cc and much larger and the most powerful in the Honda scooter range apart form the Silver Wing 600 which is not available in all countries. Despite being 300cc it is still LAMS compatible so worth a look for any rider looking for a commuter or learner motorcycle.

Is the current Honda Forza 300 worth it? The answer is probably not.  The Honda Forza 300 is currently priced at $7500 AUD which is expensive for  the spec and that there are regular motorcycles with more power priced lower.  The only problem with this Forza 300 is that there is a new 2018 model yet to be released. The new model is a underskin and design refresh and it’s quite a change from this model that I would definitely wait for the new one.

Honda Forza 300 (NSS300) Key Specifications
Engine: 1 cylinder 4V SHOC  (EFI)
Capacity: 279cc
Power/Torque: 19.5 Kw @ 7000 RPM xx 27.2 Nm @ 5750RPM
Gearbox: CVT
Kerb Weight: 184 Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed 139 Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 11 litre fuel tank
Approx 3 Lts per 100km
Seat height: 716 mm
Dimensions: L2166 x W755 x H1190
Recommended Retail Price: $7499 (2018)

 

Yamaha Tricity 155

Yamaha Tricity 155

I’m on a scooter review theme after my affordable and special motorcycles post where I rediscovered the Vespa.  The Yamaha Tricity 155 is the subject this post as it’s the only 3 wheeled scooter you can still buy in Australia. It’s not the first 3 wheel scooter though, that was the unfortunately named Piaggo MP3 and it probably didn’t sell here as it was too expensive and it wasn’t called a Vespa.

Three wheeled scooters are pretty rare despite being popular elsewhere with a  claimed over 200,000 MP3 alone. Personally I can’t see the value in 3 wheels but perhaps with the benefits of negating balancing issues and not having to dirty your feet on the ground when stopped. Nevertheless two wheels in the front and one in the back will always have physics and other technical problems to overcome and in this case they have.

In terms of looks the Trinity 155 looks good, at least in pictures. Unfortunately on the street it’s not quite so attractive looking like a tall bicycle. The blacked out colour scheme was good in the early 2010’s but in 2018 it’s looking a little dated. The front end of the Tricity looks great but the rear end looks like it’s been borrowed from a regular scooter, specifically the Yamaha ‘Delight’ model.

In terms of specifications the Yamaha Tricity 155 is pretty basic I’m really pushing it to highlight any interesting tech features. Nonetheless it is the development of the twin wheel on the front is where the development money went. The larger 155cc engine probably due to the need to reduce emission requirements. The Trinity is also LAMS approved so anyone can ride one.

The Yamaha Trinity 155 is priced around $5000 AUD i n 2018 which is high for a 155cc engine but it does have 3 wheels and for those who have balance issues it is the perfect solution. I don’t think the Tricity is in my future list of purchases but it could be the bike just for you!

Yamaha Tricity 155 Key Specifications
Engine: 1 cylinder 4V SHOC  (EFI)
Capacity: 155cc
Power/Torque: 9 Kw @ 7250 RPM xx 12 Nm @ 7250 RPM
Gearbox: CVT
Kerb Weight: 165 Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed 139 Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 7 litre fuel tank
Approx 3 Lts per 100km
Seat height: 780 mm
Dimensions: L1980 x W750 x H1210
Recommended Retail Price: $5000 (2018)