2021 Honda Forza 350 Review of Specs / Features + New Changes Explained | USA Release Date Hopeful?

– NEW 2021 Honda Forza 350 Changes Explained | USA Release Date on the horizon? Let’s talk about it… –

The Forza 300 is gone and the Forza 350 is here for 2021 with a host of new changes! And maaaan oh man does this thing look pretty cool for a scooter. Especially in the header picture that you see above ^^, the body lines and color with that angle – excellent photography!

What did Honda change for 2021 on the Forza 350 you ask? increased engine displacement means a higher top speed and improved acceleration. The ‘enhanced Smart Power+’ (eSP+) engine is also now EURO5 compliant. Cosmetic updates add to the premium appeal and improve aerodynamics. The electric screen features an extra 40mm travel and a USB charger adds further convenience. As an option, the Forza 350 can wirelessly connect its rider to various smartphone functions via the new Honda Smartphone Voice Control system.


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2021 Honda Forza 350 Scooter Review / Specs: Price, Colors, Release Date + More! | New 2021 Honda Scooters, USA Release Date?

Is the 2021 Honda Forza 350 scooter releasing in the USA? If you follow the blog, you know we’ve been talking about this scooter for years now – ever since Honda discontinued the Forza 300 in the USA back in 2016 with its last production year (2014-2016). Honda then threw changes at the Forza 300 in 2018 that I’ll cover more on below with its history too that dates back to 2000 and now this year brings even more changes. The scooter market is ever-evolving around the world and especially here in the USA where Honda’s scooter model lineup for 2020 was dismal at best. You had the Honda Metropolitan and Ruckus (49cc) and then the PCX150. For scooters from Honda, that’s it. It’s been that way for years though as Honda has played around with its offerings in DCT automatic motorcycles, adding some and then taking them away because of lackluster sales etc. Could this be the year that Honda announced the 2021 Forza 350 USA release date? Honda is busy adding scooters to their lineup for 2021 with the addition of the new ADV150 that was originally announced in Europe first. So they are showing initiative in that they know they need to expand the model lineup. It’s a finicky market in the USA when it comes to scooters though and has been for many many years. Honda has had a few tries over the years with some that didn’t do well enough to hang around for an extended amount of time; Silverwing 600, Forza 300, Reflex 250, SH150i, Elite 80 and that’s just to name a few in my time of being involved with the Honda brand. Those are just some of my thoughts and opinions on the Forza 350, what do you guys think?

Key 2021 Forza 350 ABS Info (for those in a hurry):

  • 2021 Forza 350 Price / MSRP: TBA
  • 2021 Forza 350 Release Date: TBA
  • 2021 Forza 350 Colors: Pearl Nightstar Black, Matte Pearl Pacific Blue (new), Pearl Cool White, Matte Cynos Gray Metallic, Pearl Falcon Gray (new)
  • 2021 Forza 350 Horsepower: 29 HP @ 7,500 RPM (21.5 kW)
  • 2021 Forza 350 Torque: 23.2 ft/lb TQ @ 5,200 RPM (31.5 Nm)
  • 2021 Forza 350 Top Speed: 85 MPH (137 km/h)
  • 2021 Forza 350 MPG: 70 Miles Per Gallon (30 km/l)
  • 2021 Forza 350 Fuel Tank Size: 3.1 gal (11.7 l)
  • 2021 Forza 350 Seat Height: 30.7 inches
  • 2021 Forza 350 Weight: 405 lbs (curb)
  • 2021 Forza 350 VS 2020 Forza 350 Price / MSRP Increase: TBA
  • 2021 Forza 350 VS 2020 Forza 300 Changes: Yes, I break down the details more in-depth below. 

2021 Honda Forza 350 Scooter Storage Review / Specs: Price, Colors, Release Date + More! | New 2021 Honda Scooters, USA Release Date?

  • 2021 Forza 350 Review Contents:
    • 1. | Forza 350 Introduction
    • 2. | Forza 350 Model Overview
    • 3. | Forza 350 Key Features / Development
      • 3.1 | Forza 350 Chassis
      • 3.2 | Forza 350 Engine
      • 3.3 | Forza 350 Styling & Equipment
    • 4. | Forza 350 Accessories
    • 5. | Forza 350 Pictures / Photo Gallery
    • 6. | Forza 350 Technical Specifications

1. | Forza 350 Introduction

2021 Honda Forza Scooter Model Lineup Review / Specs: Price, Colors, Release Date + More! | New 2021 Honda Scooters, USA Release Date?

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.

While retaining its trademark mix of sporty and GT character, the Forza 300 has constantly evolved, aiming to exceed owners’ expectations with every upgrade. In 2004 it gained Honda’s S MATIC electronically controlled CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), a theft-deterring Smart key, highly efficient PGM-FI fuel injection for the engine and space for two full-face helmets under the seat.

