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Old 10-10-2013, 07:49 AM   #451
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The Forza will hold a good amount of Belgian waffles in the front storage boxes so it should be a good fit for you

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Hi everyone, first message on the forum. I'm Ron from Belgium, 55, married, retired from the special forces, since I can't ride a big bike anymore due to a parachute accident I bought a PCX 3 years ago.

Now looking to upgrade to a Forza, test ride is today but it's incredibly bad weather. It took some effort to arrange a test ride, over here you normally go to a dealer who has a demo (nobody has one apparently) or go to the headquarters of Honda for a test ride.

They got this new rule, you can only test ride if your dealer comes along with you. That means that my dealer would have to close his shop, take a long ride with me, wait until I'm finished and drive back home. Ain't gonna happen, that man would loose some serious money if he did that.

Luckily I've found someone who is willing to let me ride one not far from here. A bit worried about the low seat and the shock absorbers. I'm 6ft 2", my knees have enough room but are rather high up compared to my hips. I had to replace the shocks on the PCX, suspect it will be the same thing with the Forza.

I'll know more later in the day, hope it works out as I like the look of the Forza. Hope you all have a nice day!
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Old 10-11-2013, 04:03 AM   #452
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Couldn't make a test ride yesterday because of the pouring rain but did one this morning. I'm sold and so is the wife. Might put some stronger shock absorbers on it in the future. I'll have my ride (a white one) in a few days (waiting for the insurance, new license plate and top case).
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:44 PM   #453
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I met a guy who had just bought a Forza at the scooter rally I went to over the weekend. He made the jump from a PCX 125 (not the 150) to the Forza. He was very pleased with his new purchase. He and I talked for a while about the pluses and minuses of switching to a larger scooter. In the end, it is what the scooter will be used for. The guy does highway miles and he felt he needed the extra power.
For me, the difference between the PCX 125 and 150 is enough that I would not consider an upgrade to the Forza especially given the weight difference. If Honda still brings the PCX150 next year, I will consider buying another one (yellow, white, or gray for me please!).
Hey gore-tx,

Nice meeting you and your lovely wife at the scooter rally here in Austin!

I really loved the PCX 125 for the 2 years I had it. It was more bike than I needed at the time I bought it. I would've upgraded to the 150 but was disappointed to learn I would only gain at best an additional 5mph and that wouldn't cut it for my daily commute to work. I've already put more than 1000 miles on the Forza and it handles HWY speeds of 70-80 mph like a champ without having the throttle wide open and regardless of how strong of a headwind I'm riding against.

When I had my PCX I never saw another one here in town, now I see them everywhere. I like seeing more and more PCX's around here because I know what a great scooter they are. I hope to see some other Forza's soon. Saw a lot of nice scooters at the rally but nothing I would trade my Forza for.

Only negative for me with the Forza is the lack of color choice. I really liked my black and white PCX. Didn't really notice the weight difference after the first day.

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Old 10-12-2013, 01:26 PM   #454
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Pail Ale,

Do you live in Austin?

I'm scouting for a relocation city that is bicycle and scooter friendly with a lively 2-wheel culture that I can hook up with.

How long is the riding season?

Thanks
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Old 10-12-2013, 06:30 PM   #455
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Blackcat54,

Austin likes to call itself a running and bicycle friendly town. I do quite a bit of both. I rode a bicycle to work everyday for 10 years before starting a new job and buying a new house. You can definitely ride 12 months of the year here.

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Old 10-13-2013, 08:21 AM   #456
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Went 2 clicks up on rear preload - muffler needs to be removed to do the right shock. "Tool kit" contained a helmet-locking cable and a double-sided screwdriver (that's it), no spanner wrench.

Fortunately, an AR-15 spanner works.

Unfortunately, the band clamp was cross-threaded and the bolt broke - will get around to futzing with it another day. Not sure yet if I want to keep it maxed out or go back down one click.
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:38 PM   #457
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test sit...

So finally I went up to the US and got into a dealership. I saw this forza all clean and looking new, it was next to the bman 400 and 650, so it did not liik that big, nor small like the pcx 150, well it is a lot uglier in person, but just like the DL or KLR the ugliness goes away once you sit, and feels great, I can move my body and legs around the firm seat and it feels nice. There was nobody I wanted to talk to borrow the keys to open the seat and stuff like that... maybe next time.

Then I went for the PCX and I know that the 300 is the one I would buy if I had the money, and most important, I don't think I want to consider the vespa/piaggio anymore, these two options are what I want.

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Old 10-14-2013, 10:30 PM   #458
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I have 2 questions, simple, what are the mph (cruising and top) and the maintenance schedule? I know the pcx are very short intervals but I do not know about the forza

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Old 10-15-2013, 04:42 PM   #459
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I have 2 questions, simple, what are the mph (cruising and top) and the maintenance schedule? I know the pcx are very short intervals but I do not know about the forza

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Cruises comfortably at 70mph. Top speed is about 85mph. 1st maintenance at 600 miles, every 8000 miles after that.

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Old 10-15-2013, 08:48 PM   #460
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I have 2 questions, simple, what are the mph (cruising and top) and the maintenance schedule? I know the pcx are very short intervals but I do not know about the forza

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IDK about top speed yet since I just passed the 400 mile mark today; will accelerate uphill from an indicated 65mph - I commute on a 2-lane, 55mph road with a LOT of small towns to drive through (and small-town police with radar and nothing better to do ) so that's good enough for now.

air filter every 12k miles
spark plug every 8k miles
valve inspection every 16k miles
coolant every 24k miles
belt 16k miles
brake fluid 12k miles
oil/filter @ 600 miles, then every 8000 thereafter (and there's a nag light on the dash to remind you).
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Old 10-15-2013, 11:38 PM   #461
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Has anyone done any 75mph running for long periods? Can she handle it?
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Old 10-16-2013, 04:52 AM   #462
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Has anyone done any 75mph running for long periods? Can she handle it?
Mine is still new but there have been a few people who have tested it for a magazine over here and apparently 75mph for longer periods is no problem at all.
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:15 AM   #463
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Yesterday it somehow stopped raining after a week of really bad weather and we could pick the Forza up at the dealers. Put some 100km (62 miles) on it and it's a nice ride, still new so can't go all out but we really enjoyed it.

I'm 189cm (6ft3") with a inseam of 37.4 inches and I have about 2,5 inches of space left between my knees and the dashboard. Wife really likes the backrest on the Honda top case. We first looked for the Givi B47 blade white because that's half the price but the bottom plate is still in production for the Forza and it will be a few weeks before it is available.

It's a nice top case, uses the same key as the Forza, takes two big HJC IS-33 helmets (those also fit under the seat btw). I had a average of 4,1km/100km (58mpg) according to the petrol gauge.

The shock absorbers are ok if you avoid riding through pits. Might put other shocks on it in the future.

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Old 10-16-2013, 07:06 AM   #464
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Snuff, that white is really striking! We don't have that option in the US. The color coordinated topbox may be the best I've seen, as well. Very nice! I am surprised you have leg-room on there with a 37.4" inseam - my knees were very close to the dash with my much shorter legs.

Keep us posted with some ride reviews.

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Old 10-16-2013, 09:02 AM   #465
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HI there bugonawindshield and snuff thanks for the commetns and pics. I think it is great to have these cost for maintenance, for me it would translate into a couple of years between each inspection.

Nice pics!! I do not know if the accesories are available already in the USA, but by the time I can buy it I think even givi will be ready to sell me something, even others such as Shad?

Adios!

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