HONDA ELITE 80 (CH80) - OWNER REVIEWS



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1985 HONDA ELITE 80
Milage: +30,000 Miles
Likes: Amazing handling, Easy to ride, Reliable
Dislikes: Nothing

Review:
The scooter I have has 79k on it and counting. I have only had to do a little bit of work on it - just tires and filters and oil. It is running amazing. I still use it everyday. I would totally tell everyone to buy one. Thanks Honda for making a reliable scooter to last a life time. Got to go on a ride.”


1985 HONDA ELITE 80
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: EVERYTHING: Handling, Acceleration, MPG
Dislikes: Parts Availability

Review:
”I’ve had my Honda Elite 80 for almost a year now. I come from a family of mopeds with four in the garage right now and it stands apart from all of them.

The style alone is enough to want this moped and its performance only makes it the greatest thing I ever bought! With quick acceleration, Honda reliable, and great gas mileage.

Even the manual is impeccable.”



1985 HONDA ELITE (CH80)
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Passenger pegs, Seat, Mpg, Over all I love my Honda Elite 80
Dislikes: More storage but that’s why I got myself some saddle bags. :)

Review:
Well I have a 1985 Honda Elite (CH80). I bought it from a close friend for $300 - best investment I have made yet. It runs and drives pretty well for its age with 6012 miles on it. All I can say is I was very impressed with how the Elite’s were built. I love how it handles. It handles very well with two people. Me and my girlfriend ride together all the time. It’s slower but gets up to good enough speeds with no problem around town.

I love the foot pegs - they look like lil wings lol. I myself drive it all around town and down country roads. So far I have been able to get it to go 45 mph down hill. I love how fast it takes off. It’s sad when a scooter is going faster then your car.

Now the storage is pretty poor, but it’s better then no storage space like some scooters, plus I got myself some nice saddle bags from my uncle that fit perfect. I can have them on when my girlfriend is riding to. There are a few downsides to it like the battery draining (well at least mine). After it’s been sitting a couple days it takes a lil to start, like the carb is all dry. I think I found the reason why. Other than that I would not trade my Honda Elite for another scooter and love everything about it. I gave it a sweet custom green paint job. Well I have a group on Facebook called Honda Elite Club Vancouver, Washington if anyone is interested in talking. I’m more just looking to find some people in my area who also have Elites and would like to get together for a ride around town. Thanks for reading. I hope to hear from someone.”



1986 HONDA ELITE 80
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Reliability, acceleration on flat roads
Dislikes: Lack of speed uphill, zero storage

Review:
“As the previous owner of an 85' Honda Elite 150 Deluxe, I decided to transition to a CH80 after a twenty year hiatus. I purchased the bike for $400.00 with 3,300 miles on it. (April 2013). Being in San Diego, a scooter is fantastic year round.

The only two issues (as noted by others) is the lack of storage and poor acceleration uphill. I'm not a huge guy (5'10" and 165 lbs), however, climbing any grade of 5-8% reduces the speed to 25 mph. Personally, I find this a little dangerous when cars are flying up these grades at 50 mph.

A trickle charger (around $35.00) is an absolute must! I've heard the life expectancy of many scooter/motorcycle batteries can be as short as 6 months. Adding a charger can prolong the inevitable to close to three years.

Oil changes every 1K miles and running the scooter on a monthly basis will prolong the life expectancy and prevent gas/carb issues. Every other year change things like the fuel filter/air filter/spark plug and you should be in business.

Enjoy the ride!”



1986 HONDA ELITE 80
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Seating position; Fuel Economy; Reliability
Dislikes: Small fuel tank, Top speed

Review:
“For the most part I love my Honda Elite 80. On the flat it tops out at 40-42 MPH with me, a 220 lb. rider. I consistently get 95 MPG.

The best part of this scooter is the flexibility that the seat and foot pegs provide. I'm 6'1" and the streets of L.A. are in really bad shape. I ride the scooter like a dirt bike, putting varying amounts of my body weight on the foot pegs at all times. This allows riding without hurting my back. I'm 48 so the body can't take the abuse it used to!

The only negatives are that I have to get gas every 110 miles or so, and I do wish it would go just a bit faster for boulevard cruising.”



