On my Honda CH 80, I leave the side panels off. Push a small rag over the air box intake briefly when cranking for cold starts.
The mileage is a consistent 100 per gallon when not pushed.
I buy used tires for the rear.
It will do 45mph, and 50mph down hill, but I cruise around 40.
A piece of plastic at the correct angle doesn't change these standards, and keeps the wind rain and noise away.
The muffler broke off the exhaust pipe. A small hose clamp over exhaust pipe repair material keeps it quiet and flexible at that vulnerable mid-point.
I would feel better carrying an extra 12 volt gel cell battery for emergency.
I carry stuff in a 5 gallon bucket for portability, held on the floor with bungee cords.
After the inexperience and overconfidence stages, stay focused, and expect cars and even pedestrians not to see you.
I cannot thank you enough for this article! A friend is having the exact same problem with his Elite 80. I recommended the larger pilot jet, but knew from his description of the problem, it would not eliminate it entirely. Over the years, I too have admired Honda for advanced thought and 'leading edge' reliability of their products -- but have been a bit disappointed by this particular design. A simple choke lever is not really beyond the ability of many of us. Anyway, THANKS SO MUCH for this!
I have a 1987 Honda Elite 80 and need to know how to take the front tire off, so I can change it? Thanks if you can help me.
OK, I finally got tire off and changed. Thanks!
My 87 Honda Elite 80cc is doing the same thing as yours. Any suggestions on how you fixed it?
No, not at all. I bought mine with 13k miles on it for $775. It's a Honda and they are hard to kill.
You need to buy a jet kit. In winter, the air is more dense, I.E. more O2 per CFM; that means you need a bigger jet air:fuel.
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