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Honda’s Forza 125 was designed specifically for discerning European scooter customers who demand the maximum out of their ride in every respect – style, presence, performance and specification. And right from its introduction in 2015 it has met and exceeded all expectations, evolving year on year with owner feedback and selling over 30,000 units to date.
Straight out of the crate the Forza 125 hit the ground rolling, deftly mixing traffic-busting agility – thanks to its compact dimensions – with ample ability for longer-range highway commute thanks to its engine performance, wind protection and comfort. It combines the comfort of a ‘GT’ (Grand Touring) scooter with a sports-oriented attitude and handling ability, while offering plenty of storage, a host of premium details plus Honda’s engineering innovation and high build quality.
Classy and agile, and expanding on its obvious success, the Forza 125 is not standing still: for 2018, maintaining a steep development curve, it has been redrawn with fresh new lines and several significant rider-focused upgrades.
The Forza 125’s four-valve water-cooled SOHC powerplant delivers 11kW@ 8,500rpm, with peak torque of 12.5Nm @ 8,250rpm. Bore and stroke is set at 52.4 x 57.9mm; compression ratio is 11.5:1.
From a standing start the Forza 125 accelerates rapidly (0-200m is covered in just 13.4s) while sharp mid-range makes for responsive roll-on performance in the typical 40-60km/h around-town speed range. It will cruise happily around 90km/h and V-max is 108km/h.
The engine is packed with Honda’s eSP low-friction technologies; clever packaging of items like the oil pump (which is built in to the crankcase) help maximize the efficiency. A compact combustion chamber and PGM-FI fuel injection – fed by a 4.7-litre airbox and 28mm diameter inlet duct – optimize combustion and cooling performance.
An offset cylinder reduces friction caused by contact between piston and bore, efficiently transmitting combustion energy to the crankshaft. A ‘spiny’ cast-iron sleeve – with tiny surface extensions – keeps in check any distortion of the inner bore diameter. This design lowers tension in the piston ring, reducing friction.
A compact high-efficiency radiator – integrated into the exterior of the right-side crankcase – employs a small, light fan reducing frictional losses and lowering drag. Rolling resistance within the transmission unit is reduced by the use of three low-friction main bearings, all designed to deal with the loads they individually receive. The drive pulley features a fin design that lowers air resistance and the follower pulley reduces pressure on the drive belt, cutting transmission losses.
Idling Stop automatically stops the engine running after three seconds at idle when the scooter is stationary and the brakes applied, and instantly re-starts when the throttle grip is twisted. It’s seamless in use thanks to ACG and the swing-back system that returns the crank to its ‘top dead centre’ position before air intake, and a decompression mechanism that negates cranking resistance from compression. It also has the functionality to ‘read’ the battery charge and turns itself off to avoid excessive drain. The battery is a long-life YTZ8V unit.
One of the original aims of the Forza 125 is that the trip to the fuel station should happen just once a week for the average user, and a near 500km tank range is possible thanks to the engine’s fuel efficiency of approximately 120 miles (WMTC mode) and 11.5-litre tank.
The Forza 125’s fully-refreshed look flows back from the new electric screen, which adjusts smoothly through 140mm and is 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 for long distances – can be instantly exchanged for a greater sense of freedom with the screen in its lower position by simply pushing a switch on the left handlebar to move it to any point in the 140mm range.
Handlebar width remains 754mm as does mirror height of 1125mm, the perfect dimensions for slipping through streets clogged with cars – one of the Forza 125’s incremental development steps already in place from 2017 was to raise its own mirror height to avoid issues with car mirrors. Seat height is unchanged at 780mm; there’s plenty of room for two and the sit-in riding position cups the rider securely. The front and rear indicators are now LED, matching the headlight and taillight.
Two full-face helmets can be stored under the seat, which now offers increased storage space of 53.5 litres, up from 48 litres. 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 12V-1A charging socket.
