Last week, we revealed all the details about Honda’s newest maxi-scooter model, the Forza 750. And while the 750 may have stolen the spotlight from the other models launched that day, the rest of the Forza line is still worthy of some attention.
Another model launched that day was the Forza 125. This smallest member of the Forza family still bears the grand tourer elements of the Forza 750, albeit in a smaller and more affordable package.
The 2021 model features new front and side fairings, mirrors, rear side panels and engine covers. This gives it a sleeker overall look and improved aerodynamics. Seat height is unchanged at 780mm, but leaves plenty of room for two. The pillion rider’s position cups the rider securely. It also gets full LED lighting.
A key aspect of the forza 125’s aerodynamics is the re-shaped but adjustable electric screen. It now has an extra 40mm travel for a total of 180mm to maximize wind protection. It’s controlled by a switch on the left handlebar. For greater comfort at higher speeds a larger front air duct manages negative pressure in front of the rider, reducing the natural effect of the wind pushing the rider back.
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. A USB socket replaces the ACC 12V charging point.
The Forza 125 is built on a tubular steel frame. It rides on 33mm telescopic forks are matched by twin rear shock absorbers – adjustable through a 7-stage spring preload – working through a 1-piece aluminum swingarm. It rolls on 15 inch wheel in front and a 14-inch wheel behind. They’re stopped by discs with ABS both in front and behind. It tips the scales at just 161 kg.
Starting it up is a smart key. As long as its within proximity, the main ignition switch knob can be rotated to unlock a compartment or start up the bike.
Its instrument cluster is made up of an analog speedometer and rev-counter (with redesigned dials) flanking a digital display. It can show the odometer, range remaining and current fuel consumption;) trip meter, average consumption and timer; or ambient temperature thermometer and battery sensor.
Powering it is new liquid-cooled four valve version of Honda’s 125cc eSP (‘enhanced Smart Power’) engine. This SOHC engine receives Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) to maintain rear tire grip. It also gains EURO5 compliance. It produces 14.9 Ps at 8,750 rpm and 12.2 Nm at 6,500 rpm. Helping improve efficiency is an Idling Stop system that automatically stops the engine running after three seconds at idle when the Forza is stationary and the brakes applied. It re-starts it instantly when the throttle grip is twisted. It’s seamless in use thanks to the ACG starter motor.
Honda says it can achieve a near 500-km range thanks to the engine’s fuel efficiency of approximately 42.7km/l and 11.5-litre tank.
Honda Philippines has yet to say if they will introduce the Forza 125 or Forza 750 here. Still, we’re hoping they do as its standout design may certainly make things interesting against its main competition, the Yamaha Nmax.