HONDA S-WING 125 (2007-on) Review

Published: 11 August 2010

A well-equipped and competitively priced executive scooter

Honda S-Wing 125

A well-equipped and competitively priced executive scooter

  • At a glance
  • 125cc  -  13 bhp
  • 66 mpg  -  138 miles range
  • Medium seat height (776mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • £3,999

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 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.  

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

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.

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

Equipment 4 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their HONDA S-WING 125 (2007-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 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Honda S-Wing is class

30 June 2011 by mrjackson

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... Read more 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.

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 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2007
Year discontinued -
New price £3,999
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 5 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 13 bhp
Max torque 7.9 ft-lb
Top speed 68 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 66 mpg
Tank range 138 miles
Specification
Engine size 125cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke single
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 9.4 litres
Seat height 776mm
Bike weight 156kg
Front suspension none
Rear suspension none
Front brake 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

History & Versions

Model history

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

Other versions

None

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