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« on: April 02, 2012, 06:31:48 PM »

Just announced, Honda will be releasing the PCX 150 later this year.  Not sure if the PCX 125 will still be offered or not and I'm assuming the SH150i will be gone.  The same 153cc engine is being used in the newer, bigger PCX.  I can't see Honda having two 150 class scoots? The price is still yet to be determined but hopefully they learned by not pricing it too high like the SH150i.  Should be interesting.


http://powersports.honda.com/2013/pcx.aspx
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2012, 06:42:04 PM »

I'm a big fan of the PCX.  If I had room in the garage it would be a perfect urban bike for me.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2012, 12:12:21 AM »

drum brake at the back?? In 2012 when even Chinese scoots have disk brakes at the back???
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2012, 12:53:47 AM »

I expect cost was the big issue.  Isn't the SH150i made in Italy?  And the PCX in Thailand or some such?  The US just doesn't accept premium scooters very well, it seems.

I wonder what the new MSRP will be and what sort of comfortable cruising speed will it sustain?

Honda seems to have rear drums on the brain.  IIRC, all the Shadows (except the Sportster copy)  still have a combination drum brake and shaft drive just like my 90-model Pacific Coast.
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2012, 01:00:28 PM »

Supposedly it is using the same engine borrowed from the SH150i, so as long as there is no limiter it should reach 70mph as well.  I figure if the SH mostly sold for mid 4K and the PCX 125 went for mid 3's, then hopefully Honda will be smart and keep it high 3's, I think it would sell well at the price.  The SH has been reduced by our dealer to 3,700 and they have sold all 5 of their remaining stock.  I'm anxious to test ride one
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2012, 05:48:54 AM »

That is a very popular scoot over here and i must say it isn't bad really.
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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2012, 07:14:50 AM »

Howdy,

 With the Sh150i (My current bike), Honda's decision-makers in the U.S. opted to replace the more effective rear disc brakes with drums in order to offset the extra cost of adding those silly protruding front turn indicator lights. It seems likely Honda did the same with the PCX, but I could be wrong..

 At any rate, Kudos to Honda for adding 25cc to the PCX and bringing it to the USA! One assumes it shouldn't cost much more than the PCX 125. A 150cc PCX would make for one snazzy, affordable urban scoot.
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« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2012, 03:49:10 PM »

If Honda manages to hold the price down, this will be bad news for a lot of Tawainese scooter manufacturers.
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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2012, 02:34:13 AM »

It and the BMW are featured in this Popular Mechanics article:
http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/motorcycles/reviews/6-scooters-that-zoom-and-get-great-mpg-too?src=nl&mag=pop&list=nl_pnl_aut_non_040512_scooters&kw=ist#slide-4
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2012, 06:18:20 PM »

Honda got it right with this one!!  The price is 3,449.00, a mere 50.00 more than the 125 version, still supposed to get 100mpg and the speed is to range from 69-75mph.  If these don't fly out of Honda stores than something is wrong.  I'm sure the 125cc PCX buyers aren't happy :(
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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2012, 06:41:41 PM »

Wow. Those are good numbers.  And a Honda to boot.
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« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2012, 10:14:03 PM »

 I think the PCX will be the best priced 150cc class scoot out there, and probably the best mpg and fastest speed as well.  I test rode the 125cc version last year and it was a lot of fun, a lot of storage with glovebox and underseat as well.  I still like our SH150i but comparing the two now is no comparison.
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« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2012, 12:33:12 AM »

Nice looking scooter but I don't think the time is quite there for any scooter to manage prolonged volume sales in the U.S. It will possibly sell well in some portions of CA and FL, trickle out the door elsewhere. Even though it should make a versatile urban vehicle if it truly is capable of sustained 70 MPH for buzzing across town on the interstate, only the scooter literate and a few parents of the college bound will give it a glance in U.S. showrooms.
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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2012, 12:44:10 AM »

My neighbor has one, I think it's the older 125cc model of last year.  It's a beautiful white.  The Boston metro area is a great place for a small displacement scooter, you just gotta have the nerve to ride it through some pretty heavy traffic.
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« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2012, 12:51:28 AM »

I dunno.  It seems that more people are buying scooters these days.  And this one is capable, not too expensive, and is a Honda to boot.

The kids at Auburn these days are indeed buying scoots but it's usually 50cc models because they want on-campus transport and not even seniors can drive through anymore, let alone park.  I don't think they're the market.

If I see a scoot where I'm working these days, it's almost always a Chinascoot.  They'd certainly be better off with the PCX.

