The 300cc mid-size scooter segment may be a bit slim locally, but in Europe, it is thriving. Honda hopes to get a piece of the lucrative market with their newly unveiled 2020 Forza 300.
Building upon its new larger size since 2018, the 2020 model makes use of a revised chassis, redesigned frame and larger diameter rear wheel. The radiator and battery are located between the fuel tank and underseat storage area, focusing mass to the center. These in turn have increased its acceleration, top speed, and fuel efficiency.
Its new look was designed for both style and aerodynamic efficiency. New silver accents have been added around the nose, front, and side cowls. It now includes an electronically adjustable wind screen that can be raised or lowered while riding. It’s controlled by a switch on the left handlebar, which adjusts smoothly through 140mm. Finally, all its lights are now LED.
Two full-face helmets can be stored under the seat, and it’s also possible to partition the storage area to house a helmet and/or rain gear and A4 sized bags. The front left inner fairing pocket is lockable, and its internal space can be arranged for the rider’s convenience, to hold a phone and water bottle, for instance. It also houses a 12V charging socket.
The Forza 300 uses a Smart Key. It’s turned on with a knob that includes compartment locking, as well as for the optional 45L removable top box. Once on, It features an analog speedometer and rev-counter dials with a digital display with 3 modes. These include odometer, range remaining and current mpg; trip meter, average mpg and timer; or ambient temperature thermometer and battery sensor.
Powering the Forza 300 is a 279cc, liquid-cooled fuel-injected SOHC four-valve engine, also used by the SH300i. It produces peak power of 18.5kW @ 7,000rpm, with 27.2Nm torque @ 5,750rpm. Power goes through an automatic centrifugal clutch to a V-Matic transmission (with ratios set for fast low speed reaction and smart acceleration) and belt final drive.
Honda claims it can reach a top speed of 129km/h and fuel economy is 31km/l (WMTC mode). Its fuel tank holds 11.5-liters, giving a potential 350km+ range. It is fitted with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) as standard, a system that detects any difference between the front and rear wheel speeds, calculates the slip ratio and then controls engine torque via the fuel injection to regain rear wheel traction. It can be turned off manually if desired.
It rides on 33mm telescopic forks with twin rear shock absorbers on a 1-piece aluminium swingarm. The rear shocks are adjustable through a 7-stage spring preload. It rolls on cast aluminium 15-inch front wheel with 120/70-15 tires while the 14-inch rear wears a 140/70-14 tire. These grant it a seat height at 780mm and wet weight of 182kg.
As for brakes, a 256mm single disc performs stopping duties up front, mated to a 240mm rear, with the benefit of 2-channel ABS for braking control on slippery surfaces.
Colors and options
Honda offers the Forza 300 in Europe in five different colour schemes: Crescent Blue Metallic, Pearl Nightstar Black, Matt Cynos Grey Metallic, and Matt Pearl Cool White.
The fifth color, Air Force Grey, is reserved for a special ‘Limited Edition’ in a striking new grey and gloss black color scheme. It also features red stitching around the leather seat and matching wheel rim tape, a color-matched Smart Key top box and a new distinctive Forza 300 logo.