Honda PCX 125 PCX 150 showdown

The Honda 150 PCX
The PCX 150 I rented came with a 5.9 liter fuel tanks which was slightly downsized from the 125 PCX of this review. The latest PCX’s come with a significantly larger 8 liter fuel tank. If you are driving on a lot of rural roads in Thailand this PCX 150 is an excellent choice but if one’s driving is mostly confined to city driving that are typical of cities such as Pattaya, the Yamaha Nouvo Elegance is slightly better. Either bike or for that matter the new fuel injected Yamaha Nouvo SX are superb choices that will totally outclass lesser machines such as the Honda Click, Scoopy, or Yamaha Mio, Fino or Filanos

This Honda PCX 125 PCX vs 150 showdown pits a Honda 125 PCX against its replacement, the PCX 150 for fuel economy, top speed and other performance differences.  A very good friend of mine, a Norwegian, who owns a condo several floors above mine,  already owned a PCX which he had been driving for a couple of years oftentimes drove from Pattaya to Rayong to visit one of his Norwegian pals so it didn’t take much to convince him to help me perform a comparative roadtest between his Honda 125 PCX and the new 150 c.c. model that had recently replaced it.  Bottom line for Peter was, would the new model outperform his 125 enough to convince him to upgrade.

Theoretically, the PCX 150 should have a higher top end and accelerate faster than its 125 c.c. predecessor at the expense of poorer fuel economy.  But Peter, who had helped me do the 135 Yamaha Nouvo Elegance/125 Yamaha Nouvo SX comparative road test, and I had discovered that theory oftentimes departs from reality.

Peter’s 125 PCX could never do more than 105 kilometers per hour, a speed he was well satisfied with, but what the hell, if you can get a lot more top end and power out of a 150, why not get one?  You only live once and the price here in Thailand for Yamaha Nouvo’s and Honda PCX’s is really chickenfeed compared to what we had been paying for cars back in our home countries.  So I rented a PCX 150 from the German who had his shop up the street from me, and Peter and I took off for Rayong.

For doing motorcycle reviews Peter and I make a terrific team.  Up in Norway Peter makes his living working three months on and three months off on small ships north of the Arctic Circle.   He truly is a worthy descendant of those Vikings of more than 1000 years ago who explored unknown waters in their long ships so one can be sure that if Peter involves himself in a Motorcycle road test, that the road test will be performed with both precision and daring.

To kick off the Honda PCX 125 PCX 150 showdown we both agreed to fill up at the same gas station we oftentimes used for our previous road tests.  We also insisted on filling up at the same pump to make sure that both bikes were at the exact same lean angle.  After completing our 140 kilometer test loop we’d use the same gas station, and  the same pump to make sure that we had conducted our fuel economy comparisons to perfection.  When you really think about it, small motorbikes such as a Honda PCX or Yamaha Elegance have fuel tanks that hold less than 2 gallons of gasoline so even the slightest change in the lean angle while filling up or a failure to fill a bike’s tank to the brim can cause very significant errors while computing a bike’s fuel economy.

To keep our Honda PCX 125 PCX 150 showdown scrupulously fair Peter and I also made certain that we’d change drivers when we got exactly 50 % through our road test.  Actually, we never did include Rayong in our test loop.  For one thing as one approaches Rayong the traffic changes from highway driving to city driving.  So we had decided beforehand to do a you turn approximately ten miles before we’d be getting to Rayong.  Immediately after doing our you turns we stopped both bikes.  I had been driving the PCX 150 whereas Peter had been on his PCX 125.  This now put Peter on the 150 and me on the 125.  Since Peter outweighed me by more than 10 kilos, we had both agreed that it was only fair to swap drivers due to the performance disadvantage a heavier driver would cause to the bike he was driving.

I didn’t quite take the PCX 150 to its absolute top speed but I came pretty close before fear of all the insane Thai drivers around me convinced me to back off the throttle.  As for Peter?   I already said he was a worthy descendant of all those fearless Vikings in their long ships so yes, Peter did wring out the last mile per hour out of the 150.

By the end of our Honda PCX 125 PCX 150 showdown  we were both very impressed with the performance of the Honda 150 PCX.  But the bottom line is I’m still driving my six year old Yamaha Nouvo Elegance 135 while Peter’s still navigating his Honda PCX 125.

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Yamaha Nouvo Elegance vs Yamaha Nouvo SX

to get this head to head showdown that pits the  Honda PCX 125 against the Honda PCX 150 that replaced it.

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