equipped with “ Honda S Matic” |The world’s first electronic
control belt CVT “Honda S Matic” for 250cc class
scooters has been applied to the 2004 FORZA Model. The
high-friction rubber belt and aluminum alloy pulley are
employed in the transmission system which is housed in
the unit swing engine having the same shape as that of
a conventional scooter.
The “Honda S Matic” system has realized fuel economy,
low exhaust emissions, quietness and high driving performance
at low costs. Such features are unattainable with conventional
CVTs. One of the big features is that the system permits
the rider to select a shift mode from a number of patterns
such as the D mode and S mode for automatic shift, and
the M mode for manual shift. By that device, the rider
can have a choice of reduction ratios in various road
conditions such as a flat road, mountain road, etc., and
be able to enjoy exciting riding easily. Even though small
changes of the reduction ratio through aging exist, there
are merits such as no change in the clutch engagement
point or in the shift characteristics, no lowering of
the maximum speed, etc.
At this point, let us introduce technical details of this
epoch-making transmission system, which broadens the possibility
of scooters in terms of the comfort and joy of easy riding.