Honda Forza 750 (2021 - on) Review


  • Best bits of a bike and scooter in one package
  • High quality with plenty of cunning features
  • Neat stashing space for your egg and cress on white

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £140
Power: 58 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.1 in / 790 mm)
Weight: High (518 lbs / 235 kg)


New £9,999
Used £7,500 - £9,500

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Honda’s Forza 750 is pitched as a ‘megascooter’ to rival the likes of Yamaha’s TMAX, yet is something different to the usual giant rev-and-go. Think of it more as a bike, complete with rumbling twin-cylinder engine, proper chassis parts and capable dynamic, but with the practicality and ease-of-use of a super-sized step-thru’.

It's a motorcycle with space to securely stash your full-face helmet. One that offers proper weather protection without being the size of a bloated tourer, is a doddle to ride, changes gear for you, has voice-controlled phone connectivity, and even a glovebox for your packed lunch. Or gloves. Yet one that still sounds, feels and performs pretty much like a regular bike.

Honda tried this master-of-all-trades angle before with the discontinued Integra, which was based on the NC700/750 platform and suffered by not being enough like a bike but also not enough like a scooter. It was all a bit nowt nor summat. The Forza 750 nails the concept.

It has the genuine functionality of a scooter – breezy to ride, storage, weather protection, efficiency – delivered by a mid-size motorbike that still has the noise, handling and most of the feel we expect. And the performance too: with less than 60bhp the 750 doesn’t leave scorched trails behind, but the easy-access drive means it’s as swift point-to-point in normal riding as pretty much anything else.

If you’re tempted by a true twist-and-go scooter then Yamaha’s TMAX is better at being scootery, though is also more expensive and less inspiring. There are faster, sharper and more engaging ‘real’ bikes, but none that are also as simple to use, practical, efficient on the commute or soothing on a motorway as the Forza. It’s a bit of a curious concept to get your head round, but once you do it’s really easy to see the Honda’s unique appeal.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Forza is derived from the updated 2021-on version of the X-ADV, the pleasing off-the-wall adventure-scoot that looks like the lovechild of a Super Cub and a Land Rover. Changes for the Forza include different suspension with less travel, a reduced ride height, cast wheels rather than spoked, larger front discs and pure road tyres. There’s fresh bodywork too, based on the styling of Honda’s smaller Forza scooters.

And it really works. That upside-down Showa SFF-BP front end is similar to as used on the CB1000R super-naked, and with a 17-inch front wheel, four-piston radial brake calipers and pukka Pirelli tyres the Forza’s handling is decidedly un-scooter. It stops and turns accurately and keenly, provides plenty of feel, and has a ride that’s miles away from springy commuter preconceptions. Yes, it’s rather like a bike. The Forza is no scalpel but it’s way sportier and has greater outright handling than something like a TMAX, and ushering it smartly down a B-road is entertaining. The diddy-looking 15-inch rear wheel has no ill effects on the handling.

The Honda Forza 750 has impressive handling

The 750 does require getting used to, though. Handlebars are quite narrow, and while at a pleasingly bike-like height the seating position is decidedly scooter. It takes a while to get used to hurling the Honda around and leaning over; it’s quite a few miles before you stop trying to slide your feet further back than they can go while attacking corners. Comfort is good, though. There are plenty of foot placement options on the boards, the broad seat is supportive (proper pillion seat and handles, too) and the large screen is very effective. Sheltered knees as well.

The radial-mount front brake calipers don’t have particularly strong initial bite, but there’s more than enough power. On an engaging B-road it’s easy to find yourself confidently braking hard enough for the emergency stop warning system to activate the hazard lights. The rear brake is controlled by your left hand, like on a pushbike, and is useful mid-corner and it treacherous conditions.


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

As with the X-ADV, the Forza uses the 745cc parallel twin from the NC model range. Essentially half a Jazz car engine, it’s a low-revving unit with a relaxed delivery – it was designed for economy and soothing thrumming, rather than giddy excitement.

However, while 58bhp is hardly going to put your head in a spin it’s delivered before 7000rpm. With grunt spread across the rev range and peak torque arriving at just 4750rpm, the Forza makes up for absent zip with flexibility and effortless pace. It’s easy to find your expected 60mph is actually well beyond 80.

It’s not lacking in bike-like personality either. Honda use slightly different timing for each cylinder to generate feel and character, and the engine’s 270˚ firing interval means it has the feel and – importantly – the exhaust sound of a 90˚ V-twin. The deep, edgy note from the stubby upswept pipe means folk think they’re listening to a Ducati approaching, only for the Forza to slide into view.

You can expect around 70mpg fuel economy from the 2021 Honda Forza 750

It’s efficient. The 750 easily returns 70mpg in normal brisk use, meaning over 200 miles from the 13.2-litre tank (accessed through a neat, keyless, pop-up filler cap in front of the seat).

