Pragmatism and common sense floating in the air. To meet the needs of modern commuters, Honda offers them a new vision of motorized two-wheeler with the Honda Integra 700, part scooter, part motorcycle, described as economic, efficient and even exciting … Is he really? Back test, latestbikesinfo meets you!
Honda has made a habit of surprising us. The world’s leading two-wheeler has a general line of the most documented, but it is also innovative in technology, sometimes even visionary. With this image of precursor, the Japanese manufacturer in 2012 in tackles three market segments with a single platform chassis / engine. From this base were born the bike trail / utility NC X 700 (you can read the full test here), the roadster / basic NC 700 S, soon submitted, and Maxi scooter Integra 700, a switch is unusual because at the crossroads of gender motorcycle and scooter.
The Honda Integra 700 looks good. Elegant design and sleek, quality plastic diverse textures, perfect assembly, manufacture suffers hard criticism. The saddle, on the face accessible (it is located 790 mm from the ground), however, is a little too wide at the base, forcing drivers to play small jigs spikes feet stopped. En route, the driving position is nice, the upper body remains upright, and to maintain flexibility in the arms, the hanger is tilted just enough to the driver. The controls are properly placed and each button is an instinctive habit. Floor, the size of your servant 44 moves without difficulty. However, if we can move your feet forward in order to adopt a posture where the legs are slightly unfolded, it is however impossible to position its toes back, the floor is too short and the plastic housings engine rather prominent. The width of the central tunnel is substantial, about the return of the deck, they will interfere with the more than 1.85 m. Maxi scooters the segment of the top names in the category of this view is more welcoming.
Ignition! The new parallel twin Honda 670 cm3 snorts in a metallic sound. As a motorcycle, the green “N“ standing in the middle of the dashboard shows us the dead, something unconventional on a scooter. The Honda Integra 700 indeed has a 6-speed box, but thanks to double-clutch DCT, there is no need to change gear as on a motorcycle. For a leisurely walk, we must initiate a two automatic modes (Drive and Sport), a simple flick of a button on the right stalk, or select the manual mode to the right index finger. It then changes the relationship by pressing the buttons “+” (in inches) or “-” (the index) of stalk left.
For this first trial run aboard the Honda Integra700, the automatic mode D – Flexibility a must! – Self-imposed, because we must get to know this brand new ride! The digital block, a light indicates the lock mode. It is now seeking the throttle, the response is instantaneous. In town, at a constant speed, the electronic computer of the Integra selects a high ratio, so that the engine is running between 2000 and 2500 rev / min. A 50 km / h for example, the machine will hold 2 200 r / min on the fourth report, but if necessary to have more power, a boost then results in a shift to a two or lower gears in order to have the large torque of the machine.
And torque, the Honda Integra 700 no shortage! While it appears less so than the reference Yamaha T MAX, although it will verify this in a future comparison, however it is present on the Honda Maxi scooter to ensure in any overruns. Perfect! However, note that the delivery of gases, unpleasant jerk-are to be deplored and vibration, although partly screened, are still felt in the seat. Too bad!
Leading us out of the national cities and villages, we are now on winding roads, some winding mountain in the Pyrenees as a backdrop. In Sport mode (S), it now falls under the 3000 r / min, moving more between 4000 and 5000 r / min engine to take advantage of the safe. And chassis! The new Honda Integra Maxiscooter 700 2012 is the road suspensions show a good progression and approach a turn, it does not disunited when applying the brakes for example, even brutally. The ABS is set, the Integra does not dive too much, enough to refine its path with confidence. Strict curve, the Integra inspires confidence, but when it comes to take him quickly from one corner to another, it is undeniably more difficult to balance the reference category of sports, the famous Yamaha TMAX 530. Moreover, and as a rule, it is clear that this new two-wheelers is less agile than maxiscooters “traditional“. Because of its center of gravity high enough, its turning radius and weight (238 kg in running order, according to the manufacturer), the Honda Integra 700 is also less maneuverable at low speeds.
Honda Integra 700: For whom?
With the Honda 700 Integra, Honda surprised us, definitely. Gender Maxi scooter it mark on the (very) good protection, design, comfort and general ease of driving thanks to its automatic transmission. On the bike, it takes certain qualities that are dynamic stability, but also the escalation suspensions. Its engine flexible and torquey at low revs, also benefits from a good length (160 km / h meter) and is an unrivaled simplicity according to the manufacturer (unfortunately we have not been able to verify at the first trial).
Yes but now, some warned Maxi scooters always point the finger at the low carrying capacity of the machine or its final drive by chain, more complicated in terms of maintenance. However, while Honda tries to seduce by the fans of the genre, the target of integration could also be extended to motorcyclists seeking a more accessible and switch to motorists tired of their cars. For let us not forget – especially! – That this model has a competitive price. Sold € 8490, with the combined DCT and ABS as standard, or € 2 500 to less than 530 T Max ABS, one imagines, in fact, that the Japanese manufacturer will succeed in convincing the 1200 first buyers of the Honda Integra700, stated purpose for its first year of marketing in 2012.