Honda PCX125 - Owner's Manual > Tips


Storing Your Honda

If you won't be riding for an extended period, such as during the winter, thoroughly inspect your scooter and correct any problem before storing it. That way, needed repairs won't be forgotten and it will be easier to get your scooter running again.

For more information about storage, refer to the Honda Winter Storage Guide, available from your Honda dealer.

We suggest you perform the following procedures to keep your scooter in top condition. These storage procedures will reduce the deterioration that can occur during storage.

Preparation for Storage

This procedure requires a means for draining and disposing of drained fuel.

1. Change the engine oil and clean the oil strainer screen.

2. Make sure the cooling system is filled with a 50/50% antifreeze solution.

3. Fill the fuel tank. Make sure the fuel fill cap is properly installed.

4. To prevent rusting in the cylinder, perform the following:

  • Remove the spark plug cap from the spark plug. Using tape or string, secure the cap to any convenient plastic body part so that it is positioned away from the spark plug.
  • Remove the spark plug from the engine and store it in a safe place. Do not connect the spark plug to the spark plug cap.
  • Pour a tablespoon (15 20 cc) of clean engine oil into the cylinder and cover the spark plug hole with a piece of cloth.
  • With the engine stop switch in the RUN position, press the start button several times to crank the engine and distribute the oil.
  • Reinstall the spark plug and spark plug cap.

5. Remove the battery and charge it fully.

Store it in an area protected from freezing temperatures and direct sunlight. Slow charge the battery once a month.

6. Wash and dry your scooter. Wax all painted surfaces. Apply rustinhibiting oil to the chrome pieces.

7. Inflate the tires to their recommended pressures.

8. Store your scooter in an unheated area, free of dampness, away from sunlight, with a minimum of daily temperature variation.

9. Place your scooter on blocks to lift both tires off the floor.

10. Cover your scooter with a porous material. Avoid using plastic or similar non-breathing, coated materials that restrict air flow and allow heat and moisture to accumulate.

Removal from Storage

1. Uncover and clean your scooter.

2. If your scooter has been stored for more than four months - change the engine oil.

3. If your scooter has been stored for more than two months - ask your Honda dealer to drain and replace the fuel.

4. Charge the battery as required. Install the battery.

5. Perform a pre-ride inspection, then test-ride your scooter at low speeds.

Transporting Your Scooter

If your scooter needs to be transported, it should be carried on a motorcycle trailer, or a truck or trailer with a flatbed area. Do not tow your scooter, as towing can seriously damage the transmission.

When contacting a towing or transporting service, be sure to ask if they have a flatbed area, a loading ramp or power ramp to safely lift the scooter, and motorcycle tie-down straps.

You & the Environment

Owning and riding a scooter can be enjoyable, but you must do your part to protect nature.

Following are tips on how you can be an environmentally responsible scooter owner.

  • Choose Sensible Cleaners. Use a biodegradable detergent when you wash your scooter. Avoid aerosol spray cleaners that contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) which damage the atmosphere's protective ozone layer. Don't throw cleaning solvents away; see the following guidelines for proper disposal.
  • Recycle Wastes. It's illegal and thoughtless to put used engine oil in the trash, down a drain, or on the ground.

    Used oil, gasoline, coolant, and cleaning solvents contain poisons that can hurt refuse workers and contaminate our drinking water, lakes, rivers, and oceans. Before changing your oil, make sure you have the proper containers. Put oil and other toxic wastes in separate sealed containers and take them to a recycling center. Call your local or state office of public works or environmental services to find a recycling center in your area, and to get instructions on how to dispose of non-recyclable wastes.

    See also:

     Honda PCX125 - Owner's Manual > Electrical

    Battery If you plan to store your scooter, we recommend you remove the battery and store it where it can be charged at least every 30 days to maintain its service life.

     Honda PCX125 - Owner's Manual > Taking Care of the Unexpected