HONDA ELITE 125 / 150 - OWNER REVIEWS



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1984 HONDA ELITE 125
Milage: +30,000 Miles
Likes: Kooky styling, pop-up headlight, digital dash, Honda quality.
Dislikes: No kick start.

Review: ”This thing is pretty cool. People stop me and ask about it all the time. It's the kooky George Jetson styling and pop-up headlight that reels em' in.

Sure it's almost 30 years old, with who knows how many miles on it; but it's a Honda so it still runs like a champ. Even the gee-whiz for 1984 digital dash still works. Big comfy seat. Super easy to ride. Sorta fast, mine does 48 mph in its old age. A collectors item for sure.”



1984 HONDA ELITE CH125
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Comfy, Easy on Gas, Easy to Ride (whoever said the foot brake was hard to learn is silly because most motorcycles use them too and this is even easier).
Dislikes: Slightly gutless over 45mph….but what do you expect from a 125, The box on the back (optional but necessary) throws all the lines off and looks crappy, but you can’t even carry a lunch without it.

Review: ”Overall a good fun cruiser. Enough oomph off the line to get a large man like me moving (300 lbs)…just being honest so you know what this scooter is capable of. I was also able to pin it to 55mph, but 45-55 took as long as it did to get from 0-45mph. Think of it as a moped on steroids”.


1984 HONDA ELITE 125
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Gas milage (90+), Small to manoeuvre
Dislikes: Top speed 55-57mph with no wind

Review: ”I bought this Elite 6 months ago for $100 with carb trouble (choke was bad). I found out after installing an aftermarket carb for $40 that the scooter works great. I’ve been getting 90+ miles per gallon. Great scooter for around town. I made a small light weight trailer to pull behind it to get groceries and go to garage sales. Good fun scooter for around town. Very dependable.”
- Mel (Ohio)



1984 HONDA ELITE 125
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Quiet, Enough power
Dislikes: Exhaust is a bit rattle-can like

Review: ”I picked my scooter up from an older guy who was moving. It has 2000 miles on it and it was in good shape. It had been tipped a few times but no major damage. I took the panels off and did some fiberglass work and its looking good. After riding a few scooters I was worried about power, but in town where the fastest stretch of road is 50 mph, this thing works well. I don’t hold up traffic and it pulls my rather large butt around quite well.

I have about 400 miles on it in a few weeks. I have to say, it’s a lot more fun than my motorcycle (750cc) and I pick it over the bike every time in town. I bought it for a toy, and drive it non stop.

I think I ride a bit aggressive as my MPG seems to be about 60 (my 750 gets about 50) but I’m going to see if mellowing out my driving will raise the MPG. It has been terribly windy here so maybe that hurts it (I would like a higher windshield). I don’t think it would push me (240 lbs) to 55mph on a still day, but I can see very close to that. 50 is easy…so a few MPH more are not out of question.. but i don’t think I would ride it over 50 for any extended periods. My only complaint is the muffler seems a bit rattle like...maybe I have a problem with it?”.



1984 HONDA ELITE CH125
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Reliable, Smooth riding, Stylish, Good on gas mileage
Dislikes: Little bit slow, Unusual brake pedal

Review: ”The electric fuel enrichment (choke equivalent) is expensive to replace and imperative for easy starting. Inside the valve assembly is a small ceramic pellet which is a miniature heater to actuate the enrichment assembly. It gets corroded and stops working. If your scoot will not start then check the enrichment valve. If the scooter will start with starting fluid then definitely check out the enrichment valve.

Overall I think the scooter is easy to work on and maintain. I love the mileage but with the ethanol now in the fuel do not expect to get the published mpg and be sure to keep a good fuel filter in the system. Do not leave ethanol in the system while storing the scooter.”.


