2010 Honda SH150i First Look

March 30, 2009
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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2010 SH150i
Already popular overseas, Honda is bringing its SH150i scooter to the US market this summer.

A top-seller in Italy, the Honda SH150i scooter is headed for US shores. Slated to hit dealer floors in June, the 2010 Honda SH150i will retail for $4,499.

A 153cc 4-stroke powers the SH150i scooter. The SOHC Single features Honda’s programmed fuel injection (PGM-Fi) and delivers power via the Honda Automatic V-matic transmission. The step thru design figures to get stellar fuel economy, easily exceeding a 100-mile range from the 2.0-gallon tank (1.8 California model).

The SH150i sources large, (for a scooter) 16-inch wheels with 100/80 front and 120/80 rear tires. The steel frame is mated to a 33mm fork and dual rear shocks – the rear suspension components adjustable for preload. The seat height is 30.9 inches with space for a pillion.

Dual disc braking comes via a hydraulic three-piston front caliper pinching a 276mm rotor to go along with a single-piston rear with a 240mm rotor.

The SH150i scooter will be available in Metallic Red and Metallic Black with a one-year factory warranty.

            2010 Honda SH150i Specs
 Engine – 153cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder
Bore & Stroke – 58mm X 57.8mm
Induction – PGM-FI with automatic enricher circuit
Ignition – Digital Transitorized w/electronic advance
Compression Ratio – 11.0 : 1
Valve Train –  SOHC; two-valve
Transmission – Honda V-Matic belt-converter automatic transmission
Front Suspension – 33mm hydraulic fork; 3.5 in. travel
Rear Suspension – Swingarm w/ dual hydraulic shocks, spring preload adjustability; 3.3 in. travel
Front Brake – Single 276mm disc w/CBS 3-piston caliper
Rear Brake – Single 240mm disc w/CBS single-piston caliper
Front Tire – 100/80-16
Rear Tire – 120/80-16
Wheelbase – 52.5 in.
Seat Height – 30.9 in.
Curb Weight – 297 lbs
Fuel Capacity – 1.8 gal., including .5-gal. reserve
Colors – Metallic Red, Metallic Black