The 2016 Honda Integra 750 - Strange Maxi-Scooter

The 2016 Honda Integra. It has essentially the same improvements as the new Honda NC750X. So it gets LED lights, new instruments, better suspension and a lighter, fruitier exhaust system. The biggest changes are to the DCT automatic gearbox, which now gets some built-in clutch slip and three levels within the sportier S mode.

It's more responsive and easier to engage with than before. With its 17 inch wheels and motorcycle suspension, it rides well and the brakes are fine. But who's it for? What does it do better than anything else? This is where it all gets fuzzy. There are maxi-scooters that are lighter and more enjoyable to ride.

More damningly, there are conventional motorcycles that are not only more enjoyable to ride, but also more practical. Such as? The Honda NC750X, for a start. That has a better riding position and a more useful lockable luggage area that can house a full-face motorcycle helmet; you'd need an optional top box to do that on the Honda Integra.

The Honda NC750X sold in Thailand can also be switched into full automatic DCT mode. If you want a scooter with step-thru convenience, go for Honda's Forza 300, Sym GTS300i ABS, Sym Maxsym 400i ABS, Yamaha T-Max 530 or the Sym Maxsym 600i ABS.

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