Just as Nostradennis predicted last December, American Honda has announced a new nicely upgraded and more powerful PCX scooter – also the return of the Metropolitan and Ruckus scooters, and an updated CBR300R. The new PCX gets new styling, “advanced equipment” and a larger, 157cc engine Honda says is now freeway-capable in all 50 states. That’s good news, but the 2019 PCX150 we tested was already good for 69 mph indicated. Henceforth, the PCX will be known simply as PCX.
The “timelessly styled” Ruckus and Metropolitan scooters return to the lineup as Honda’s first two 2022 model-year offerings, in new colors, along with the CBR300R sportybike.
Honda Press Release:
“Scooters and small-displacement motorcycles continue to play an important role in American Honda’s on-road lineup, appealing to new riders and serving as fun and economical transportation,” said Lee Edmunds, Senior Manager of Powersports Marketing for American Honda. “With the introduction of the all-new PCX and the return of our stylish 50cc scooters, there’s something for every commute and around-town ride, while the CBR300R is great for those seeking a sportier experience.”
Introduced to the U.S. market in 2009 as the PCX125, Honda’s sporty scooter has undergone numerous displacement changes over the years, a trend that continues for 2021 with the upgrade to an oversquare, 157cc single-cylinder engine. Designed to be user-friendly and to help navigate the urban environment, the engine remains smooth, quiet and extremely efficient. A redesigned chassis further enhances the experience, offering reduced weight and improved cornering performance.
Styling, convenience and safety are addressed through features including all-LED lighting, a larger, 30-liter under-seat storage compartment and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).
A European-style scooter with an appealing, rounded design, Honda’s compact Metropolitan is affordable and simple to operate, a sensible choice for enjoyable, around-town transportation. Practical-minded customers will appreciate its in-dash and under-seat storage compartments, as well as its convenience hook for securing a bag, and an available rear carrier. However, where the Metropolitan really shines is in turning short hops into big fun.
The model that launched an entire scooter-customization subculture, Honda’s venerable Ruckus oozes personality and attitude. Its industrial-looking design is highlighted by dual, round headlights and an exposed frame, while more practical features include nimble handling, unmatched reliability and frugal fuel efficiency, making the 49cc Ruckus a great choice as a platform for personalization or affordable, around-town transportation.
Honda’s CBR300R takes the lessons learned through decades of CBR refinement and applies them to a single-cylinder machine capable of conquering tight city streets or twisting back roads. A supersport machine aims to be lightweight, narrow and nimble; the CBR300R checks each of those boxes, enhancing the ownership experience through low operating costs and impressive fuel efficiency. Factor in the bike’s sleek styling, low seat height and available ABS, and the result is a machine suited for new riders, but with the pedigree of supersport legends.