How does it compare to a Vespa GTS 250 or 300?
I rode both a GTS 250 and a PCX 125 at the Scooter Expo (http://scootercommunity.com.au/forums/p/18648/140139.aspx#140139)
and was struck by how similar they felt. Both have a very solid body
combined with a very comfortable, settled ride and both were very
The Vespa obviously has the advantage in
power, it really tugs on your arms when you open it up, while the PCX is
a bit lighter and easier to throw around. I remember feeling like I
could just roll the whole thing over like a kayak!
In the end, the
PCX had a massive price advantage and I felt like I could trust
Japanese reliability more than Italian. Looks also played a part, I'm
more into sci-fi than classics, and if you photoshopped out the wheels
on the PCX it wouldn't look out of place flying around in a Star Wars
Honda's engine design is years ahead of anyone else,
the first time you start it you get startled at how the coaxial started
gets the motor spinning instantly, without the usual two seconds of
coughing. The idle-stop feature sounds silly until you realise that it
can start the engine faster than you can turn the throttle; by the time
you've got it fully open you're already moving.
Fuel consumption has been ridonkulous, in the month that I've owned it, I've only had to fill up twice and last time got 2.4L/100km, or almost 100mpg! Honda could seriously stop developing this model now and in ten years it would still be passing new vehicle emissions standards.