Honda PCX 150

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

  1. Timmygp

    Timmygp n00b

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    I got my black pcx 150 about 2 weeks ago. It's my first motorcycle or scooter - I bought it as a second vehicle just to goof off on - take to the gym (12 mile trip) and to work now and then. As of right now I am not comfortable going over 55 miles an hour on it - at that speed or any faster it doesn't feel safe, the wind really buffers you around and maybe it's just me getting used to the bike but I am definitely not comfortable going any faster than that right now. I have gotten it up to about 65 but that was for a brief time only. I am 5' 8" and 180 lbs. I only have 200 miles on it because it's been so damn hot and when it's not hot as hell it seems to be raining. Hopefully with more miles I can get more comfortable and give you a little more feedback I am really happy with the miles per gallon I seem to be getting about 70 miles per gallon right now which isn't bad, as I break in the engine I'm hoping to get near 100 which he claims to get.[​IMG]
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  2. sendler

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    Just take your time getting used to riding. Stay in your comfort zone. Soon enough you will get accustomed to the sensations of speed and wind. Do some reading to build your knowledge and take a class. There is a lot that can be learned. Before you know it you will be a solid rider.
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  3. wannabe1

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    Still no GPS certified top speed? or will it cruise easily at 60 mph actual?
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  4. sendler

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    ClubPCX forum member traded his 125 for a PCX150 and clocked a GPS top speed of 71.2 mph. Says steep hills that used to top out at 45 are now 50. Should cruise at 60 in poor conditions. 125 was speed limited to 62mph but was also power limited at that speed in poor conditions. 1.9 extra hp make a difference.
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  5. roninracer

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    Considering some of the OTD prices some of the members are getting for the 150, $2,800 + tax and license, does not seem unreasonable for a 125.
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  6. sendler

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    Where in the USA can anyone get a discount on the PCX150? I know they are cheap in Thailand with a list price of $2600.
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  7. Scootervillain

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    Timmygp,

    Congrats on the new bike! I love the pics of your two black Hondas :D

    +1 to everything Sendler just said... Take the MSF class as soon as you can, and check out the book "Proficient Motorcycling" by David Hough. Your library should have it, or you can get used it on Amazon for $3.
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  8. sendler

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    I just got back from test riding a left over PCX125. It's hard to tell how much a 0 mile bike will change with some break in and as the fuel injection adapts ( my CBR250R ran weak for the first 20 miles). It could use the couple more ponies that the 150 got. One of the steeper hills in town leading up to the High School had me stuck at 42 mph. The seat will have to have a hump ectomy and I will also level out the front with some foam as well to keep from sliding forward while I am at it. I would also probably change the front brake pad to something grippier. The ride is very dialed in and nice over all but the fastest sharp edged bumps and the handling feels perfectly stable at the top speed I saw of 60 mph indicated. The low speed parking lot handling is very quick and takes some getting used to. Styling, fit and finish is great. I had them dealer trade for a red PCX150 which I will pick up next Saturday. My Salesman busted his ass on the phone to find me the bike I wanted so I gave them $50 over list to split the cost of going after the bike, $50 doc fee and $100 title and tag fee which is about the same as it would have cost me if I had taken the day off to go to DMV. 8% sales tax takes me to $3900 and change out the door with 0 down and 1.99% interest for 3 years. I will also be adding a larger windscreen.
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  9. siyeh

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    congrats on the 150. I am sure you will like it. I put 2400 miles on a PCX 125 in the year I owned it. Couple 400 mile weekends and the rest was on my commute.

    The PCX oozes Honda quality and yes I have drank the Honda koolaid my whole life. I bought one Kawasaki never again,,,,,
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  10. sendler

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  12. JerryH

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    I'm 6' 240, and I'm dead set on getting a PCX150. I have a Vino 125 and a Stella 2 stroke. I fit fine on both. The PCX feels ok to me. I have to have at least 150cc, as I plan on touring on it (I have 15,000+ highway miles on the Vino) and while I don't plan on riding on the freeway much, I have found that it is often necessary to ride on the freeway to get from one state to another. I have done so on the Vino 125, which I have ridden in 4 states, just never gotten busted by the cops. The PCX150 will solve that issue, and it has a lot more storage room. I plan on getting a Givi top case for it as well, something I couldn't do with the Vino, because the gas filler is right under the rack.

