2011 Honda PCX 125 Scooter First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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2011 Honda PCX 125 Scooter Ride

Motorcycle USA samples the new PCX scooter and chats with reps about the new ride in our Honda PCX Scooter First Video .

For cell-phone and consumer-electronics these might be mind-blowing but for those of us accustomed to two-wheeled it’s old news. Honda Motors has using a very similar for most of the last century: a well-engineered, utilitarian product to at a decent price, add a dash of marketing, and watch the Yen roll in. In Honda sold 14 million motor vehicles worldwide.

have been clamoring scooters before Steve was out of diapers.

So this review of the PCX scooter won’t be too surprising to of you familiar with Honda’s it’s predictably well-engineered, marketed and pleasing to ride. But it reflects the dynamic nature of the company.

Honda unveiled the PCX scooter a couple months but rather than the standard few wait before we recieve it in the USA it be in dealerships soon.

We told you the new scooter a couple of months ago Honda announced a worldwide of the new product. That’s a little Honda develops smaller like scooters for other and then brings them to the USA a or three later. Not this the PCX is set for an international launch, only a few small differences what US buyers will get their counterparts in India, and elsewhere.

The PCX fits into what may be the spot for a global scootering At 125cc, it fits right in the smaller entry-level models and the freeway-legal commuters. It’s not too not too slow, not too small and not so big that it discourage newbies.

In fact, expects 60% of PCX owners will be buyers. It’s a range the most sales potential a nod to a slowing economy and even sluggish bike-sales numbers, bet — as well as offering fun and to the consumer.

The 2011 PCX offers the front disc and drum but with a Honda twist for safety,

What’s interesting is the included in the PCX’s $3399 That 125cc motor is a fuel-injected, single overhead cam with an 11.0:1 compression Honda’s V-Matic automatic gets power to the rear The frame is steel tubing a unit-construction swingarm and the wheelbase is a 51.4 inches. Wheels are with skinny bias-ply a 90/90-14 in front and 100/90-14 in

Braking is handled by a 220mm and three-piston caliper in front, and a in back. For a twist, there’s an combined braking system on the The rear drum is linked to the three-piston caliper with a mechanism that prevents the brake from being before the rear, maximizing by evenly distributing stopping between the front and rear

How do they pack that tech into a budget-priced Simple: the PCX is Honda’s first to the USA market from its Thailand

One technological trick left out is an stop system” that stops the motor during idling and restarts it as the throttle is It’s claimed to net a 5% savings in economy but was left off the US version riding here tends to be a mix of city and rural riding, would minimize the benefits of the system.

I got to ride the PCX through the Beach south of LAX and then along the of Palos Verdes. It was a good mix of residential roads, fast, multi-lane arterials, and bumpy, cliff-side roads. The speed

Riding through urban the PCX shines, offering amazing economy from its 125cc

ranged from 15 to 55 mph, a sampling of modern traffic

Like all Honda products, the PCX well-made, familiar and friendly. quality is very good, nice paint and lots of details to take in, like the handlebar and bezel around the head that contrasts with the ultra-modern plastic The seat isn’t too low (at 29.9 but it is narrow at the front, making the easy to handle, even for people.

Operation is predictably twist the throttle and you’re

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Underway, the PCX is zippy, responsive and to ride. The motor is happiest at revs, where it provides response and surprising torque a standstill. Steering is quick and — no shock, given the 280-lb ready-to-ride weight.

Coming to a stop is just as as starting with the combined and though the bike stopped as (maybe even quicker) as the scooters I’ve ridden in category, it was difficult to lock the brake; ideal for new riders.

speed cruising isn’t out of the but this scooter is more for city riding.

Out on the open the PCX is just as friendly. Thanks to the wheelbase, the bike still stable in higher-speed turns, losing that magically steering. Lean angle is to have fun, although the tang scraped in the very left-hand turns. The suspension has damping and travel then found on other budget giving a compliant ride even on the landslide-punished bump-fest road around Palos

The seat is comfortable for a while, ample legroom for average-sized and there’s even a bit of wind at the max speed of around 60 mph. cruising isn’t its forte, as the got a little noisy and felt and strained at maximum throttle; not for a 125. A small price to pay for the 110 mpg economy, which means the PCX squeeze 176 miles out of its 1.6-gallon

The underseat compartment offers a amount of space for a full helmet and enough room to a bit of extra cargo.

When you get you’re going, the convenience of a is hard to beat, and the PCX is no exception. The trunk has room for a full-face (not every full-face but my Nolan N43 made it in there) and a bag of groceries. A helmet hook back-up in case your lid fit, and there’s a small glovebox under the instruments.

An rack and trunk offers more capacity. The instrument is small but complete, and its fuel decline by a single bar in our 50-mile loop. A parking brake handy on a sidestand-equipped scoot, as you leave it parked in gear a motorcycle or car — makes the PCX stays where you park it.

I didn’t get too much time on the PCX, I could tell an innovative and highly functional device. The 14-inch wheels offered a compromise between stability and steering, while providing a good over bumps and potholes. The gets the most out of the little while returning model-airplane-like economy, and storage and passenger-carrying is on par with much bigger

But most importantly, it’s fun and to ride, and thanks to the Thailand it’s priced in line its competition without sacrificing a lot of

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