FIRST LOOK: HONDA S WING 125 AND 150

INTRODUCTION

One of the largest and fastest growing segments of Europe’s diverse motorcycle market continues to be the exciting 125/150cc scooter class. These entry-level scooters has been consistently attracting new customers from all age groups, salary levels and ranges of experience, whether recently licensed novices or seasoned riders looking for quick, easy and economical transport.


The main attractions of the 125cc class of scooters include their exceptional riding ease, strong performance and comfortably roomy two-up riding capability. Besides offering a quick, convenient and economical way of running one’s errands, getting around town, or simply enjoying a day out with friends, this class of scooters has also gained the interest of a rapidly growing segment of urban commuters who have come to discover that scooters offer a smart and efficient alternative to the family car and public transportation for beating rush hour traffic and meeting one’s appointments.

 

Smaller scooters have also been taking the lead as environmentally friendly modes of transportation. New technologies such as advanced computerised fuel injection and low emissions systems have helped their small-displacement 4-stroke engines make significant strides in a cleaner and quieter new age of rising fuel costs and stricter emissions regulations.
Honda offers a wide selection of scooters in the 125 and 150cc classes, nearly all designed, developed and produced in Europe. Each model features its own distinctive image and sense of style, and all are powered by advanced liquid-cooled 4-stroke engines which offer strong performance, quiet, dependable, low-cost operation and ultra-low exhaust emissions.


Building on the expanding popularity of scooters as a useful mode of transportation, Honda now proudly debuts another distinctive new 125/150cc model. The attractive new S-Wing not only features modern styling, pleasurable riding and operating ease, and the latest fuel injection and low-emissions systems for maximised economy and reliability, and minimised impact on the environment, it also introduces to the Honda 125cc class the cutting-edge technological advancement of our lightweight, responsive and confidence-inspiring Combined Antilock Brake System. With all this and more, the new S-Wing gathers together the best features of Honda’s mid-sized scooter line-up in a luxurious and stylish new small-displacement commuter that offers style, comfort, convenience and dependable economy for pleasurable days of commuting, errand-running or carefree riding enjoyment.

MAIN FEATURES

The all-new S-Wing 125 and S-Wing 150 combine sophisticated styling, luxurious comfort and strong, economical performance in a leading executive-class business commuter that places the accent on quality in its every detail.

STYLING FEATURES

  • Attractive ‘Executive Class’ design and proportions exude a heightened sense of quality and prestige in the 125cc scooter class.
  • Broad, aerodynamic front cowl with tall, integrated windscreen provides excellent protection against the wind and elements.
  • Large dual multi-reflector headlights with integrated indicators and position lights ensure superb visibility night and day.
  • Comfortably contoured stepped seat with low 775mm seat height offers an ideal balance of rider eye level and long-term riding ease.
  • Large, easy-access compartment under locking seat provides ample carrying capacity with room for a briefcase, two helmets or other travelling necessities.
  • Moulded resin carrier rack integrates passenger grab rails and quick-attach mount for a specially designed 35-litre top box.

PERFORMANCE FEATURES

  • Deluxe Combined-ABS version introduces the first full front and rear Antilock Brake System ever featured on a Honda 125cc-class scooter, for the ultimate in braking control.
  • Liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 125cc engine delivers strong performance, quick acceleration and lowest emissions in its class.
  • Compliant, sure-handling 33mm motorcycle-style telescopic front fork.
  • Dependable dual-damper rear suspension provides a comfortable ride for one or two.
  • Large-diameter 240mm front and 220mm rear Combined disc brakes provide Standard version with smoothly responsive stopping ease.

DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT

In conceptualising the elegant new S-Wing, Honda’s European designers set out to create a premium quality scooter that offers luxurious riding comfort, strong, economical performance, the supreme operating ease of Antilock Brakes and a timeless look of modern style for the business commuter. Starting from the basic concept of creating an Executive Class Business Scooter of the highest quality and prestige in its class, the S-Wing’s development team set out to incorporate many of the most advanced features to be found in Honda’s broad line-up of scooters. From its full-bodied, aerodynamic form, which provides a refined expression of fine automotive styling in its elegant contours, to its comfortable configuration, supple seat and ample carrying capacity, the new S-Wing offers both the look and feel of solid, reassuring quality infused with fresh, distinctive style.

Like most of the more recent models in Honda’s diverse 125/150cc scooter line-up, the new S-Wing is powered by a strong, smooth and highly reliable liquid-cooled 4-stroke engine that features Honda’s latest fully integrated computerised fuel injection system for small-displacement engines. Renowned for easy starting, smooth performance and low fuel consumption, this engine also features Honda’s most advanced HECS3 oxygen-sensing low-emissions system for some of the cleanest exhaust emissions in the motorised world, and a major step toward a new future of environmentally friendly vehicles.