2005 saw the addition of ABS brakes and, in 2008, luxurious touches like an audio package and speakers plus upgraded S MATIC (with phased auto shift mode) and Combined ABS brakes were added. In 2014 it moved on again, as the Forza 300 with a new ‘sit-in’ design large enough to carry two people in total comfort, even at highways speeds. 2014 is also the year that Honda decided to introduce the Forza 300 into the US market to replace the outgoing Reflex 250. The Forza led a short life in the USA though with 2016 being its final production year.

2018 marked the unveiling of a radically revised Forza 300 – lighter, smaller, sharper and sportier – following in the hugely successful wheel tracks of its little sibling, the Forza 125, while retaining all the best attributes of its ‘GT’ nature. A ‘Limited-Edition’ model with Grey/Gloss Black color scheme and matching Smart top box added an exclusive choice in 2020.

Now, for 2021, it’s time for another advance. The Forza 350 is faster, even more useful and, of course we’re going to dive into all of the details below that make the Forza 350 a rather special scooter…

2. | Forza 350 Model Overview

2021 Honda Forza 350 Scooter Review / Specs: Price, Colors, Release Date + More! | New 2021 Honda Scooters, USA Release Date?

A 50cc increase injects 16% more peak power, to the tune of 29 horsepower but the Forza 350’s engine is significantly stronger all the way through the rev-range, delivering faster acceleration and a top speed raised just over 6%, to 85 MPH. It’s also EURO5 compliant for everyone on the other side of the planet.

Cosmetic and aerodynamic updates have been applied to the front fairing sides, mirrors, rear side panels and engine cover for a sleeker overall look with even more premium appeal; the chassis itself is unchanged but now connects to a lighter swingarm, and the electric windscreen adjusts with an extra 40mm travel to improve wind protection.

The instrument panel has also been refreshed, and the Forza 350 rider now has the possibility of linking to their smartphone via Bluetooth with the new Honda Smartphone Voice Control system which is available as an option from new. A USB socket replaces the ACC charger.

The 2021 Forza 350 will be available in the following color options:

  • Pearl Nightstar Black
  • Matte Pearl Pacific Blue (new)
  • Pearl Cool White
  • Matte Cynos Gray Metallic
  • Pearl Falcon Gray (new)
    • * Still waiting for pictures to be release on all colors, will update ASAP…

3. | Forza 350 Key Features / Development

3.1 Forza 350 Chassis

  • Short wheelbase with sharp steering geometry
  • Relocated radiator for better cooling
  • Compact dimensions paired with a practical seat height
  • Both wheels cast aluminum14-inch diameter rear and 15-inch front

2021 Honda Forza 350 Scooter Review / Specs: Price, Colors, Release Date + More! | New 2021 Honda Scooters, USA Release Date?

A sturdy, yet lightweight, tubular steel frame is at the heart of the Forza 350’s reassuring feel on the road. Wheelbase is 59.4 in., rake is 26.5° and trail 89mm. The radiator is now located in front of the fuel tank for better cooling performance, and the battery is found between the fuel tank and the under-seat storage area, focusing mass to the center. Curb weight for the Forza 350 comes in at 405 lbs.

Seat height is 30.7 in. and the riding position naturally upright, promoting excellent all-round visibility. Handlebar width is 29.7 in., with front width of 580mm and mirror width of 22.8 in.; compact dimensions that make slipping through traffic-heavy streets easy.

Rigid 33mm telescopic forks are matched by twin rear shock absorbers – adjustable through 7-stage spring preload – working through a redesigned, and lighter, 1-piece aluminum swingarm.

The cast aluminum 15-inch front wheel is fitted with a 120/70-15 tire while the 14-inch rear wears a 140/70-14 tire, offering maximum traction and ride comfort. A 256mm single disc performs stopping duties up front, mated to a 240mm rear, with the benefit of 2-channel ABS for braking control on slippery surfaces.

3.2 Forza 350 Engine

  • 330cc engine puts out an extra 4 horsepower @ 7,500 RPM and 3.1 more lb/ft torque at 5,250 RPM.
  • Top speed of 85 miles per hour, and 0.7 second faster acceleration to 200 meters
  • ‘enhanced Smart Power+’ technology ensures fuel economy of 70 MPG (30km/l) (WMTC mode), with EURO5 compliance
  • 10% lighter crankshaft
  • Throttle bodies increased in size to 36mm (from 34mm)
  • Inlet valves’ diameter increased to 28mm (from 27mm)
  • New piston oil jet to improve cooling and combustion efficiency
  • Revised intake and exhaust ports improve efficiency
  • Redesigned muffler, with only two chambers
  • Hydraulic cam chain adjuster and scavenger pump to reduce internal friction

2021 Honda Forza 350 Scooter Engine Specs: Horsepower (HP, Torque (TQ), MPG, Top Speed

The Forza 350’s new ‘enhanced Smart Power+’ engine achieves both high environmental performance and strong output characteristic through comprehensive adoption of technologies for friction reduction.

