HONDA S-WING 125 (2007 - on) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke single|
|Frame type||Tubular steel|
|Fuel capacity||9.4 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||66 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£21|
|Annual service cost||-|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||13 bhp|
|Max torque||7.9 ft-lb|
|Top speed||68 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||138 miles|
Model history & versions
2011: Top-box optional extra introduced [£50]
Owners' reviews for the HONDA S-WING 125 (2007 - on)
2 owners have 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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I would definitely recommend the S-Wing. It’s large, sturdy and has great weather protection. There's loads of storage and it's very smooth and comfy to ride. The acceleration on the S-Wing is as fast as a small car on full throttle. Mine gets about 50mpg and has a top speed of 62mph.
Very smooth and comfy with great brakes.
Has a little power lag when accelerating on the move. Would be better at 15hp for a bit more top speed.
Excellent for reliability.
Not great on mpg compared to other 125s.
Has loads of space under the seat and with the back box.
Buying experience: Bought privately.
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.