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Scooter Review: PCX: Paving the way

Published: 02:55PM Oct 2010

Honda’s new PCX125 has in the UK, without anyone noticing As Phil Turner found the technology hidden under the is definitely worth a fanfare or

Honda PCX

No one seems too fussed the arrival of the PCX125 in the UK, not least There was no launch event, no photo call, no grand not a thing. All journos got was a press in our inboxes.

It didn’t even a picture with it.

To be honest, easy to understand why the Honda UK PR didn’t ‘get on’ one. You see, the majority of in the UK aren’t really too fussed scooters; we’re a bike-buying really and large capacity at that; a 125cc twist and go exactly front-page news for the of motorcycling publications.

The thing is the PCX isn’t quite the run-of-the-mill and go it appears to be and I think everyone’s a trick here, especially Why? Well underneath the fancy bodywork is something clever, something very indeed.

Turn the key, press the and you’re off, like any scooter. It does exactly it says on the tin, until you to a stop. Pull up at traffic or a junction and something very happens to the PCX; the engine running. It stays like until you turn the throttle grip, then it fires up and you’re off.

A fault? Not at it’s called an ‘Idle Switch’ and it’s a first for It’s certainly a first for in fact I reckon it’s a for any two-wheeler.

So, what’s it for? think about it; how long do you you spend sitting at traffic junctions and roundabouts on your way to in the morning; about five OK, double that to include the home, then multiply by for each working day: 50 minutes. Add in a few runs to the shops and else you usually ride and say that’s about one hour a when your engine’s chugging away, taking you

That’s a fair amount of wasted and quite a bit of Co2 pumped the atmosphere too. The Idle Switch has the potential to save all Honda reckons it’ll fuel efficiency by around 5%.

That doesn’t sound a but put simply, that’s 5p in every you spend on fuel, saved.

not all Honda have done to the PCX Add the PGM-Fi to that, the brushless ACG works as both a starter at ignition and a generator while on the saving weight and an innovative radiator, to keep the engine cool and lighter still and the is a potential 130mpg. Pretty stuff when fuel’s a litre and rising, don’t you

So how has all that affected the PCX’s Well perhaps a little. not the sprightliest 125cc, four-… I’ve ridden and it takes a bit of to get moving.

But that’s not what the PCX is it’s about economy and from A-B with the least of fuss and fuel possible. quote 11bhp and 8.5ft-lb of plenty in town and enough to pace with traffic out of too. It takes a fair bit of to get going from a standstill, but on the move, it’ll happily its way up to an indicated 67mph, and although it the performance a bit, it’s fairly comfortable two-up.

in both senses of the word the engine copes OK with the weight of a passenger (although a bit of is involved to keep momentum) and pillion and rider have of room on the seat. There’s a rail-cum-top-box-rack for the pillion to grab and proper foldout footpegs Most riders will pretty comfortable with the weight on the back too, as the seat is nice and low at just allowing most people to get firmly on the ground.

The PCX suspension isn’t really by the extra weight of a pillion. 31mm telescopic forks up and twinshock rear (adjustable for keep things upright and or two-up, the PCX chassis is responsive and enough to cope with through tight traffic and planted at higher speeds Damping (both front and isn’t the most sophisticated ever felt, but it does the job of up the potholes and keeps the tyres on the Tarmac.

Honda PCX

Combined with the wheels, it all makes for a well-balanced, and reassuring ride.

Also reassuring is the braking. The PCX gets the front disc/rear drum set up; the is a single, 220mm item by three-piston caliper and the latter a drum with combined shoes. Both are linked via Combined Braking System and plenty of stopping power enough feel and control for the most nervous of hands.

Inexperienced and experienced riders feel at home with the and dash layout. The latter is laid-out and clear enough to on the move; the large central speedo is framed by the usual of warning and indicator lights, a digital fuel gauge and meter. There’s also an Stop Switch indicator, so you freak out when the engine running if you really can’t get to it, you can turn the system on and off via a button on the switchgear.

It took me a bit to get used to the way the PCX it’s not ugly by any stretch of the but it does occupy a strange ground between the small and wheel genres. Honda “. the PCX belies its small giving a substantial feel to a flowing and curvaceous shape”. not far wrong; the PCX does look a lot than it is.

It makes for good on the road, but is still compact to feel and be quite manageable.

also nice and easy to into tight parking and once in, there are centre and stands to choose from, a in the legshield and a large underseat area to swallow a helmet, oversuit and whatever else you for the journey. If that isn’t there’s an optional 26 litre a tall screen and a few more to help make the daily that little bit more

With an OTR price of £2270, the PCX be a fairly impressive package a normal engine unit, but add in the radiator, PGM-Fi system, starter/generator unit and the Idle Switch and you’re getting a machine for a not so serious price.

at the bigger picture though and the PCX to become even more You see, it’s already on sale in Thailand for a year and is rolling out across Japan, and the USA. That’s thousands of on the road, and thousands of journeys made on them each and day.

If everyone who buys one the Idle Stop Switch on, how much fuel will be and how much less Co2 there’ll be about.

What’s more, the PCX well be a test bed for the technology dual starter/generator was first on the Zoomer, remember) and if it’s a soon the entire Honda range could be using it, the motorcycle range too. sold a staggering 15,042,000 two-wheelers last year; if all those had the Idle Stop system. Do the maths and it’s stuff.

It might not seem very now, but I reckon the PCX could be the of something big. In a few years when the latest generation is lighter and faster than before (thanks to an integrated and dual starter/generator) and makes it the Euro emissions regulations of the Idle Stop Switch, will be saluting Honda’s but will anyone remember it was the PCX got there first?

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