HONDA PCX125 (2010-on) Review

Published: 26 August 2010

The first ever two-wheeler to feature a fuel-saving idle stop system

Honda PCX125

The first ever two-wheeler to feature a fuel-saving idle stop system

  • At a glance
  • 125cc  -  11.1 bhp
  • 91 mpg  -  125 miles range
  • Medium seat height (761mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • £2,600

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

The new Honda PCX125 scooter is the first ever two-wheeler to feature a fuel-saving idle stop system. Whether you think it’s a gimmick or a revolution, fact is the PCX125 is a brilliant little scooter in its own right and ticks all the boxes in terms of style, performance and practicality.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

At just 124kg wet the PCX125 is very easy to manoeuvre and the handling is stable and reassuring. It’s fitted with 14inch wheels, which are a nice compromise between the 12” wheels of standard scoots and the 16inchers of big-wheelers. Lack of wind protection from the low-slung bodywork limits comfort on the open road, but it’s clearly intended to be a practical commuter for the stylish and city-bound and in urban areas it excels. Like a lot of modern Hondas the PCX features combined brakes, which do a great job of keeping things balanced under braking and they’re very novice-friendly (at the cost of a little bite).

Engine 5 out of 5

The Honda PCX125 has a liquid-cooled 4-stroke 125cc motor that’s good for 70mph on the clocks, which is pretty quick for a 125 scoot. It zips away from the lights and benefits from a slick and direct throttle response not always found on scooters. Then there’s the stop-start system - pull up to some traffic lights and after three seconds of idling, the engine cuts out. A blinking orange light marked ‘stand by’ (like a DVD player) lets you know that you’re in idle stop mode. A simple twist of the throttle will fire it back up again with next-to no delay, but it can be turned off via a switch on the bars if you’re not into it.
Honda says the system improves fuel efficiency by up to 5%. On a scooter that they claim is capable of 130mpg anyway, that’s hardly going to change the world, but if you are environmentally (or wallet) conscious there’s a warm glow that comes from knowing you’re saving fuel where possible. 

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

In terms of build quality and overall presentation the PCX125 is in a different league to some other scooters on the market - to be fair you’d expect no less from Honda. Reliability shouldn’t be an issue and you have the benefit of an established dealer network to fall back on.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

At £2,270, the PCX is competitively priced – Honda’s own PS125i is £2,570, the Yamaha BW’s 125 is £2,499 and neither of those have coffeehouse-kudos stop-start tech. You can get a 125 scooter for cheaper, but the PCX offers something unique in a very solid package. Find a scooter for sale.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

You could be forgiven for thinking the PCX125 looks like it’s more about style than substance, but it does boast practicalities like an underseat storage bay big enough for a full-face lid, rider backrest and a decent-sized cubbyhole on the dash. Despite its small size there’s loads of leg-room too. Compare and buy parts for the PCX125 in the MCN Shop.

Owners' Reviews

11 owners have reviewed their HONDA PCX125 (2010-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.3 out of 5
Equipment 4.1 out of 5
4 out of 5

Zippy

18 October 2014 by dmorr

My wave 110 was in for a service so I had this as a courtesy bike for 50 miles. I agree with the other reviews. It holds a steady 60 so I would say its quite a reasonable dual carriageway tool plus the brakes and lights are good. The cautions I would... Read more give are that at 6ft I felt too big for it and the buffeting at speed was slightly worrying. The bike had a tall accessory windshield and I think thats what was causing the weaving which is a pity because otherwise it was zippy and a credible A, B road commuter.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Excellent on the whole

25 February 2013 by Anonymous

First of all - two things I don't like: there's no kick start and the seat needs to be thumped really hard to make it engage with the catch. The sales guy drew my attention to this before I bought the scooter. So it's unlikely that I've got a Friday... Read more one. Then again, maybe I have. Who knows? Otherwise Honda's PCX125 is pretty much what the doctor ordered, though that engine cut-out thingy is a bit of a gimmick in my view. For the first few miles it had a habit of stopping the engine just when I needed to get going. So I switched it to 'idle' and it's been like that ever since. Fuel consumption is between 120-130mpg. But I am fairly light and don't go very fast - 50mph mostly. I have had it up to sixty for short bursts and it was eager to go faster. But 60 was breezy enough for me. The scooter is very refined, quiet and easy to ride. You think you're sitting on something that's cost a lot more. Although PCX125 suits me fine perhaps someone who uses it every day for commuting would need a bit more top-end speed for keeping up with the other traffic on dual-carriageways. But if that's the case, then maybe that person needs to think about buying a larger bike - a 250 probably. Whereas PCX125 is great for what it is. So, 'highly recommended'.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Very good in town