Honda use their six-speed DCT (dual clutch transmission) on the Forza. It’s not like the thrashy variable drive of a scooter, but a proper gearbox managed by the bike – so there’s a connection between your hand and the rear wheel.

Different modes alter how keenly the DCT changes up and down the gears, as well as giving different power, engine braking and traction control settings. In Rain or Standard mode the bike slides quickly to sixth for efficiency and smoothness, but in Sport mode on a winding B-road it hangs onto gears and changes down ratios exactly as you would yourself, with blipped downshifts. It’s like a posh two-way quickshifter.

Alternatively, you can select manual and flick about the ratios using well-placed buttons on the left switchgear. These can also be used to override the system in auto, should you be overwhelmed by a desire to suddenly click down three ratios.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)

I don’t want to churn out the usual Honda build quality cliché but the thing with the Forza is that, well… it’s a Honda. There’s nothing amiss with the 750’s quality of presentation, from the aluminium swingarm to the feel of the controls and finish of the bodywork.

The only noticeable thing is that when you access the undereat storage the hinged-open seat looks a little wonky viewed from behind. It’s because it only has a hydraulic strut on one side and is hardly a deal-breaker.

The Honda Forza 750 is built solidly and provides a huge amount of practicality

As with the NC700/750 models, the engine should be tediously reliable. It’s understressed and should run pretty much forever with just routine servicing. DCT shouldn’t cause issues either – Honda had been using it on bikes for over a decade when the Forza was introduced, and it’d been around almost twenty years in the car world. It’s proven technology.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The Forza is £9999 on the road (2021 price). This looks steep, as it puts the Honda in the same ballpark as ‘proper’ all-round bikes like the Yamaha Tracer 9, Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and Triumph Tiger 850 Sport. However, while such machines have greater performance, they’re a different proposition without the Forza’s day-to-day functionality or convenient features.

The ignition button on the 2021 Honda Forza 750

Compared with pure max-scoots, the Honda is only a few hundred quid more expensive than Suzuki’s discontinued Burgman 650 used to cost, but a far, far superior device. The Honda is also £2000 cheaper than Yamaha’s established TMAX.

The Yamaha is a better pure scooter and has a few features that the Honda doesn’t (electric screen, heated grips, cruise), but two-grand is a big chunk extra – and Forza is a better all-round bike.

Used prices for the previous Integra suggest the Forza will have strong residual values.


Beneath the seat (released with a button on the ’bars) there’s a 21-litre space that readily swallows a helmet. It’s got an interior light and is also where you find the USB charging port and toolkit.

There’s also a decent-sized compartment in the fairing. Ignition is keyless, the fob also locking/unlocking the fuel filler and seat plus the accessory top-box, and the indicators cancel themselves (and come on as hazards in panic-brake situations). The Forza also has a centrestand (it’s chain final drive, not belt, so this is handy for lubing) and brilliant mirrors.

There are three riding modes, linked to the traction control and giving differing power delivery and levels of engine braking. And, of course, the super-smart DCT gearbox too.

The TFT dash on the 2021 Honda Forza 750

It’s a pity that heated grips aren’t standard, though the 750 tries to make it up with an easy-to-read colour TFT dash that has phone connectivity and the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system.

Yes, voice. Download an app to your Android phone, connect an intercom, and you can answer and make phone calls, control turn-by-turn navigation on the dash and select music all by speaking. The system will even read out messages you receive via SMS, Facebook or WhatsApp, and you can talk the replies.


Engine size 745cc
Engine type SOHC 8v parallel twin
Frame type Steel tube perimeter
Fuel capacity 13.2 litres
Seat height 790mm
Bike weight 235kg
Front suspension 41mm telescopic fork, no adjustment
Rear suspension Monoshock, adjustable preload
Front brake 2 x 310mm discs with four-piston calipers. ABS
Rear brake 240mm disc, two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 R17
Rear tyre size 160/60 R15

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 70 mpg
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost £140
New price £9,999
Used price £7,500 - £9,500
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Top speed & performance

Max power 58 bhp
Max torque 51 ft-lb
Top speed 110 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 203 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2021: Launched as a new model, based on the X-ADV ‘crossover adventure bike’. Marketed as a super-scoot linked to Honda’s popular small-capacity Forza models.

Other versions

There’s only one Forza 750; however, the X-ADV uses the same platform but with longer-travel suspension, adjustable screen, spoke wheels, semi-knobbly tyres and chunkier adventure-ish styling. It’s £10,849 (2021 price).

Owners' reviews for the HONDA NSS750 FORZA (2021 - on)

5 owners have reviewed their HONDA NSS750 FORZA (2021 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HONDA NSS750 FORZA (2021 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Equipment: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £140
5 out of 5 Under the radar tourer.
11 March 2024 by Andrew

Year: 2023

Looks like a scooter but it’s really a bike underneath. Excellent concept. It is expensive but the quality is there and, let’s face it, it’s a Honda.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Handles really well. The seat comfort is good and the fuel light comes on before I get uncomfortable at about 130 mikes. Suspension is excellent as are the brakes.

