HONDA PS125 (2006-on) Review

Published: 13 August 2010

Perfectly adequate, but for the money there are better scooters out there

Honda PS125i

Perfectly adequate, but for the money there are better scooters out there

  • At a glance
  • 125cc  -  13.5 bhp
  • 74 mpg  -  132 miles range
  • Medium seat height (800mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • £2,899

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

The PS125i is sturdy, well made and has the weight of the Honda brand behind it, so you know it’s a safe and reliable purchase. That said, it’s pricier than the competition and doesn’t perform as well. Ridden in isolation it’s perfectly adequate, but for the money there are better scooters out there.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

One of the biggest weaknesses of the PS125i is its relatively high and wide seat. It makes it comfy on the go, but at 800mm it’s more awkward to paddle around at slow speed than other scoots and could put off shorter riders. The handling is acceptable for a town run-around but uninspiring and a little unstable – something about the riding position feels mildly unwieldy compared to other scooters, like Honda’s own brilliant PCX125. The brakes are the same – adequate but lacking bite.

Engine 4 out of 5

The PS125i makes a claimed 13.5bhp from its liquid-cooled 4-stroke engine. That’s enough to propel it to around 65mph which is a little limited for the open road, but it gets off the line well enough for town use

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

It’s a Honda, so reliability will probably never be an issue. It’s also satisfyingly chunky and well made, even if the styling does look a little dull and dated, especially in silver. Thankfully there are nicer paint schemes available.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

£2,570 is a little bit expensive when you can get better looking, better handling and better equipped scooters for hundreds less. You’re paying partially for the Honda badge, so it’s up to you whether you think the extra reassurance is worth it. 0% finance is available though, which takes the sting out of the price a bit. Find a Honda PS125i for sale.

Insurance group: 5 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

In terms of storage there’s a bay under the seat big enough to take a full-face lid and a glovebox under the dash that holds the fuse box and not much else. The PS125i has a built in luggage rack/grab rail that takes an optional top box. Annoyingly though it’s missing a side stand. Compare and buy parts for the PS125i in the MCN Shop.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their HONDA PS125 (2006-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 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 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

it is Perfect scooter

25 October 2012 by Valko

just to add to my previous review, the engine is good and because its automatic on traffic lights you pull up instantly you can even beat the blades if you need to, the cars are way behind, the linked brakes are perfect and contrary to the MCN review... Read more the bite is smooth and progressive if you need you can stop very fast like car not like regular bikes, I do 80 miles daily commute from South east to East London and back and it cost me about 6 pounds for 2 trips about 15 pounds weekly, you do the mpg math. It is perfect A to B bike, no gears to shift and belt drive no chain with messy oil, just enjoy the free ride.

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 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

the best Honda scooter

23 October 2012 by Valko

not sure how MCN has rated this scooter so low, the matter of the fact is I was thinking to get PCX, but PS125i has way better comfort, probably because I am 6 foot 16 stone, but other scooters handles hit ny knees, this one is perfect, high seat,... Read more very good comfortable seat soaks potholes very well

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 4 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued -
New price £2,899
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 5 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 13.5 bhp
Max torque 8.5 ft-lb
Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 74 mpg
Tank range 132 miles
Specification
Engine size 125cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke single
Frame type Tubular frame
Fuel capacity 8 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 135kg
Front suspension none
Rear suspension none
Front brake 220mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Rear brake 130mm drum
Front tyre size 110/90-13
Rear tyre size 130/70-13

History & Versions

Model history

Introduced 2006

Other versions

None

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