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Old 04-26-2009, 06:01 AM   #1
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Honda SH 300

First off, sorry to all the folks in N.America. You guys need this scoot. Just completed about 100 miles. It's quick, smooth and wonderfully made. Got about 75 mpg so far. Will pull all the way to 80. Motor still feels tight, and i reckon there is more to come! Hard to believe it's a 300. Brakes are excellent, handling is solid and easy. Feels different to my Vespa, more like a "conventional" small motorcycle. In the U.K, it comes with ABS and the 34lt topbox.
Traded a 900cc motorbike for this little beast. Once i have the factory screen and handguards fitted, i won't miss the big bike.

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Old 04-26-2009, 06:02 AM   #2
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Comparison to the GTS 300.

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Old 04-26-2009, 03:17 PM   #3
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Nice! The GTS also.
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Old 04-26-2009, 03:50 PM   #4
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Old 04-26-2009, 05:32 PM   #5
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300 is a good size. I have a Aprillia 250
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Old 04-27-2009, 03:24 AM   #6
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Based on my experience with both bigger and smaller machines, the 300 'class' would be my choice as golden, the perfect bridge between Small and Capable.
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Old 08-11-2009, 03:49 AM   #7
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Update please

Can I ask how you are getting on with the sh300i Paul, I am also from Wolverhampton and have just sold my SV650 because I started to struggle in the traffic.

What is mid range like? Do you struggle on A roads 60mph ish or is there still a fair bit left?

Sorry for bumping an old thread but I am considering one of these and they are not cheap and would like an honest opinion from someone who has ridden motorcycles.

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Old 08-11-2009, 08:40 AM   #8
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I've decided this is the PERFECT scooter (for me),
but if the SH150 (here in the States) is fetching over $5,000 otd,

I can only IMAGINE how much they would be asking for na SH300 if sold state-side!

(In other words, not QUITE perfect for me.....)
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Old 08-12-2009, 02:54 AM   #9
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Hello,

I have been riding the SH300i around 3500km this summer (65km per day commuting), and sustained speeds over 100-120km/h is no problem at all (if you don't mind the wind noise...). I was mostly impressed with the acceleration which leaves cars always far behind after stopping at red lights.

At least I am very happy about spending the additional money on the Honda. I was looking at Piaggio and Gilera as well.

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Old 08-17-2009, 11:40 AM   #10
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I've decided this is the PERFECT scooter (for me),
but if the SH150 (here in the States) is fetching over $5,000 otd,

I can only IMAGINE how much they would be asking for na SH300 if sold state-side!

(In other words, not QUITE perfect for me.....)
I'm with you on this one. Why bother with a $5000 150 if you can get a $4000 Kymco 175? (Yager 200i, discs F/R, injected, liquid, AND a 3 gallon tank, AND a 2 year warranty). I'd rather spend a little bit more and get an extra 150cc's in the form of a Citicom 300i, are you kidding, honda?

Or even a SYM HD200 would be a suitable option for significantly less. After all, I think most people ride scoots for conveinience, economy and fun... at least I do. I just bought a lightly used Genuine Blur 150 (I'm anxiously awaiting the Blur 220i) and for it's intended purpose, you simply can't buy a better scoot for the money. It's the only scoot with a "flux capacitor" instead of a single or double pogo-stick shocks.

As for a 300cc.... what do you think honda would charge? Let's see, since 150+150=300, they'd probably justify pricing them at $10,000.
I'd rather get a SYM Citicom 300i (after all, SYM has been making engines for hondas since the early '60s), plus you'd get a 2 year warranty. I'd like to see ANY of the big 3 offer that sometime soon. Or wait a little while for Genuine's rumored 300cc "touring scoot" and get 2 years of roadside to go along with a 2 year warranty.

If I'm going to spend large on a scoot, it'd have to be a Vespa 300 Super or a GTV . . .

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Old 08-12-2009, 02:56 AM   #11
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Can I ask how you are getting on with the sh300i Paul, I am also from Wolverhampton and have just sold my SV650 because I started to struggle in the traffic.

What is mid range like? Do you struggle on A roads 60mph ish or is there still a fair bit left?

Sorry for bumping an old thread but I am considering one of these and they are not cheap and would like an honest opinion from someone who has ridden motorcycles.

Thanks in advance

Darren
Hi Darren. Small word eh?

Mid range is fine. Had it up to an indicated 85 and it still felt sharp. The Givi screen is a boon in our bloody wet weather. It's fairly light and nimble, but surefooted and stops great. All in all a great scoot. It is pricey and Honda are putting their prices up again in September - so if you fancy one, and can't land a good used one...

All the best.

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Old 08-12-2009, 04:26 AM   #12
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Hi Darren. Small word eh?

Mid range is fine. Had it up to an indicated 85 and it still felt sharp. The Givi screen is a boon in our bloody wet weather. It's fairly light and nimble, but surefooted and stops great. All in all a great scoot. It is pricey and Honda are putting their prices up again in September - so if you fancy one, and can't land a good used one...

All the best.

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Thanks Paul and yeah very small world hopefully once I get the Honda I will see you on the road. Regarding the price increase, I was told the same buy a dealer but put it down to them trying the hard sell thanks for the warning.
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:19 AM   #13
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Seems the 300 cc scooter is the perfect size to stay ahead of cars and out accelerate them when needed.. the SH150 sells for $5000CAD here..

Thanks for your review.. hoping Honda will see fit to bring it here too.
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Some shots of the handguards for Igniter...

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Old 08-26-2009, 11:23 AM   #15
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Update on Givi Screen, please

Hi Paul
A little while ago you fitted the Givi screen. Now that you have had some time to trial it.. what are your thoughts? Are you still happy with it? Have you cut it down at all? What'sit like with headlights at night? There are two sizes available; did you get the taller, or smaller?
Have just ordered an SH300i after a few years on four wheels.
Insurance quotes are interesting! Quotes varying from under 400 to over 1300!!! (London; no 'no-claims' having not ridden for sometime etc..).
Next decision: helmets. Where do you start?! I went for the Arai open-face SZ/F, which doesn't seem to have changed in the ten years since I last biked, apart from a couple of air vents. Expensive!
Next stop: Locks..
Thanks for the thread and also to the other contributors.
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