Apr 27, 2011

What's interesting in 2011 Honda PCX SCOOTER?

What's interesting in 2011 Honda PCX SCOOTER?

What's interesting is the technology included in the PCX's $3399 MSRP. That 125cc motor is a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single overhead cam design with an 11.0:1 compression ratio. Honda's V-Matic automatic transmission gets power to the rear wheel. The frame is steel tubing with a unit-construction swingarm and the wheelbase is a lengthy 51.4 inches. Wheels are 14-inchers with skinny bias-ply tires, a 90/90-14 in front and 100/90-14 in back. Braking is handled by a 220mm disc and three-piston caliper in front, and a drum in back. For a twist, there's an interesting combined braking system on the PCX.

The rear drum is linked to the front three-piston caliper with a delay-spring mechanism that prevents the front brake from being activated before the rear, maximizing braking by evenly distributing stopping force between the front and rear wheels. How do they pack that much tech into a budget-priced scoot? Simple: the PCX is Honda's first offering to the USA market from its Thailand factory.

Like all Honda products, the PCX felt well-made, familiar and friendly. Build quality is very good, with nice paint and lots of interesting details to take in, like the chrome handlebar and bezel around the steering head that contrasts stylishly with the ultra-modern plastic bodywork. The seat isn't too low (at 29.9 inches), but it is narrow at the front, making the bike easy to handle, even for shorter people.

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