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MCN overall verdict rating is 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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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).

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Honda PCX125 (2010-current)

Detail Value
New price £2,600
Dealer used prices
£1,770 (2010) - £2,500 (2014)
Private used prices
£1,430 (2011) - £2,250 (2014)
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Engine size 125 cc
Power 11.1 bhp
Top speed 70 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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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Model History

Introduced 2010

Other Versions

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Specifications

Top speed 70 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 11.1 bhp
Max torque 8.5 ft-lb
Weight 124 kg
Seat height 761 mm
Fuel capacity 6.2 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 2v single
Frame tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment none
Rear suspension adjustment none
Front brakes 220mm disc, 3-piston caliper
Rear brake 130mm drum
Front tyre size 90/90-14
Rear tyre size 100/90-14

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(10 reviews)

  • Excellent on the whole

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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'.

    25 February 2013

  • Very good in town

    censuwine

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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. 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.

    05 February 2013

  • Awesome little scoot

    rumpleproofskin

    Average rating rating is 5

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    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 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.

    28 August 2012

  • Cracking Scooter

    kwack636

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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.

    26 February 2012

  • Good commuter

    Cardboardbox

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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.

    28 August 2011

  • Crap commuter

    PCXOwner

    Average rating rating is 3

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    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 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.....

    07 July 2011

  • Fantastic scooter

    mrabrupt

    Average rating rating is 5

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

    01 April 2011

  • Great commuter

    FalcoSL

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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, I know...)

    30 March 2011

  • So close to perfection

    rlf3

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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.

    17 October 2010

  • An excellent scooter

    CaptainFlashman

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just got one of these and I'm very pleased with it. It has very good acceleration and the combined breaks stop it very well in all conditions including in the wet. The 14" wheels make it very flickable.

    03 October 2010

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rlf3

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Rear tyre

You can get a 110/80-14 Maxxis to fit the rear for less than £25

01 September 2011 13:43

PCXOwner

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Commuter bike, I think not...

hi, I get 102 mpg out of mine, the main problem with this bike is to come for you all, I have done 3900 miles and i need a new tyre ( i get 6700 out of a Victory vegas, 100bhp, 115 ftlb torque, and 360kg !1 ) and guess what, tyres only available from honda, £97 each plus £30 to 40 fitting, plus with £100 servicing every 2500 miles this is a mega expensive bit of kit, very dissapointed. I agree it goes very well, nice to ride, but if over 3 years it will cost more than a bloody superbike, what is the point ?  Pirelli will soon be doing a rear tyre (sept, not here in uk yet) so, honda, get a grip, £100 for a little tyre every 4000 miles, RIP OFF.

21 July 2011 15:17

rlf3

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Fuel consumption

Depending on how its ridden my PCX has given varying fuel consumption figures from a low of 87mpg to a high of 105mpg.

It does what I expected which is circa 100mpg.

One thing I've found over the decades I've been riding bikes is that manufacturers claims for fuel consumption tend to be a bit optimistic.

The PCX might well do 130mpg, but you would probably have to be going pretty slow, be under five feet tall and weigh less than a whippet.

My PCX has got nearly 1000 miles on it now and I'm still enjoying it very much, I can thoroughly recommend the PCX to anyone looking for economy, practicality and a certain amount of style.

According to my local dealer its their top seller, as the old saying goes, they're selling like hot cakes.

Just think, even with the price rise it's still £500 cheaper than the two stroke PX125 which Vespa will be resurrecting later in the year, add in the 0% finance over three years and its a no brainer. Honda wins.

The PCX has better storage than any Vespa and the speedo on the PCX is in MPH.

If you're looking for a 125 scooter, right now the Honda PCX is definitely the one to get.

03 March 2011 09:13

justRoosting

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130 mpg ??? I love my PCX but after filling it up i set the trip counter to zero and expected to get 160+ out of a full tank...its currently at just over 100miles with one fuel gauge level left...hmmmm

Ok it is new and not yet done the 300 miles break in and all of my travelling has been urban/extra urban but i was expecting a  bit more than this....is this normal ??

 

19 February 2011 14:21

petervoros

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Brilliant little scooter

Had mine a couple of weeks and I find it a great fun scoot with an excellent motor, advanced technology not found elsewhere, great handling, nice modern styling and most of all great value for money. I love it for it's simplicity and easy to ride nature, just the job to run errands and pop out to the shops or commute locally. It's fast enough even on a light throttle for running in picking up speed surprisingly well, and the combined brakes are great even with a rear drum.

28 December 2010 23:26

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