05 February 2013 by censuwine

The handling is exceptionally good compared to other scooters. It also scores highly on underseat storage. I am very pleased with it but there are the following points to consider: 1. The 14" wheels may be too small and thin for bumpy roads; 2.... Read more No kill switch; 3. No clock; 4. No kick start; 5. The screen is purely for aesthetic purposes; 6. The stop/start feature is, in my opinion, no more than a gimmick. It always seems to switch off just when you need to move away. 7. No convenient flat foot-board; 8. The fuel tank is very small but range is acceptable.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Awesome little scoot

28 August 2012 by rumpleproofskin

I changed from a Suzuki VL 125 Intruder cruiser to the PCX and it was the best move I ever made. Amazing little bike. Handles well, it's nippy, so easy to operate and has loads of space, especially with an added Givi box. Smooth, quiet engine has... Read more plenty of grunt to get you off at the lights and it'll easily keep up with dual carriageway traffic. The only thing I'd change (in fact I have) is a different seat without the midway hump. It's uncomfortable for taller riders. Other than that, I can't recommend it enough.The engine even cuts out at the lights – how cool is that? After the motorcycle with it's jerky gears, awkward clutch, jerky throttle, oily chain, hot exhaust and bunjee rubber malarky for the shopping, this bike's a breeze. In fact I've come to the decision that motorbikes per se are a waste of time and still stuck in the dark ages when compared to cars. This scooter is closest to a car on two wheels.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Cracking Scooter

26 February 2012 by kwack636

Normally a big bike rider, I was a little worried the PCX would be too underpowered and lacking in fun for my liking. How wrong I was.. The PCX is a right laugh for blasting about town, it has enough sprint to see most four wheeled motors off the... Read more lights and enough grip to spark up the center stand on the bends. If I had to find one issue with the PCX, it would be the lack of top end speed. It could do with an extra 5-10 mph, just to keep up with modern traffic on a duel carriageway. Although these bikes retail at around £2500 from most Honda dealers, I found mine at 'The BikeShop' in Long Eaton (very good helpful guy's) for £1999 with 400 miles on the clock. Saving £500, and they even serviced it in the deal. So overall the PCX is a cool looking, zippy, eco friendly scooter that I am happy to own.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Good commuter

28 August 2011 by Cardboardbox

I use the PCX for commuting. I am a new rider and really enjoy it. The stop/start is instant when you twist the throttle. The underseat storage is good and will take my wet gear, along with some clothing and a large packed lunch. I am over 6 foot and... Read more the bike easily carries me along. Two up its a bit of a squeeze but my wife and I have happily cruised up Cornish hills though a run at it is necessary to keep up with the traffic. I will cruise at 60mph but 65mph is the top end. The best mpg I have had is 114mpg, the worst 100mpg. My regular commute is along a dual carriageway with a limit of 70 and I feel okay. So far I have done 1000 miles, so yearly service should just about be okay. First service at 600 miles was £70. A good bit of kit so far.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Crap commuter

07 July 2011 by PCXOwner

Hi, thought i would disillusion all your pcx owners, this bike is great, however, if you use it as i do to commute at the rate of 250 miles a week then it will cost you over £130 per month to run, £120 very 2500 miles for servicing ( for warrenty... Read more should be done by dealer)very difficult to do tappets, strip of major body parts, a new tyre every 3800 miles at £96 a go,( my Victory vegas 6000 miles £130 on a buike 100 + bhp, 115ft/lb torque, 340kgs !!!) ONLY available via Honda, no one else does one ( pirelli not available until Sept !1 ) Rip off commuter rip off honda 103mpg is good, however my Ford c-max over 12500miles will be cheaper to run. Not a commuter then.....

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 1 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Fantastic scooter

01 April 2011 by mrabrupt

Brilliant commuter - already 100+mpg and still running in ... screen available at http://www.honda.co.uk/motorcycles/accessories/pcx125/ Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Great commuter

30 March 2011 by FalcoSL

A taller screen would help, but does anyone do one for this bike? Everyone I know, bikers and non-bikers alike, really like the looks and I rate the performance, especially around town. I'm very happy so far. Looking forward to checking the mpg (Sad,... Read more I know...)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

So close to perfection

17 October 2010 by rlf3

No 12v socket, no handlebar mounted kill switch, light switch or pass switch, no clock, motor could be bigger. A cracking scooter though, I'm delighted with mine and can recommend it. An instant classic. Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 11 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £2,600
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 5 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 11.1 bhp
Max torque 8.5 ft-lb
Top speed 70 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 91 mpg
Tank range 125 miles
Specification
Engine size 125cc
Engine type liquid-cooled 4-stroke 2v single
Frame type tubular steel
Fuel capacity 6.2 litres
Seat height 761mm
Bike weight 124kg
Front suspension none
Rear suspension none
Front brake 220mm disc, 3-piston caliper
Rear brake 130mm drum
Front tyre size 90/90-14
Rear tyre size 100/90-14

History & Versions

Model history

Introduced 2010

Other versions

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