HONDA FORZA (NSS300) - OWNER REVIEWS



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2014 HONDA FORZA 300
Milage: 0 - 1000 Miles
Likes: Quiet, comfort, gas milage
Dislikes: Insufficient damping on rear shocks

Review:
”The first thing you notice is how quiet and smooth it is. It's a little lumpy at idle, but once underway, the engine is glass smooth and very quiet.

The brakes are really really good. I think part of this is due to the Combi-Braking Honda copied from BMW motorcycles. Two fingers on the brake lever is all that is required for hard braking.

The acceleration is very good and again very smooth. The tach jumps to 5000 RPM and it jumps up to 100 kph in a very short time. I haven't timed it yet, I'll need to take my iPad on in with an app that measures 0-100 kph with the accelerometer and GPS receiver. The engine braking is better than I expected with a CVT.

The rear shocks are a bit bouncy. They really need a bit more damping, especially with two-up riding. Perhaps I'll look into getting Ohlins for it later on. But only if they have adjustable damping.

Gas consumption is great. I'm getting 30Km/liter which is about 70 mpg. The riding position is good and comfortable. I appreciate the backrest a lot. I have only had it up to 120 kph so far, and it is rock solid. The tach reads 6500 RPM at 120, and there is a lot left to go. I think 140 is attainable easily.”



2014 HONDA FORZA 300
Milage: 0 - 1000 Miles
Likes: Smooth, steady acceleration; Styling; Trunk Size; Quiet operation; Fuel injection;
Dislikes: Legroom; Windscreen

Review:
Purchased 4 days ago...have put on 200 miles, city/highway mixed. Traded in my 2005 Reflex with 6000 miles. Purchase prce of 5,600.00 very palatable considering Kymco Downtown 300i is priced the same and this is a Honda.

Forza looks great...updated styling. Sport bike'ish looking. Turning heads. Great in the back road twisties as well as weaving through city traffic. Nice comfort items such as locking ignition and 12 volt outlet. Excellent acceleration through all speeds. Fuel-injected, smooth power up to 75 MPH. (Have not taken it past that yet.)

Legroom seems a little shorter and the seat is a little lower than the Reflex...having trouble finding a comfortable seating position. I am 5'10". Have ordered Honda's taller windshield (7.5"), hopefully will reduce wind against my chest at speed. No aftermarket touring windshield available yet that I can locate. Mileage on first tank was 74.6 mpg. So far, extremely pleased with the purchase. More observations to come!


2014 HONDA FORZA 300
Milage: 0 - 1000 Miles
Likes: Love the smooth ride, acceleration, good mileage. This replaced my 04 Aprilia Atlantic200 which I owned for 10 years and loved!! Very similar but more powerful
Dislikes: Do not like the low windscreen and cannot wait to find a taller one like my Atlantic had.

Review:
I have owned my Forza for 3 weeks and have put 250 miles on it and so far. I love it. No issues, I love the red backlit gauges at night and it really gets noticed. Never thought I'd own a Honda as I had never like any of their other styles but I immediately fell in love with this machine as soon as I saw it. I bought the first one the local dealer delivered.


2014 HONDA FORZA 300
Milage: 0 - 1000 Miles
Likes: Comfort & fuel milage good, Power for cruising two lane roads in PA and up & down hills, Controls & gauges excellent
Dislikes: High center hard to put feet through must get on like a cruiser.

Review:
I traded in a Zuma 125 for the Forza 300. I got 66mpg on first tank of fuel. It is smooth and easy to ride better than the HD Sportster which nets me 55mpg and the ride is very harsh. I am 62 and I buy stuff and putz around now. The under seat storage is good for the go get the little things like, wheat bread, cheese, hoagie, medium pizza, half gallon milk and a can of ice tea. It can cruise at 55 60 70 without difficulty and the Zuma had trouble at 50. The Harley crushes stuff, saddle bags. It corners well and is very quiet. Stealth in red. I like the handle bars you can put the controls where you like, on most scooters you are stuck where they are and can't change them. I like the floor boards you can put your foot where it is ok and your knee doesn't hurt slide forward or back or up on the slant no set spot like pegs. It is an automatic with hand control for braking. It weights less than the Harley Sportster 420 to 560 and the weight is lower.


2014 HONDA FORZA 300
Milage: 0 - 1000 Miles
Likes: Storage, looks, handling, mpg, riding position
Dislikes: Horn position, dash light brightness at night

Review:
2 Days and 200 miles into my Forza experience, I have ZERO buyers remorse. This is my 4th scooter and all have been a bit disappointing in different ways in actual use until the Forza, it beats all my expectations. It was a bit hard to swallow the price bump from the pcx 150 I had initially wanted but it was well spent, it’s not nearly twice the price but its way more than twice the bike.

