The Honda PCX was hands down the most interesting scooter at the International Motorcycle Show this year. At first blush, a small scooter that looks like a maxi scooter doesn’t make much sense. But once you see the thing in the person, the whole package completely works. It’s compact, yet comfortable. It boasts maxi storage and wind protection, but without all the bulk. For 2013, Honda is taking the PCX a step further.
For starters, the PCX power plant has grown from 125cc to 150cc. That doesn’t sound like much, but those extra 25cc ought to give the PCX a tad more oomph. At only 286 lbs, it’s pretty light considering its size. The PCX also features Honda’s CBC system, which links the rear drum brake to the front disk. This way any application of the rear brake also applies some front braking force. This system seems to be finding its way across the entire Honda scooter lineup as now even the diminutive Metropolitan will feature this system.
While this truly modern scooter look isn’t for the Roman Holiday crowd, I have to say that the PCX is the first maxi-looking scooter big or small that I think is genuinely good looking. It looks like a space ship, but in a good way. It looks like a scooter from the future, and given the PCX’s warm reception, it just might be. Add to that lots of storage and genuinely terrific gas mileage, and the PCX has the makings of a modern classic. Now if there were just a 250cc version…
Click past the jump for Honda’s official take and official specs.
[Official Release]The new PCX150 features a 150cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine that makes it freeway capable. This stylish and sporty scooter also serves as an enjoyable ride for errands, commuting or weekend fun, thanks to its nimble and friendly handling characteristics. With comfortable seating to accommodate the rider plus a passenger, and a large, handy under-seat storage compartment that can fit a full-face helmet and more, the new 2013 PCX150 offers expanded capabilities while remaining remarkably economical.
New for 2013
- New, larger-displacement 150cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine adds freeway credentials to this modern scooter that captures a distinctive, motorcycle-like style.
- New seat padding material adds to the PCX150’s comfort factor.
- Excellent fuel mileage makes for remarkably economical transportation.
- Modern motorcycle-inspired styling in a full-sized scooter.
- The 150cc PCX150 is freeway legal.
- Available in Metallic Black and Candy Red colors.
Honda Genuine Accessories
- Rear Trunk
- Trunk Base Kit
- Outdoor Cover
|Engine Type:||125cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke|
|Bore and Stroke:||52.4mm x 57.9mm|
|Valve Train:||SOHC; two-valve|
|Induction:||PGM-FI with automatic enrichment|
|Ignition:||Digital with electronic advance|
|Transmission:||Honda V-Matic belt-converter automatic transmission|
|Suspension||Front: 31mm hydraulic fork; 3.5 inches travel
Rear: Unit swingarm; 2.9 inches travel
|Brakes||Front: Single 220mm disc with three-piston caliper
Rear: Drum with CBS
|Trail:||86mm (3.4 inches)|
|Seat Height:||29.9 inches|
|Fuel Capacity:||1.6 gallons|
|Estimated Fuel Economy:||110 MPG|
|Colors:||Pearl White, Candy Red|
|Curb Weight*:||280 pounds|
|*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel–ready to ride.|