Written on: 17/06/2013 by Mysterysong (3 reviews written)
Having previously owned a SH125 and PS125, I felt it was time to move up to the SH300 and my word, am I glad I did. The SH30 is a cracking machine with real pace and I also find it handles superbly ( I speak as a motorcyclist too). I find the larger wheeled scooter so much more stable and easier to ride than the smaller wheel of the PS125 or similar.I'm 5'10'' and can easily flat foot when at lights and I also find the riding position good for me but check it out if you're taller Build is... (read more)
Written on: 26/04/2013
I have just traded in my Honda SH300i (for a Honda NC700s) after 5 year of happy ownership. I purchased the bike in the spring of 2008 after doing a lot of research and would highly recommend the SH300i for anyone wanting a good all round commuter. The performance is good, with plenty of power for the size of the machine and a reasonable top speed of about 90 mph. The acceleration is swift, handling good and stopping excellent due to the Honda combined-ABS set up. The bike is good on fuel... (read more)
Written on: 14/01/2013 by et82 (1 review written)
I have had my bike since June 2008 where it spend most of its overnight time in a garage, and have now 17000 miles on it. Good points: - The Honda SH300i is a brilliant city commuter as it has the small size and nimbleness of a 125cc scooter, like a Vespa, but has enough power to easily keep up with the traffic on motorways. Furthermore it is extremely stable at any speeds, and the only problem I have had is strong wind buffeting when driving behind a lorry or van on a motorway and side... (read more)
Written on: 19/08/2012
Bought this scooter about two weeks ago for a 15 mile commute each way on a mixture of country roads , motorway and inner city . Great little bike . I'm 6 2" tall and don't have any problems at all with legroom but have just ordered a givi airflow sliding screen to help reduce the wind buffing once I hit 50mph. Got 160 mile from my first tank and it will get better . It's hard not to accelerate quickly on this little bike as it goes like a rocket from the lights leaving car drivers and... (read more)
Written on: 07/06/2012 by london2wheels (3 reviews written)
Had it for 3 years. If you want to know how good it is. Try find a second hand one. 0-60 is about that of a Porsche Boxster, only difference is 72cm across handlebars (widest point). max speed 95mph. gives 70-80mpg depending on average speed. Like all scooter weight distribution is wrong (specialliy when you trade a CBR 600 for it). To all the chubby chaps on their sport bikes trying to commute- " sorry lads you bought a knife to a gun fight, just swallow your pride and get out of my way" (read more)
Written on: 17/04/2012
I wrote a glowing appreciation of my SH 300 last july when I had had the beastie for a couple of months and 2000 miles.Another 5000 miles have now been covered;so how have these gone bearing in mind many have been winter miles.Petrol consumption has ranged from 92 mpg-long trip,no luggage to 74 mpg also on a long trip but with luggage including throw over panniers into a 25mph headwind.The Honda gives its owner total faith that it will start and do what is required of it regardless of... (read more)
Written on: 05/03/2012
I have owned many large bikes including about 6 BMWs and a Pan European etc. Really though I have only ever risen them for short distances and have realised that I didn't really need a large bike. What a revelation! Why don't we have more lit weight options in the UK. It's so nimble and fun to ride. but why did they have to malke it look so bad!! In short, a great little bike with absolutely no 'cool' at all. (read more)
Written on: 24/10/2011
I was unlucky enough to buy a sh300i in 2009. Soon afterwards the bike starting stalling, putting me in danger on several occasions. HONDA first told me that it was a problem with the air intake control valve, after several attempts to solve it I was given a 2009 model in December 2009 because they admitted they had had several reported faults with the 2008 and didnot know how to sorted. In February 2010 i was given some money back when the new bike with 480 miles almost killed me again.... (read more)
Written on: 28/09/2011 by Dailyrider (1 review written)
Five months ago I traded in my very reliable 4-year old SH125i for a new Sh300i because I wanted more power when riding two-up. When away from home, my wife & I often tow our scooter on a trailer behind our car and use it as a run around so we don't have to find a car park space or pay exhorbitant fees in crowded holiday towns! It carries us both perfectly & isn't troubled overmuch by steep hills (unlike the SH125 which sometimes struggled). I use the scooter every day for commuting 7 miles... (read more)
Written on: 17/09/2011
I bought the sh300 without reading anything about it.Needed transport ASAP and read about Hondas % finance deal and bought one. Quality is top notch,speed about 85 but best of all fuel consumption,on a recent trip from home in Scarborough to Bristol and return I did 553 miles and my fuel consumption was 86.25 to the gallon,good when you think that I weigh 19 stone and had 40lb of luggage on board. Niggles,yes a couple,no indicator reminder bleeper and checking the water is a pain (but never... (read more)
Written on: 31/07/2011 by Guzziguy
I bought my Honda 300 in May of this year.I was looking for a general purpose machine that I could ride to work rather than use the Kawasaki vn900 I had recently purchased. The first thing I should mention is that I am 6'4" and weigh 15 stone plus in riding gear;so some comments will need to be read with this in mind. As most of us know,the SH range is a product of Honda Italy so there is a real Euro feel to the bike and no import duty of 6% when sold within the EU. It is clear that a great... (read more)
Written on: 03/05/2011
A great scooter if you don't use it too much!
