Without the lower centre-of-gravity or small wheels of most scooters, only the leg shields suggest you're not on motorcycle. The Integra's handling is better than its bland looks suggest but won't exactly have you throwing it into every corner. Try hard enough and the bodywork grounds first.
As with the rest of the NC700 range, the Integra's gentle power curve contains zero surprises, except the redline, which is too easy to bump into at just over 6000rpm. Despite the uninspiring delivery, it will out-accelerate nearly all maxi scooters. It’s got two automatic modes – Drive and Sport – and a semi-automatic mode, where you change up and down using buttons on the left bar. Fuel economy is good, at 60.1mpg in MCN tests.
Honda says it's DCT system meets its usual high standards of long-term reliability, and who are we to doubt them? The Integra hasn't exactly topped UK sales charts, meaning fewer owners to tell us about any problems. If any manufacturer deserves the benefit of the doubt, it's Honda.
At £7699 as of August 2013, it convincingly undercuts the maxi-scooter competition. It's over £1000 less than Suzuki's Burgman and Yamaha's TMAX, and £2000 less than BMW's C650GT. Given its level of sophistication, it leaves you asking why the others cost so much.
The Integra has the comfort and weather protection of a scooter but not the luggage capacity. There's one glove box, just about big enough for a phone. Because it has a motorcycle chassis, there's not the cavernous underseat compartment of scooters. The one you get is nowhere near big enough even for an open-face lid.