The Honda PCX150. Okay, it's a scooter, but when it comes to economy and practicality, they're unbeatable I picked up Honda's PCX150 and bought lunch, stored it under the seat, and then scoffed it back at work. On a real motorcycle, you'd need a backpack to do this. And after a few days of riding, we returned the scooter with the fuel gauge still on full.
This made in Thailand Honda PCX150 has a 'maxi-scooter junior' look, and it rides on 14-inch wheels for added stability over bumps. Powering it is a 153cc eSP (enhanced smart power), fuel-injected single cylinder, liquid-cooled, engine. It can cruise at 100km/h, meaning it's motorway-ready. It also offers fuel economy of 2.25 liter for 100 kilometers. There are no gears, of course; it's a CVT, so has twist-and-go operation.
With its smoked screen up front, Honda Blade-style headlamp and rounded, aero-styled bodywork, the Honda PCX150 looks great. Jump on, kick it in the guts, slide it off the main stand – wow, it's so light – and you're away. Gapping any cars that aren't trying. It will carry on thus until its 5.9 liter fuel tank drains, or 263 kilometers have passed, at which point it will cost 209 THB to fill up. An idle-stop system means you might even get a few extra kilometers from the fuel tank. This all makes the relative high price for this scooter seem not unreasonable. I ride a 125cc scooter fairly regularly, and the Honda PCX150 is in another league of betterness, particularly in the way it handles. The Honda PCX150 has a central strut that seems to tie the front and back ends together rigidly. It tops out around 120km/h, so the scoot is fast enough to handle any traffic.
Trick bits include a fantastic turning circle, an ever-so-cushy seat, a clever child-proof cover that stops thieves from jemmying the ignition, a smoothe CVT setup and good, clear mirrors. The brakes are all right, could be better. If you don't need storage, consider a small motorcycle for similar money, like Honda's CBR150R.