1984 HONDA CH125
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles

Review: Likes: Most fun to ride! I've owned 20 motorcycles, 4 scooters and 1 Whizzer motorbike over almost 60 years and feel that THIS little Honda scooter is the most fun to ride overall. BTW most of my bikes have been Hondas. Honda reliability is hard to beat! A year ago, I rebuilt an '85 Honda CH150 Elite Deluxe from a basket case and then regretted selling it.

I love the simplicity and ease of operation. Four stroke with liquid cooling will last forever with little, regular maintenance. Pop-up headlight is unusual and retro. Gets attention. I like the light weight and maneuverability and finally its quietness. And I like being able to get parts easily and reasonably.

Dislikes: None

Tip: Check out Jack's Scooter Shop on line (California) for great maintenance tips, advice and parts. He's been great for helpful advice and REALLY knows these old Honda scooters.



1985 HONDA CH150 ELITE
Milage: +30,000 Miles
Likes: It’s two wheels……and it’s a Honda
Dislikes: None

Review: I have 40+ years of riding all kinds of bikes. My last one was a Yamaha XJ750 Seca which I loved dearly and rode for about 12 years. Time came when the diabetic neuropathy in my feet/legs made riding the Yammie less fun than it had been, so it was with regret that I sold it for the same $1200 that I paid 12 years before. Managed to stay off two wheels for about 12 weeks and I bought this battered old CH150 for $300. I think the last owner felt guilty taking my money but I was confident I could tidy her up and the main thing was that the bike ran, you can always fabricate some bodywork.

I'm about halfway through the restoration/customization. Found a more or less complete spares bike for $100. To date I have replaced the rear shocks with motorcycle shocks, which eliminates 90% of the grinding noises from down below when I threw it around corners at motorcycle-like lean angles! I swapped the transmissions (the spares bike was barely broken in.), Iridium spark plug, air filter, engine oil and transmission oil changes (cleaning out the oil mesh screen of course). Swapped the front wheels over, as I suspected rightly that the "speedo gears" inside were toast. Repaired/replaced/painted the front bodywork and the siderails which also had to be replaced from the donor bike. Various other this and thats.

Now it’s starting to look something with it's new custom paint job and top speed has gone from about 50 mph to about 60 mph. Mechanical work this spring will include installing the larger jet kit I got for the carb, swapping the mufflers after opening the "new" muffler up a little. I expect 65mph after that's done but really the beauty of these bikes is they will just cruise at 45 mph all day long.

A temperamental headlight switch will also be sorted, after which the focus will be on painting/customizing the rest of the scooter. So to sum up, it's a Honda reliable as a coal chisel, easy enough to work on, it's quick and technically highway capable, but where's the fun in thrashing your baby for miles and miles of not very fun riding? Find yourself some roads you can cruise along at 45-50, throw in some curves and it's just as much tension-banishing fun as any other two wheeler.

Ride on and ride safe :)



1985 HONDA ELITE 150 DELUXE
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Styling, Ride, Pop Headlight, Gas Milage (avg. 80-90mpg)
Dislikes: Loss of power on an incline. That is the only thing I would say is wrong with this scooter.

Review: ”I LOVE IT. I just wish I didn’t look so weird being driven by a big male.”


1985 HONDA ELITE CH150
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Very much
Dislikes: None

Review: ”I bought this scooter in summer 2009 with 1,600 kms on it, now has 7,400 on it and I am loving it. I haven’t had to do anything except regular maintenance and for the size it goes great. I have had it up to 100 kms/hr but prefer to stay at 90 kms. I fill it up with gas every 2-3 weeks.”


1985 HONDA ELITE 150 DELUXE
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Just got this bike, it has been sitting quite a while
Dislikes: Not so easy to work on, but the quality is great

Review: The first thing I did was buy a second (1986) scooter for parts. This bike looks good at 10 feet, but then you see all the broken turn signals and other problems. I first had to remove the carb, which was a 12 to 15 hour job to clean and install it and get the scooter running right. I removed all oils and installed some good cleaning oil. Then after some miles I will go to all synthetic. I did a full tune up and then I installed a high performance ignition box and high output coil along with Dr Pulley variator sliders and a new belt.

