I think it is fair to say that 2021-onwards has been the turning point for the Honda Forza range.
The Forza 350 was revised for 2021 in order to meet Euro 5 emission standards, as well as coming with a 51cc increase in engine capacity, this edition of the Forza 350 could be the best version yet.
This scooter has seen quite a few upgrades to help maintain it as a great mid-sized maxi-scooter option, but is this fun yet sophisticated large scooter still packing enough punch for an A2-friendly maxi-scooter?
Without further ado, let's get into it...
Undeniably, the key change to the Forza this year is the engine. The previous 300 version housed a 279cc engine, this time around we have a 330cc engine, which sees an increase in capacity by 51cc and an extra 2.3kw in power. Further still to save a bit of weight the crankshaft is now 10% lighter.
This new 330cc engine itself is a liquid-cooled single-cylinder, 4-valve, single overhead cam that produces 28.8hp at 7,500rpm and 31.5nm of torque at 5,250rpm.
The new eSP+ Honda motor is designed with being efficient too and you should expect around 80 miles per gallon, so with a full 11.7-litre fuel tank, you can expect around 200 miles or more on a full tank.
Honda Forza 350 Top Speed
Thanks to the Forza's spritely acceleration, this scooter can easily reach top speeds of up to 90mph.
The decent acceleration instantly gave me the reassurance that it had my back for overtaking and holding its own on the faster roads, and it did, with plenty of effortless passes on a stretch of dual carriageway. The Forza 350 really will handle motorways absolutely fine.
Styling and Design
With some proper aggressive lines to give it a sporty look, the Forza 350 is one great-looking maxi-scooter. And with its rather smart aesthetics, its sporty looks are done in a harmonious way so it will appeal to both commuters and enthusiasts.
With the large V-shape headlight, electric adjustable windscreen (which has been reshaped and increased in size) improved aerodynamics, and that gorgeous Pacific blue satin colourway, the front of the Forza 350 is very impressive and has noticeable visibility to it, not just the size but the lights, including those integrated indicators in the wing mirrors.
Brakes and Suspension
With a 256mm front brake disc and a 240mm rear brake disc backed up with dual-channel ABS, the braking on the Forza 350 is more than efficient for everyday use and will inspire plenty of confidence for anyone riding it. A bonus still, whack on the brakes aggressively and when the ABS kicks in it automatically puts your hazard warning lights on to alert those behind you.
Suspension is provided through a front telescopic fork and rear twin shocks. The 256mm front disc and 240mm rear work exactly as you’d expect, nice and progressive with the reassurance of dual-channel ABS. The suspension with a telescopic fork at the front and twin shocks to the rear do a great job of soaking up the average UK roads. Dampening for me didn’t bottom out once (though I’m not the biggest or heaviest of riders) and provided me with touring smoothness for the most part.
Wheels and tyres
The Forza comes equipped with a 15” front and 14” rear wheel, which can hold the road incredibly well.
The seat height is an average 780mm though it is a tad on the wide side, so those shorter people like myself might find their feet slightly more tiptoed when on the tarmac. The seat itself is rather comfortable and with the back section segmented for rider and pillion, it's also designed as a nice backrest that keeps you well planted.
When it comes to storage the Honda Forza 350 offers rather a lot as standard. Under that large comfy seat is easily enough space for two full-face helmets. I was able to fit my old HJC i70 and new F70 in at the same time absolutely fine with plenty of space to spare.
On the back of the leg shield towards the left is a nicely designed glove box. Push that glovebox door at the top and it will gently lower and open a deep glovebox, which includes a USB Type-C charging port that’s hidden away in the darkness at the back.
Obviously, if you require more storage then an additional top box can be purchased, including a 45-litre version that uses smart key technology, the same as the ignition on the Forza 350.
Technology, Dash and Switchgear
Unsurprisingly, you have a rather large dash on the Forza 350 which is split between analogue and digital. In the centre is the large LCD dash that's nicely displayed with a black background and white text. This digital display is home to rather a lot of information including (but not limited to): clock, fuel gauge, oil temperature, trip A, trip B, avg consumption, range, odometer, air temperature and battery voltage. Below this, the rather nice Forza logo is home to the standard dash warning lights.
Head to the left and we are greeted with the silver metal finish of our first circular analogue gauge which is the speedometer, with miles per hour large on the outside and then the km on the inside.
Moving over to the right of the digital display and we have a matching circular analogue rev gauge which looks very nice and smart. My only criticism and I am admittedly nit-picking, is that the digital dash could display less information in favour of having the on-screen information larger. To note for further dash options there is an ‘info A’ and ‘info B’ button on the left of the switchgear.
Onto the switchgear, in my opinion, I think it is very well designed and feels great quality. To look at initially, it might look busy, but you soon get used to the options available to you. I did feel the indicator was slightly lower than expected, the result of this being a few startled pedestrians as I had wrongly honked the horn instead of indicating – but this is something you soon get used to.
Forza 350 Weight
The Forza 350 weighs in at just 184kg, arguably an ideal weight to tackle the roads smoothly and efficiently.
Final Thoughts on the Honda Forza 350
I’m going to be quite honest, I like scooters and I really like maxi-scooters, so I was well looking forward to putting the impressive Forza 350 to the test. With a 51cc increase in capacity and respectable power improvement, things were set for an entertaining few days of riding.
The Forza 350 has seen some significant and some not-so-significant changes from its former Euro 4 self and it is fair to say those improvements keep the Forza 350 at the forefront of the mid-range maxi-scooter market. I had a great time test-riding the Forza 350. It is easy to ride through town, enjoy the country lanes or eat miles of motorway. It is a maxi-scooter more than adept to tackle whatever you want to conquer that day.
The good bits? Well just about everything else! Aesthetically, it is a smart and sporty scooter and I think it looks fantastic! It’s not just that either, it’s packed full of great spec, loads of storage, and a pokey motor that accelerates well, with touring comfort while priced very competitively at £5,469.
As I mentioned previously, the acceleration has also really taken me by surprise, especially when easing my way through the country bends in pure comfort and looking down to see I was going a lot faster than I was expecting! I think it’s the comfort that tricks you into thinking you are going slower than you are and a nod to how respectful the power is. Yes, you could expect more from a 330cc engine, but for me, the 28hp and 31.5 give a great performance for a maxi-scooter.
When trying to search for anything I feel could be improved I’m really struggling! Some have experienced poor rear suspension, but I honestly didn’t experience this from my time test riding.
The Forza doesn’t have cruise control or heated grips as standard, so these are a couple of omissions to keep it priced well. Apart from that the only couple of small points I could make is that it would be great to have a slightly larger fuel tank to help improve its touring capabilities and that the digital dash could be slightly less cluttered and information larger – but that really is me nit-picking!
- Feels comfortable and able on both fast and slower roads
- Relatively cheap
- Packed full of great spec and tech!
- The LCD display could be improved
- The seat is slightly to wide and tall - could be improved
Honda Forza 350 Specifications (2021-on)
|Engine||330cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, single, Euro 5 compliant|
|Brakes||Front and rear disc|
The Last Stop!
I hope you enjoyed my full road test review of the new Honda Forza 350 (2021-onwards).
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