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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.