4th May 2008, 18:10

I just purchased, at a garage sale, a 1987 Honda Elite 80, with 3,000 miles on the odometer, for 500 bucks. I took it home, changed the oil, the gas, inflated the tires and replaced the battery (with a generic one for $ 19.95) and the scooter started right away.

With a passenger, on flat road, I get around 45 mph. Alone, at may 180 lbs it gets to some 50 mph, but not faster. That's OK. I only use it in town for small errands. So far I am pleased with it. I have a gut feeling that the small exhaust pipe, into the muffler, chokes the engine and diminishes the scooter's performance.

Other than that, a very lucky strike with a 21 year old machine. Tax, title, license, helmet and one year insurance: over $ 500.00! You get took, one way or the other. Saving on gas can be very relative!

25th May 2008, 19:23

Anyone know where I can get a 87' CH80 complete engine? Mine's toast and I can't find another one!

29th May 2008, 23:32

I have a 1987 Honda Elite 50. I wanted to do an oil change, so I took the bolt out that said "oil"; it was on the left side of the bike and right in front of the back tire, but only 3 or 4 shot glasses (for lack of better measurement LOL) drained. But the oil reservoir still had a lot left. So I drained that. But when I refilled with new oil, that drain that I originally took that screw out of did not drain any new oil. So I am worried I drained something I shouldn't have. Would these bikes have trans fluid or any other fluids that I could have drained originally from that screw? Thanks for any help guys.

6th Jun 2008, 20:19

How can the 85-90 Elites be made to last, go fast and less costly? Already, seems the battery must be boosted... how about an inline 2nd one? Anyone ever figure the leaking oil or carb problem other than micro hole cleanout? And, any way to avoid a 10 minute warmup?

Thanks from WA.

23rd Jun 2008, 00:57

I just bought an 87 Elite 80cc from a neighbor for $100, that had been sitting in his shed for 6 years. I bought a new battery and I was rolling with no problems!!!

14th Jul 2008, 00:03

I have had a CH80 since we bought it in new in 1988. Anytime you start it cold, you have to wait 2 - 3 minutes for it to warm up. If you try to rev it even a little, it will die. After that it is OK.

For parts, look at cheapcycleparts.com. I got a new carb that Honda wanted 305 for for 116. Brand new carb in Honda package and wrapping.

17th Jul 2008, 19:43

Bought a 2002 Elite 80 from original owner with 694 miles on it. It was not driven regularly recently. It runs fine. 45 top speed 210 lbs. Cannot find a manual anywhere yet. Ideas welcome. fbangeman@gmail.com

20th Aug 2008, 21:27

I have a 2007 CH80. It's very cold starting. I spend a good 10 minutes of trying to start it before it actually runs. Then I have to take off in a hurry. It always dies at the first 2 stop signs in my neighborhood, but once I get on a through street and get it up to speed, it will keep running just fine. I have no problem keeping up with traffic.

I found out last spring that it wasn't a good idea putting gas line anti-freeze in the tank for the winter. It gummed up the carb. The dealer had to come out and trailer it to the shop. Very pricey. I won't be doing that again. I'll just have to start and run it every few days this winter. Has anyone driven one in the freezing weather?

10th Sep 2008, 00:06

How much should I pay for a 1993 Honda Elite CH80 Scooter? The guy is asking $900.

8th Oct 2008, 14:59

To: 17th Jul 2008, 19:43

Bought a 2002 Elite 80 from original owner with 694 miles on it. It was not driven regularly recently. It runs fine. 45 top speed, 210 lbs. Cannot find a manual anywhere yet. Ideas welcome. fbangeman@gmail.com

Complete repair and service manual is available from:

Helm Publications

14210 Hamilton Ave

Highland Park, MI 48203



About 30-35 dollars including shipping.

22nd Oct 2008, 15:54

Hi, I'm new to site. I got an 86 Elite 80 with 389 miles on it for free. It does not get gas from the tank. Had it running on starting fluid. I'm getting a new auto petcock assembly from Honda for $45.00. Am I going in the right direction? The tank was dry when I got it.

28th Oct 2008, 10:41

Getting a repair manual from Helm is the best idea yet. I got one from on-line. My 96 CH80 seized up from no oil, piston, pin, rod, scuffed up the cylinder all beyond saving. My local Honda dealer has gotten all the parts I have asked for no problem and no delays either. Lots of $$ for parts, but the scooter was given to me for free. I figure the rest of winter to detail the thing, get it running, clean it up etc. Next is saving for a helmet, getting licensed, insurance and anything else that will keep me broke. Don't be afraid to dig in on repairs. The Helms manual is excellent and has good pictures and diagrams. I'm gonna make a desk lamp out of the old crank. Have fun and ride safe.. from Ithaca NY.

19th Jan 2009, 06:31

87 Elite 80; 2,950 miles.

If the bike is idling and the rear tire is spinning. Does the rear brake need to be adjusted or the idle needs to be lowered?


21st May 2009, 20:43

The hard starting is the choke (25.00 e-bay). Anyone know of a place that sells performance parts for the Elite 80?

17th Jun 2009, 09:05

I have a 2000 Honda Elite 80 -

Yes - it has trouble cold starting, especially if you don't ride it overnight or it sits outside. The key is to try to start it (pull the clutch, hit the starter, etc.) then take the key out and come back in 5-10 minutes and do it again. I usually get it started that second time... (this is all only if it is from a COLD start... once its been started and runs for a little bit, it is fine)

Yes - scooters are very finicky and the littlest thing can cause them to not perform as well as they should. For example, one the air line tubes came detached from the carburettor, which caused the scooter to top off at 30mph... I bought the clamp for about 5 dollars and it works fine now..

As for performance... I weigh 200lbs and my girlfriend weighs around 125lbs and we ride on it together. With only 80cc's you would expect it to only have so much pick up and go only so fast. It does have problems on a bigger hills (especially with two people) but can still get the job done. If there is momentum (up and down a couple of hills) you don't notice it as much.

The scooter is good... while I would prefer it had more engine power, that's what I bought my motorcycle for..