- 2014 vintage
- In the saddle
- In the city
- On the highway
Under its air of a mini-scooter, the Honda PCX 125 quickly stood out from the competition not only by its size, but by its price and its on-board technology, being one of the rare two-wheelers incorporating stop & go technologies. and offering particularly low consumption. The model quickly became a huge sales success, with a reduced price of 2,390 euros barely increased to 2,590 euros in 2014. Justified? Test…
Redesigned both aesthetically and technically in 2014, the PCX has however retained its visual affiliation with the original model. He was already well and still on time. The 2014 vintage further improves its quality and modernity, while continuing to stand out from the competition. When we discover the PCX 125, we first think of an electric scooter with its chip size and its bubble barely higher than the saddle which gives a particularly compact appearance to the whole. The PCX does not impose any and is particularly suitable everywhere and therefore stands out from the majority of scooters by its low line..
However, the front optics are rewarding and large, offering good night lighting. The mirrors provide a good field of vision. The rear is much more stylish than the previous vintage.
In fact, the scooter reveals all its qualities when you approach it, with an impeccable finish from end to end. From the stitching of the saddle to the quality of plastics or dressers, Honda does it without fail.
In the saddle
The PCX seems very low visually … But the feet do not yet touch the ground completely for the 1.70m pilot despite a saddle only 760 mm high. Rather, you have to put yourself at the end of the saddle to get both feet flat. however, with a featherweight of 135 kilos, placed very low, daily handling is particularly easy.
The handlebars, placed low, fall perfectly under the hands with a natural overall position, without a curved back. The forearms are well tilted down and forward. The protection of the Neiman is then unlocked with the tip of the ignition key. You turn noticeably and you can then open the trunk from the button placed under the handlebars. And with another slight turn the meter lights up.
We then have under our eyes a huge central counter, clearly visible even in direct sunlight, with a needle rotating around the counter via the outside and not central as usual. Clock, partial double trip, totalizer and above all a very precise fuel gauge complete the dashboard. The digital display even shows the average consumption. Note especially the famous green light with an A surrounded by an arrow, indicating or not via a green flashing the operation of the stop & go. Because the PCX is also characterized by this technology stopping the engine at a standstill and restarting it automatically at the request of the throttle..
We appreciate the standard handlebars which allow a GPS to be fixed in the traditional way, without obstructing the view of the computer..
We will just regret the absence of warning.
The PCX snorts discreetly, with very discreet vibrations of the 4T single cylinder. In fact, we are especially aware of them when stopped when they disappear completely during the next stop. Otherwise, we don’t feel them. And then all that is needed is the finest solicitation of the right handle for the engine to restart automatically and above all instantly. We could have feared a slight delay between the throttle and the start but day to day, it is absolutely nothing. The reaction to restarting is instantaneous and does not even allow to be aware of the difference compared to a standard scooter, sometimes even longer to set off. The PCX now develops 8.6 Kw, a slight increase compared to the 8.3 Kw of the previous vintage. The 125 is taken in hand very quickly and even easier as the weight is placed very low, giving particularly easy handling and grip and all with a particularly pleasant engine smoothness. Because some scooters go up in the towers, howl … here, the PCX rather gives the impression of rolling on velvet and smoothly, despite the pep. It is particularly pleasant and relaxing while giving all the power necessary to have the feeling of having an energetic and dynamic scooter..
In the city
The PCX has a very small template that allows you to slip particularly easily into the slightest mouse hole between cars. The starts are straightforward, the resumptions are immediate, from the red light, to the necessary re-acceleration for a rapid interfile. The braking is up to the overall homogeneity of the scooter, powerful but without exaggeration and precise with a good feeling. Interactions with the environment are suddenly precise, instantaneous and fluid … Within the flow of traffic.
With a handlebar and a very large steering angle, the slightest turn is done in a real pocket square and without any effort..
On the highway
The PCX remains a 125 cm3 but sets off to then reach a good 110 km / h (counter, that is to say 103 km / h real), largely sufficient to make the interurban and to leave the big cities by the main axes. With excellent stability, it is little or almost not sensitive to trucks and the air flows generated which can sometimes cause a stir with other scooters. Its very small fairing surface and its low screen also offer no particular resistance to wind or speed and never generate the slightest parasitic movement from the front. On the other hand, even on a slight descent and the head in the bubble, the PCX will not exceed the 115 km / h counter, or a real 105 km / h. However, it has a good recovery and responsiveness even at its maximum and provides a real feeling of security..
Protection at this maximum speed is limited and you can feel the pressure on your forearms and chest, but without causing any particular discomfort, at least in good weather. In rainy weather, you will need a better combination than some scooters offering a high screen.
Obviously, going back to the secondary network allows you to always be below its maximum speed and to the best of its ability. Stable in outline with fingertips on the cleat and for all that maneuverable but not too much, the PCX is at ease everywhere and particularly on departmental where it can inquire, or even risk losing its license and all with the comfort and pleasure or the recklessness of driving. Because even in the series of turns, it takes an angle without flinching or squirming, reassuring its driver by its handling..
The long and wide saddle offers excellent comfort for both rider and passenger. As a duo, the passenger’s weight is barely noticeable and does not generate a swaying effect as on some scooters due to the high rear seats. Here, the rear is at the same level. The impact is only made at the level of the recoveries.
No ABS but combined braking which is very pleasant on a daily basis. And despite a small front disc of 220 mm and a simple drum at the rear, the braking is largely up to the speed of the 125. The feeling of the two handles is excellent and allows the braking to be adjusted as accurately as possible, largely sufficient and always safe, even in the rain where blocking is almost impossible.
The trunk under the saddle allows you to light a full face helmet and a small computer or tablet. It is not the largest in the category (some 125 can accommodate two full-face helmets) but it offers excellent capacity, more homogeneous and roomy due to its overall shape..
We will appreciate the empty pocket at the front, very deep and equipped with a 12V socket to recharge a large mobile phone, a real plus on a daily basis.
The trunk saddle tilts on a jack and practically rests on the handlebars. The cylinder has a halfway lock, which allows access to the items under the saddle without completely raising the saddle..
The PCX has a bird’s appetite and one of the lowest consumption in the category, especially given its mechanical inclinations with a real living engine. With an announced consumption of 2.1, it still consumes 2.6 liters per hundred kilometers in muscular driving, which remains very little. Suddenly, with its new tank increased to eight liters (5.9 liters before), it offers an overall autonomy of 300 kilometers in urban use without particular effort to consume less. With a calm driving, the PCX is able to exceed well the 300 kilometers of autonomy.
The first version of the PCX was already a success, proven by annual sales. This new 2014 version further accentuates the excellence of the whole, homogeneous, comfortable, easy to handle and pleasant on a daily basis. Honda offers everything for a very small price (2,599 euros) against the competition, especially in view of the mechanical inclinations and overall approval. A faultless which should help prolong its success.
- cycle part
- start & stop
- no room for 2 jets in the trunk
Honda PCX 125 technical sheet
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