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Honda PCX150

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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.

2013 Honda PCX150 Review

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.

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We last tested the PCX150 in 2013, finding it to be a capable performer for its price. We’re looking forward to seeing what improvements the 2015 updates have made.

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.

+ Highs

  • 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
- Sighs

  • 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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  • Craig Hoffman

    Yamaha is giving Honda good competition in some areas. The new FZ09 has a gem of an engine for 700X money and they are just coming out now with their twin. Hopefully Yamaha take a cue from Honda and offers their new bikes in a variety of formats. An FZ09 powered ADV variant with a roomier feel and more fuel capacity could be a big winner. Yamaha needs to get with it and produce a WR450R version of it’s excellent 250R already too.

    Good to see the manufacturers realizing we are not all made of money. The auto manufacturers seem to have completely lost the plot. Unlike cars, motorcycles are not vehicles to lease. There has to be an affordable value oriented option in the new market, or the used market becomes the whole market.

    • Jason

      The FZ-09 and FZ-07 are interesting bikes but they have one glaring omission: no ABS. This is 2014 and ABS should at least be offered as an option especially considering that ABS is standard on these models in Europe.

      • The People’s Champion

        i heard the FZ09 is limited to a 132mph… that’s N650 territory and the bike is shod with poor suspension for its engine.

        • Jason

          Limited to only double the speed limit? I think that should be adequate for public roads.

          • The People’s Champion

            by that logic we should all be riding those 80-90mph capable 250s no?

          • Jason

            Top speed, engine displacement, power, and acceleration are all very different things. I have no need to go more than 132 mph but that doesn’t mean that I want to ride a 250.

  • octodad

    purchased CTX700n w/ABS-DCT. having a blast on this scoot. pal w/ the street glide always wants to take mine for a spin. I enjoy riding his cycle, but prefer my little Honda. slow speed handling is superlative, and it can snap my head back as I roll on the throttle. get a lot of compliments on the cool look and ergonomic seating. big Red is dominant force w/awesome motorcycles. I am a fan…

    • Sarang Borude

      How does it do on freeway speeds, Is it easy enough to pass vehicles?

      • Michele Amason

        I have the CTX700D w/ABS-DCT and have no problems on the freeway. It is heavier than the Naked and is very stable when trucks fly by.

  • sgray44444

    Thinly veiled advertising? Not hardly- there’s no veil at all!

    • Steven Holmes

      Advertisement or not, it’s pretty nice to see that “Big Red” has so many cost effective options out there for me to try. Be nice if the other major manufacturers had similar lines to choose from. It’d make for good competition if the rest of ‘em had comparably cost effective product lines.
      Something to be said about Honda’s reliability and longevity though… that’s pretty hard to beat.

    • http://www.motorcycle.com/ Sean Alexander

      You see many negative observations in advertisements? Like slow to accelerate, limitations of its suspension, etc? How about actual measured MPG instead of OEM claims? I see them in this set of short reviews, which also happen to echo the full reviews done previously on Motorcycle.com when Honda wasn’t an advertiser at all.

      • sgray44444

        That’s what is so distasteful about the whole article. It has the appearance of genuine journalism, but it really is just an advertisement for Honda.
        Of course you can find negatives for any motorcycle. They are all built to a price point and application, so saying a cheap motorcycle does not have good suspension is just stating the obvious. Everyone knows manufacturer’s MPG claims are done under more ideal conditions.
        Hey, I don’t care if Honda is a huge sponsor and you take this route. I still like to read about motorcycles of all kinds. It doesn’t speak well to your credibility though.
        Do I believe the reviews were biased? No, actually I don’t. But, I do think that the review being about a single manufacturer’s entire product line says something.
        Everyone knows that Honda makes a good reliable bike. It’s just odd for a magazine to focus completely on one manufacturer’s product line without the word “advertisement” being on the top of each page.
        The word disingenuous comes to mind as I read this thread and the article.

        • http://norimek.com/blog Robert C. Barth

          I have yet to obtain Honda’s specified fuel economy on either of my two Hondas. I always get much better! (no kidding)

    • JP

      Reading this again, part of me agrees with you. Honda is obviously advertising all over the website.

      Then again, I really haven’t heard anything bad about the new Honda bikes either. Everything I’m reading about the new 250, the 500′s, the NC700x, and the new VFR are very positive. I’m actually impressed by Honda being “all-in” with all of the new models they are selling here in the states.

      A good friend of mine has a CBR250 and a ZX6r and he still rides the 250 because of how well made it is.

      Creating the CBR650F and the VFR800 takes a lot of balls in my opinion. They are obviously not sportbikes, but they are also not cruisers. They are basically just well built motorcycles without a lot of the new gizmos like traction control.

      I tip my hat to them, but again, this is definitely a little brand friendly.

      • sgray44444

        Good points, JP. I agree with you. I’m not big on Honda’s non-sport models (ugly to the hilt), but the 250′s and the 500′s are really great bikes for reasonable money. I would seriously consider a VFR800 or CBR650F, but I don’t think the value is really there on those models, as good as they are. I’ve already said my peace about the apparent conflict of interest, so I’ll leave that alone.

  • Piglet2010

    Will a Rebel really go 80-mph – most reports I have seen put top speed at less than 75-mph?