Now it runs like stink. Next will be an A9 cam and some porting work on the head. I can’t stand the pop up headlight being on all the time, so I installed a switch so I can control the headlight and keep it down and off if I want. I also fixed the clock so it works and bought a bunch of turn signals and misc parts so when I get it back together it should look good.

It came with a stock windshield but it is too short for me so I am making a taller one out of an old Vetter windshield. It looks good so far. It’s been a lot of work but I am retired and own 16 bikes from 50cc mopeds to 900cc Honda CB custom with lots of early honda 4 cylinder bikes to keep me busy. I just finished a 75 Triumph T160 750cc 3 cyl electric start - a one year only model.”



1985 HONDA ELITE 150
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Fast, Reliable, Great gas mileage
Dislikes: Small wheels, Weak shocks

Review: ”I bought my Elite 150 in 1985 and have used it every summer since then. I love it although repair parts are harder to find these days. Just a week ago I had some carb problems, but that's after 26 years of use, without any problems. There are no parts that get rusty. It has a mini water cooled radiator & has never over heated. While it's highway legal & can go 65mph, the small wheels can't handle potholes at that speed.

It's perfect for in-town going 35 to 45mph. I drive 300 to 500 miles per summer. Store it indoors for the winters. Two people can ride it, but it's uncomfortable. It is all electric and it would have been a better design to have a kick starter in case the battery was low. There is no gear shifting, just twist the throttle and go. It has great acceleration and handles steep roads without any effort.

A 2 gallon gas tank gives you 120 miles of travel. The bodywork is easy to clean with a damp cloth, the seat is ample and comfortable. The plastic body covers a tubular steel frame that is rigid & sturdy. Mine has non digital dash instruments, which I thought would last long and it has. All gauges still function.”



1986 HONDA ELITE 150 DELUXE
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Acceleration, digital dash, comfortable seat, fairly fast, good mpg, classic design nothing like it
Dislikes: Lack of storage on Deluxe, plastic installation, exhaust

Review:
“First Scooter. Great scooter and very dependable. I bought this scooter with 4,500 miles and now have 6,700. Never had a tune-up...it just keeps running. I’ve changed the oil, tranny oil and flushed coolant. It runs good with nice pick up. Good for trips within 20 miles. I would recommend 250 if you really want transportation. I don’t look at my scooter like transportation. Very unique design there is nothing like it, especially the deluxe.”


1986 HONDA ELITE 150CH DELUXE
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Style, Charm
Dislikes: None

Review:
“I bought one back in 1991 in Buenos Aires, Argentina - the city I was born. I rode that beauty for one year, and EVERYONE’S head turned when I was waiting on a corner for the traffic light. 23 years later I found the one I have now. It’s in IMMACULATE shape. You wont believe how perfect is this one. It's a real miracle. Now all my vehicles are Honda. Of course this scooter is not powerful, no disc brakes, etc. But it's a classic, man! and still futuristic. Contact me at gabriel@schillaci.com for photos and sharing. Right now I am looking for the original owner's manual.”


1986 HONDA ELITE DELUXE 150
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Runs and handles very well, Good acceleration.
Dislikes: No storage space

Review:
”I bought my Honda for daily commuter use on surface streets. Average 60 miles round trip per day. These scooters run perfectly as long as you get an oil change and tune-up when required. Very reliable.”


1986 HONDA ELITE 150 DELUXE
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Durability, Design
Dislikes: Styling, Lack of Storage

Review: ”I just bought this Elite 150, my first scooter. I have a Yamaha FZ1 and a Suzuki DR 350, so this is quite a change. It's fun though to ease around my small town and cruise the local country roads (Tennessee) at 35 - 40 mph. The scoot only has 5,800 miles, but has been neglected. It has lots of dents and body damage, has set outside for years, has some corrosion, yet it still runs fine and everything but the fuel gauge works. This is a testament to Honda quality and design. Parts seem to be available.