1987 HONDA ELITE 80
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Great on Gas, Reliable as they Get
Dislikes: Sketchy Suspension, No Oil Filter

Review:
“I've had my '87 Elite since October 2008. I bought it in banged-up condition with loose valves and 7000 miles on the odometer.

The bike responded well to some cleanup, new brake cables, brake shoes and a proper tune-up. Mileage is over 13,000 now.

I recently pulled the motor to check an odd noise after loaning it to an acquaintance for a few months. I found a chipped valve and a slightly banged-up head and piston. I stripped it to the block and cleaned everything and made a list for BikeBandit. The parts tally is about what I paid for the bike, but it's so much fun to ride that I'll go ahead and refresh it.

Toss the stock rear shock and put one on from eBay seller Daywot or from Battlescooter; it'll definitely help with the ride. Toss the stock variator rollers and go with 8g rollers for acceleration and no noticeable change in top speed. If you have an older one, save your pesos and buy the "B" harness and headlight from an '05 - '07 model to help with the lighting.

The CH80 is not my biggest, fastest, or prettiest bike, but jumping back on and putting a few miles on it always puts a smile on my face.”



1987 HONDA ELITE CH 80
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Reliability, gas mileage, power
Dislikes: Not much

Review:
I've had my Elite 80 for about 5 years and I love it. The engine is outlasting the body panels so it’s a bit beat up looking but I don't care. This scooter is highly reliable, can carry two people easily and gets great gas mileage. It's a Japan made Honda so its quality is great. If you're looking for a daily driver this is it. Plus I like the old school 80’s look - it's different than all the Vespa look-alikes out there.”


1987 HONDA ELITE CH80
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Plenty of spare parts
Dislikes: It’s starting to need some work done

Review:
I did some repairs on my own. It's a fun scooter, I wish it had more power. It's a good vehicle and I get about 70 MPG.”


1987 HONDA ELITE CH80
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Keep the gas treated with Stabil and it will run without a problem, pretty much forever.
Dislikes: Slow, of course but not bad for just 80cc. Let the gas age a bit and the auto fuel shut-off under the gas tank and carb blocks right up. Major pain to clean it up. I recommend fuel stabilizer.

Review: I got this bike when I was pretty much still a kid, Grew-up, gave my daughter her first ride on it at age 3,and now she's finishing college and asking if she can have it. Pretty cool. 30 years and just 3 sparkplugs + 2 sets of tires and 1 drive belt later still running strong. Maybe 5 oil changes total. Amazing. Wish my Triumph was that reliable!”


1994 HONDA ELITE CH80
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Dependability, acceptable acceleration, decent top end
Dislikes: Storage

Review:
I purchased my Elite 80 about 6 months ago. The scooter has been nothing but reliable for me. I was surprised by its acceleration. Don't take me wrong, by no means is it fast, but it generally pulls good and gets met to a solid 40 mph, usually 45, and on a long enough stretch 48 (also consider that I live in New Orleans with absolutely ZERO hills).

There is absolutely no storage - but I purchased a used set of 30 dollar saddle bags and mounted a beer crate on its rack, and now we're good to go.

Overall, a solid purchase of reliable transportation. I get about 90 mpg and so long as I stick to streets with a speed limit of 45 mph or less, it has more than enough pull to carry my 220 pound butt in traffic with no problems.”



1995 HONDA ELITE CH80
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: The “Fun” factor
Dislikes: Storage

Review:
Let me start by giving some background: My first motorized bike was my 26" bicycle with a motor mounted to the front wheel. Stone Age compared to today's scooters but it was an improvement over 'me power'. Next was a single speed Girelli moped, a two-speed Girelli moped, two Honda Express's (then called a no-ped) and finally a Honda Passport..... boy was I moving up!

Eventually learning to ride a full fledged motorcycle, I bought a brand new, two year old (dealer left over) Yamaha 650-4, air-cooled, shaft drive. 35 motorcycles later I am commuting with a 1984 Honda Goldwing Interstate and am restoring a 1975 Honda CB750 powered Chopper built in the late 1970's.

