Suzuki launched the Burgman 125 last year and the scooter became one of the first and most affordable maxi styled scooter on sale in India. While the Burgman 125 may not be a true-blue maxi-scooter, it is largely responsible for introducing the term in India. Now that maxi scooters is a known thing in India, Honda is planning to launch a proper maxi scooter here in the form of the Forza 300. A report by Zigwheels suggests that the Japanese manufacturer could bring in the Forza 300 to India by the end of this year, that is December 2019. It will be sold via the recently unveiled BigWing Honda dealerships which deal in expensive Honda two-wheelers.
For the uninitiated, Maxi scooters are gearless two-wheelers that feature modern styling, have excellent storage capacity and offer maximum protection from the elements. They also come with comfortable seats, powerful engines and unlike regular scooters, can be used for cruising as well.
Pulling brakes on your elated thoughts, though is the expected price point of this scooter. According to the report, Honda will most probably price it around Rs. 8-9 lakhs on-road or around Rs. 7 lakh ex-showroom. This pits it head to head with much powerful and capable motorcycles including the likes of the Ducati Monster 797, Triumph Street Twin and the Kawasaki Z900 among others. The only other maxi-scooter with an engine in the 300 cc displacement range on sale in India is the Kymco X-Town 300i. This maxi-scooter, however, is priced at Rs 2.30 lakh (on-road Delhi) and hence is quite affordable compared to the expected price of the Forza 300.
The reason for this exorbitant pricing of the Forza 300 by Honda could be that the company will initially bring the maxi-scooter via the CBU (Completely built unit) route instead of the CKD (completely knocked down) route. Honda probably wants to test the response of the general public and if the initial response turns out to be warm, the prices could go down as Honda will adopt the CKD route then.
Powering the Forza 300 is a 279cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected motor that puts out 25 PS of power and 27.2Nm of peak torque. The engine also features VVT (Variable Valve Timing) offering better low, mid and top-end performance. In terms of features, the Forza 3000 is pretty well equipped as it comes with an electrically adjustable windscreen, full LED lighting, analogue-digital instrument console, 12 V charging socket and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).
The two-wheeler gets a 33 mm telescopic fork and twin rear shock absorbers with 7-stage spring preload adjustability. Braking is provided by a single 256 mm disc brake up front and 240 mm rear disc brake with dual-channel ABS. The scooter is currently being displayed at the Honda BigWing dealership in Delhi in a bid to test consumer response.