For riders who want to get around quickly and easily but don’t want to have to worry about the challenge of a geared bike, a scooter can be an nice compromise.
A writer for the automotive section of the UK Daily Mirror recently had a chance to test out the fuel economy of some of Honda’s new two-wheeled models. The rider chose Honda’s 125cc PCX Scooter, and it proved to be easier to handle than some of the company’s larger bikes.
Bore And Stroke: 52.4mm x 57.9mm
Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enrichment
Ignition: Digital with electronic advance
Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Valve Train: SOHC; two-valve
Rear Suspension: Unit swingarm, 2.9 inches of travel
Front Brake: Single 220mm disc with three-piston caliper and CBS
Rear Brake: Drum with CBS
Front Tire: 90/90-14
Rear Tire: 100/90-14
Trail: 86mm (3.4 inches)
Wheelbase: 51.4 inches
Seat Height: 29.9 inches
Curb Weight: 280 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel—ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity: 1.6 gallons
Available Colors: Pearl White, Candy Red
Emissions: Meets current EPA standards.
Warranty: One year transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan
The news source reports that for an all day ride, the PCX more than held its own against the bigger bikes. Easily able to hit 30 miles per hour, the PCX is great for city driving. Less experienced riders will still need to be alert, but won’t have to worry about changing gears or the other concerns that come with riding a full motorcycle. The scooter was also able to tackle a 107-mile journey through London in heavy rain and wind.
“While I would not necessarily want to do a world tour on a scooter, this would be perfect for getting into town, or days out to not too far-flung places,” said the writer.
Those interested in a small vehicle to get around easily might want to consider a scooter, but they should be sure to purchase a motorcycle helmet for safety before heading out.