Honda PCX125 Review
|I've been riding bikes since I was 16, now 64. The PCX125 is incredibly light and manoeuvrable, so filtering and slow speed riding is excellent and the scooter is superb for city riding. On country lanes it keeps up well with the speed of traffic but on dual carriageways it really has to be ridden in the slow lane.||
|✓||Sharper looks, cool lights, modern dash, more helmet space under the seat|
|×||ABS only operates on the front brake, only a drum brake at the rear|
I have had bikes since I was 16, now 64. The last one was an elderly ER5 which although great on the move, was becoming too heavy to push around my back garden after a ride.
I live in the far west of England,so my riding is mainly twisty lanes with one main dual carriageway. I was finding that the thought of putting the Kawasaki away was putting me off riding, so decided to get a lighter bike, and as this was going to be my last bike I wanted something new and different to what I had been used to, and at a price I could justify with retirement looming.
I liked the look of the PCX125 and decided that I would prefer the Honda due to reviews extolling its reliability and practicality.
I went to the nearest Honda dealer, tried the old version for size, but as the new model was only going to be £30 more, I ordered the 2019 version, available in 2018 (suppose 2019 makes marketing sense).
I picked up the bike and had about 45 miles to ride home, with 35 of those miles on a fast and busy dual carriage way, having never ridden a twist and go scooter, (my last scooter was a 1967 Lambretta SX150 bought in 1969) I was feeling a lot of trepidation.
The take off was smooth and I immediately felt confident about picking my moment to pull out into traffic, however in no way would I describe the dual carriageway a relaxing ride. Due partly to the running in procedure and partly due to its lack of top end speed, I found a lot of pre-planning was required. I had traded in my ER5 on the same day, so perhaps unfairly my mind was expecting too much.
I still have only done 200+ miles on the scooter including another trip to the dealer on the same dual carriageway, this time I was ready for the slower pace and adjusted my riding to suit right from the off. Being more confident of the initial acceleration, and realising that only lorries and tractors were likely to be slower than me, I enjoyed the ride much more.
The highest indicated speed was 65mph, and the bike returned 120 mpg, checked by filling the tank and checking how much needed replacing after about 130 miles, this figure roughly agreed with the indicated mpg.
The seat is quite wide, so the seat height seems higher, I'm only 5'5" and I can just about get both feet down.. The under seat storage although supposedly better than the previous model could not accommodate my Caberg full face helmet. The finish is superb, the lighting excellent and the brakes are another area that I can recommend.
The bike is incredibly light and manoeuvrable, so filtering and slow speed riding is excellent, so the bike will be superb for city riding. On country lanes and minor roads it keeps up well with the speed of traffic. On dual carriageways it has to be ridden in the slow lane most of the time. I have been told that its performance will improve after the first service (600 miles), but I am gradually getting used to it, and only occasionally pull the brake lever thinking I still have a clutch. I am glad I purchased the scooter, for the price, I don't think anything can beat it for ease of use and practicality, except maybe the Yamaha NMax. I will be happy to update my review after I've done a few hundred more miles.
- Pete C, 2018
Capacity: 125 cc
Power: 12 bhp
Top Speed: 65 mph
Seat Height: 764 mm
Wet Weight: 130 kg
Range: 210 miles
The Second Opinion
The good points are that it’s very nice to look at, good headlights, display and comfortable to ride. Bad points are the 1 amp socket so I can’t use my tyre compressor as it blows the fuse, unlike the 2016 model. Also when I put the seat up it hits the switch for the hazards so they turn on and it won’t quite take my full face helmet under the seat.
I wish I could cay more good things about it but my particular one has been in the garage for the fourth time now, trying to find out what’s wrong with it. It's only 3 months old so this shouldn't really be happening.
- Jill H, 2018