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)

 

Vespa GTS 300 SUPER – Iconic with surprising performance

Vespa GTS 300

The Vespa GTS 300 Super is another affordable motorcycle you can buy in 2018. Note that the did say is it a motorcycle and for a very simple reason. We all call certain styles of motorcycle by a class name, Cruiser motorcycle, Super Sports motorcycle and so forth. Each of the different classes are quite different visually. So as far as I’m concerned in 2018, this belongs to the Scooter motorcycle class. The Vespa GTS 300 Super is priced around $9500 AUD which is expensive for a scooter but reasonable  for the LAMS due to it’s performance.  Regardless of classification is the Vespa GTS 300 a special motorcycle?

In terms of brand recognition Vespa is arguably one of most recognisable. Everyone knows basically what it means, even in the US. Vespa is always described as a Scooter, small engine, iconic design and Italian. Of cause the company name is actually called Piaggio so Piaggio Vespa GTS 300 is the model’s full name. Now how did I end up picking the GTS 300 as the model to feature? read on.

There are many different models in the Vespa model range, from the entry level Sprint to the top range 946. The engines are the main differentiation  between the various models, ranging from 50cc , 125cc 150cc and 300cc. The GTS 300 is basically the top end model in terms of engine capacity but not in price. The GTS 300 is design is iconic and I liken it to the Porchse 911. While the Vespa GTS design is not a replica for the original, it resembles the original having to be updated for the sake of modernity and design rules. Although updated it still has all the Vespa utility. The underseat storage  is still there and the front ‘glove box’ now has USB charging.

In terms of tech specs, it has the traditional suspension setup, powerful single cylinder engine. Relative light weight to the engine the GTS 300 means that it is just as fast as regular 250-300c motorcycles. These tiny wheels means it powers off quicker too albeit hampered by the CVT. If 300cc is too much for you then you can the get the identical look in the 150cc version.

The Vespa GTS 300 is definitely a special motorcycle because not only is it LAMS compatible so anyone one ride one, it looks good, easy way to attract a date, iconic and it’s fast. Combined with a relatively cheap price for the the brand, performance, everyday usability the 300 GTS in particular is a great choice.  However there is one flaw and that is perception, enjoying icon status it is boxed in as a strictly city ride and percieved slowness. Of course the GTS 300 transcends that and hence a special scooter motorcycle.

Vespa GTS 300  Key Specifications
Engine: 1 cylinder 4V SOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 278cc
Power/Torque: 15.8 Kw @ 7,500 RPM 22 Nm @ 5000 RPM
Gearbox: CVT speed 
Kerb Weight: 162 Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx Max Speed 100 Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 9 litre fuel tank
Seat height: 790 mm
Dimensions: L1930 x W755 x H1370
Recommended Retail Price: $9.290 (2018)