Good things may come in small packages, but Honda’s pint-sized PCX just got bigger…and better. Honda has upped the PCX125’s liquid-cooled, 125cc single-cylinder engine to 152.9cc to make it highway legal in most, if not all, 50 states. In the process, Honda improved the PCX150’s seat comfort, changed the gear ratios for more pickup and designed a more efficient radiator core with a smaller, lighter cooling fan. A front compartment provides 1.5 liters of storage and the PCX150’s “belly” holds a full-face helmet and then some. A 35-liter top box is optional.
The playful, twist-and-go Honda with its V-Matic CVT automatic transmission has instant throttle response thanks to programmed fuel injection, and seriously excellent fuel economy at an estimated 102 mpg from its 1.6-gallon tank. A handy button releases the fuel cover and seat locks. At less than 300 pounds, the PCX is no sweat to maneuver. Both a sidestand and centerstand make for effortless parking—no fancy footwork needed—but don’t forget to set the parking brake with the pinball-machinelike lever.
Fourteen-inch wheels spin tubeless IRC 90/90 front and 100/90 rear tires. On our test ride over a variety of roads, the dual rear shocks with 3.1 inches of travel did a valiant job soaking up road imperfections. Stopping is brisk thanks to a single disc with three-piston caliper in front and drum rear brake linked with Honda’s Combined Braking System.
There’s room for two, with foldout footpegs for the passenger, and load capacity is a generous 348 pounds. This shapely, cutting-edge scooter will charm riders aged 16-100 with its uncomplicated handling and practicality. With the added 25cc comes a mere $50 price increase from the PCX125. At $3,449 for the 2013 PCX150, that’s an extra two bucks a cc—worth every penny!
(This Kickstarts article was published in the November 2012 issue of Rider magazine.)