Bought it almost new in 2008. 3 years and 25000 miles later, the engine broke down on the motorway at 75 mph. As a result, a new engine was needed (the engine rod were damaged). The bike has been serviced every 4000 miles and slept indoor.
As I was just 1 year out of warranty, I contacted Honda to see if they were happy to replace the engine as I believe it is a defect.
The only response was a NO and that it was quite a high mileage for a... (read more)
Written on: 24/04/2011
This bike is fun! its fast! and f*** does it shift from the lights for a 300. Its also very eonomical too Ive done 300 miles with only £18.00 worth of petrol and still have a quarter of a tank left. Too be fare its ok on the motorway but a bit light at the front end around 70mph ish. I bought a brand new one and really love it, I also have a Fazer Fz6s and I much prefer my sh 300. For around town its second too none no gears nippy lithe so easy too filter and oh so amusing blasting off from... (read more)
Written on: 22/04/2011
Have just come back after picking up a 2010 Honda sh300i,i bought it from C J Balls of Norwich and i rode it home to Weymouth in Dorset.A distance of 330 miles,i used various type of roads on the way back so i could get the best idea of how the bike handled all situations.
1)motorway use is great,will sit at 75/80 mph all day long,the wind blast is ok but better if you stay below 65mph.did 96 miles on 6.4 litres of petrol at these speeds.
2)once off the motorway i came through about 30 miles... (read more)
Written on: 09/01/2011
This little scooter is an absolute hoot to ride. Bought for commuting in traffic that would stall my touring bike, I love its nippiness and responsiveness. It will turn on a sixpence and is ideal for threading through dense traffic, where it averages 80+ mpg. I have added it to my bike insurance for £44 per year - result!
Now for a few negatives - the front brake alone is a little wooden but the rear brake lever that applies front and rear brake is fantastic. There is some vibration at 70... (read more)
Written on: 25/10/2010
As a die hard biker since the late 70,s, and having owned more than 35 machines from 50cc to 1200cc, this is without a doubt one of the best bikes I have had the pleasure of riding. With a 40 mile commute each way to work, it performs flawlessly, 75 mpg average fuel consumption, very comfortable/ practical and reliable. I fitted a Givi adjustable screen which compliments the bike perfectly. Ok, you might lose a certain amount of "street cred", the styling is a little on the conservative... (read more)
Written on: 07/10/2010 by 125erCrazy (1 review written)
Honda SH300i bought for commuting to work all year round.
So far owned 6 months and only covered 4000 miles as I've used my other machines during this wonderful summer.
Expensive to buy new but compared to the increasing cost of all manufactures it doesn't look to bad at present.Footboards very small and difficult for those with large feet. Underseat storage to small and wont take a Caberg flip lid. Fuel tank to small. Self servicing will be an issue as with other Hondas I've owned panels... (read more)
Written on: 14/09/2010
bought it new in 07,great handling, plenty of power, no problems whatsoever.
excellent scooter although I never tried yamaha tmax.
20 000 miles trouble free. Twist and go. (read more)
Written on: 23/07/2010
I bought my SH300i new from the Chester Honda Centre in March 2007 and have completed about 7300 miles.
I am retired so the scooter is used for pleasure riding and a delight after commuting on a number of Honda C90s.
My journeys are on open A and B roads where I am content to cruise at 45 mph.I have kept a record of the fuel consumption which is 103 mpg.
The fitted windscreen is too high and in rain causes poor visibilty and is a danger on wet nights.
