Re: Another Honda SH150i is amongst us...
Okay, I rode "Versace" (he now has a name) to church today, which gave me the opportunity to get a pretty good idea of what to expect. The route there was 20 miles there on back roads, consisting of mixed 35-45mph winding roads, and 18 miles back, on 45-55mph, relatively straight (but sometimes hilly) roads.
First, the not-so-complimentary stuff...
THIS THING NEEDS A REAL WINDSHIELD! The tiny one that comes with the SH150i barely covers the dash, and serves only to keep the incoming bugs from hitting the instrument panel, directly. Honda has a taller windshield for the rest of the world, but I haven't asked the dealer if they can order them, yet. Givi offers one for earlier years, so let's hope they can get one to market for us rather quickly, as I'd rather have one of theirs. At the speeds I was going, I was very glad to have a full faced helmet.
You can't see the turn signal indicators on the dash. The angle of the instrument panel does nothing to reduce the amount of sunlight hitting the dash, so it pretty much washes out the turn signal indicators. There's no audio backup, so you'll have to either retrofit a buzzer, or remember to cancel it, yourself.
There's very little on-board storage space, without even space for a hiccup up front. You could fit a half helmet (maybe a 3/4, if it was small) under the seat with your wallet, but that's pretty much it, as the gas tank takes up all of the area under the passenger section of the seat. The built-in rear storage rack has mounting slots for Honda's version of an accessory top box, but once again, Givi offers a mount plate for earlier years, so I'll be looking to them for goodies. I'll also be on the lookout for something to mount onto the back side of the leg shield.
The brake lock is kinda hard to engage. You squeeze the rear brake lever with your left hand, then reach over it with your right hand, to pull a tiny little lever back towards you, until it clicks. I found myself squeezing and re-squeezing the brakes, trying to get the lock engaged ... but I was having a heck of a time, getting the brake lever pulled in far enough. I may have to adjust the rear brake lever a little.
I wish it had a disc brake on the rear wheel, instead of a drum, and that they weren't integrated. I prefer to be able to choose which and how much brake to apply. It's also easier to check the disc brake pads than drum shoes. Don't take this to mean I had problems stopping, because I didn't. For the money though, it should have disc brakes on the rear.
The vibration at idle is a little annoying. It's not that it was running rough or anything - it just vibrates a bit heavier than my Burgman at idle, so it's noticable for me.
I'm 5'4", with a 30-inch inseam, and while I was doing fine, someone who is taller, may have issues with the leg room. I kept wanting to move my feet farther forward. Again, it's probably because I'm spoiled by the feet-forward position of my Burgman.
Now, the good stuff...
There is absolutely no hesitation in starting. You push the start button, and it immediately turns over.
I like the bigger wheels! Both checking the air pressure and crossing railroad tracks was much easier with the 16" wheels.
This little bugger has a lot of power! It won't blow you away at takeoff, but I had no problems jumping out front from stoplights. It took my big butt up to 65mph indicated, with room still left on the accelerator. I was able to keep up my speeds on hills, as well. Honda suggests you change over to a cooler spark plug if you plan to run at high speeds for long periods of time, and I'm thinking that may be the way for me to go.
While the wind was strong against me, it was even, without bouncing me around. I would definitely recommend earplugs, though.
I like the look. The black metallic has a lot of colored flake mixed in. The plastic panel that's on the back side of the leg shield looks like it'll be harder to scuff than that of the Burgman. It reminds me of the plastic found in the old "Tuff Stuff" toys. There's also some silver trim mixed in, so when picking accessories, I can either go with black or silver.
I won't have an idea on what kind of mileage I'm getting for a few more days.
Once I get a real windshield and a rear storage case installed, I will have absolutely no qualms about riding the SH150i back and forth to work, church, etc. Mind you, it's no Burgman, but then, that's not what it's supposed to be. I won't get my Burgman back for a couple of weeks, so it'll be a very nice backup scoot, until I go pick her up from her vacation at the dealership. Once I have both to choose from, I may find myself picking the Honda for those 100 degree days, when I want to feel a lot of wind.
Barbara Jo (BJ)
2015 Honda CB300F