I ran across my 1995 CH80 at a local Salvation Army where the bike sat for over 9 months before I talked them into selling it to me for $150.00. 5600 miles on the clock, the only parts missing were the rear bumper and the front covers for the false turn signals. The body was in fair shape, both mirrors were there as well as the tail light lens.

Cleaning the gas tank and the carburetor, a new battery and that little Honda miracle came to life!

As mention above, I have had experience with many, many motorcycles, from a Harley-Davidson FLH to a Kawasaki 750 Triple (yea..... the two-stroke monster) to a Harley-Davidson Sprint 250 H (1966) and now my present stable of two-wheeled fun.

It should be illegal to have this much fun on such a small bike as the CH80. Honestly, what is there not to like? Honda’s long running 80cc, air cooled engine..... no special requirements for engine oil, built for over 20 years so parts are available for days, easy to work on, 80 plus mpg, what is there not to like?

Storage on my bike is accomplished with the GIVI trunk on the rear rack which came with the bike. It even has a light built into the trunk and it is wired as a brake like so cars can more readily see it and me. My trunk came with a full face helmet inside (of land fill quality) so it has more than plenty of room.

These bikes are perfect for around town, 40 mph, easy to ride, yea, I am having fun.

Get one and you won't be disappointed.”



1995 HONDA ELITE CH80
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Simplicity and running costs
Dislikes: None

Review:
I bought this used to save a parking spot in front of my house. I had no plans of riding this and just wanted to save a space for when I had my other bike out. Over the last forty plus years I have had most of the stupidest but fun bikes known to man. Yamaha VMax, Kawi two strokes, many MotoGuzzi’s and more.

I love this stupid scooter which cost me all of $500. I use it all of the time for short hops around town. The only drawback is that my wife says that I look like a bear in the circus on it. It starts first time every time. I added an inline fuel filter and add Starbrite with every tankful.”



1999 HONDA ELITE CH 80
Milage: 0 - 1000 Miles
Likes: MPG, Easy to Ride, Runs Great
Dislikes: NA

Review:
My dad retired in '98 and was given this scooter as a retirement gift. It has traveled 1000's of miles...on the back of his RV to AZ, UT, TX, etc.

In 2014 I started a new job that was about 6 miles one-way. It was all 35mph or less, so I was thinking about a scooter. I remembered my dad's, thinking it was a 50cc, called him about it and he was actually wanting to get rid of it. He gave it to me. And it was an 80cc, which meant it'd do 45-ish to help stay ahead of traffic around town - no worries about becoming a hood ornament.

- Odometer reading: 49 original miles
- Condition: Non-starting, some scratches from riding on the RV, but all there.
- Original manual and extra key still in the Honda plastic 'jacket'

Brought it home and drained the fuel, added some fresh, crossed my fingers, but no luck...it would turn over, but not even try to start (keep reading!). Having been thru the ritual on a Spree, I pulled and cleaned the carb, new plug, new battery, fuel filter, changed the oil, checked tire pressure, etc. I upgraded the main jet to the next bigger size while I was in there, too.

And....It still wouldn't start. Just turn over.......WTH? I'm not a mechanic but knew to follow the FSM (factory service manual), so I bought one off eBay and was about to get busy w/the diagnostic.

For some reason, I went to try to start it again and happen to hold the left brake 'just right' and it fired to life! Somehow that safety switch that requires the brake to be on wasn't working when pulled in too far, but if you feathered it just right it would start just like new....so, it's possible that had I known then what I knew later, it might have started w/out all the extra maintenance (although I'm glad I did it).

So, I was good to go....but not completely done. I bought an open-face helmet (I've had full-facers for years while riding street bikes), a windshield off eBay to keep the bugs out of my teeth and a rear trunk off Amazon that mounts easily to the rear rack. The trunk holds work stuff, enough groceries to make it worth a stop, my helmet and doubles as a back rest if my wife ever gets the nerve to ride along.

I rode it all summer and fall, 'til it dropped into the 30's. Along w/my step-son putting a few trips on it, we racked up close to 600 miles, and it has been officially 'broken-in' 17 years later!

Top-speed has increased a few as the engine has found its speed, and the starter switch issue has disappeared - it works normally now.

