HONDA ELITE 250 (CH250) - OWNER REVIEWS



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1985 HONDA ELITE 250
Honda-Elite-250-1985

Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Incredible scooter highway and especially around town
Dislikes: Impossible to control with front flat at highway speed

Review:
”This was the best two wheel vehicle I ever owned. However with two up at 55 mph, I experienced a rapid deflation of the front tire and could do nothing to keep it up. We went down hard. I am a good experienced rider and have fought my way through front tire deflation on several occasions and was able to keep the scooter or MC up in every other incident. I think the short wheel base and the proximity of the front wheel to weight center had something to do with the accident.

The tire was examined by the Texas Department of Public Safety and they determined that the air loss was through the valve stem. The tire was reinflated and held air. Manipulation of the stem caused air loss.”

- Richard Kesselus


1985 HONDA ELITE 250
Milage: +30,000 Miles
Likes: Great ride, Easy to use, Rock solid reliable, Cheap
Dislikes: Front turn signal lens is expensive.

Review:
“I have had Minion for a year now and have put 7000 miles on it with only minor issues. First the turn signals and horn quit working. After about 30 minutes was able to free up relay on signals to work again - Repair cost = $0. Horn was easy too. I just put a screwdriver in handle bar under horn button and whacked with hammer. Fixed for $0. Changed throttle pipe for $10 had to cut down CBR750 pipe to fit. Changed carb insulator for $34 with one from Helix. Replaced rear tire with [Michelin] Bopper. Cost $42. Replaced exhaust gasket $1.90. And then rebuilt starter motor. This was the longest repair. I had to turn down contact area because it was flower shaped after 35,000 miles and clean magnet surface with fine rounded file and replace brush set. This was $28 for kit and 5 hours of work. But some of these repairs where needed when I purchased so once corrected this has been my main ride for last year due to drought and warm winter and fall.

Fastest have had her been 74mph on highway. Longest nonstop ride was 193 miles last summer. Ran flawlessly wide open the whole time. Had to stop for gas once. Only let me down once when starter puked 2 miles from house. For a 28 year old scooter this has been awesome. Will run 70 mph with 475 pound load. Will definitely buy another.”


1985 HONDA ELITE 250
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Total reliability, futuristic styling, quick and quiet
Dislikes: Can’t think of any

Review:
“I purchased my 85 Elite from a friend for a very reasonable price 5 years ago, and have never had any reason to reconsider the purchase. The only issue i had to address was the blown shock on the right rear of the machine. I went to my local Kymco/Vespa dealer in Minneapolis with measurements of the original shock in hand, and after crawling around on the floor with a tape measure for 20 minutes was able to find a shock with measurements that corresponded to my Honda specs. i purchased 2 shocks for a Kymco scooter for less than 100 bucks, and after installing them ended up with a great handling scooter. The original mushiness of the rear end was eliminated, and now it slices and dices with the best of them.

I have done several 800 mile round trips to Milwaukee from Minneapolis, and have had no issues whatsoever. It cruises easily at 65 mph and returns around 50 mpg. Excellent! The digital dash is funky, but functional, and it's surprisingly quick to 30 mph, much to the surprise of my 4 wheeled brethren. The only issue is the fact that it's very easy to exceed the 30 mph speed limit within the city limits, and i am constantly monitoring the horizon for members of the law enforcement community. In conclusion, money well spent and it absolutely blows away, Stella’s, Vespa’s, Kymco’s, and Buddy’s…they just can't keep up! Buy one...you won't regret it.”



1985 HONDA ELITE 250
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Reliable,great gas mileage,quite comfy(for a big guy 240 lbs.)
Dislikes: No storage, bouncy suspension,golf cart wheels

Review: “Excellent urban assault vehicle that makes short hops for shopping and gadding about a true pleasure, as I like being able to park near to the bicycle area or on top of a curb very close to the entrance of store etc. and no one freaks out like they may if you parked your litre bike so close. I get a lot of smiles from people for some odd reason seeing a rather large dude who looks like he should be riding a tire smoker.(Actually own a Honda ST1100 also).

This is my first scooter after borrowing sis in-laws little Honda Spree some years ago. This is my 14th 2 wheeler and I must admit, so far; it seems a lot of fun. I adapted quickly to the foot brake, but truly the brakes a little lacking.(maybe I'am too heavy!) My plans are to trick it up a bit eventually with larger wheels maybe from the Honda SilverWing (Discie's up front would be nice). And if the engine gives it up I will source a Honda Ruckus 250cc supposedly will bolt right in.

Over-all I'am totally impressed by this "Little Giant" not sure if I want to reach it's max speed of 110 kilos though. Over the ton on a Honda St, ya for sure; but these little wheels spinning at 60 mph I'am not so sure. Otherwise zipping around a big busy city, it rocks as I love lane splitting and maybe going some places I'am not supposed to. Hee haw and away.”



1985 & 1986 HONDA ELITE CH250
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Had trouble with noise in front in but after putting on a new belt, it run great.
Dislikes: 1985 does not have the Kenwood factory radio on it that my 1986 Elite CH250 does, so I just sing to myself.