Thanks to the extra 50cc capacity (to 330cc from 279cc, with no gain in overall curb weight) the liquid-cooled, fuel-injected SOHC four-valve unit’s peak power rises from 25 HP to 29 HP @ 7,500 RPM, with maximum torque increasing to 23.2 lb/ft @ 5,250 RPM. The dyno graph comparison graphically displays the whole picture showing how both power and torque rise considerably from 3,500 RPM up.

The effect on real-world performance is obvious: top speed increases 5 MPH to 85 MPH and, from a standing start, the Forza 350 will cover 200 meters 0.7s faster, at 10.4 seconds.

  • Forza 350 Engine Performance Specs / Numbers:
    • 2021 Forza 350 Horsepower: 29 HP @ 7,500 RPM (21.5 kW)
    • 2021 Forza 350 Torque: 23.2 ft/lb TQ @ 5,200 RPM (31.5 Nm)
    • 2021 Forza 350 MPG: 70 Miles Per Gallon (30 km/l)

To earn the extra ccs, the bore goes from 72mm to 77mm while stroke increases to 70.7mm. Compression ratio is set at 10.5:1. To make use of the increased capacity, the length and timings of the valve lifts have been optimized. Compared to the previous model, the closing of the inlet valve and the opening/closing timings of the exhaust valves have been delayed by 5°. The lift amount has also been increased by 0.3mm. The timings of the inlet valve openings remain unchanged.

The crankshaft has also been redesigned and is now 10% lighter. This has been achieved without any change to the dimensions of the journals, while still maintaining the strength and rigidity required to transmit the higher output. Roller-type rocker arm, plain journal crank bearings and sealed crankcases deliver long-term reliability together with strong performance. To enhance piston cooling, an oil jet, as used on the CRF450R, sprays oil right to the back of the piston, advancing ignition timing and improving combustion performance. Oil capacity is 1.79 quarts.

A revised intake sees throttle bodies increase to 36mm from 34mm, with inlet valves increasing 1mm to 28mm, increasing efficiency. Air is supplied via a 5.5 liter airbox. Intake and exhaust ports have also been completely redesigned. The intake port now draws air in more efficiently, utilising a strengthened tumble flow within the cylinder for more consistent fuel combustion. Exhaust gases are now expelled via a straight exhaust port, rather than the curved port of the previous design, further improving efficiency.

To reduce exhaust gas resistance, the new muffler now consists of two distinct chambers rather than three. Improvements to the pipe connecting the expansion chamber as well as the size and location of the catalyzer also improve gas flow and purification.

Internal friction is reduced through a 5mm offset cylinder, the introduction of hydraulic cam chain adjuster and the use of a scavenger pump. Used on high performance machines, the pump lowers the internal pressure within the engine, reduces oil agitation and decreases pumping losses and internal rotational friction.  A newly adopted balancer shaft further reduces vibrations and contributes to a smooth enjoyable ride.

An automatic centrifugal clutch works a V-Matic transmission (with ratios set for fast low speed reaction and smart acceleration) and belt final drive. Through the 2021 update the engine cover has been redesigned to complement the new bodywork.

The Forza 350’s engine is equipped with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). The system detects any difference between the front and rear wheel speeds, calculates the slip ratio and then controls engine torque via the fuel injection to regain rear wheel traction. HSTC can be switched ON-OFF via a switch on the left handlebar. A ‘T’ indicator in the digital display flickers when the system is working to manage grip.

2021 Honda Forza 350 Scooter Handlebar Controls

The engine is also now homologated for EURO5, which from January 1st 2020 introduced significantly stricter engine emissions standards compared to EURO4. These requirements include substantial reductions in permitted carbon monoxide emissions, an over 40% decrease in total hydrocarbon emissions, tougher misfire detection and the introduction of a particulate Matteer limit.

Fuel economy for the Forza 350 comes in at 70 MPG (30km/l in WMTC mode); the Forza 350’s 3.1 gallon tank capacity gives a potential range of 200+ miles. 

