The Forza name has long been a powerful force in Honda’s two-wheeled line-up. Its history as a premium, mid-size scooter goes back to the year 2000: the first model set the template, delivering a lively ride, plenty of storage room and an innovative combined braking system. It was well received throughout Europe, where owners found its multi-role capability useful in every aspect of daily life. Since the arrival of the Forza 125 for 2015 over 160,000 Forza’s have been sold in Europe, from the 125, the 350 and range-topping Forza 750.
While retaining its trademark mix of sporty and GT character, the middleweight Forza has constantly evolved, aiming to exceed owners’ expectations with every upgrade. It has long been known as a flagship in Honda’s scooter range. As long ago as 04YM it gained Honda’s S MATIC electronically controlled CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), a theft-deterring Smart key, highly efficient PGM-FI fuel injection and space for two full-face helmets under the seat. 05YM saw the addition of ABS brakes and, in 08YM, luxurious touches like an audio package and speakers plus upgraded S MATIC (with phased auto shift mode) and Combined ABS brakes were added.
In 16YM the Forza 300 re-emerged with a new ‘sit-in’ design large enough to carry two people in total comfort, even at highways speeds. 18YM marked the unveiling of a radically revised Forza 300 – lighter, smaller, sharper and sportier – following in the hugely successful wheel tracks of its smaller sibling, the Forza 125, while retaining all the best attributes of its ‘GT’ nature. A ‘Limited-Edition’ model with Grey/Gloss Black colour scheme and matching Smart top box added an exclusive choice in 20YM.
In 21YM it was time for another advance: the Forza 350. Faster, even more useful – with new features like Bluetooth connectivity and Honda Smartphone Voice Control system – and, of course, even more stylish desirability
23YM sees the Forza 350 move on again with a sleek new redesign and two new premium colour options.
A brand-new front fairing gives the Forza 350 a new even more elegant and refined identity – with styling cues taken directly from the range-topping Forza 750. Led by the new chiselled dual LED headlights, the new front end look brings the Forza 350 bang up to date.
The style is refreshed, and the outstanding practicality remains. The electric screen adjusts through 180mm travel to maximise freedom or wind protection. A USB Type-C socket in the glovebox provides a handy charging point, Smart Key operation adds convenience and there’s room for two full-face helmets under the seat.
The sure-footed chassis is unchanged, as is the 330cc, four-valve, water-cooled SOHC engine which employs Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) to maintain rear tyre grip. Developing 21.5kW and 31.5Nm, performance is strong all the way through the rev-range, delivering crisp acceleration and a top speed of 137km/h.
The instrument panel has been refreshed, with the Forza 350 rider also enjoying the possibility of linking to their smartphone via Bluetooth and the Honda Smartphone Voice Control (HSVC) system, which for 23YM is now also compatible with IOS as well as Android devices.
The 23YM Forza 350 will be available in the following colour options:
Pearl Siena Red **NEW**
Matt Robust Gray Metallic **NEW**
Matt Pearl Pacific Blue with new Bronze wheels
Matt Cynos Gray Metallic
Pearl Falcon Gray