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World's first Honda S-Matic transmission on a 250cc scooter (Forza Z only)
The electronically controlled Honda S-Matic offers the rider a dual-mode (D-mode, S-mode) automatic or six-speed manual transmission. The six-speed manual mode shifts as well as changing between D-mode and S-mode can be toggled with a switch located on the right-hand side of the handlebars. A signal from the ratio switch is fed to the Honda S-Matic transmission ECU, and the control motor is operated with sensor signals to change the position of the drive pulley, effecting gear change. Further, in six-speed manual mode, the unit automatically shifts down to first gear when the scooter is stopped. This allows the rider to enjoy the convenience of an automatic combined with the sportiness of a manual, all in one bike...
extract of ->http://world.honda.com/news/2004/2040330.html

with pictures:
HOnda press room
Forza Z type Honda Japan
http://www.honda.co.jp/factbook/motor/forza/200404/006.html
HongKong
http://www.ibike.com.hk/01_bike_report/local/honda/04_forza250/01.htm? :!:
 

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With gas prices going up and traffic going nuts the world of scooters is going to start to open up,
And I for one am glad . The day is coming when cage drivers will actually see a motorcycle or scooter . :wink:
 

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Got the new issue of 'Scooter Rider' magazine in the mail today. It has a road test of a 'Kymco Bet & Win 250'. The cover picture shows it in Red & Silver - very sporty & sleek looking. There are apparently dealerships in some of the larger USA cities. It is manufactured in Taiwan.

So I'm browsing through the article. Turn the page - there is a picture of a superbike team rider in full racing leathers & full face helmet doing a wheelie on the machine. A full fledged, front wheel way up in the air wheelie. And right below it, a picture of him doing a stoppie. A genuine rear wheel way up in the air stoppie. Yee ha!

Tsk, Tsk. Such un-scooterist like behaviour. :)
 

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pauljo said:
So I'm browsing through the article. Turn the page - there is a picture of a superbike team rider in full racing leathers & full face helmet doing a wheelie on the machine. A full fledged, front wheel way up in the air wheelie. And right below it, a picture of him doing a stoppie. A genuine rear wheel way up in the air stoppie. Yee ha!
How many members of the superbike team did they use to hold up the front end of the bike to simulate a wheelie? :)
 

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How many members of the superbike team did they use to hold up the front end of the bike to simulate a wheelie? :)
Zero. The little scoot is set up for city sport riding, and is geared low for rapid acelleration. The penalty, is that the (admittedly heavy) tester could only get it up to 73 mph on the freeway - although some US dealers on the web are claiming top speed of 85 mph plus. It is also a featherweight compared to our Burgmans (348 lbs).

I think a lot of these motorcycle racers own scooters to get around the pits and grounds when they are not racing.

Here's a different guy showing off on his 50cc scoot:

http://www.bikepics.com/pictures/061481/

http://www.bikepics.com/pictures/061483/
 
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