Revised instruments present analogue speedometer and rev-counter dials flanking a digital display that can switch between 3 modes (controlled by a switch on the left handlebar); odometer, range remaining and current fuel consumption; trip meter, average fuel consumption and timer; or ambient temperature thermometer and battery sensor.
The Forza’s sharp design lines and distinctive contemporary presence have played a big part in its success since launch in 2015. Now for the 2018 model, the design has been substantially re-worked. While the bold design lines remain instantly recognizable as a Forza 125, every panel has been revised to give the machine a slightly smoother, more mature appearance, with a more rounded, ‘stubby’ feel to the front end and slightly softer design lines throughout. Further heightening the new look, black signature points around the nose, front and side cowls give an added sense of sportiness.
The tubular steel frame that underpins the Forza 125’s chassis provides the necessary rigidity and strength for the broad variety of riding conditions it will face. Sturdy 33mm telescopic forks are matched by twin rear shock absorbers – adjustable through5-stage spring preload – working through a 1-piece aluminium swingarm.
The Forza 125’s light weight, just 162kg, makes it easy to manage at walking speeds, and easy to park. A wheelbase of 1,490mm provides stability; the geometry – 26.5° rake and 89mm trail – delivers nimble steering.
The cast aluminium 15-inch front wheel is fitted with a 120/70-15 56P tyre while the 14-inch rear wears a 140/70-14 68P tyre, offering maximum traction and ride comfort. A large 256mm single disc performs stopping duties up front, mated to a 240mm rear, with the benefit of two channel ABS for extra braking control on slippery surfaces.
A range of Genuine Honda Accessories are available for the Forza 125. They include:
Gloss Black & Matt Cynos Grey Metallic
Matt Carnelian Red Metallic & Pearl Nightstar Black
Matt Lucent Silver Metallic & Matt Pearl Pacific Blue
To ride the Forza 125, at the minimum you will need a CBT and a provisional. This requires an L plate attached to bike.
The minimum age to hold an A1 licence is 17. With an A1 licence, you can ride a light motorcycle up to 11 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.1 kW per kg) and 125 cc. You may also ride motor tricycles with a power output of not more than 15 kW. The requirement is that you have passed your CBT, theory test and practical test.
All information on the licence required to ride the bikes are correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. We endeavour to maintain accurate information, however cannot guarantee the details to be accurate all the time due to legislation changes. Cox Motor Group and North West Honda accepts no liability for any misrepresentation and recommends that the individual dealer be contacted to confirm the licence required to ride the bike.
|Bore × Stroke (mm)||52.4 x 57.9|
|Carburation||PGM-FI electronic fuel injection|
|C02 Emissions||52 g/km|
|Engine Displacement (cc)||124.9|
|Engine Type (cm³)||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 4-Valve SOHC single|
|Max. Power Output||10.5kW @ 8,750rpm|
|Max. Torque||12Nm @ 8,250rpm|
|Oil Capacity (Litres)||0.9L|
|Clutch||Dry, internal expanding, deadweight|
|Battery Capacity (VAh)||12V-7AH|
|Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm)||2,135 x 750 x 1,455|
|Frame type||Tubular steel underbone|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)||11.5 litres|
|Fuel Consumption||43.5 km/l (WMTC)|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||150|
|Kerb Weight (kg)||159|
|Seat Height (mm)||780|
|Brakes Front||256mm disc|
|Brakes Rear||240mm disc|
|Tyre Size Front||120/70-15|
|Tyre Size Rear||140/70-14|
|Wheels Front||Aluminium casting|
|Wheels Rear||Aluminium casting|
|Headlights||Transverse, LED 3-light (Hi: 2, Lo: 4)|
|Instruments||Fuel meter, Water temperature gauge, Odometer, Trip A and B, Average fuel consumption, Section fuel consumption, Digital clock, Oil change indicator|
|Tail Light||Combined type, LED (ST: 4, TL: 4)|
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