Here in America, we only get a small cross-section of the scooters that are available elsewhere in the world. On the short list of bikes we’d love to see come here, the Honda Integra is one we keep coming back to. It’d be a serious contender in the growing maxi-scooter segment. Currently the Silverwing is Honda’s largest scooter offering, and without the Integra’s sport focus or larger displacement, it’s not a terribly compelling option when stacked up against offerings from BMW, Suzuki and Yamaha.
Enter the second generation of the Integra, the Integra 750. Still sharing its power-plant with the US-bound Honda NC750X, the Integra has grown from 670cc to 745cc. Now boasting 55 hp and a wet weight of around 520 lbs, this new Integra is nearly as powerful as the BMW C600 Sport and slightly lighter. It’s also considerably less expensive, at nearly 2,000 Euros below the asking price of the BMW. Yet this refresh of the Integra didn’t stop with simply punching out the engine. The Integra will now be offered in two trims: the Integra 750, and the Integra 750S
According to the French site Scooter Station, the ergonomics, handling and on-board tech of the Integra 750 have all been updated. Rider leg room is greatly improved, for example. It’s easier to put one’s feet flat on the ground, all while no longer having your knees jammed into the dash in front of you. While Scooter Station laments the loss of the linked-brake ABS, we prefer the direction Honda’s taken on the Integra 750. Instead of the self-balancing nanny-brakes, the Integra 750 has gone back to more conventional, un-linked brakes while retaining ABS overall. This is our preference, as it puts the rider in the greatest degree of control. There are plenty of situations where a little rear brake, and only a little rear brake is just what you need.
The Integra 750 also features an all-new electronic dash display. This bright, colorful interface shows just want you need to know, but without cluttering up the screen with extra info you don’t need. Revs, fuel, warning lights, speed — it’s all there, and attractively packaged, we might add.
Alas, as much as we’d love to see the Integra come to The States, it looks like we’re still just stuck with the NC750X if we want to experience this chassis. It’s a shame, really, as the market definitely seems to be there for large-displacement, sport oriented scooters. BMW proved that last year when their considerably more expensive C-Series scooters sold faster than than they could build them. We’re ready for you, Honda. Unleash the Integra.