Other attractions include the S-Wing’s smoothly responsive dual disc Combined Brake system, convenient under-seat storage compartment and easy riding comfort. Of particular note, the deluxe version of the S-Wing introduces the famed Honda Antilock Brake System to our 125cc/150cc class of scooters for the first time ever. Giving busy urban lifestyles a liberating sense of motivation with effortless control, the new S-Wing’s clean, responsive performance and carefree operation help make it an eye-catching, high-quality scooter that’s just right for every occasion.
Designed in the proudest Honda tradition to appeal to the needs of a broad cross-section of commuters and discerning riders looking for quick, easy and economical transport around town that also features luxurious comfort and class-leading technology, the new S-Wing’s premium quality and outstanding value will certainly make it a popular model on Europe’s business commuter scene for years to come

Easy-Operation Combined Brake System
Like most of the scooters in the Honda line-up, both Deluxe and Standard versions of the S-Wing feature the enhanced braking ease and control of Honda’s innovative Combined Brake System. Linking together the operation of a single 240mm three-piston calliper front disc brake with a 220mm single-piston calliper rear disc, this highly effective system provides both novice and experienced riders with easy, reassuring braking control.

In this relatively simple system, the right-side brake lever operates like a conventional motorcycle brake system, controlling the two outer pistons of the three-piston front brake calliper for strong, responsive braking operation. Breaking with conventional designs, the left-side brake lever controls not only the rear disc brake, it also actuates the centre piston of the front brake calliper by way of an inline pressure equaliser. This smoothly balanced combination of front and rear brake operation gives riders an extra boost in braking control, even if only the left-side lever is used. When both levers are used, the S-Wing provides the same sharply responsive feel of braking control one would expect with many larger motorcycles.

Spacious Riding Comfort

The S-Wing’s relaxed and roomy riding position is highlighted by its wide-coverage front cowl which effectively keeps the blast of wind at bay, its plush, deeply contoured stepped seat, and its comfortably positioned handlebars. This layout contributes to the S-Wing’s effortless handling in virtually all traffic conditions, while its slim proportions in the seat area assure an easy reach to the ground for riders of all sizes. Its spacious contoured seat also provides comfortable and secure seating for two, even on longer rides.

EQUIPMENT

Attractive, Automotive-Style Instrument Panel

The S-Wing’s wide, recessed instrument panel conveys the look of a luxury sedan with its attractively designed four-dial façade. Its smartly appointed design provides a steady reminder of Honda’s unerring attention to detail. Instruments include a large, easy-to-read speedometer and tachometer pair positioned within easy view at the panel’s centre surrounded by paired coolant temperature and fuel gauges. Prominently positioned indicator lights and a large LCD digital clock and dual-trip meter complete the design together with a handy average fuel consumption readout that continually gauges fuel economy based on, among other factors, throttle operation. Finally, the whole assembly is recessed behind an attractively styled clear plastic lens and backlit by coolly illuminating white LEDs (Standard version: amber).

Spacious Under-Seat Carrying Compartment
As with most of the models in Honda’s fine line-up of scooters, the new S-Wing features a handy carrying compartment under its locking tilt-up seat for ample carrying convenience and a secure place to store one’s helmet or daily necessities. Designed to hold both a full-face and open-face helmet with room to spare, this spacious compartment also provides ample capacity for an A3 briefcase, a load of shopping or other travelling essentials.
Up front, a compact locking compartment further enhances the S-Wing’s carrying convenience and security by keeping such small essentials as gloves, papers and other articles close at hand without having to leave the seat. For the busy executives the S-Wing commuter is specially directed at, this compartment also features a handy 12V DC utility socket for charging mobile phones and other accessories. Shopping bags and other bulky items with handles or straps can be easily and securely hung from the convenient fold-out carrying hook centrally located to the right of the compartment door.

Compact Rear Carrier
Behind the S-Wing’s comfortable tandem seat is located a compact moulded resin rear carrier that also offers a comfortable hand grip for pillion passengers. Like similar carriers found on Honda’s SH series of big-wheeled scooters, this rack is specially designed with moulded-in attachment points to allow for easy one-touch mounting of a specially designed 35-litre top box (optionally available), which quickly clips directly onto the carrier and can be secured with a key. No other mounting hardware is required.

