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Honda’s current motorcycle lineup is packed with value
Whatever else is going on at Honda these days (a lot), you have to admit they’ve got the reliable urban transpo thing down to an art form. And one of our favorites is the PCX150, newly upgraded for 2015 with fresh new bodywork, dual headlights and a bigger gas tank. The PCX slots nicely in between the 541-pound Silver Wing (too big), the Forza (nearly $6000) and the Ruckus and Metropolitan on the other end (50cc scooters are just toooo slow). We haven’t had a chance to ride the upgraded 2015 PCX150 yet, but we’re happy to go out on a limb and bet it’s even better than the previous model – especially since it sells for the same $3,449 as before.
The PCX’s 153cc SOHC two-valve liquid-cooled Single pushes it easily and reasonably quickly up to about 70 mph, which means short freeway blasts aren’t out of the question. For 2015, internal modifications to reduce friction are said to give even better fuel mileage than the 60-70 mpg we recorded from the earlier model. The new fuel tank holds 2.1 gallons – about half a gallon more – which should give the PCX a range of at least 130 miles. That’s a lot of running around between $8 fill-ups.
Meanwhile, a longer-travel 31mm fork serves up 3.9 inches of travel, while the twin-shock rear suspension offers 3.0 inches of wheel travel. When it’s time to whoa it down, a single 220mm disc brake up front and a drum out back are linked via Honda’s Combined Braking System: No ABS is available. A ready-to-ride weight of just 286 pounds (Honda’s claim) makes the PCX not only surprisingly sporty, it also makes it ridiculously easy to wedge in and out of the tightest parking spots and traffic gaps.
New LED headlights, taillights and turn signals are now integrated into the bodywork for a sleeker look, and Honda says the seat is also revised for improved rider and passenger comfort. A new spring-loaded hinge reveals a storage area big enough to hold a full-face helmet – and there’s a glovebox under the dashboard. There’s also a 12V power socket for accessories, and an updated instrument panel including an analog speedometer.
Yours for 2015 in Metallic Black or Pearl White, the new PCX should be in your Honda dealer’s showroom now.
- Fuel injection means instant starts and easy maintenance
- A lot of Honda scooter for $3,449
- Every garage needs a scooter, even if you don’t have a garage
- Black or white is a little dull
- Your “real” motorcycle may feel neglected
- You’ll feel “survivor’s guilt” from getting there and parking so easily
Honda PCX150 Specs MSRP $3,449 Engine Capacity 153cc Engine Type liquid-cooled SOHC single-cylinder, two valves Bore x Stroke 58.0mm x 57.9mm Compression 10.6:1 Fuel System PGM-FI with automatic enrichment Transmission Honda V-Matic belt-converter automatic transmission Clutch Automatic, centrifugal, dry type Final Drive Belt Frame Tubular steel underbone Front Suspension Telescopic 31 mm fork; 3.9 in. travel Rear Suspension Twin shock, 3.0 inch of travel Front Brakes 220mm single disc with three-piston caliper Rear Brakes Drum with CBS Front Tire 90/90-14 Rear Tire 100/90-14 Seat Height 29.9 in. Wheelbase 51.8 in. Curb Weight (claimed) 286 lb. Fuel Capacity 2.1 gal. Colors Metallic Black, Pearl White Warranty One year, unlimited miles
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