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Look around Europe’s capitals and two letters will be constantly, obviously on the move: SH. Over a million SH scooters have been sold in Europe over the last 34 years, earning the SH tag the status of a premium brand-within-a-brand, underpinned by Honda’s famed build quality and reliability.

It became the first Honda to gain EURO4 compliance back in 2015; at the same time its engine got a boost in torque output and fuel efficiency. Its look, too was made more muscular while the chassis received revisions to expand storage space and maintain its razor-sharp handling. Two-channel ABS, full LED lighting and a Honda Smart Key were the finishing touches.

For 2019 the SH300i’s proven package remains essentially unchanged, but is equipped with two new features that enhance both the owning and riding experience.

Breathing through a SOHC 4-valve head, the SH300i’s liquid-cooled 279cc engine is both a strong and frugal performer. Peak power of 18.5kW arrives at 7,500rpm, with peak torque of 25.5Nm delivered at 5,000rpm.

A new addition for 2019 is Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). HSTC detects any difference between the front and rear wheel speeds in slippery conditions, 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 flashes when the system is working to manage grip.

Bore and stroke are set at 72 x 68.5mm, with compression ratio of 10.5:1. Fuel efficiency of 33.3 km/l (WMTC mode) means a range of 300km is possible from the 9L fuel tank.

The SH300i’s engine is well-proven and engineered to last – a roller type rocker arm, plain journal crank bearings and sealed crankcases deliver long-term reliability; oil capacity is 1.7-litres and a 5mm offset cylinder reduces internal friction. An automatic centrifugal clutch works a V-Matic transmission and belt final drive.

The SH300i is a scooter that defines its presence on the road, marking out its premium SH lineage with a compact, sinuous and practical design plus full LED lighting.

An addition for 2019, and adding to the convenience of a busy life on the move with the SH300i is its Smart Key which – as well as controlling the main ignition switch knob and compartment locking – now also manages the optional 35L 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.

There’s room for a full-face helmet under the seat, and the seat height itself an easy-to-manage 805mm (just 5mm more than the SH125/150) and the standard SH flat floor (435mm wide) makes loads easy to carry as well as aiding the rider step on and off.

The riding position suits a wide range of rider sizes and delivers a relaxed, upright stance and great all-round vision. Total machine length is 2131mm, with width of 728mm and height of 1193mm. Minimum ground clearance is 130mm.

The SH300i’s chassis is unchanged for 2019 and designed to deliver agility and composure in all riding situations. It features a steel underbone frame, 35mm telescopic forks, twin rear shock absorbers, cast aluminium swingarm and an Oleo link system mounted underneath the engine to assist handling feel and bump absorption. Wet weight is 169kg.

Rake and trail are set at 27°30’/98mm with wheelbase of 1438mm and the handlebars feature a 45° turn radius from centre. The front 110/70-16 tyre is matched with a 130/70R16 rear and the two-channel ABS operates 256mm single disc brakes front and rear.

Colour Options

Matt Cynos Grey Metallic

Matt Cynos Grey Metallic

Matt Ruthenium Silver Metallic

Matt Ruthenium Silver Metallic

Pearl Splendor Red

Pearl Splendor Red

Air Force Grey

Air Force Grey

Licence Requirement

To ride the SH300i, you will need a minimum of an A2 licence.

The minimum age to hold an A2 licence is 19. With an A2 licence you can ride a standard motorcycle up to 35 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.2 kW per kg), the bike must not be derived from vehicle more than twice its power.

To acquire an A2 licence you can take the direct access route where you take a theory and practical test. The other option is to take the progressive route. If you decide to take the progressive route, you must have 2 years experience on an A1 motorbike and take a further practical test.

Terms & Conditions 

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)72 x 68.5mm
CarburationPGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Compression Ratio10.5:1
Engine Displacement (cc)279.1cc
Engine Type (cm³)Liquid-cooled 4-stroke SOHC single; Euro 4 compliant
Max. Power Output18.5kW @ 7,500rpm
Max. Torque25.5Nm @ 5,000rpm
Oil Capacity (Litres)1.7L
Clutch OperationAutomatic
Final DriveV-belt
Transmission TypeV-Matic
Battery Capacity (VAh)12V-11.6AH
Caster Angle27° 30'
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm)2,131 x 728 x 1,193mm
Frame typeTubular steel underbone
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)9.0L
Fuel Consumption94mpg (WMTC mode)
Ground Clearance (mm)130mm
Kerb Weight (kg)169kg (Front: 65kg; Rear: 104kg)
Seat Height (mm)805mm
Trail (mm)98mm
Wheelbase (mm)1,438mm
Brakes Front256mm x 4.5mm hydraulic disc with two piston caliper drilled rotor and resin mould pads, ABS
Brakes Rear256mm x 5mm hydraulic disc with single-piston caliper, and resin mould pads, ABS
Suspension Front35mm telescopic fork
Suspension RearDual-damper unit swingarm
Tyre Size Front110/70-16
Tyre Size Rear130/70-16 (61S)
Wheels Front16 x MT2.75 U-section 6-spoke cast aluminium
Wheels Rear16 x MT3.50 U-section 6-spoke cast aluminium
InstrumentsSpeedometer, fuel gauge and temperature gauge, pointer-type, clock, two trip meters, fuel consumption gauge, Honda SMART Key indicator.
Tail LightLED

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