For this last winter I put in some Stabil fuel treatment and pulled the battery. I recently put the battery back in, and - I kid you not - it instantly fired to life. My step-son was home for spring break, filled it w/the non-ethanol fuel one of local stations carries, and put a few uneventful miles on it. Once the a.m.'s get above 40°, I'll get back on it myself.

For less than $200 in parts, accessories and title/license fees, I have a new ride to work outfitted to make it functional. Thanks Dad!

P.S. I also bought the upgraded pulley spring and roller weights, but hate to mess w/it as it runs so well.”



1997 HONDA ELITE CH80
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Size, styling
Dislikes: Limited aftermarket parts, small storage, poor exhaust design

Review:
I love this scooter for its 80's-futuristic styling. I wanted to write this review to outline some improvements that I've made on it because I've been unable to find much in any forums.

Battlescooter and some of the other sites have some aftermarket parts. I highly recommend the racing rear shock (the stock one is way too squishy, especially riding 2-up.) A performance belt and driven pulley spring are also a must, and I recommend 8.5 g Dr Pulley slider weights for the variator. I had a welder fab me up a derestricted straight pipe for $100 (the aftermarket is $200!!) and up-jetted the main jet from #84 to #100, combined with a high-flow air filter. These improvements allow the 80 to reach 50 mph relatively quickly, and make riding with two people actually feasible.“



1999 HONDA ELITE 80
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Very cost effective both to buy and to operate
Dislikes: Needs more storage space

Review:
I picked my 1999 Elite 80 up used a couple of months ago. I ride a Honda Reflex and my wife was wanting to try riding her own scooter instead of just being passenger on my Reflex. Well to make a long story short... she absolutely loves her Elite 80. It starts easy and is very comfortable to ride. It gets respectable mileage (about 70mpg) and tops out at 45mph for her (2-3mph less when I ride it but I'm 200lbs). I think Honda hit a homerun with this design!”


2001 HONDA ELITE CH80
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Good power, Great suspension
Dislikes: Storage space

Review:
I just got this scooter, and it is amazing! I easily got it to go to 45 mph on a straight stretch with no hesitation. Handles bumps well, and suspension is great! I wish it had more storage, but I can't complain. I can't wait to use it all summer long - so much fun to ride!”


2001 HONDA ELITE CH80
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Great gas milage and great ride
Dislikes: Not much storage

Review:
This is a great scooter. It is a far better scoot than my old Honda Spree was. The scooter gets up and goes and sips the gas. Yeah I know the look is a bit retro, but with 80 mpg and $3.80 a gallon gas, I'll get over it.”


2002 HONDA ELITE 80
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: It's small. Girls think it's cute and smile at you. Simple. Great gas milage.
Dislikes: Need to use both hands when riding.

Review:
I have motorcycles but this is my first scooter. I always thought the seating position on a scooter looked dorky. But now that I rode one I realize it is just like sitting on a chair. The seat is well padded and comfy. The rear shock is bouncy when going over bumps. I prefer bouncy and soft over hard. It's perfect for putting around the lakes here in Minneapolis. It accelerates the same if you give it half throttle or full throttle. So you learn to just relax and enjoy the show. You end up cruising around relaxed rather than riding fast and tense.”


2003 HONDA ELITE CH80
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Amazing MPG, Great acceleration, reliability
Dislikes: Storage, Lack of aftermarket parts

Review:
THIS SCOOTER IS THE ONE TO GET!!!!!! I just bought one about a week ago - it has 5,470 miles on it. It's a 2003 white Elite 80 / CH80. It’s February (2013) right now in the suburbs of Chicago, and I still ride this thing in the cold.

This thing is QUICK. I was not expecting acceleration this strong. It pulls harder than a 50cc (I hate riding 50's now, they just don’t pull like my CH80!). If you’re looking for a first bike or, like me a first and FOREVER bike, this is the one. It can easily fit adults and hit around 40-43 mph, and the foot pegs are great, even if a single rider uses them!

I do wish there was a bit bigger compartment, but I’m not complaining. I fit my tool set, my manual, 2 pairs of glasses in the front, and I keep a spark plug in the mini compartment under the seat. That’s all you can really fit. I do love the helmet strap hook under the seat so you can lock up your helmet and not worry about thieves. I also hate that the LAW makes you get an L class license in Illinois if your vehicle is 50cc OR higher, but I probably wont get one. It’s a waste of time and money - maybe in the future.

