The CBR250R/RA introduced many people to the joys of riding smaller supersport machines and its followers are dedicated. Building on the success of the original platform, the CBR300R/RA adds aggressive new styling and increased power and torque throughout the rev range. Retained are the 250's excellent mass centralization, aggressive geometry and functional ergonomics, but an improved power-to-weight ratio enhances performance across the board. An 8 mm stroke increase gives a roughly 17% increase in power while the light and manageable weight ensures riders can take full advantage of the increased performance. The single cylinder engine design also has a number of advantages over twin cylinder competitors. Not only does the advanced engine reduce overall weight and size, improving manoeuvrability, but it simplifies maintenance, improves fuel economy due to reduced drag and lowers operating cost. Wrapped around the heavily revised engine is all new bodywork that takes its styling cues directly from the razor sharp CBR1000RR. The CBR300R/RA now looks every bit as aggressive as its larger siblings and the family resemblance is well earned. And just like its larger sportbike siblings, the CBR300RA is fitted with standard ABS brakes making it even more attractive to novice and experienced riders alike.
The PCX, currently Europe's favourite scooter family, receives significant updates for 2015. New bodywork, improved comfort for rider and passenger, full LED lighting plus 12V adaptor. Add to that a 2.1 litre increase in fuel tank size which will deliver even more range than the previous version.
The PCX150 has enjoyed strong sales success throughout Europe thanks to a formula Honda has had many years experience in perfecting. The strong, modern design allows it to slip elegantly into a style-conscious urban lifestyle, while compact dimensions ensure it can wriggle through busy traffic – and park – with ease.
A smart, sporty look without increasing size, along with improving comfort was a key factor in the PCX150‟s re-design. The development team also wanted to add value and practicality; many detail improvements are in response to owner feedback. All lighting is now LED, saving electrical drain on the engine and a hazard button has been added, as well as a clock in the dash and integral 12V adaptor.
Perhaps more important is the PCX150's fuel economy. The 2015 model is now even more fuel efficient thanks to the addition of low rolling resistance tires and further friction reduction within the engine. A larger 8-litre fuel tank (up from 5.9-litre) means more kilometers per fill-up.
Yamaguchi-san, Large Project Leader PCX150:
“I have worked on many motorcycles – including the Transalp, Varadero and FMX – but this was my first scooter so I enjoyed the opportunity. It was not without worry! Because the PCX has been such a popular design to make it better, but keep its spirit, was at times a challenge. But we worked hard and I am proud of our new PCX150, that we have added sensible upgrades and maintained the fuel efficiency – saving money – for Europe's city commuters.”
Styling & Equipment
The 2015 PCX150's dynamic look reflects the advanced technologies that go into its production and includes many detail changes to enhance both usefulness and comfort. It's still a compact form however, maintaining its traffic-busting ability. The riding position remains a sit-in style and hugs the rider securely; the passenger seat has been reshaped and smoothed out to allow more freedom.
Compact dual LED headlights add a sporty edge and maintain light distribution with the arrangement of low-high-low beams. The indicators, taillight and license plate light are also LED, reducing electrical drain on the engine. A hazard function has also been added.
The left hand fairing pocket is larger in size and will happily hold a water bottle. It also contains the 12V AC adaptor for charging a phone – a very useful additional feature. The under seat storage holds most full-face helmets and the stepped seat itself now has a sprung hinge, so it stays up when open.
Seat height is a very manageable 760mm with a „straddling‟ height of 540mm. Opening both the seat and fuel lid is accomplished via one-touch switches and the ignition key receives a key shutter.
A central console presents all the information within a neat, concise design. Speed is displayed by a luminous needle moving around the outside of the LCD panel, which contains an odometer, trip meter, fuel gauge, plus the additional fuel efficiency meter and clock.
The lightweight and compact liquid-cooled SOHC two-valve 149cc eSP engine powering the PCX150 offers durability with excellent performance – top speed is over 100km/h – plus quiet, smooth operation and reduced CO2 production.
Critical of course is its impressive fuel economy, and the reductions to the engine's internal friction – less electrical drain and built-in fuel pump – plus reduced rolling resistance from the tires mean that the PCX150 now returns more kilometers per tank thanks to the 2.1 litre increase in tank size to 8.0 litres.
The engine layout is built around a host of low-friction technologies working in harmony. An offset cylinder reduces friction caused by contact between piston and bore efficiently transmitting combustion energy to the crankshaft. A compact combustion chamber and PGM-FI fuel injection optimizes burning velocity and cooling performance, tailoring torque characteristics to suit the rpm ranges typically used in urban situations.