The ergonomics are about perfect aside from a big horn button that is easy to mistake for turn signals and I wish there was a dimmer for the dash as I ride some pitch black roads where the glare from the dash is not good. Headlights are a cut above most motorcycles and WAY better than your average small scooter. All the hatches, storage etc are perfectly laid out, nothing impedes anything else. You can have the seat up, storage boxes open and the steering locked with nothing rubbing. Seat comfort, leg position and bar reach are perfect for me. For shorter riders wanting a bigger scoot this bike can not be beaten, I think those over about 5'8" or 5'9" are not going to like the legroom but if you are 5'2" to 5'7" its juuuuust right. The laid back, feet up in front riding position lets me eat up miles with ease, feels like you are sitting inside the bike. Windshield could be taller but that is user preference, and can be swapped. I like the look of it so much I might just put up with a bit more wind.

Handling is excellent as is the braking, the linked rear brake handle has quite a different feel to it from the front is about the only observation I can make on that. It’s transparent in operation and works well. My first ride was very harsh over bumps, checked the tire pressure set by the dealer and it was way off, 32 Front 35 rear...at the right set up of 25 29 the ride smoothed out greatly. Throttle settings on the EFI are spot on, no lurches at take off and the engine is quite smooth at running speed, its just a bit buzzy and lumpy under 15mph.

It’s hard to come up with balanced cons for this bike so I don't sound like a gushing shill but the bottom line is that I LOVE my Forza.


2014 HONDA FORZA 300
Milage: 0 - 1000 Miles
Likes: Comfortable riding position, Mirrors well placed, Instrumentation, Headlights very bright, Good rear visibility with bright taillights, Large capacity fuel tank for a scooter
Dislikes: Low windshield (but already replaced with taller Honda one), Rear fender shaking as cycle is idling

Review:
I have ridden scooters (as well as big cycles) for 39 yrs. and have had a variety of sizes and brands (Helix, Reflex, Burgman 400 and 650, Yamaha Morphous, Honda 50, Yamaha 125, and Honda PCX 150). The Forza ranks in the top 3 that I have owned and ridden many miles. Just scheduled my 600 mile service. The most I have ridden is 100 miles in a day and it was very comfortable as the seat configuration really helps support the lower back. There seems to be plenty of legroom even though I am 6’1”.

My favorite type of scooter riding is on country roads where I don't have to continually shift gears on winding roads. Acceleration is very adequate for hills and passing. The bright red color makes the bike visible from a distance for harvest weary farmers.

Only one fill-up has registered under 70mpg with most being about 71-72 mpg. What a great machine for running errands or just riding for relaxation and fun.


2014 HONDA FORZA 300
Milage: 0 - 1000 Miles
Likes: Good visibility, comfort, acceleration, mpg, tall windscreen availability, looks, HONDA reliability
Dislikes: Lack of color choices, rear suspension options

Review:
”I have ridden bikes for over 50 years, this is my first scooter. It rocks. From the moment I took off, I have loved nearly every aspect of the bike. The only technical complaints are that 1) at almost exactly 25mph, the CVT is a little noisy as the transmission tries to balance the pulley ratio, but that goes away very quickly; and 2) very sharp bumps do translate up to the drivers seat. Regardless, the overall performance is just excellent for a 300cc class machine. I will buy another as soon as this one wears out, or until my wife gets on it, and discovers how fun it is to ride.

I am keeping her away from it right now... :D”


2014 HONDA FORZA 300
Milage: 0 - 1000 Miles
Likes: Acceleration, balance, handling, fuel efficiency
Dislikes: Short wind screen

Review:
”At 56 this is my first bike. Adjusting to the bike has been so easy. The other reviews have detailed the many positive points about this bike. I just wanted to add on that the bike is easy to adjust to, even for a novice.”


2014 HONDA FORZA 300
Milage: 0 - 1000 Miles
Likes: Quiet engine, light, mpg, great brakes, Honda reliability
Dislikes: Not quite enough cc's,stupid factory windscreen

Review:
”I chopped my Piaggio X10 in for the Forza. I had a test ride & it was so much better than the Piaggio. I had to do a deal. I have no regrets. It’s a great scoot, plus Honda after-sales service is excellent. I have done 860 miles so far. I can't wait for better weather so i can go farther afield. I’m averaging 72mpg so far. Most of the mileage is short journeys so i expect it to improve.”


2014 HONDA FORZA NSS300
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Speed, comfort, styling, handling
Dislikes: Seat hump, small windshield (replaced with larger), small wheels

Review:
”Bought 2 months ago. Have over 2000 miles. Have owned 25 bikes (6 scooters). There is a small vibration over 60. Most people don't notice it. It is normal but some freak out about it. The seat hump is too far forward. Seat is otherwise comfortable. I have ridden up to 400 miles in one day. Very nimble handling. Most scooter owners like the small wheels. I prefer larger wheels because I travel long distances often. My preference. Long intervals between service is great. A little bumpy with stock shocks. Stock horn is crap. Easy to work on for adding your own accessories if you are a do it yourselfer. Not as much get up and go as the Burgman 650 or Silverwing 600, but for 300cc, it does a great job.