I have been rather disappointed with the... (read more)
Written on: 09/07/2010
Bought mine new late in April. Model included top-box with a free pillion backrest (so saved the £32 on that option). I didn't see the optional Honda alarm as good value for money, so bought a 2metre Almax chain + Squire padlock combo, which fits nicely under the seat when on the move (NB: 1.5 metre is too short to secure a rear wheel to a lamp post when the top box is fitted). I also bought a Givi fixed height screen (lower version) and even at 6 foot tall, find this is ideal. O.K. so it... (read more)
Written on: 06/07/2010 by Honda90 (1 review written)
I bought my SH300 a year ago with only 2,500 miles on it. It seemed new and had even had the 4K service done early. Since then I've put nearly 15,000 miles on it of commuting, touring (inc with pillion) and generally thrashing it whent he sun comes out.
I'm very impressed! It does pretty much everything my BMW did, but without the clonky gear changes. Yes, it's slower, but in the real world journeys take around the same time, apart from slogging up the motorway. This is because the... (read more)
Written on: 04/07/2010 by steve evenden (1 review written)
The reason for buying a scooter was mainly for work, but i also wanted to do a tour down to the pyrenees and across to the med, well just to let you know i did and also the bike did it, altogether i did 2000m without any problems, i kept it at 50mph at first but the lorries kept attaking me so i increased it to 60mph which was fine if anything i was overtaking them. in the past i have done tours on big crusers but ive got to be honest i had less pain from vibration with the scooter than any... (read more)
Written on: 07/06/2010
It goes well and corners well,good fun.
Just One or two things let it down, hard to see the dash lights in the sun, should be a warning buzzer for the indicators.
Wind blast if your over Six foot is a problem, yes it tops out at around 90,ish, but so hard to avoid the wind blast.
Someone mentioned it looks ugly.........??.
well I think it looks like an unexciting and boring 125, and so do most of the uninformed car drivers.
By the time they realise its not a 125,, its way too late.
... (read more)
Written on: 03/04/2010 by sh300i1976 (1 review written)
So I have had my SH300i for a month now. I purchased the SH for commuting as the bad weather was killing my R1 that I was using most days. I managed to get a mint 09 plate in black with a top box that was a exdemo machine so really I am the first owner as it was practically brand new with just 980 miles on the clock all for just under 3K which was a bargain.
Well what a great little machine this is. Good power I can cruise easy at 80MPH and fly away from the lights. The brakes a very good... (read more)
Written on: 02/04/2010
I purchased my Honda SH300i two years ago and have been very pleased with it. The handling and preformance is great and the machine just sips petrol. I am getting around 85 mpg which for a machine that is able to reach 90 mph is a real result. This bike was developed by Honda ground up and they got most things spot on although they did not pay much attention to the machines looks thats why it's so ugly! Having said that this is commuter and not a fashion accessory.
I have fitted a screen... (read more)
Written on: 31/01/2010
Brilliant little scooter, based on cost and size of a scooter, not slow embarrassed a Pan- European in side by side acceleration, but gets 95mpg £100 insurance, £33 tax and nips in and out of traffic with ease.. love everything about it (read more)
Written on: 14/07/2009
I bought the honda SH300i to commute 25 miles each way to London and it has been excellent. My MPG has always been between 70 and 80. Before this bike I always had a motorbike and not a scooter but I found it a pain in the stop start traffic of London. The SH300i is so hassle free with no clutch or gears. It also means for nipping about you can accelerate quickly without hesitation as you don't need to worry about what gear you are, you just open up the throttle. Obviously in this respect... (read more)
Written on: 26/04/2009 by wing1971
i had this Honda SH300i for 2 yrs,no problems at all,very quick,love it (read more)
Written on: 09/04/2009 by Sunfish
Bought the Honda SH300i 6 month old scooter after having ridden bikes for years and I've now had it 6 months.I've allways been a fan of Honda's quality but this scooter has torpedoed my faith.The handling and exceleration are great and the screen(which I cut by a couple of inches) keeps a lot of weather off.However,I am now having to have both front and rear shocks replaced because of rust,upon a closer inspection there is also serious rusting underneath the panels (in too many places to... (read more)
Written on: 07/04/2009
Had my Honda SH300i now 12months, covered 8000miles. Dealer servicing at £60 per hour is ridiculous. Previous bikes include GSXR, Fireblade, SP1 and R1 - This is the best out of the lot because it does everything so well! (Looks naff though)
Pirelli do not officially bring in the excellent standard fit tyres, so have sourced them myself. Stops even better with EBC HH all round. Excellent two-up but suspension in low quality. Max preload on the rears sharpens up the handling but... (read more)
Written on: 02/04/2009 by tanasescuandrei74 (1 review written)
The Honda SH300i is an EXCELENT scooter! Good fuel consumption, handling, acceleration and braking. (read more)
Written on: 15/03/2009 by Urbanfox2 (2 reviews written)
Bought the SH300i last June and have only used it in good weather (fair weather rider) apart from getting caught in a storm one day. Acceleration and cornering is good but I find, I'm 6ft, the wind drag at speeds faster than 45ish gets uncomfortable. My bike has no screen, don't like the look of the available ones for this bike, so don't know if one would Improve wind drag?