I do suggest buying a 'trickle charger' so you can charge your battery if you don’t use you bike in the winter. I recommend the brand/model (Battery Tender Junior) it’s a 12 volt automatic charger/floater/conditioner for your battery. You plug it in and connect the supplied pigtails to your "detached battery" and wait for about 6-8 hours (after that it conditions your battery, so no need to worry if you forget to unplug it). It’s perfect for this bike and other motorcycle / scooter.

GREAT bike over all. I wish i could have uploaded a picture for you guys. Mine’s beautiful, stock and clean. If anyone can find any aftermarket rims for this bike post it in another review. Have a GREAT time on you CH80, maybe I’ll see you on the streets of Chicago!”



2004 HONDA ELITE 80
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Milage, convenience
Dislikes: Hard starting

Review:
Bought the scoot' new. Sent daughter to university in San Francisco with this bike. Got it back from daughter and road for a short time and at 4,500 miles it wouldn't start and keep running. After disassembling the engine several times, Honda technicians and Honda West Coast service manager review, no one could fix the problem. Bored the engine and fitted new piston because the Honda tech said it looked warn. Replaced the bystarter. Upjetted the carb. Checked and rechecked everything I and others could think of and spent ~$300.00. Took engine apart and took the scoot' to a local bike mechanic. While holding the head in my hand, I noticed that I could open the valves with my hands. While playing with the valves, one of the valve seats fell out with the valve. THIS WAS THE PROBLEM. Replaced the head and have been riding ever since.

Now, I'm not nearly as much a Honda fan as before. Honda quality and the dealer and factory tech's were not impressive. The scoot' still and never has started easily. I find that it starts and runs best on premium fuel. I also have a Honda
Silverwing and Kymco People 250. Both of these scoot's have proven to be quality transportation.”


2005 HONDA ELITE 80
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Fun to ride, good MPG, quick handling, quiet running, comfortable saddle
Dislikes: Needing to disassemble muffler to change rear tire, lack of storage

Review:
This machine has been a real fun means of getting around (as long long as the roads do not have much of an upgrade). I get around 40-50 MPG on average. Top speed on level ground is 40 MPH. I have ridden motorcycles for over 50 years. Depending on who your insurance is with, it may be called a "moped" or a "motorcycle". Your local state will govern what its classification is in your state. I mounted a variety of rain proof tool boxes on the rack for small shopping trips or short excursions. I added extra turn signals facing to the back (some people are not looking for a vehicle this small in front of them).

The back tire has BLOWN OUT 3 times and I cannot find damage to the tire.The only damage is to the tube. I suspect there is some kind of a burr on the inside of the rear wheel. I will check for that when I pull the rear wheel off again shortly. Other than the flat tire problem, I love to go putzin around my scooter.”



2005 HONDA CH80
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Reliability; Basket add-on in rear; Seats 2 Confortably
Dislikes: Kickstand bends; Kickstand has one with a foot, other is a spike- often unsteady when parked

Review:
I really love my CH80. I've has some issues with started blowing fuse. Original seat ripped, I replaced with an aftermarket leather seat found on eBay and stapled bottom around seat, excellent results without all the nooks of the original seat.

It doesn't go fast - 45mph on down slopes is pretty close to max speed, which is fine for town driving. One gallon of gas (topped-off) gets almost 100 miles. Incredible! Carrying costs are very small: insurance, gas, oil and registration. I've had it totally serviced once.

Recommend that you buy a basket for rear. Huge advantage over covered basket such as a Vespa, because with some elastic C Clips, can carry bags of groceries, etc. Great for town driving and parking.”



2007 HONDA ELITE 80
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Reliable, economical, easy to ride, easy maintenance
Dislikes: Little storage space, one gear

Review:
I love my little Elite 80, which a friend of mine has named Olga (not sure why). It is my only form of transportation, and so far it is proving itself to be dependable. It has 13,060 miles and is still running strong. I plan to obtain one of the old 150s next. Honda makes some quality stuff, it's the only way to go.”

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