It pulls me about 55 mph on the flat, which is really faster than I need to go on those 10" wheels. There isn't a lot of ground clearance, so keep that in mind. You can ground the side stand on hard left hand turns. My main dislike is the lack of storage. There's a small glove box, and that's about it. The pop up headlight takes up space in the front, and there's none under the seat. I would recommend it and other Honda scooters.”



1986 HONDA ELITE 150 DELUXE
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Smooth water cooled engine
Dislikes: No storage space

Review:
”Cool 80’s scooter with neat spacey lines and gauges,but lacking a bit on the storage. Starts cold, runs smooth, what more can you ask for from a 25 year plus scooter. 58mph, great gas milage, perfect for the back country road commute to work.”


1986 HONDA ELITE 150 DELUXE
Milage: +30,000 Miles
Likes: Just about everything.
Dislikes: The actual original body, lack of storage

Review:
I was born in 1985... so this being my first time buying a vehicle for myself. I am in love. I wish I could add pictures... because I did buy it pretty cosmetically busted. But a perfectly good running machine. Seeing what the actual body of this is... I am so glad I am missing pieces. I also painted the horrible sun faded maroon. I wish I could be detailed for you, but I am no good at this. I do wanna complain about how I can barely see my dash without leaning over... :-\ could be just age .. so I let it slide. I can get to about 53mph in a sorta breezy California roads. I would become a swerving pro if I drove this back home in Philadelphia.

I don't care. I love this thing. The jenky side mirrors from an auto store lack of body. Things being held together with wire. Yellow tape on back blinkers. As me for a before and after picture. Because it looks good for the life she's had. I literally hit 130,000 on the odometer, the first night she was officially mine.

I never rode anything but a bicycle. The day I bought her, I drove her home (after practicing all day) my travel home was close to 40miles. I don't know. I was too busy enjoying her, and how easy to ride she was.

I love this, been through hell, scooter...and I've only had her now for a week. Email me for pics, and tips on fixing, or in general about my scooter, because I know...nothing.
o0sktch0o@gmail.com


1987 HONDA ELITE CH150
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Made to Last, Easy Ride, Fairly quick for a small scooter, gas sipper
Dislikes: Has oil filter screen verses oil filter.

Review:
”This was my son's first registered vehicle. He enjoyed riding it. Once I did a semi-restore of it, he kept asking me if he could ride it. My son is no longer with us, but I keep the Elite in memory of him. What better vehicle to keep than an 80s Honda Scooter?

Only issues I've had is 1) a couple of times the fuel tank petcock required cleaning after sitting for the winter (no fuel to intake) 2) Sometimes doesn't want to start when engine is hot and then sits for a short while 3) A passenger may not be comfortable for more than a short ride. Otherwise, I'm very pleased with the Elite and I am currently replacing the tires and doing some other 25yr maintenance items. Note: 10" wheels require much caution on the part of the rider. Help: with #2 above and I need to find an owners manual.”



1987 HONDA CH150 ELITE
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Cheap, Runs great, Awesome MPG
Dislikes: Odd foot brake, Can’t comfortably read cluster

Review:
”I've been riding this Elite for a while now. It has about 2,200 miles on it. This scooter is white, and it was mildly wrecked (previous owner popped a wheelie-and tore up the plastics, no serious damage). It seems to get about 72mpg while the last owner got close to 90mpg. The acceleration is quite good for a scooter.

The biggest complaints I have are that it turns very, very, very tightly, so lean as little as possible. Like no other 2 wheeled vehicle I have ever been around. When a decent sized turn approaches, one has to slow down.....or else. The foot brake is a little odd, but works good. I am about 5'11 and it seems that while in a good riding stance, I can not see the instrument cluster, so then I'm always leaning forward-its just awkward. Its still a great scooter!”

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