Even when sitting up at a casual 79 centimeters height, there is a roller ambience with soft upholstery, a slightly wide center tunnel and optional storage for the boots: either actively on the step or relaxed against the bow. The grip on the handlebars makes the connection more intimate and the posture a bit more like a motorcycle.
Extensive menu for the advance
With the transponder key in your pocket, all you need to do is press the central button behind the steering head to make you ready for work or to unlock the seat or the tank compartment with another key press. After pressing the starter, the 270-degree series twin familiar from Integra, X-ADV and NC750 motorcycle models, now homologated according to Euro 5, starts to work pleasantly. The adaptations to the EU standard have made the two-cylinder even more powerful: From a displacement of 745 cubic centimeters, the four-valve engine with 58.6 hp generates a good 69 Nm of torque, which is sent to the rear wheel via a chain.
The extensive propulsion menu that the Forza 750 serves the pilot is almost too much of a good thing: As usual, the DCT transmission offers manual shifting of six gears via two buttons on the left armature or, more recently, three fixed and one freely assignable automatic Mode in which power delivery, engine braking, traction control and shift characteristics are specified. The whole thing is controlled via a joystick on the left end of the handlebar, visualized in the new five-inch color TFT – that doesn\’t just sound complicated, it\’s complicated.
It is best to drive in mode 3
In practice, the selected gearshift behavior has the greatest influence on the driving experience: In level 4, linked to the “Sport” mode, the twin turns at its highest and downshifts early for a dynamic driving experience. For city traffic, however, this is a bit exaggerated. In level 1 of the “Rain” option, however, things are all too cautious. Mode 3 works best, but it is only available in the freely configurable “User” program.
Here the drive is sufficiently spontaneous and serves strong pressure from mid-speed, which the DCT converts into seamless acceleration. Due to the almost imperceptible gear changes, you don\’t even notice how fast the Forza actually accelerates. In an emergency, the Japanese automatically shifts down a gear, turns up and effortlessly pushes past other road users. Over the entire engine speed range, the unit pleases with great smoothness and comparatively well-mannered thirst: 4.3 liters are okay given the committed speed.
Amazing driving comfort
The construction, which is atypical for scooters, with a central position of the motor in the bridge frame, which results in a balanced weight distribution, is particularly enjoyable. In addition, a well-coordinated Big Piston fork from Showa guides the 17-inch front wheel, while the lever-operated central spring strut acts equally flawlessly at the rear. This kind of ride comfort over undulating asphalt and small potholes even pampers scooter riders with respect, while the unshakable stability on committed inclined travel amazes even experienced motorcycle riders.
Steering into a bend or turning it at an angle is very confidently done on the stage, with moderate use of force, the Forza tilts to the side in line with the force introduced. Geometry and basic construction, however, stand for unswerving sovereignty rather than nimble handiness. This pays off when decelerating with the two adjustable handbrake levers, when the radial four-piston fixed calipers effortlessly capture the Forza’s not exactly light 235 kilos. The use of ABS is limited to emergency situations in which the hazard warning lights come on automatically and inform the following traffic of the spontaneous stop.
Protected from wind and weather
The comfort and convenience that are typical of Honda Forza 750 are mainly due to the cleverly exhibited front paneling with the high shield, which offers magnificent wind and weather protection even in adverse conditions. The bench compartment, which can be operated by a button and which can easily accommodate a full-face helmet, but has problems with a DIN A4 folder, and a glove compartment in the front, these are the options for taking with you.
With the feature-rich, cluttered five-inch TFT color display, the topic of connectivity is finding its way into Honda scooters – coupled with the smartphone, the driver can make calls, check e-mails, listen to music and navigate with a headset connection. Whether this is beneficial to driving safety can be questioned at this point.
The bottom line is that the Forza 750 offers a lot of scooter comfort and pairs it with the dynamics of a DCT drive in a tailor-made chassis concept – no two-wheeler has so far succeeded in this combination. However, this has its price, which has now arrived in the region of good mid-range motorcycles.