3.2 Forza 350 Styling & Equipment

  • Electric screen adjusts through 7 inches (180mm), an extra 1.6 inches (40mm), for improved comfort
  • Cosmetic updates enhance visual appeal and aerodynamic performance
  • Lighter pillion handles save over 3 lbs
  • Room for two full-face helmets under the seat; new USB charging socket
  • Smart Key operation of ignition and (optional) 45-liter top box
  • Emergency stop signal function warns other road users of sudden braking

The Forza 350’s lines flow back from its electric windshield (controlled by a switch on the left handlebar) which, for the 2021 update gets a revised shape and an extra 1.6 inches of travel to adjust through a total range of 7 inches. It’s designed to provide wind protection, with airflow directed around and over the rider’s head, and reduce wind noise. Stability and comfort at higher speeds – and long distances – can be instantly exchanged for a greater sense of freedom around town, by lowering the screen.

2021 Honda Forza 350 Scooter Adjustable Windshield

2021 Honda Forza 350 Scooter Adjustable Windshield

Sculpted for both style and aerodynamic efficiency, the Forza 350’s sharp design lines give a clean, smooth modernity, creating an impression of energetic sportiness and premium desirability. The styling team’s key words of ‘aggressive, technical and powerful’ find expression in a new spoiler-type surround below the headlight, refreshed fairing side panels with a distinctive ‘Z’ design line, and a steeply descending character line for the rear side panels that create a forward-looking, purposeful aesthetic.

2021 Honda Forza 350 Scooter Review / Specs | USA Release Date?

Pillion grabrails are now plastic rather than aluminum, saving 3.1 lbs, further improving mass centralization and agility. For comfort at higher speeds a larger front air duct manages negative pressure in front of the rider, reducing the natural effect of the wind pushing the rider back.

Two full-face helmets can be stored under the seat, and it’s also possible to partition the storage area to house a helmet and/or rain gear and A4 sized bags. The front left inner fairing pocket is lockable, and its internal space can be arranged for the rider’s convenience, to hold a phone and water bottle, for instance. It also houses a USB socket, which replaces the 12V ACC charger of the previous design. All lighting is LED.

2021 Honda Forza 350 Scooter USB Plug / Phone Charger

Keeping its rider fully connected, the Forza 350 also has the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system available as an option from new, which links the rider to their smartphone while on the move and allows voice management of phone calls and music. A helmet-mounted headset is needed and the smartphone connects via Bluetooth; management of Honda Smartphone Voice Control System is from the left switchgear and dash.

The Forza 350’s Smart Key – as well as controlling the main ignition switch knob and compartment locking – also manages the optional 45L Smart top box. With the Smart Key in the rider’s pocket the box is unlocked, and automatically locks when the rider walks away. It can also be locked from the key. To maintain the internal volume of the box the actuator mechanism is located in the rear body of the machine.

2021 Honda Forza 350 Scooter Smart Key Fob

The front and rear indicators of the Forza 350 have a new auto-cancelling Emergency Stop Signal feature. Once the ABS modulator detects sudden braking, the hazard lamps flash at high speed to warn other vehicles.

Instruments present analogue speedometer and rev-counter (with redesigned dials) flanking a digital display that can switch between 3 modes:

  • 1) Odometer, range remaining and current mpg
  • 2) Trip meter, average mpg and timer
  • 3) Ambient temperature thermometer and battery sensor

4. | Forza 350 Accessories

2021 Honda Forza 350 Scooter Storage / Trunk | Accessories

2021 Honda Forza 350 Scooter Storage / Trunk | Accessories

A range of Genuine Honda Accessories are available for the Forza 350. They include:

  • 45-liter Smart top box
  • Rear carrier rack (direct fitment)
  • Inner bags
  • Heated grips
  • Alarm

5. | Forza 350 Pictures / Photo Gallery

6. | Forza 350 Technical Specifications  

2021 Honda Forza 350 Specs
ENGINE  
Type 4 stroke, 4 valve liquid-cooled
Engine Displacement   330cc
Bore and Stroke   77mm x 70.7mm
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Max. Power Output 21.5kW @ 7,500rpm
Max. Torque 31.5Nm @ 5,250rpm
Oil Capacity 1.7L
FUEL SYSTEM  
Carburation PGM-FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 11.7L
Fuel consumption 30km/l
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM  
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V-8.6 AH
ACG Output 340W
DRIVETRAIN  
Clutch Type Automatic centrifugal clutch; dry type
Transmission Type CVT
Final Drive V-Belt
FRAME  
Type Underbone type; steel
CHASSIS  
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2140mm x 755mm x 1470mm
Wheelbase 1510mm
Caster Angle 26.5°
Trail 89mm
Seat Height 780mm
Ground Clearance 135mm
curb Weight 184kg
Turning radius 2.4m
SUSPENSION  
Type Front φ33 Telescopic
Type Rear Twin Shock
WHEELS  
Rim Size Front 15 inch
Rim Size Rear 14 inch
tires Front 120/70R15
tires Rear 140/70R14
BRAKES  
ABS System Type 2 Channel
Front φ256mm, single disc
Rear φ240mm, single disc

 


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