Honda PCX125 Review
|✓||Stylish, economical, quiet, strengthened centre stand, agile, good acceleration in traffic, brakes|
|×||Start/stop can drain the battery, wind shield offers little protection, uncomfortable seat, hard to close, no clock|
What Is It?
The 2012 Honda PCX125 is a mid-range maxi scooter which often tops the sales charts and was first released in 2010, with updates in 2014 and 2018.
Engine: 125 cc Single Cylinder, 11 bhp
Economy: 95 mpg, 120 miles
Top Speed: 65 mph
Seat Height: 760 mm
Wet Weight: 126 kg
What Is It Like?
I have owned my Honda PCX 2012 for just over a year now and I paid £1,300 for it with 15,000 miles on the clock. Previously I’ve had a 1997 Yamaha DT, a 2003 Aprilia RS 125 and a Gilera 50 supermoto. (Also own MX bikes and ridden sports bikes) but the PCX has probably been the best. It hasn’t been the fastest but in no way has it been the least fun.
Out of all four stroke 125 scooters the Honda PCX isn’t the ugliest or the slowest, but by far the most reliable. The amount of jumps, bumps, wheelies and stunts this bike has seen in the 10,000+ miles I have owned it is more than all the others combined. What makes it stand out is the fact that no matter what, this bike starts and runs every single day no mater what the weather. I have had no issues with this bike at all, which can not be said about the others, yet it has got me to work every single day on time without fail.
Most people looking to buy a PCX will not even consider taking it off road and I don’t blame them. But if it can put up with all this then I don’t see how it won’t last forever riding around town. The PCX is nowhere near the most expensive moped on the market but 100% best value for money. It has great space under the seat, the handy start stop feature for traffic lights, great fuel economy, definitely isn’t the slowest and from my experience it's built to the highest standard so in my opinion I wouldn’t consider buying anything else. This is my first Honda and I can’t wait to own more.
- John R, 2018
How Does It Compare?
The Second Opinion
I have the 2012 model and this is one of the nicest looking scooters on the road right now. The seat is low enough for someone from, say, 5’6” upwards and it’s unbelievably easy to ride. Like all scooters, you simple twist and go and just like a bicycle, the front brake is on the right and rear brake’s on the left.
The Honda PCX has larger 14" wheels than the current range of retro scoots on the street and this really helps when the road gets lumpy. The PCX doesn’t have the best brakes in town (a disc up front and a drum on the rear), but they’re perfectly adequate given the speed you’ll be travelling. And speaking of speed… a simple twist of the throttle will take you to 30mph in an instant, leaving all cars in your wake. The top speed is around 60mph which is plenty fast enough, thank you very much.
The PCX’s fuel consumption is excellent – around 115 miles on a tank that costs just £6 to fill up. You’ll get even more mileage out of it if you use its unique ‘idle stop’ feature; like many modern cars, when you come to a stop, the engine cuts out. This not only saves fuel and helps keep the engine cooler in searing temperatures but it’s actually rather pleasant sitting at the lights in complete silence. To start off again, simply open the throttle, and the engine fires up immediately.
The Honda PCX has plenty of space under the seat for an open-face helmet plus a small non-lockable cubbyhole for stashing things. The UK model doesn’t come with an alarm so get a decent lock and chain or a Xena disc lock alarm with a 6mm pin.
The Honda PCX retails for around £2500 which is £1300 less than its direct competitor, the Yamaha X-Max. After four years of riding this little titan, I'm pleased to say it’s been superbly reliable, starting up first time even on the coldest of winter days. It handles extremely well, is confidence inspiring at moderate speeds and, above all, it puts a big smile on the face.
Derek from devicesquad.co.uk, 2013