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Yamaha XMax 300 Roma vs Honda Forza 300: Spec Comparo


It is the battle of the European maxi-scooters. Which one wins on paper?

The concept of a maxi-scooter is quite a European thing. With nearly twice as much power and double the weight of the 150cc scooters available in India, these maxi-scooters are used for more than just utilitarian purposes. Honda has toyed with the idea of introducing India to its first proper maxi-scooter before finally announcing that the launch of the Forza 300 is likely to take place by the end of the year. Up until now, India has had only maxi-styled scooters.

In Europe, the Forza 300 has been contending with the Yamaha XMax 300 for a long time, the latter receiving a new limited edition series called the XMax 300 Roma, paying tribute to the COVID-19 warriors of Italy. How do these two stack up?

Engine:

Specifications

Honda Forza 300

Yamaha XMax 300

Engine

279cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine

292cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine

Power

25.15PS @ 7000rpm

28PS @ 7250rpm

Torque

27.2Nm @ 5750rpm

29Nm @ 5750rpm

Gearbox

CVT

CVT

With a few more cubes and a shorter stroke, the Yamaha mill manages to pump out more power. It is even torquier than the Honda. It is noteworthy to point out that the XMax 300 is also lighter than the Forza 300 by three kilos. Both of these power units are liquid-cooled, have a four-valve head and have traction control to keep the rear end in control. 

Underpinnings

Specifications

Honda Forza 300

Yamaha XMax 300

Frame

Underbone

Underbone

Front suspension

Telescopic fork

Telescopic fork

Rear suspension

Twin shocks

Twin shocks

Front brake

256mm disc brake

267mm disc brake

Rear brake

240mm disc brake

245mm disc brake

Front tyre

120/70-R15

120/70-15

Rear tyre

140/70-R14

140/70-14

The two maxi-scooters are almost evenly matched in terms of hardware on offer. Both have a telescopic fork and twin shocks suspending an underbone frame. Both run on a 15-/14-inch alloy wheel setup but the Honda uses radial tyres. The XMax 300 has slightly larger discs, which should equate to better braking performance. Dual-channel ABS is standard on both maxi-scooters.

Dimensions

Specifications

Honda Forza 300

Yamaha XMax 300

Wheelbase

1,510mm

1,540mm

Ground clearance

135mm

135mm

Fuel tank capacity

11.5-litres

13-litres

Seat height

780mm

795mm

Kerb weight

182kg

179kg

Both maxi-scooters have aspects where they edge out one another. The Forza 300 has a shorter wheelbase and a more accessible seat height, stressing more on the latter as these scooters usually have wider seats, which mean that the more difficult it gets to get your feet on the ground. Both scooters have identical ground clearance, which to be fair is a bit too low in the Indian context. The Yamaha on the other hand is lighter by 3kg and that is despite it carrying 1.5-litres of fuel extra on board.

Price & Verdict

Honda Forza 300

Yamaha XMax 300

Rs 4.73 lakh

Rs 4.87 lakh (Roma edition: Rs 5.04 lakh)

(all prices, OTR Europe)

Given the tech on board and the capabilities these scooters possess, the asking price was bound to be on the higher side. The obvious choice has to be the Yamaha XMax 300 as it provides more oomph for the asking price. That said, we Indians will have to stay content with the Forza 300 (which is not something to be disheartened at all) as Yamaha has shown no inclination in bringing the XMax 300 or any other maxi-scooter that it makes to our country soon.

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