Another urban runner – Honda PCX 125 test – Car-Engine

In the evening illumination of the instrument panel, the large green stripe is the index indicator – here both sides are lit. The consumption indicated for 2.5 liters is true (I drove enough), there is not an abundance of information, but enough that is. LED evening lighting with hazard lights is very serious…

Honda has a large selection of scooters, including the PCX series, which has been around for more than a decade and has now undergone little development. Firstly, it complies with the already mandatory Euro-5 emissions standard for motorcycles. They are equipped with a stop-start function, so that the start is not detected by the driver, only that the engine is running; the secret of this is the external rotor generator, which also serves as a flywheel. It rotates the single-cylinder so gently that it’s amazing. Let’s add quickly, this is already the case with other Honda scooters.

Such is when he offers himself to “come my master, sit upon me, and let us go.”

So this solution made me like the start-stop feature. So far, I’ve always turned it off because the starter gear gear was disturbed (in a car anyway). And the fact that when the engine shoots too soon when mowing, as soon as it stops, it starts again…

A little guidance: what load, what tire pressure to ride. The seat and fuel cap opener as well as the ignition switch are electric, there is a keyless start, and if you feel the proximity of the key, the seat can be opened and you can refuel

Not primarily because of the power of the engine, but rather for safety reasons. Then the lighting became LED, the modified rear suspension has a longer spring travel, and many other little things have been modified. What’s left is the slightly baroque steering tube mount. It’s enough to look at the Forza 125, for example, to understand what I’m talking about. Nowadays, they don’t use that much chromium anymore, at least not in this category. Unless you want to wake up to a retro feeling…

What I still loved about this little iron is its consumption. With great effort it reaches 2.5 liters per 100 kilometers, but it can be less. This vehicle is ideal in the city, I wouldn’t really recommend it for a country road, because with 9.2 kilowatts (12.5 horsepower) you can’t do a miracle. Especially the option without a hiking windscreen, because this way the thread slice gets directly to the occupant. It is commendable that what can be brought out of this performance will do.

This is where the engine and transmission are plugged in. Drum brakes at the rear, but enough with the front disc – there is ABS, of course. Of course my helmet didn’t fit in here, but I don’t complain anymore… There’s a good place for other stuff

I have to remember one little thing, though. As if you have an eye for this engine, you will find holes in the asphalt so sure. Of course, it’s not his fault, it’s the road and the small-wheeled structure, but he’s not able to filter out these shaky things.

I got to know a very suitable little city vehicle in PCX. I strongly recommend it for beginners and young people (without competitive ambition). No go to work, run daily, etc., etc.…

Engine: liquid-cooled, four-stroke, two-valve SOHC with single-cylinder eSP + technology
Stroke volume: 125 cm3
Power: 9.2 kW (12.5 horsepower) at 8750 rpm
Maximum torque: 11.8 Nm at 6500 rpm
Consumption: 2.1 l / 100 km (factory data)
CO2 emissions: 49 g / km (measured as specified)
Length / wind / height: 1935/740/1105 mm
Seat height: 764 mm
Wheelbase: 1315 mm
Ready weight: 130 kg
Brakes: 220 mm front disc brake with two-piston caliper, ABS, 130 mm drum brake at the rear
Tires: 110/70 R 14 at the front and 130/70 R 13 at the rear
Suspension: 31 mm telescopic fork at the front, aluminum swingarm at the rear, spring elements on both sides.
Test consumption: 2.6 l / 100 km
Length of the test drive: 135 km, thanks to Honda Hungary.

the old biker
Pictures: PappLaci and PappGeri

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