Switch to sav­ings

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THE fu­ture of mo­tor­cy­cling is a 125cc scooter. The PCX125 is Honda’s first move to­wards en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious com­mut­ing.

It’s noth­ing spe­cial to look at — ex­clud­ing the ob­vi­ous Honda fit and fin­ish — un­til you no­tice the idle-stop switch on the right han­dle­bar.

On cars it’s called stop-start technology and has been around for a while.

Honda is com­ing from the other ex­treme, launch­ing the fuel-sav­ing technology on a $4000 scooter be­cause that’s where it sees the great­est con­sumer ac­cep­tance.

Sports­bike rid­ers will take a bit more ed­u­ca­tion be­fore they’re con­verted to the mer­its of hav­ing their high-pow­ered en­gine switch off at the lights.

For now the Thai-built PCX125 car­ries the flag and with a claimed fuel use of 2.2 litres for 100km and a $3990 price, it has ob­vi­ous ap­peal against its Ja­panese, Tai­wanese and Chi­nese ri­vals.

Real-world con­sump­tion won’t match that, but should still be be­low three litres and the Honda is a ca­pa­ble scooter.

Few cars will beat it off the lights or to 60km/h and the 14-inch wheels give it re­as­sur­ing sta­bil­ity.

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