Review:
I just brought the 1985 CH250 Honda scooter about 3 months ago because I love the reliability of the Honda 250 Elite. I had planned on replacing my 1986 Honda CH250 Elite but I have had so many people asking me if I was going to sell either of these scooters, I have decided to keep my 1986 scooter and sell the 1985 scooter. I have a custom covered saddle on my 1986 scooter and a factory Kenwood radio on it plus other accessories that I have added and I love the way it handles. Since I keep all my toys in great condition, when I ride the 1985 scooter over to a university close to my house, many of the students are always looking at it and asking about it.

I get 65 MPG on either of these great scooters and both have been a big money saving on my pocket book when I have to buy gas. My only problem is I wish I had brought the 1986 CH250 Elite a lot sooner than I did, but I did buy it before gas prices went up and up. I use to live in a city of about 3.5 million people and rode the 1986 scooter all over that town and could keep up with traffic without any problem. People are always honking their horns at me and giving me a thumb's up and when I stop at stop lights, they roll down their windows and ask me about my gas mileage and then they say they wish they had one because of how much I save on gas. Sometimes parts are hard to come by but if a person does his/her homework, one can find the parts they need for these great scooters.



1986 HONDA ELITE 250
Milage: 20,000 - 30,000 Miles
Likes: Fast, Handles well, Great gas milage
Dislikes: Lack of replacement parts

Review:
“My 1986 white Elite 250 is my third one and the best one so far. I bought it three years ago with 3k and it’s now at 22k. I just replaced the original drive belt with a new OEM belt. I run Mobil 1 75-140 synthetic in the final drive and Mobil 1 10-40 in motor.”


1986 HONDA CH250 “SCOOTIE”
Milage: 20,000 - 30,000 Miles
Likes: EVERYTHING
Dislikes: None

Review:
“This is my third CH250 and the best. It’s a 1986 Pearl White model bought from the original owner with 3k. Now I’ve gotten it to 23k. The best improvement one can do to an Elite 250 in my opinion is to upgrade the rear shocks to the 5 way adjustable YSS that the CH250 Scooter Dude sells. It’s 155.00 plus shipping. I now ride mine with confidence on the freeway. The handling difference is night and day.”


1987 HONDA 250 ELITE
Milage: 20,000 - 30,000 Miles
Likes: Very reliable, good on gas and handles like a toy
Dislikes: NONE

Review:
”I owned since 1996 - bought with 2400 miles and now has 25,000. I drive this scooter almost every day. Change oil every year and make sure the tires have good tread. I consider this bike a classic and will never get rid of it. People look at you like you’re on a moped but when that light turns green you leave them in your DUST!!!!!!!!!!”


1988 HONDA ELITE 250 - MAY BE THE HOLY GRAIL
Milage: 0 - 1000 Miles
Likes: Faster than it looks
Dislikes: Could use some under seat space :)

Review:
”Recently purchased a 1988 Elite 250 with 650 documented miles. Bought in 88 new in Cali. 1994 has 325 mile service, had oil change, spark plug and battery. Original owner moved to Tn. in 2000, had bike serviced with 610 mile's in 2006. Oil change, spark plug and battery. I got in 2012 with 650 miles.

Put new tires, battery and fresh oil. Used old plug. Tops out at 75 indicated and getting 55 mpg. Don't ride my 2000 stretched Busa or Kawa Concours much around town anymore..lol.”



1990 HONDA CH250
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Lots of underseat storage, Very quiet, Comfortable highway speed 55-65 mph, Excellent in town commuter
Dislikes: Stiff suspension on bumpy roads, Foot brake (quirky)

Review:
”In my opinion, the 89-90 CH250 is the best scooter Honda ever made. It offers the power and comfort of a Helix but in a traditional short wheel base. The engine is mounted horizontally so there is enough room for 2 full sized helmets. The center of gravity is lower as a result and so it handles very well. The 250 has enough power to keep up with traffic easy and cruising at 60 mph does not strain the engine. My top speed wide open is 73mph.

The 2.2 gallon gas tank is mounted in the floor board adding to the underseat space. I average about 58 mpg and that gives you about 140 miles to the tank. The 10" wheels can be a little unstable on poor pavement with grooving, but for the most part ok. The body provides excellent protection and keeps you pretty clean. The CH250 is cold blooded, so you need to let it warm up until the radiator thermostat opens and the auto-choke warms up some. Afterwards the liquid cooling keeps the engine temperature well controlled even in summer stop and go traffic. I do my own service and find it easy and straight-forward to work on, once you get all the body work off. The foot brake is a little unconventional so you have to be careful in a panic stop. It is something that you just get used to.

In all, I love my CH250 and wish Honda would reintroduce this model with fuel injection.”


1990 HONDA CH250
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Reliable, lots of underseat storage
Dislikes: Ugly as sin

Review:
”I've been riding my '90 Elite 250 since 2001. It had 800 miles on it, went into storage for ten years. When I got it the fuel tank was rusty from improper storage, but once that problem was addressed the scoot has been quite reliable and cheap to run. I'm a tall guy and had the 2-place seat flattened so I could sit further back and leave room for my knees.”

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