Honda PCX 150

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

  1. cabanza

    cabanza Smooth Operator

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    I did another fill up this morning and I averaged 90 mpg. I know it's low compared to some other owners on this thread but I am really heavy on the throttle when I ride it (wife said it was ok for me to commute to work - sweet!).

    I have a question: on my way back home yesterday I was going full speed. The bike jerked a bit as I was reaching 70 mph. It made me think that I hit the rev limiter. There's no tachometer so I couldn't really read anything but I am pretty sure that's what happened. Anyone else experienced that?
  2. CaptnJim

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    I just sold an 08 V-Strom, after buying a pair of PCX 150s. That said, I never intended the scooters to be a replacement for the V-Strom... I was about ready to be done riding. Buying the PCXes rekindled the desire to play on two wheels. No intention to do any serious highway riding for us.

    Our experience with the scooters has been in the Phoenix area (flat) and currently in south Texas (really flat). We have yet to experience any slowdown due to rising terrain... because we haven't been in the proximity of any rising terrain... going over the Causeway here (70' high at the center span) is as close as we've come to a hill. :evil

    Elevation does a number on power output. While I'm sure the fuel injection helps, I would assume you'd be dealing with the standard "3% loss in horsepower per each 1,000' of elevation increase." A pretty significant hit at 6,000'.

    I am an enthusiastic fan of the PCX 150. It works for the way we have been riding. BUT, most of our riding is 45mph or less these days. There isn't a lot of power to spare beyond that, even though the bike will do 65 mph (or better, if you are patient and have the running room).

    I would hesitate to recommend it for two-up riding at elevation, but only because I have not tried it. Hopefully, someone here with experience with the PCX at higher elevations will be able to give you some useful "been there" observations.

    At this point, the bike does more than I expected... mostly because I didn't expect much. :evil That isn't a slam on the capabilities of this neat little bike; I hope you get the opportunity to try one at the elevation you will be using it.

    Best wishes,
    Captain Jim
  3. MiniBike

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    i'd be in for a long weekender to some interesting locations, but I couldn't afford the vet's bill for boarding the animals for much longer than that. :eek1

    I see plenty of half-day rides (generally MC), but I don't care to ride for the sake of riding just to up at a bar (I don't drink). Maybe it's just me, but I'd rather explore interesting sights with like minded people than just hang out with like minded people doing nothing.
  4. TechFrog

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    Hey everyone, just thought I would drop in again and post a couple observations. I previously posted how I didn't feel the 150 was significantly more powerful than the 125, but recently, after spending a lot of time on the 150, I rode the 125 around. I finally did notice the reduced acceleration, although, obviously it is minor, but noticeable when going back and forth. I also noticed something else. The 150 has a throatier, slightly turbulent combustion note compared with the quieter/smoother 125. It makes me wonder if they made the intake a bit more "open" (less restrictive) since a lot of the deep acceleration sounds we hear in an engine is actually through the intake as opposed to just the exhaust.

    Living in Southern California, it's hard to avoid freeways sometimes, and I have found myself on short (2 to 10 mile) freeway hops when the time calls for it, and of course this is where I am happy to have those few more MPH.

    Obviously, the 125 vs. 150 subject is not new to the forums, but I wondered if anyone else noticed the combustion sound difference (under full acceleration).

    Also, on a humorous note, I had a friend swap scooters with me for a few miles on a ride because his Sym didn't have much of a back seat for his girlfriend who was along. I took the Sym (decent but harsh riding scoot) and he and she were on my PCX125. When I asked how he liked it he said: Your PCX is not like a scooter, it's more like a magic carpet. :D
  5. sendler

    sendler Been here awhile

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    The PCX150 has a really smooth rev limiter which should fade in and out at around 66 mph on a new bike. A little less as the belt wears.
  6. cabanza

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    Another fill up, another 92 mpg. Wife put some good miles on the PCX this weekend. It's almost time for the 600 mile service...
  7. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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    My last fill up (yesterday) came out at 95.6 mpg - the lowest I've gotten. Quite a few runs at 50 - 55 mph over the causeway on that tank. I could run slower, but it would increase the likelihood of becoming a hood ornament. :evil

    Captain Jim
  8. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    So true!

    This is why I always come back to Advrider when I'm researching a bike or a scooter. There (may) be other resources that have more technical information but I love getting the perspective from my like-minded ADV brethren :clap
  9. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    I keep reading that the bump in the seat limits leg room. I'm 5'11" with 32" inseem. I sat on one yesterday and thought the leg room was perfect. The forward angled part of the floor board felt more natural to me than most of the scooters that I have sat on. I test rode a Kymco People 300 last year at Americade and loved the motor but one thing I thought was lacking was a way to stretch out.

    The thing that I did notice on the PCX was that the bars seemed very close to me (not in a good way). This seems like a pretty easy thing to fix so not a big deal. The other thing that I noticed the first time I checked out a PCX was the chrome bezel where the steering stem comes out of the dash. It just looks cheap to me and screams out "I'm a Chinese Honda". It's the only part on the thing that I don't like so maybe I could just pull it off and paint it black. It's a silly complaint, I know.
  10. cabanza

    cabanza Smooth Operator

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    The PCX is made in Thailand.
  11. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    Better?
  12. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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    Different. :evil
  13. cabanza

    cabanza Smooth Operator

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    Wife and I are doing a local scooter ride this upcoming weekend called "Scooter de Mayo." She's very excited about it. The ride should have about 100 scooters or so. All brands are welcome. I wonder how many PCXs we will see...
  14. CaptnJim

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    Post some photos... please. Since you are both doing the ride, are you riding two up on the PCX, or will you be on your motorcycle?

    Have fun!

    Captain Jim
  15. cabanza

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    I will be on the CBR and she will be riding the PCX. I'll try and take some good pics.
  16. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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    Sounds like fun. We have done a lot of motorcycle rallies over the years; we'll have to try a scooter rally when the opportunity presents itself.

    Rolled through San Antonio yesterday on our way north... rain, traffic, more rain. Unlike the scooter riding, we are just tying to make miles.

    Have fun at the rally!

    Jim
  17. cabanza

    cabanza Smooth Operator

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    Thanks I will!

    By the way, Jim, I wanted to let you know that I read your blog and enjoy your little adventures (and your cat) very much. You and your wife be safe on your trip.
  18. cabanza

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    600 mile service done. That was expensive!!

    Anyway, wife and I are ready for Scooter de Mayo ride tomorrow. Anyone else on here from San Antonio?

    I will try and post whatever pics I take.
  19. cabanza

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    Awesome ride today. Over 100 scooters. All types. The PCX drew some attention. The weather in San Antonio was perfect. About 75 miles total. I want to go back and do it all over again. Here are some pics:

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    Love that green Vespa. I have a green Stella almost exactly like it. Brown seat and all. The red Stella with a sidecar sure looks nice. That windshield on the MP3 is about 3 times to tall. No way to see over it, and it's so big you could probably use it as a sail to drive the scooter if it was windy. And I guess I will never get those (IMO) ridiculous Ruckus mods. Just seems silly to me. I understand mods, but that thing just rubs me the wrong way, like BMX bikes and skateboards. Part of a culture I just don't care for.