The Forza NSS300
Forza meaning strength and forcefulness in Italian - makes its debut for 2014 as Honda’s first maxi scooter introduced
to North America in over a decade. While both the scooter and nameplate are new, this models lineage does have a history in North America.
Despite the shared lineage, this new Forza has little in common with the Reflex of old. The third generation
Forza is an entirely new and superior machine from the frame to the high tech motor.
The heart of the Forza is a 279cc 4-stroke, liquid cooled single cylinder engine. This motor boasts
fuel injection and a 4-valve design, both of which were absent on the Reflex. Another nice technological touch is the addition of roller rocker arms, which reduce drag and wear on the valve/camshaft system. The result of these refinements and the extra 30cc
is a nearly 30% horsepower increase from 19 HP to 24.5 HP. Torque is also nicely topped up from 15.2 ft-lbs up to 19 ft-lbs.
The Forza maxes out close to 95 mph in favourable conditions. Accordingly, this machine is entirely at home even on the
highway. Windy days or the extra drag of a passenger won’t prevent the Forza from flowing with traffic or even passing at will.
Instrumentation in the Forza is comprehensive, with four
analog gauges surrounding a central LCD screen. In addition to fuel, velocity and engine RPM, this array also displays time, temperature and multiple trip odometers.