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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Honda S-Wing is a well-equipped and competitively priced executive scooter that performs a lot better than its functional looks might suggest. Honda is pitching the S-Wing as an up-market urban commuter and in that environment it's a cut above the direct competition.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

It’s hard not to compare the S-Wing to Suzuki’s Burgman 125 – both are maxi-style scooters, both weigh in at 156kg and both cost around £3,400. Thankfully for Honda, the S-Wing has a much nicer and more direct throttle response, feels quicker off the lights and has a little bit of an edge on top speed.  

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The S-Wing is stable all the way up to its 70-ish top speed and supremely comfortable thanks to a huge seat and big footboards. Despite its bulky appearance it’s easy to manoeuvre at slow speed. The combined brakes are very good which makes the S-Wing very reassuring to ride in a busy urban environment - the back brake is almost too strong, because a sharp pull on the lever will easily lock the rear.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The long side-opening underseat storage bay on the S-Wing is large enough for a full-face helmet with room to spare, but it’s a little shallow. There’s a handy mobile-phone/sunglasses cubby hole in the dash, a 12v power socket and a top-box is available as an optional extra. Riders will find the footwell-mounted filler cap handy and pillions will appreciate the optional backrest. Stainless floor panels pictured are extra. Compare and buy parts for the S-Wing in the MCN Shop.

Honda S-Wing 125 (2007-current)

Detail Value
New price £3,999
Dealer used prices
£1,890 (2008) - £3,030 (2012)
Private used prices
£1,700 (2008) - £2,730 (2012)
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Engine size 125 cc
Power 13 bhp
Top speed 68 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

It’s a Honda, so build quality is good and there should be no issues with reliability. However the dash looks a little dated and the leather-effect plastic surround on the cockpit looks a bit naff.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

At £3,395 the S-Wing is bang in line with the competition in terms of price – the Suzuki Burgman is £3,399. But the S-Wing has the edge slightly on quality and performance. Find a Honda S-Wing 125 for sale.


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Model History

Introduced 2007
2011: Top-box optional extra introduced [£50]

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Top speed 68 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 13 bhp
Max torque 7.9 ft-lb
Weight 156 kg
Seat height 776 mm
Fuel capacity 9.4 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 125 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled 4-stroke single
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment none
Rear suspension adjustment none
Front brakes 240mm disc with Combined three-piston caliper
Rear brake 220mm disc with single-piston calliper, Combined Brake system
Front tyre size 110/90-13
Rear tyre size 130/70-12

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • Honda S-Wing is class


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Quality and Reliabilty

    I've turned to the Dark Side! Having ridden bikes for 30 years I got a S-Wing for commuting just because of the massive storage space,weather protection and the low petrol consumption. But what a surprise - it is a real blast to ride. The engine is silky smooth, it'll leave most cars standing at the lights and will twist through the traffic like an eel. It's physical prescence is way beyond that you'd expect from a 125cc, and so is the perfprmance as it'll climb to 70 with ease. A fantastic big of engineering Mr Honda.

    30 June 2011


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