Honda SH300i (2007 - present)

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£4305
Available from
2007

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Submitted by Jan_B (not verified) on Tue, 05/07/2011 - 16:26

Overall Review

Expensive to buy from a dealer, brilliant second hand private buy. Versatile, for both city and occasional dual carriageway use.

Strengths

Engine size / weight ration make is quick Large wheels for stability and good road manners ABS Honda enginering A dream to ride Nimble in city trafic Practical (esp. with a top box)

Weaknesses

Under seat storage is minimal Vespa looks - not everybody's cup of tea

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Submitted by Nayra on Mon, 24/10/2011 - 23:42

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The worst is that even after admitting the fault Honda UK will not give me the compensation that I feel I deserve. They said that I had 4,500 miles of use from the two bikes and that together with the £3,000 they refunded me they are not ready to make any further contribution. And insult! No regard for human life and zero willingness to put things right in my opinion. Trust me, don't risk it. If it has taken them 4 years to admit to this technical fault, who is to say it's solved? Maybe the 2011 has it too.

Strengths

None!

Weaknesses

I have a letter from Honda UK confirming that they have discovered that the sh300i between 2007 and 2010 potentially stalls the engine when idling or during low throttle opening operation when the centrifugal clutch has disengaged at low speeds. Don't ask me what that means but it basically almost caused me my life several times and put me and my love ones under a great deal of stress.

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Submitted by Coldisland on Thu, 01/12/2011 - 11:34

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I would like to address an issue raised in an earlier review regarding the engine stalling. I think the issue is this: when the bike rolls forward without any throttle, the centrifugal clutch does not engage and the engine sometimes runs unevenly. If the rider applies some throttle, the clutch engages violently. This is an unpleasant "feature" of this and some similar bikes, and requires care by the rider. My bike stalled twice in 10,000 kms, which isn't great - in both cases it was cold weather on a cold engine.

Strengths

I rode motorbikes for years until I moved to Geneva. My VFR800 wasn't suitable for endless stop/start traffic, so I "down-sized" to a scooter. The SH300i is a revelation - initial acceleration from the lights is shockingly quick (crucially, up to about 35 mph...). Handling is well-balanced for snaking through traffic or medium-speed corners. Styling is a matter of opinion, but I like the fact that it "disappears" at low speeds or when parked, then surprises everyone in terms of performance. A joy to own and ride.

Weaknesses

Underseat storage is marginal (just enough for a tiny open-face helmet). Styling is "understated" (to most people it is somewhere between anonymous and ugly). Riding position is bolt upright (great view, though). "Average" fuel-efficiency - nowhere near its SH125 sibling. But this is nit-picking, it's almost perfect.

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Bought the honda sh 300i as i like the honda brand,but mainly because of problems with my knee i changed to a automatic.No more shifting gear which gives me pain .I have commuted in all weathers and despite the horrendous conditions lately the sh has allways been surefooted,and those linked brakes inspire confidence.

Strengths

Bought this scooter new in march,traded in my cbf 125.Performance is brisk and the brakes are pretty impressive especially in the wet.Not experienced the stalling issue some other riders have.Very convenient carrying capacity compared to a normal bike.

Weaknesses

The bike is pretty heavy to push out of my gate,most of the wieght at the rear so fairly easy to steer despite the heavy rear.My biggest concern is other motorists, they think its a moped or a 125cc scooter.So they think they have time to pull out in front of you wrong.The look on their faces when your bearing down on them.

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Submitted by Agesofman (not verified) on Tue, 21/07/2015 - 13:24

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I am a critical person but I find it hard to see, within the limits of this being a scooter with a 300cc engine, how to make it better. Sure you can say it's not as economical as a 125 scooter (duh) but at 80mpg it uses half the petrol of a typical motorbike, whilst being just as quick door to door as a motorbike, even across country. Sure you can say the underseat storage isn't huge (but it's a darn site bigger than a motorcycles underseat storage & if Honda made it huge, then the SH300 loses its sporty nature and becomes big and Bergman like). With the included, decent sized top box, I've been on week long tours with no issue. Maintenance is cheap and easy (2 tyres cost less than one on my bike and last twice as long!). Spark plug change/clean is a 5 minute job (3 hours on a typical motorbike). Reliability has been faultless. It's no wonder the SH range of scooters have occupied the top 3 most sold scooters in Italy for many years.

Strengths

I've had the SH300 from new in 2008 & done over 20,000 miles on it, including trips to France and Belgium. If biking was simply a head decision, this is the perfect bike: Perfectly happy to cruise at 80 on the m'way, stops well, is really comfy, handles well for fun on the twisties (Advanced rider on a 1200 Ducati gave it the highest complement on a twisty Welsh road "It might not have that many horses but it makes .... good use of them!). I had the ECU upgrade but bike was fine from new. Other than regular servicing (simple, I do myself) BIKE HAS NOT NEEDED ANY MAINTENANCE AT ALL. Brilliant.

Weaknesses

It's a scooter!

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Submitted by Ian Iver on Thu, 22/10/2015 - 14:40

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I owned this scooter for 4 years now. It is the best mode of transport in London, this is why: COST OF OWNERSHIP It is cheaper than public transport (yes, I include all costs: purchase, depreciation, fuel, insurance, clothing, maintenance, and I assume that I need to spend about 100 quid a year on incidentals. BETTER THAN... I rode the following competitors and the SH beats them all: >>TMAX 400/530: Performance: SH and the TMAX530 accelerate to 30mph at the same pace. The TMAX owns the SH after that. The story is the same with TMAX400 but the difference in performance after 30mph is less obvious. Handling: the SH has bigger wheels (16" instead of 15") and it owns the TMAX in terms of handling. Also, the SH's breaks are just awesome where on the TMAX I had to pull a few tricks to get it to stop at slippery surfaces. Finally, the SH costs less to own and this makes it the winner of the two (for me). >>Beverly 350: This is the SH's main competitor. It wins on storage and - arguably - looks better than the SH. The Beverly is also marginally quicker than the SH after 30mph. However, the SH completely owns the Beverly in handling and breaks (again) and it cost much less to maintain. So, if you are looking for a reliable, safe, quick, economical bike to commute to a big city then the SH300 is a no-brainer.

Strengths

Bulletproof Very low cost of ownership Breaks that defy the laws of physics Handling that defy the laws of scooters! Handles better than the TMAX (It is the only scooter with 16/16" wheels front/back. The Beverly is 14"/16") Consumption that defy your expectations for the performance you get. Performance on-par with big-bikes of 500cc.

Weaknesses

Not the most stylish bike around Storage is average - especially as it's main competitor (Beverly 350) has enough underseat storage for 2 full-face helmets.

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Submitted by User 87608 on Fri, 04/11/2016 - 00:23

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The sh300i from Honda is a high wheel scooter of 279 cubic capacity - it produces around 28 brake horse power and is a significantly fast scooter off the mark and has a true top speed of over 90 miles per hour - it returns over 80 miles per gallon no matter how you ride it - sporting combined braking with abs it stops remarkably well - accessories include a screen top box and handguards - I would suggest that this scooter is one of the best on the market available today - the latest incarnation has led lights and keyless ignition

Strengths

Fast Reliable Economical

Weaknesses

Storage

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