1986 Honda Elite CH80 from Canada


Great around town scooter, but the suspension needs improvement


Handling on this scooter is squirrelly on anything but smooth paved road. The suspension is very soft on the CH80. It bottoms out on small bumps. The rear shock absorber is worn out on mine and the rear suspension pogos. There is a single rear shock absorber, and the spring for it is very weak. Small wheels, short wheelbase, and quick steering geometry make this scooter unpredictable in sand or loose gravel. It feels unstable at higher speeds.

The low top speed of about 72kph make this scooter a a bit of a hazard on the highway.

Front and rear drum brakes on this vehicle make braking adequate, but not great.

General Comments:

This is a great little scooter for around town use. There is enough room on the floor in front of the seat for a couple of bags of groceries, and there is a trunk at the front that has enough room for a jacket or a couple of text books.

The fuel economy is fantastic for this small four stroke engine, but the fuel tank is so small that the range between fill-ups is less than 200kms.

This scooter is easy to ride around town, but the suspension should be stiffer to handle potholes and rough pavement better.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2007

1987 Honda Elite CH80 from United States of America


Gas saving, funny and good looking scooter


This 1987 Elite 80cc CH80 has a bad carburetor.

The seat is torn due to neglected use I suppose.

The paint job and the plastic parts are a joke, they look like a cheap toy.

The parts are expensive and hard to obtain.

I heard this 4 stroke scooter doesn't have much power.

General Comments:

Since I didn't see any reviews on this scooter yet, I wrote this review to see if anybody could write something useful to me. I can tell that I love the design of the scooter, despite the fact that the speedometer shows 0-55mph.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th December, 2005

16th Jan 2006, 13:25

I cannot make a comment on the Elite because I do not own one just yet. There are quite a few sites that you can look at, that show what you can do to upgrade your scooter. Would you like to sell your Elite?

16th Feb 2006, 23:24

I might want to sell it, but I still want to LOCALLY try to fix it with a low budget. Mine has either a transmission or clutch problem, because the engine sounds very well indeed, but when I take off the stand, it wouldn't go forward, but in the air the wheel spins, so I think transmission or clutch.

It's got 6000 miles, it cost me 250 US and I just want to spend around 300 US to fix it, considering that the battery already cost me 70.

I went to the Honda dealer and the whole carburetor costs 253 US, so that shows how expensive the parts are. I am in Oakland CA, if convenient to you, I might sell it to you for 240 if I don't fix it, so keep in touch. Thank you.