Honda PCX 150

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Southerner, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. DOUBLE-O G

    DOUBLE-O G Smooth Operator

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    I will get the valves checked at 600 miles but I think I will stretch it to 5,000 (with the oil change) to get them checked again. Manual says they need to be checked - not necessarily adjusted.
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    I will check the valves at 2,500. I'm assuming it will take me a couple hours. It took the experienced mechanic at Western Honda an hour and a half. I'm thinking that isn't too much of a time investment for this neat little scoot.

    We've been on the road for 3 days, bikes in a cargo trailer. Getting settled back in and hope to get a ride in tomorrow. I miss messin' around with the scoots. :evil

    Best wishes,
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  3. maddiedog

    maddiedog In dog we trust

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    Screw and locknut, not shims. You said the Metropolitan's valve adjustment interval was 15k miles -- that's why, the Met has shims. Screws and locknuts get out of alignment more easily than shims.

    You and Hexnut are right about tight valves, but given the wide tolerance range for the PCX, it's not something I'm not too worried about. Others should proceed at their own risk, weighing the various opinions here. :D
  4. DOUBLE-O G

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    Do you have a different windscreen on your PCX? I am currently looking into getting one. Honda has one, I think Givi has one too. If you have one, which one do you have and how do you like it?
  5. DOUBLE-O G

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    First fill up today. I had reached 100 miles and the fuel gauge was flashing. I filled up to 1.3 gallons (I think the tank is 1.6 gallons) and it averaged to a disappointing 77 mpg (Honda claims up to 102 mpg). Now I am not sure how much gas was actually in the tank when we bought it and I have been riding the little thing pretty fast (I have topped 65mph several times).

    How about you all? What kind of gas mileage do you all get?
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    Hey guys (gals), Just wanted to drop by and share how happy I am with a new deal I just found. I've had about 20+ motorcycles and scooters over the years, and I'm never as happy as when I find a great deal like yesterday. I've had my 2011 PCX125 for about 18 months, but when the 150 came out, I really wanted an upgrade. So yesterday, I found a black (my favorite color) 2013 PCX150 for $2500.00 on Craigslist. The ad said it had been laid down. Surely, I thought, there would be $500-$700 damage. I thought, if this thing has less than $500 of damage, I should scoop it up. The thing only has 350 miles on it. Not even the first break-in service done. So, the damage is about 3 parts on the left totalling a whopping $225.00, and nothing bent.

    I was the 1st of many callers, so I was at the guys how right after he got home from work. I had cash and the trailer on the back of my car.

    So far, it's hard to tell how much it accelerates better than my 125. Hard because I'm so used to my Piaggio BV350 pulling like a bat outta hell, but there is no doubt the 150 goes. Had my girlfriend on the back and did a comfortable 65 on the fwy, so at least it has a 6mph advantage over the 125 (so far).

    Anyway, sorry for the lengthy intro. Time to sell my red PCX125.

    -Jim. (aka, happy "deal finding" camper)

    PS, the damage is nothing more than scrapes. I don't need to replace anything to ride it.
  7. CaptnJim

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    Hey GoreTx - the windshields we put on are Givi. They make two sizes, these are the smaller of the two. They are available in clear or smoke, we got the smoked. It makes a significant difference in the wind flow - very little on the torso, now. A little more noise with our half helmets, over 45 mph.

    Regarding your post about the fuel mileage. The worst I have gotten is 98 mpg, and that was with some 60+ mph driving on that tank. Otherwise, I have been getting 100 mpg (+/-) very consistently. My wife weighs a pound or 50 less than I do, and she has gotten 113 mpg as a high, 102 mpg as a low. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if the fuel tank wasn't full when you picked up the bike. Be sure to put the bike on the center stand when filling... that last couple tenths of a gallon can be "splashy." (technical term :evil). Weight and throttle twisting do make a difference with what we've seen for mpg.

    TechFrog: good find (and welcome aboard)! Sounds like the seller must have scared themselves with the scoot. Right place, right time. Good luck with selling the 125... or maybe your girlfriend would enjoy her own scooter? My wife won't let me have a girlfriend (go figure?), but we sure enjoy riding together, each on our own scooter. Mine is red, hers is black... I gave her first choice. I told her the black ones are faster. (I wanted the red one. :lol3)

    Best wishes,
    Captain Jim
  8. DOUBLE-O G

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    Welcome to the 150 family!

    So how would you compare the 125 to the 150? Is there a noticeable power difference?
  9. DOUBLE-O G

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    Thanks Captain Jim!

