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Old 04-03-2012, 08:15 AM   #1
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Honda Updates PCX and Metropolitan Scooters

Honda enters the 2013 model-year season with two fun scooters that contain significant upgrades: the thoroughly revised Metropolitan and a new PCX scooter with a larger-displacement engine that makes it capable for freeway use. Both models feature an easy-to-operate automatic transmission along with fuel-efficient engines—just the thing for countering rising fuel prices.

Available this summer, the 2013 Honda PCX150 features a 150cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine that makes it freeway capable. The 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.

Available in June, the 2013 Honda Metropolitan brings all-new styling and a new 50cc fuel-injected four-stroke engine. Styling highlights include a new headlight and meter setup, different handlebar and a stylish new taillight assembly. There’s a locking, 22-liter under-seat storage area large enough to stow a helmet, and also a new inner storage bin that can hold a 1-liter bottle, plus a larger convenience hook to secure a bag. With a MSRP of $1,999, the Metropolitan is within reach for just about anyone in search of affordable, cost-conscious transportation.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:17 AM   #2
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Here is the link for the story.

http://www.ridermagazine.com/latest-...s-for-2013.htm
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:19 AM   #3
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Thank. God. I will now remove the PCX off my list of things I'll never buy.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:44 PM   #4
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PCX: Unappreciated gem

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The Honda PCX (be it 125cc or 150cc) is a real gem-and I own an Sh150i, LOL. This peppy li'l scoot (especially the 125cc variant) gets phenominal fuel economy and is affordable. And all with the Honda name; unrivaled dealer support. I'd like to see sales figures on the PCX 125 from say March-September of this year when available. This impressive scoot should be selling like crazy.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:36 PM   #5
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I thought the PCX topped out like at 56mph?

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Old 04-03-2012, 06:06 PM   #6
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it does. The 150 tops out at 60 (probably!)
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:30 PM   #7
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Saw this earlier today. Had not thought about the PCX 125, but a 150 checks a few boxes. Would hope it's able to do a tab better than 60. Guess will see!
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:49 PM   #8
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would not take the PCX on the freeway, 150 or not

it would have to be lane splitting time in slow and barely moving traffic. otherwise if it doesn't cruise at 75mph with room to spare it stays off the freeway
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:54 PM   #9
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After taking a number or long trips on a couple of 250cc scooters... I don't see a 150cc scooter being up to the challenge of highway riding.
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:12 PM   #10
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Just found this information out for myself tonight. That PCX is one fine looking machine and at 150... it's a very good city commuter. It does not have the same engine as the SH and a quick look online show the parts to be much cheaper. pcx fuel pump about 60... while the SH is over 400... there were other examples too, so the pcx might be the new elite for Honda. I can't wait to see what the street price will be though. They might as well call themselves Honda Davidson with some of their pricing.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:45 AM   #11
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would not take the PCX on the freeway, 150 or not

it would have to be lane splitting time in slow and barely moving traffic. otherwise if it doesn't cruise at 75mph with room to spare it stays off the freeway
I agree. My hope was that it would have a bit more ceiling on the top to go beyond 60- hell, my p200e does 60, and I won't ride it to work, because we live off a road with a 45 mph speed limit with a merge lane from my street. The traffic is usually running 55-60 during rush hour, and you need to be able to keep up.

Atlanta freeways seem to move between 70-80 mph, so indeed, nothing below a 250 would even be on my radar if highway use was a goal....
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:16 AM   #12
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My Helix does very well on the freeway, as traffic moves between 65 and 70 in these parts. I rode mine in the pouring rain from Boston to Bennington, NH; mostly highway, and she held up (and kept up) just fine. I have *attempted* freeway travel on my '86 Elite 150, and it was honestly a nightmare... it just couldn't do it. I would imagine the PCX 150 would be about the same, but it would have an advantage due to wheel size and 25 years of engine design improvements (we hope).
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:35 AM   #13
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Top speed on the PCX is 61.5 mph, electronically limited due to British "light motorcycle" licensing requirements. Practical cruising speed is about 50 to 55 mph. Still it's perfect for New Hampshire where every state highway has a speed limit of 45 mph. It's interesting to note that my new PCX has enough power to maintain 50 mph in a 30 mph headwind. I'm not sure I would have waited for a 150cc version; gas mileage was my primary concern. On the third tank it looks like the motor is run in enough to break 100 mpg. First two tanks were 95 mpg.

I think the issue is freeway legal vs. freeway practical. A 150cc PCX can legally use the highway for an exit or two if necessary. The 125cc is not supposed to be on the road, period. In my case I have to go 20 miles out of my way to cross the Merrimack River because the main bridge is part of I-293 and I can't legally hop onto the Interstate for a quarter mile.

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That PCX...does not have the same engine as the SH and a quick look online show the parts to be much cheaper.
Maybe a 150cc piston and cylinder will be cheap as well.

Looking at the specs, a 58mm bore seems to be the only difference. (That, and a redesigned gas cap.) So a new piston and boring the existing cylinder should do it...

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Old 04-04-2012, 07:14 AM   #15
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Without a doubt, Honda needs to add a 250 or 300 to their line up in the states.
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