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)

 

Honda CRF250 Rally

Honda CRF250 Rally

The Honda CRF 250 Rally is another newly released motorcycle and it’s the smallest adventure motorcycle you can buy at the moment. As we know the CRF model designation means that it is a motocross motorcycle and not for road use. However the new CRF 250 Rally is road ready and LAMS or learner motorcycle approved.

In term of looks the CRF250 Rally definitely a good looking motorcycle especially in the HRC or Honda Racing Team inspired clouds and body work. The design is inherently familiar as a rally motorcycle but evolutionary since it does look completely up to date in 2018. It will look at home on the road or off road on a rally etc… as it’s name suggests.  This is not a unique situation in 2018 as we had race replica motorcycles and now we have rally replicas just like in the 80’s with WRC with the homologation specials like the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi EVO series.

In terms a specifications has the same but modded CBR250 engine and has features like a aluminium swing arm, ABS the you can turn off, LED lighting, upgraded USD forks and cool looking spoked wheels as standard and likewise missing on the road going version. For the price around $7300 it’s not overpriced for the spec which is what we expect.

Is the CRF250 Rally worth a considering? Definitely yes, it’s one of the few commuter, on and off road motorcycles at 250cc that anyone can ride and buy. The main reason why the Honda CRF250 Rally is the best model in the 250cc adventure class than the rest is that it looks great! a real rally replica  math’s not a sport bike for a change.

Honda CRF250 Rally Key Specifications
Engine: 1 cylinder 4V DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 249cc
Power/Torque: 18.2 Kw @ 8500 RPM 22.6 Nm @ 6750 RPM
Gearbox: 6 Speed
Kerb Weight: 157 Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed 100 Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 10 litre fuel tank
Approx 3.5 Lts per 100km
Seat height: 895 mm
Dimensions: L2210 x W900 x H1425
Recommended Retail Price: $7300 (2018)