Optimized ignition timing combined with efficient cooling of the combustion chamber to aid resistance to „knocking‟. A 300-cell catalyser is sited in the exhaust. A 'spiny' cast-iron sleeve – with tiny surface extensions – keeps in check any distortion of the inner bore diameter. This design lowers tension in the piston ring, reducing friction. A shell-type needle bearing is used for the rocker arm shaft while small and light rollers work in conjunction with cam profile and valve spring load.
A compact high-efficiency radiator – integrated into the exterior of the right-side crankcase – employs a small, light fan reducing frictional losses and lowering drag. Rolling resistance within the transmission unit is reduced by the use of three low-friction main bearings, all designed to deal with the loads they individually receive.
The electronically controlled brushless ACG starter is an integrated component mounted directly on the end of the crankshaft, serving as starter motor and alternator. It spins the engine directly eliminating any noise from gear engagement or meshing.
A V-Matic wide-ratio continuously variable transmission employs a quiet, durable drive belt, manufactured from high-elasticity rubber, delivering efficient drive to the back wheel.
The PCX150 has to provide handling nimble enough to deal with jams but also a stable and comfortable experience for rider and passenger at all times. Its durable tubular steel underbone frame, short 1,315mm wheelbase and steering geometry – rake of 27° with 86mm trail – are unchanged and combine to create just such a platform. Curb weight is 130kg.
The turning radius is a tight 2m, allowing for easy manoeuvres in tricky spaces, while 5-spoke 14” cast aluminum wheels add stability and rider confidence. Special Dunlop tires – with a compound designed to reduce drag – are fitted, and in conjunction with the low-drain LED lighting contribute significantly toward the improvement in fuel efficiency. The front is a 90/90-14, the rear a 100/90-14.
With 100mm stroke 31mm telescopic forks soak up uneven surfaces and further aid rider confidence; twin rear shocks give 75mm stroke through an aluminum swingarm. Honda's Combined Brake System (CBS) operates between the front 220mm front disc/three-piston caliper and 130mm rear drum, distributing some braking force to the front when the rear brake is applied for smooth, progressive brake performance.
Technical Specifications- 2015 PCX150
Type Single-cylinder, liquid cooled, SOHC 4-stroke 2-valve
Bore Stroke 58 x 57.9mm
Compression Ratio 10.6:1
Oil Capacity 0.9 litres
Fuel Delivery PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 8.0 litres
Battery Capacity 12V/7AH (10H)
ACG Output 343W
Clutch Type Automatic, centrifugal, dry type
Transmission Type V-Matic
Final Drive 11.27
Dimensions (LWH) 1,930 x 740 x 1,100mm
Caster Angle 27°
Seat Height 760mm
Ground Clearance 135mm
Curb Weight 130kg
Type Front 31mm telescopic fork, 100mm stroke
Type Rear Twin suspension aluminium swingarm, 75mm stroke
Type Front 5-spoke cast aluminium
Type Rear 5-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Front 14M/C x MT1.85
Rim Size Rear 14M/C x MT2.15
Tires Front 90/90-14M/C (46P)
Tires Rear 100/90-14M/C (57P)
Type Front 220mm hydraulic disc with combined 3-piston calliper
Type Rear 130mm combined leading/trailing drum
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
Taillight 12V, 2.2W x 1
Colour Candy Nobel Red; Bright Brown Metallic
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.Returning for 2015
For more than 40 years, Honda mini-bikes have served as a fun and efficient first step for beginner riders. The CRF50F furthers that tradition. Credit the tough 49cc four-stroke engine, automatic clutch and three-speed gearbox, plus an inverted fork, all of which make the CRF50F a great choice to meet the specific needs of riders just entering the sport. As the first step up the displacement ladder in Honda's full line of off-road bikes for many beginners, the CRF50F will introduce many more new riders to off-road riding in 2015.
The larger of Honda's two semi-automatic off-road entry models, the CRF110F offers many well thought out attributes that result in a positive learning experience. With its low seat height, modest size, and four-speed transmission with automatic clutch, the CRF110F fills an important entry spot among Honda's family of off-road bikes. The 110cc engine is tuned to meet the needs of those new to riding, and with a throttle-limiter feature, it offers parents additional control of learning pace. Also, the CRF110F features a convenient electric starter plus the race-inspired styling of the awesome CFR450R and CRF250R motocross bikes. It all adds up to a great option for new riders.