    As far as the gas mileage, I'll have to see what the next tank will be. Last weekend for me to ride though... My wife is taking the MSF class as we speak and I know she wants to go riding.
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    I taught my wife to ride before she was my wife. I knew it was true love, 'cause it was on my Triumph Bonneville. :evil

    While I do particularly enjoy the feel of her snuggling in close when she's behind me, riding together on separate bikes is a whole 'nother kinda fun. We've ridden side-by-side a lot more miles than 2-up.

    This won't be your last weekend to ride... it will just become a different experience as you ride together... each on your own bike. :feelgood

    Have fun. Give her plenty of encouragement. Don't blast away from her. A life-long riding partner is a very special thing! Especially, a life-long riding partner with benefits. :evil

    Congrats to you both. Enjoy!

    Captain Jim
  11. DOUBLE-O G

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    I agree 100% with everything you said. I have enjoyed having her as a passenger but I am looking forward to having her ride her own bike. We practiced riding all week this week and I hope what she learned from me benefited her at the MSF course.

    I want to pull a "Captain Jim" and get a second PCX for me. When my little CBR sells... :deal I think the PCX is really all I need at this point. Ok, that or a SH150 my local dealer has.

    I have been reading your blog and I really enjoy it.
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    Well, it's an interesting comparison. It would be wishful thinking to say the 150 blows the 125 away. Yes, it has a couple more horsepower, but also a few more pounds. 6 or 9 right? Anyway, the acceleration is very close. I can't honestly say the 150 feels that much stronger, but the limiter sure kicks in later. On the 125, I can hover between 59 and 60 and that's it. On the 150, the limiter seems to hit at an indicated 67 or 68. I don't know how some claim 70, 71 or 72. I know there is more advanced technology in the 150, but anyone looking for a deal that does not need the extra 8 or so mph would be perfectly fine with the 125. I know I shouldn't, but I take my PCX125 on short hops on the freeway all the time. I stay in the slow lane and never have a problem. Being able to sustain 65 is a real plus though.

    So, I'm new to the forums and trying to figure all this out. My "signature" is not displaying. All my other motorcycles/scooters for instance. Must be doing something wrong. I'll play with my settings. Thanks for the welcome everyone.

    Jim in LA. (Also have 08 YamahaFJR1300, 07 Suzuki DL650, and Piaggio BV350) Cheers all
  13. CaptnJim

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    Another day, another fuel-up: I got exactly 100 mpg. The Blonde logged in at 107 mpg.
  14. DOUBLE-O G

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    I only got to clock in 25 miles today. I can take the scooter to work for a couple more days but I won't be close to filling up yet.

    My wife passed her MSF class today so my days on the PCX are counted. :cry
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    I rode to work this morning and I think the scooter is happiest between 50 and 55mph.
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    I got better gas mileage this time around though it still is inaccurate. I got 87mpg but I splashed some gas. It filled up really fast and overflowed. I gased up at 104 miles on the odometer and it looks like I could still go some because the gas gauge wasn't even flashing.

    The wife and I went on our first ride together a couple of days ago. She had a blast and is ready for some more. She definitely can keep up with my little CBR. We will be going for a ride this weekend around the hill country.
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    Hi GoreTX,

    Hope the weekend weather is better than what we drove though yesterday, going through San Antonio... twice! That front dropped the temp almost 30º... and rain. But, the V-Strom is gone, so it's just the pair of PCXes for us now.

    Glad to hear the PCX is a match for the CBR. You two have fun this weekend... stop for a nice lunch out. Make her first few rides memorable. :ricky

    Best wishes,
    Jim
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    i just took my wife's for a spin. i may or may not have giggled girlishly when i (mildly) broadslided it back into the garage. :evil:D
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    The weather rebounded already today and this weekend is set to be pretty good with lows in the mid fifties and highs in the low 80s. Perfect riding weather! Did you say BBQ for lunch? Well that sounds pretty good to me! :evil

    Still trying to sell the CBR so I can get a PCX or an SH or even may be a Vespa for myself. I'm still trying to decide.
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    I don't know how everybody is getting such great gas mileage. I get 70 mpg on both the Vino 125 and the Zuma 125. The Vino has been that way for 25,000 miles. It has a one gallon tank, and sputters to a stop at right around 70 miles every time. I almost always carry an extra gallon of gas with me. I'm guessing it has something to do with my weight, and the fact that I always ride at full throttle. Even in town I take off with full throttle to keep up with traffic around me, then back off when I reach the speed of other traffic.