After 17 fuel ups and approx 1/2 the time on freeways at 60+ I've averaged 65mpg. The speedo is the first bike I've had with accurate speed. Odo was off almost 1 mile after 185 miles. Dash display is pleasant. Easy to do simple maintenance such as oil change or adding your own top case. Plain handle bars makes it easy to add GPS, cup holder, or your smart phone. Power plug in left pocket that is rated at 2 amp. Will have to cut a small notch in bottom of door/seal to run power cord out for handle bar mounted accessories. Larger windshield will reduce your mileage about 2 mpg but is worth it to most. 40-50 mph will get you 68+ mpg, but faster, hills, and freeways will drop it.

Right pocket is large enough for a wallet, but left hold my air compressor, GPS plug, Lemon Pledge, and tire puncture kit. Left pocket has a removable tray that I guess is for your smart phone. Hand rails on rear are closed. Storage under the seat has a hump midway that reduces storage. I can still fit 2 full face helmets, but only if turned like they show in the promo videos. 1/2 the fuses are under the storage box and the other 1/2 are behind the right pocket, all only accessible by removing tupperware with the included screwdriver.”


2014 HONDA NSS300 ABS FORZA
Milage: 0 - 1000 Miles
Likes: Brakes with ABS, Sits solid on road even in cross winds, Great acceleration/smooth/quiet and fast, Comfortable
Dislikes: Stock screen, Seat lifting is wobbly and clumsy/keep bumping my head when putting things in, Storage space not as good as my previous bike (Honda 125cc SWing)

Review:
”Back to having a scooter/bike for some fun 4 years ago after retiring at 64. I bought a Honda SWing 125 cc (European bike) which has to be the best 125cc bike ever designed. I just loved it so I was wary of changing but wanted bigger engine. Considered loads of options but decided not to move from Honda.

Travelled all over UK and Ireland on the SWing and it never blinked and really comfortable. Got my Forza a week ago from the dealer and I just think it is marvellous. Improvements from the SWIng I notice are increased acceleration (obviously) and it just sits on the road with no trouble. The lighter SWing was more affected by cross winds. I am 5ft 10ins and find it good for position and comfortable for me but if slightly taller I could see an issue. Too early for accurate mileage but seems to be delivering near to what is claimed.

Great Seal Silver colour (seems like only red is available in the States but we don't get the red one which from the pics looks good). Our version comes with ABS as standard and that is a big improvement from my SWing braking. Feels so much safer and with the larger tyres that helps as well. From first impressions, and from being wary of changing, I am just delighted I got the Forza.”


2014 HONDA NSS300 ABS FORZA
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Comfort on highway, Quick power, Bullet proof durability.
Dislikes: Rear shocks, Short windscreen

Review:
”I’ve been riding 47 years, never owned a scooter, and I’m glad I chose this Forza. I bought it 6-29-14, and have already put 3626 miles on it. I ride 100 miles a day to work and back and its all on the highway at 60-65 mph, and i know it will do a lot more. (I just don’t see the need). When I started riding it, I could get 68 mpg, but now that it’s broke in, I get a steady 65 mpg in all kinds of wind. I should mention that I’m 6ft.3in and weigh 200 lbs, so after I ride 100 miles I’m ready to get off. I just did my 3rd oil change and I put it on full synthetic 10w30 oil. This thing is rock solid, and bullet proof, and I’m gonna ride it until there’s nothing left of it.Then maybe I will get a larger one. I have owned probably all the major brands, but i have never been able to destroy a HONDA!”


2014 HONDA FORZA ABS w/ TALL WINDSHIELD AND REAR TRUNK
Milage: 0 - 1000 Miles
Likes: Feel, handling, controls, comfort, weight, storages, profiles, ire of my biking friends, being the envy of all.
Dislikes: Smaller wheels, slightly bumpy ride

Review:
I'm an athletic 61 year old with some riding experience. Previously owned a 2007 Aprilia Scarabeo 250 for over 2 years. Loved the Scarabeo but wanted to move to more modern and shopped around. Compared the Forza with the Burgman 200 which disappointed me in all categories in one ride.

Just had my 600 mile checkup and have loved every mile. Easy, predictable handling + excellent visibility for me and of me - especially in traffic. I ordered the ABS model due to my age and the tall windshield due my experience and glad I did both. Instrumentation is simple and intuitive.

Crazy amount of storage. I added the rack without the trunk box for future flexibility and it's solid and works very well. I'm 5'9" and all riding positions are very comfortable. At first it was so quiet someone thought it was electric but now is has a nice, throaty sound. Ample power for climbing Idaho mountain roads and controlled downhills. My Forza ABS has become a valuable and trusted element in my Wellness Toolbox (WRAP). I look forward to many years of therapeutic riding.

Still waiting for
colorite.com to get the red touch-up paint. Did pick up and highly recommend www.GenuineCoolAss.com in XL seat cover. It's the best.

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