Honda’s popular PCX125 evolves its style with a crisper edge. It also features more under seat storage, a USB Type-C charging socket and Smart Key operation. Power is drawn from a new, enhanced Smart Power Plus (eSP+) four-valve EURO5-specification engine, now with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). A redesigned frame incorporates longer suspension travel at the rear, and larger-sized tyres.
The PCX125 is one of the quiet success stories of Honda’s two-wheeled line-up, having clocked up sales of over 140,000 units in Europe since its arrival in 2010. Its success is down to a formula Honda has had many years’ experience in perfecting: a strong, modern design that allows it to fit elegantly into a style-conscious urban lifestyle, coupled with compact dimensions that ensure it can plot a path through busy traffic – and be parked – with ease.
Also integral to the formula is an ‘X’ level of Personal Comfort (thus PCX) provided by the sit-in riding position, weather protection, underseat storage for a full-face helmet and all-round build quality. And, not to forget, outstanding value for money (both at purchase and throughout ownership) has always helped underpin the PCX’s popularity.
In 2010, the PCX was the first two-wheeler in Europe to feature Idling Stop technology; two years later it became the first scooter in Europe to use Honda’s ultra-efficient enhanced Smart Power (eSP) engine. For 2016 it gained EURO4 compliance and, in 2018, received a major design update, a new chassis and more power for its engine.
It’s a scooter that’s always moved with the times and the 2021 PCX125 leaps forward once again with a new engine and frame combination, increased convenience and comfort, plus a bold evolution of its avant-garde style - all aimed to retain the PCX’s place close to the beating heart of European two-wheeled travel.
The new PCX125 maintains a unique presence but sees its style mature; bolder and crisper, a rolling statement of difference, with redesigned LED lighting. The bodywork also hides extra under seat storage, more floor space and a USB Type-C charger in the glovebox. A new, ‘widescreen’ instrument display presents all the vital information and Honda’s Smart Key now operates the ignition and seat.
Also new is the enhanced Smart Power Plus (eSP+) four-valve engine, which offers more power and torque, and the rider benefit of Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). It mounts in a redesigned tubular steel frame; for improved ride comfort the rear shocks feature extra travel and both front and rear tyre sizes have grown.
|Engine Type||Single-cylinder, water cooled, eSP+ SOHC 4-stroke 4-valve|
|Max Power Output||9.2kW @ 8,750rpm|
|Max Torque||11.8Nm @ 6,500rpm|
|Bore x Stroke (mm)||53.5 x 55.5mm|
|Front Brake||220mm hydraulic disc with combined 2 piston caliper with ABS|
|Rear Brake||130mm drum|
|Front Suspension||31mm telescopic fork, 89mm axle travel|
|Rear Suspension||Twin suspension aluminium swingarm, 95mm axle travel|
|Front Wheel||5-spoke Y-shaped cast aluminum (14M/C x MT2.75)|
|Rear Wheel||5-spoke Y-shaped cast aluminum (13M/C x MT3.50)|
|Dimensions||1,935 x 740 x 1,105mm|
|Frame Type||Tubular steel duplex|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||8.1L|
|Clutch||Automatic, centrifugal, dry type|