Friday, October 13, 2006

Nice New Honda Scooter

John Smith, over on Modern Vespa, discovered this beauty on Honda's European website. The Honda SH300i, looks like a nice mid-size scooter. 279cc, it looks like it might be a little cramped for the more long-legged of us. Don't know if they'll ever bring it to the states, but it's available in Europe with the following features:

- Slimmest, most compact body proportions in class.
- High-stability 35mm telescopic front forks.
- Newly developed, high-rigidity underbone-style scooter frame.
- Flat floorboard provides ample legroom and easy manoeuvrability.
- Water-resistant glove box features DC socket for charging mobile phones and other accessories.
- Comfortably contoured seat with 785mm seat height for ideal balance of rider eye level and riding ease.
- Ample underseat luggage capacity.
- All-new liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 280cc SOHC 4-valve engine offers fastest acceleration in its class.
- Sealed crankcase separates crank cavity from oil reservoir for improved performance and a smaller engine design.
- HECS3 oxygen-sensing catalytic converter system minimises exhaust emissions.
- Large-diameter 16" wheels for smooth handling and comfortable high-speed control.
- Large-diameter 256mm front and rear Combined disc brakes. ABS-equipped version also available.
- Innovative ‘floating link’ unit swingarm pivot system enhances high-speed control while reducing vibration.
- SH-exclusive rear carrier easily mounts optional 35-litre top box.
- HISS immobiliser security system.- New sleekly designed instrument panel.
- Powerful headlight for high visibility and presence.

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