    I for one am glad the U.S. version does not have the engine cutoff feature. It is something else to go wrong, and I would not want to be sitting at a red light with a dead engine. It would also put a lot more wear on the starter/alternator. I plan to ride this thing hard, so gas mileage is not that big of a deal for me. I have always gotten way less mileage on my Vino than others claim, but it has been ridden at wide open throttle it's entire life. Getting a small scooter over something like a Burgman 400 will save me a fortune in gas. I first wanted the Burgman, until I found out about the all day valve adjustment procedure, and decided I wanted something to ride rather than work on. I maintain my own bikes, they never see a dealer after I leave with them. Valve adjustment on the Vino takes under 15 minutes.


    I can get a brand new PCX150 here in Phoenix for $4199 OTD, and Phoenix is well known for their ripoff dealers. I was expecting closer to $5000. The price was the final determining factor for me. We have 9.9% sales tax here, which means that $350 of that is sales tax.
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  13. sendler

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    Givi makes a couple nice windshields for the PCX and it is not a big deal for the upholstery shop to remove the hump on the seat so a tall rider can sit farther back. There is also a useful feet forward, cruiser position available from the practical design of the running boards. I get my PCX150 on Thursday and can ride 80 miles round trip to work on Saturday. Back country roads with a 3 mile highway blast at the end to check top speed. At $3500 it should be a good compromise in price, weight, and occasional super highway use for someone that wants an aoutomatic trans. The next step up is a big jump in price and weight to the $7000 Suzuki or Yamaha. The Kymco Downtown 300i is probably pretty nice for $5600.
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  15. Hardguy

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    Hmmm, I don't know if you should really test for top speed before your PCX is properly broken it. I know I wouldn't.
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  16. GetYourOwn

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    Just finished second tank of gas got to 104 miles before I ran it dry. For some reason I though I had a 1.8 gallon tank. Turns out it is 1.56 so it looks like 66mpg for me. That was running it wide open at 60-65 mph.

    Hope both the speed and the mpg improve as time goes by. Speed already has. When I got the bike 55mph was top speed. Now I can hit an indicated 65 if the road is flat which is probably about 60 in real life. Just need about 5 more mph and maybe 10-20 more mpg.
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  17. sendler

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    I rode my new PCX150 around some tonight and I am very happy with it. I normally ride a CBR250R which is a great high speed minimal touring bike but I also wanted a super light automatic to teach people how to ride on and the zero down financing made it easy for them to hook me again.
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    Have you ever noticed how when you switch bikes, it is easy to pick out the things the new bike doesn't do as well as the first bike? Well I'm not noticing too much wrong with the PCX. It is pretty dialed in all in all, especially the PCX150 which is quite a bit quicker than the 125 I rode las week. I also think the seat slants you forward less. I may not even end up modding it much. It is that much faster than the 125. There is a strange freedom from thought riding a low powered, super light automatic. floor it and follow the road. Below 10 mph the small wheels are a bit too quick to turn in but once up to speed the PCX feels very well balanced. No head shake or wobs. The combined brakes stop nice and even. and it even looks cool enough that people don't automatically dismiss it as a scooter.
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  18. Kmart

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    I added the Givi screen and topbox to my PCX and I'm pretty happy with the results. This is the smaller screen from Givi. They also have a bigger version that looks a bit goofy IMO. The scooter looks more substantial with the bigger screen and provides extra wind protection to the chest. I'm still getting pretty much the same amount of air in the face and that's OK with me. Pictures were taken at work. Notice the dedicated motorcycle parking area close to the entrance, nice feature. Here's a few pics:
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  19. hexnut

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    Very nice scooter.:D
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  20. sendler

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    I am considering the same screen. Did you find it to increase the wind noise?