I also find the seat uncomfortable and would not like to travel any distance on this bike, I'm constantly moving on the... (read more)
Written on: 03/01/2009 by paulusmaximus (4 reviews written)
I recently purchased a Honda SH300i to compliment my less-practical motorcycle collection and I can safely say that it doesn't disappoint. I live in Birmingham (UK) so inner-city ability was of paramount importance and for what the scooter is designed to be, it is by all practical purposes, perfect.
The best way that I can describe the SH is that it is like a 125 for people who are used to big bikes. It handles incredibly easily and predictably (I'm guessing the sh125 is even better, yet... (read more)
Written on: 01/11/2008
I have had around 10 motorbikes from 80 to 1300 cc (including Suzuki Hayabusa) and this scooter is the best tool in traffic and to commute. With enforced legislation, it is fast enough to get a... ticket. I can go to work with a tie and without boots or a leather jacket. I am better protected from rain. It does not lack many things (see above) to be perfect. It is true it is not that beautiful but once on the scooter, you can just see car drivers feeling envious and jealous... and you just... (read more)
Written on: 22/04/2008
I have covered 500,000 miles on Backbirds, Blades, Ducatis etc and done loads of track days. The Honda SH300i is the best machine I have ever had! The handling is better than a lot of budget bikes, the performance is comparable to a CB500 type machine and the economy about 70 miles per gallon. I bought the bike to commute and do the knowledge on so do 100miles + a days all year round. The bike has covered 10000miles and apart from the drive belt being a bit noisy and for some reason stalls... (read more)
Written on: 18/04/2008 by lamorna (1 review written)
What an improvement over my old 125cc Pantheon. Thought about getting a Yamaha Black Max or Silverwing but glad I plumped for the Honda SH300i - as it is perfectly balanced for its 300cc engine size - no ungainly fairings to get in the way when filtering. Also it is not trying to be a motorbike. Looks clearly like a scooter - especially good with the windscreen. It is the near perfect machine for commuting in London along busy dual carriageways and city roads. It should be ok on the motorway... (read more)
Written on: 04/04/2008 by pkopp (1 review written)
Excellent in the city - best performance of the (rather) small scooters (passing waiting cars is legal in Austria). Quality seems Honda-typical good (cannot say that much after 9 month). 135 km/h. Brakes and ABS very good. Engine starts at +35 C just as at -15 C - press button once. Good start, room for improvements. (read more)
Written on: 23/03/2008 by chub0121 (2 reviews written)
Good scooter for general use. I bought the standard windshield and fitted it as an extra, it worked well but it seemed to reflect the engine noise a lot. I got over this by having it carefully cut down so that it came to just below my eyeline. This did the trick and i still got good wind protection. (read more)
Written on: 22/01/2008 by Ron Armes (3 reviews written)
After riding motorcycles for many years, I'm at the age where I needed something a little lighter. We have a motorhome and tow the bike on a trailer, but my last motorbike. a Yamaha 600 was getting too awkward and heavy to push on and off the trailer. The Honda. Although not in the same league as a 600 motorcycle for performance, is still very nippy and great fun. It has genuine motorway capabilities with its top speed and easy cruising. The ride is quite jerky compared with a motorbike, but... (read more)
Written on: 15/01/2008 by Hugo Caris
It is very comfortable and light and with petrol going up its fairly cheap. (read more)
Written on: 06/06/2007 by Teignlaner (1 review written)
I had the optional screen and handguards fitted to my Honda SH300i after two weeks. You have to get used to looking through the high screen, and regular cleaning is required to maintain clear vision. The protection is very good. The bike seems much more noisy with the screen fitted and the top speed is reduced to 80mph by the drag. (read more)