Engine 5 out of 5

It’s half a Jazz engine so slow revving but its character can be controlled by the mode switch. There are three as standard which are sport, revvy (ish), standard (thumpy) and rain (very low revving). All do things with the traction control which makes sense but you can set your own profile to get it how you like it.Throttle response can be lively so I always slow speed it in standard to avoid surprises. It’s worth taking the care as it’s a heavy bike.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

One year in and it looks as good as new. Only problem I had was the electrics shutting down but that appeared to be having my phone next to the remote key. Since then have put them in different pockets and no issues.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

At this price point I would want to see heated grips, a decent screen and hand guards as standard. I went for heated grips as an extra and added an airstream screen which is adjustable and protects your hands. I also added a Puig rear hugger as it can get very messy without it. I also added the panniers and top box which turn it into a very practical touring bike. The headlight is LED but BMW do it better as they do the TFT screen - the Honda has more info but the satnav on the BMW is miles better.

Buying experience: Excellent service from J S Gedge at Pevensey Bay.

5 out of 5 Ticking all the boxes
11 October 2022 by Peter

Year: 2021

Ticks all my boxes

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Rear suspension a bit hard for me...still trying different setting though

Engine 5 out of 5

On paper low bhp but power and torque is more then sufficient on this.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Too early to say but if anything like the silverwing I had for 7.5 years, should be perfect

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Will know more next March (2 year service due then) Fuel economy fantastic Using (in standard mode) averaging 75mpg In sport drops to about 60mpg Riding in rain mode and did not go bigger roads (stayed under 55mph) best 90 mpg !!

Equipment 3 out of 5

As a perfect tourer should come with cruise control and heated grips as standard. That DCT box is a diamond

Buying experience: From Bell Vue Motorcycles Southend on Sea ( 3rd bike from them now) £8995

5 out of 5 Swiss Army Knife..
26 September 2022 by Beefcake.

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £150

A Relavation, wanted something different & was sold on the Dct Transmission, ex bike Africa twin Dct. Identified what type of motorcycling i actually love & purchased accordingly. 200 ml days piece of cake in comfort

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Great involving motoring, toured the borders, April 22, have a stretch every 100mls.. Front forks can bottom out down steep gradients fully loaded if anchoring on for hazards.. Brakes are more than adequate..

Engine 5 out of 5

All happens B4 5500rpm, little peach, 70mph @ 3k / 80mph @ 4k..Same as my super tenere, Very brisk and inspires confidence from take-off.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Everything fits, and its on the button always.. Trouble free so far ( 2.5k) so it should B..

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

Love the Tft dash, fitted a Puig screen, Fantastic, Visor up touring @ 80mph..Fitted oxford grips, they melt the handlebars Fab, fab, fab. Came with Bridgstones, no issues.

Buying experience: Got a good deal, winter purchase..

5 out of 5
26 May 2022 by geoff

Year: 2021

Comfortable ride. Upright seating position, thin seat is comfortable on long rides. Heavy when pushing bike around. Would recommend.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Good for town, or longer rides. Some space under seat for shopping under seat. Front (twin) brake good, rear seems weak in comparison, ABS kicks in early.

Engine 5 out of 5

Powerful enough for overtakes, and 70mph cruising. DCT gearbox is always in the right gear. You know this, as pressing the manual override button, changes gear only momentarily, before switching back to the original gear.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

Very clear, useful display. I changed windsreen to Givi Airflow, which keeps wind off my head, (5'9" rider). Would like cruise control, and heated grips. Pirelli Diablo tyres grip well.

Buying experience: Paid full price. Expected 3 month wait, (2021), but it arrived in one.

4 out of 5 Automatic Fun
10 November 2021 by Fred Brown

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £130

A maxi scooter for bikers. great quality and good value for a maxi scooter. colours are a bit dull and not enough under seat storage. only other point to spoil the party is chain drive Why! Goes well and sounds good. The auto transmission takes a bit of getting used to but i really like it, suits the bike.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

brakes and handling good. ride can be a little harsh but that could be the small wheels

Engine 5 out of 5

quicker than you would think, its the torque that does the job. Couple it with the auto transmission and its fun. 70 mpg around town. a long run should see 80mpg.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

only had the bike a couple of months but its typical Honda quality so should be ok.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

only first 600 mile service so far'.

Equipment 4 out of 5

No heated grips, every UK bike should have these as standard at this price level. Honda grips are £280, too expensive. Dash is good but the under seat storage struggle to hold an open face helmet let alone a full face. Wind deflectors option a must.

Buying experience: Honda dealer, paid list but got a very good p/x price for my Yamaha.

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