 

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT

Honda Access will be supplying the new S-Wing with a broad assortment of optional parts and accessories to further extend its range of operating versatility while elegantly complementing its cosmopolitan style. These accessories include:

35-Litre Top Box

A stylish 35-litre top-box designed specially for easy, one-touch mounting on the S-Wing’s rear carrier. Able to carry a full-face helmet or two open-face helmets, its upper lid is painted in body-matched colours. The locking box also comes with its own set of keys.

Back Rest Pad

A pillion backrest pad that attaches to the front surface of the top box to enhance riding comfort.

Adjustable Top Box Liner

A nylon top box inner bag featuring a size-adjustment zipper that permits easy expansion from 15 litres in volume to 25 litres. The bag also features a handy A4-sized front pocket, and an adjustable shoulder belt and carrying handle for easy transport out of the top box. Features a silver Honda Wing logo printed on the front pocket.

Pillion Back Rest

This backrest is designed to mount directly to the standard rear carrier, for an elegant, sporty and perfectly integrated look that also greatly enhances pillion passenger comfort.

Lower Windscreen
A specially designed lower (395mm) windscreen complements the S-Wing’s styling with a sportier look.

Stainless Steel Footrest Panels
A set of four stainless steel footrest plates with rubber grip pads that add an eye-catching dash of elegance to visually upgrade the S-Wing’s stylish good looks.

Decorative Body Moulding
A set of four chromed decorative side body mouldings designed to enhance and accentuate the curves of the S-Wing’s design. Two fit along the edges of the scooter’s leg shields and two extend under the sides of the seat.

Alarm Kit
This system features a vibration-sensitive electronic anti-theft alarm that warns off vandals and potential thieves with a penetrating high-decibel shriek.

U-Lock

A compact yet sturdy U-lock with a tamper-resistant barrel key lock that can be carried in the under-seat compartment.

Body Cover

A rugged, full-coverage body cover protects the S-Wing’s paint from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet radiation. Water resistant, the cover is made from breathable fabric which allow the vehicle to dry while covered. Tie ropes affixed to the lower edges allow the cover to be tightened underneath to avoid fluttering which might damage the paintwork. Two holes in the lower front area of the cover enable a U-Lock to be securely passed through.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Engine  
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke SOHC single
Displacement 125cm3
Bore x Stroke 52.4 x 57.8mm
Compression Ratio 11: 1
Max. Power Output 9.7kW/9,000min-1 (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque 11.1Nm/7,500min-1 (95/1/EC)
Idling Speed 1,500min-1
Oil Capacity 1litres
Fuel System  
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Throttle Bore 26mm
Aircleaner Dry, cartridge-type paper filter
Fuel Tank Capacity 9.4litres
Electrical System  
Ignition System Digital transistorised with electronic advance
Ignition Timing 10° BTDC (idle) ~ 30° BTDC (8,500min-1)
Sparkplug Type CR8EH-9 (NGK); U24FER9 (ND)
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V/7AH
ACG Output 170W
Headlight 12V, 55W x 1 (low)/60W x 1 (high)
Drivetrain  
Clutch Automatic; centrifugal
Transmission Type V-Matic
Belt Converter Ratios 2.64~0.82
Final Reduction 9.86
Final Drive V-belt
Frame  
Type Centre backbone; steel tube
Chassis  
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2,090 x 745 x 1,435mm
Wheelbase 1,490mm
Caster Angle 27°
Trail 82.5mm
Seat Height 776mm
Ground Clearance 134mm
Dry Weight 148.6kg , *150.6kg
Kerb Weight 156kg (F: 65kg; R: 91kg), *158kg (F: 66kg; R: 92kg)
Max. Carrying Capacity 180kg
Loaded Weight 336kg (F: 112.7kg; R: 223.3kg), *338kg (F: 113.3kg; R: 224.7kg)
Suspension  
Type Front 33mm telescopic fork, 85.7mm axle travel
Rear Dual-damper unit swingarm, 98.1mm axle travel
Wheels  
Type Front Triple-spoke cast aluminium
Rear Triple-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Front 13M/C x MT2.75
Rear 12M/C x MT3.5
Tyre Size Front 110/90-13M/C (56L)
Rear 130/70-12M/C (62L)
Tyre Pressure Front 175kPa
Rear 200kPa (with passenger: 250kPa)
Brakes  
Type Front 240 x 4mm hydraulic disc with Combined three-piston calliper, drilled rotor, *(ABS) and sintered metal pads
Rear 220 x 5mm hydraulic disc with single-piston calliper, Combined Brake system, *(ABS) and resin mould pads

* Deluxe ABS version
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.

 

 

 

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