I think the 14" wheels are a good compromise between the handiness that so many people love in scoots and the open road capability to really make a scooter all-around useful.  I think that if the new engine delivers as promksed, it might be just big enough to cross the performance threshold.
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« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2012, 05:41:40 AM »



The main PCX update was an additional 25cc of displacement
The main SYM400 update for 2012 was fuel injection.

I am usually interested in the following:

                     HonPCX    MaxSym
                     - - - - -       - - - - -
Price              $3800       $6900    MSRP $3500 but the riders report higher out the door cost.
Top Speed     65             80?        Under perfect conditions, riders report 73 mph but the PCX rapidly slows to 60 with a headwind.
MPG              100+          59        *PCX Riders report 80 - 110 mpg
Disp.             153 cc        400 cc
HP                 13             35
storage         11L?          25L ?      both need a 32+L top box.
                  1 helmet      2 helmet
Weight          284 lbs.     470 lbs.
Wheel dia.      14 in.       15-14
Range           1.2 gal       3.8 gal.
ABS option                      Yes   
brakes           drum rear  triple disc
Comfort
6ft rider  is the riding position cramped.       
5ft rider  seat height & width important

I am also interested in the 0-30 and 0-60 acceleration
figures but these are rarely provided.


What are the specs you like to see in a review?

Review:
http://moto-choice.com/en/Bike-Review/239/Honda-PCX-150
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« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2012, 04:07:53 PM »

Yes it is an odd comparison.  The Sym is designed for highway cruising and the Honda PCX is basically a town bike
with the capability of brief stints on an Interstate.  Some report PCX top speeds of over 70 mph but other riders note that
this is under ideal conditions and the real world top speed is closer to 60 mph. 

Regarding the alleged  frequent valve checks on the PCX.  If it is anything like on other Honda engines, it shouldn't take more than 20 min. if you
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« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2012, 03:46:24 AM »

20 minutes? I realize it's a single but is it not bucket & shim?  And being buried under all the usual scooter bodywork.
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« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2013, 01:03:59 PM »

Breathing life back in this thread.
I just purchased a well kept PCX 125 this weekend. I really expected to be underwhelmed on the test ride, but came away very impressed. I'm sure the 150 raises the bar on performance, but the effect of the 150 on used 125 prices makes the compromise well worth it.
The valves are screw/nut adjustable, but you do have to spend some time taking a lot of body parts off to access the head. I like tinkering with the bikes so that is no big deal. The first two checks seem most critical (600mi/2500mi) and reports are the interval can be a bit longer after that.
I was able to easily reach about 62mph and the little scoot was silky smooth between 50-55 which is plenty for how I will use it.. I'm sure the 150 will pull quicker and maintain a higher cruising speed.
I will take delivery next week and turn on the grins and giggle meter and give you a report.
Thinking this little beastie will compliment my Majesty nicely.


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« Reply #19 on: March 12, 2013, 05:18:19 PM »

Nice choice Driller.  From what I've read the performance difference between the 125 and 150 isn't all that great.
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« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2013, 07:09:45 PM »

Congrats on your new scoot! I wouldn't be a bit surprised if that PCX 150 is very close in performance to my old Helix.
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« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2013, 04:19:19 AM »

Let's hope it can also match it in longevity.
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« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2013, 04:41:12 AM »

   That PCX sure is a lot prettier than the Helix I had
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« Reply #23 on: June 07, 2013, 05:43:35 PM »

After putting 700 miles on the PCX since I got it, it is time to pull the plastic off and check the valves.
My work schedule has kept me away from home a lot, but I do try to make up for lost time when here....



For a 125, this scooter is an "overachiever". It delivers good acceleration andmileage, adequate braking and superb handling.
As an around town and back roads ride it more than meets my expectations.
Touring on any small displacement bike is certainly 50% mental and dependent on the chosen route. After a 342 mile round trip out to Deal's Gap, I am tempted to take a multi day trip on it. A lot of thinking has been done about how to load gear for some light "scamping". A "credit card ride" with bare essentials in the underseat storage and a rucksack hanging from the bars is over the horizon.
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« Reply #24 on: June 07, 2013, 06:12:36 PM »

A "credit card ride" with bare essentials in the underseat storage and a rucksack hanging from the bars is over the horizon.

Sounds like my kind of traveling.  :D
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« Reply #25 on: March 10, 2014, 12:26:08 PM »

The Honda PCX 150 was the scooter I really wanted to buy.  I read so many good things about it, almost all good.  Then I started reading about people complaining about having to take all that plastic off to adjust the valves.  A guy in the states took his PCX 125 on about a 7,000 mile trip and it worked out well for him.  This was before they had the PCX 150.  Bottom line was a smaller scooter is much less tiring than a larger scooter and much more fun to ride.  A whole bunch of people rave about the PCX 150.  I'm going to put it back on my list.  Ride safe.
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