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Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Southerner, Jun 17, 2012.
Hang on Jim! Might have something for you soon.
Just got back from a picture perfect day...and where was the camera?...at home!
Met up with four other riders this morning for a ride up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. We were not committed to which direction or how far to go when there, but it was one of those "put away the watch and ride" days.
The PCX spun away, climbing up and over the Eastern Divide and back up, up, up on twisty roads where you saw yourself coming while going. Cool temps greeted us as we reached the Parkway and we decided to head south towards Mt. Mitchell for lunch.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of my favorite roads to ride on. As the road winds along the ridges, the curves keep you constantly entertained and rewarded with beautiful views. Every now and then a decreasing radius turn wakes you up and keeps you from getting too complacent.The PCX was at home cruising along in that sweet spot between 35 and 50 mph. On some of the downhill runs it was hard to tell if the engine was even running it was purring so contentedly.
At the summit of Mt Mitchell it was downright chilly! A relaxed lunch with some good conversation about bikes, riding and a little of everything refreshed us for the ride back home. Back down and over the Divide again put us in Lake Lure for a break where farewells were made followed by the run home.
Jim, if you and your bride ever get over this way we can have a PCX rally!
It's 107 today in San Antonio and it's just too damn hot to be riding around on 2 wheels.
Sorry, Gore-TX; thank you, Driller. Here's what I do most days...
The really SAD part about it: the company has a new owner, and he has operations on either side of the island we are on... at least 3 days a week, I am commuting to the other side of the island to captain a whale watch boat. Ten and a half miles of beautiful, twisty two lane. It would be PERFECT with the PCX, and I am driving my diesel truck.
No complaints about the work I do (the pay is good and I have the best "office" around)... but my heart hurts a little every time I make that drive.
And just for some perspective: on the drive home the day before yesterday, I almost hit a juvenile bald eagle who came swooping across the road. It is a federal offense to even posses a bald eagle feather (unless you are a Native American)... I could just see pulling into the parking lot with a bunch of 'em stuck to the grill on the truck! :eek1
I didn't hit him, but it was close... it made my ass pucker, and I'm sure it did his, too. I think he was flying on a learner's permit.
Thanks for the PCX content! Keep 'em coming!
stole the wife's pcx for errands in downtown today. forgot how bloody agile and light it is, plus the ladies were waving at me!
I'm happy with mine.
This photo makes me want to buy one and just leave for a week with a duffle bag under the seat.
You can gain a lot of leg room if you remove the seat hump.
"This photo makes me want to buy one and just leave for a week with a duffle bag under the seat. " Yep, pretty soon....
Good looking bike, Lefturn99... but, I am kinda partial to that sharp-looking red.
Thanks for some PCX content! Feel free to post some ride photo-essays.
We are half-way through our time in the PNW, and I am SO looking forward to getting back to the scoots.
Congratulations on your new ride! We took an evening ride a couple of days ago and we had a blast. My wife has been riding her scooter more these days (it's Summer after all) and she absolutely loves it. I don't want to pull the trigger on one of those yet. There still are some options I am considering (Honda Grom, Honda Forza, Honda CRF250L, and may be a Honda Super Cub 110 from Mexico - yep, I'm pretty sure I can make that one happen if I wanted to). Anyway, as you can tell, I'm a Honda guy.
I went for a ride this morning. It was an absolute blast! The rain is gone - it rained most of the week and the weather is really nice right now. Cruising 50-55mph is just about perfect.
The wife and I are planning on going to the movies tonight. We will be taking the PCX. There's motorcycle parking in the front of the movie theater. It's just a no brainer: we can get there as late as we want and still be able to park without having to drive around.
I wonder if PCX 150 will get C-ABS next year.
In EU it will be mandatory for bikes with capacity greater than 125cm3 starting from 2016.
It will drive up the price, and on a scoot this lightweight, I don't think it is necessary. I wasn't a big fan of the combined braking at first, but it is functional. Grab with both hands, and it will haul that bike down right now.
I think it can be offered as an option. I am glad ABS isn't mandatory on all bikes. I think it's overkill on the small ones anyway. Let's not get carried away with the ABS thing as it has killed several threads. It's something that divides people for some reason. Some like it and some don't. Both sides can be very passionate about it. Let's keep this thread about the PCX.
It didn't for SH 2013 model, so hopefully won't for PCX too.
In my eyes - it is not question of weight, but speed. It can easily ride 80-90 kmh. I would use it for every day commuting, incl. rainy days, too.
It is also very useful when braking on white walkway lines, especially during\after the rain.
That would be good too.
8 of my last 10 fill ups have been over 100 mpgUS for my 50 mph commute.
I really like the style and features of this scoot but when I sat on it I felt cramped. I am not a tall guy but that hump on the seat just does not work for me. If I bought one I would need to have the seat re-done.
It's easy enough to do a "humpectomy." Several here have done it. I expected that I'd want to chop that off of my seat, but it really hasn't been an issue once we were out riding. My wife's legs are longer than mine (even though I'm taller), and she likes the support from the hump.
You can get an aftermarket seat; or remove the hump, cut out the plastic under where the bolts were, and recover the seat.
On the contrary, it might not. As models age, Japanese companies tend to offer more upgrades to their vehicles (cars, bikes, or scooters) than discounting retail prices. When the PCX 125 came out in 2009, the price was about the same as now which is around ¥300,000 (~$3,000 give or take). The first model had no ESP and the center stand wasn't reinforced. The 2012 model had some modifications which made it a "newer" model. The ESP was added and the center stand was reinforced. Still the price was set at about the same as 3 years back. So, adding an ABS to a now approaching 5-year old model is bound to happen to justify maintaining the current price levels. My 2 yen.