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March 14, 2005

Honda to Release the FORZA Z ABS,an ABS-equipped Version of the FORZA Z 250cc Scooter

March 14, 2005-Honda Motor Co., Ltd today announced that it will offer a special version of its high-tech FORZA Z 250cc scooter equipped with a front/rear-wheel-linked anti-lock braking system for enhanced braking performance and increased rider confidence. The new FORZA Z ABS will be released for sale Saturday, March 19th, 2005.

Popular since its release in July 2004, the FORZA Z features the Honda Smart Card system for effective theft deterrence, a Honda S-Matic transmission that allows riders to choose between automatic and six-speed manual modes, and other advanced Honda technologies. The new front/rear-wheel-linked anti-lock braking system on the FORZA Z ABS offers both a Hydraulic Combined Brake System, which applies the brakes on the front and rear wheels simultaneously just by using the left brake lever, and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) to prevent rear wheel lock-up when the brakes are over-applied.

In addition, Honda has redesigned the seat surface and increased seat cushioning for an even greater degree of riding comfort. Gold-colored front brake calipers and a meter panel cover in the same lustrous color as the body give the FORZA Z ABS a quality look. Honda has also emphasized the scooter's front/rear-wheel-linked anti-lock braking system by placing stickers marked "ABS" by the ABS indicator lamp on the instrument panel, and on the right and left sides of the front fender cover.

The FORZA Z ABS will be available in two colors: an intrepid Pearl Cyber Black and a vivid Pearl Milky White.

A nimble ride and sporty, original styling have won the FORZA a accolades since its release in 2000. The scooter underwent a full model change in 2004 that broadened its appeal, particularly among young people in their 20’s, by offering greater comfort to both the rider and the passenger while maintaining its high level of quality.



Annual sales target (Japan) 2,000 vehicles
Manufacturer's suggested retail price
  FORZA Z ABS 693,000 yen (660,000 yen excluding consumption tax)

Note: The price (recycling fee included) does not include expenses such as insurance, tax (except for consumption tax), and registration.


Model Name FORZA Z ABS
Model Type Honda BA–MF08
L x W x H (m) 2.165×0.755×1.180
Wheelbase (m) 1.545
Ground Clearance (m) 0.140
Seat Height (m) 0.710
Vehicle Weight (kg) 194
Dry Weight (kg) 180
Number of Riders 2
Fuel Consumption (km/L) 43.0
(60 km/h constant-speed test value)
Turning Radius (m) 2.7
Engine Type MF08E・water-cooled 4-stroke OHC single-cylinder
Displacement (cm3) 249
Bore x Stroke (mm) 72.7×60.0
Compression Ratio 10.0
Max· Power Output (kW[PS]/rpm) 16[22]/7,500
Maximum Torque (N·m[kg·m]/rpm) 24[2.4]/5,500
Starter Self-starting
Carburetor Type PGM-FI (programmed fuel injection)
Ignition Fully transistorized, battery-powered
Fuel Tank Capacity (L) 12
Lubrication Force-fed and splash
Clutch Dry-type, multi-plate shoe
Gearbox Continuously variable (V-Matic)
Electronic manual mode
Gear Ratio 1gear  2.600 ~ 0.830
Caster Angle (degrees) / Trail (mm) 27°30´/93
Tire Size Front 110/90-13M/C 55P
Rear 130/70-12 56L
Braking System Front Hydraulic disc
Rear Hydraulic disc
Suspension Front Telescopic
Rear Unit swing arm
Frame Backbone