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deezildennis 07-17-2012 07:43 PM

My New to me Honda Helix thread
I bought a 1986 helix with 32k on the clock. Runs very well and the po took pretty good care of it. The only issue I have so far with it is that the front end seems to have squeaky spring noises from the front.

It doesn't have any weird handling issues other than being a tank but sitting on the bike and moving around on it makes the frontend squeak.

I'm not really familiar with this style of frontend is there anything I can grease up on it?
Other than that I really like it. It is pretty quick for a Scoot but doesn't handle near as Sharp as my Ssr Rowdy Ruckus klone. Maybe a whole suspension rebuild is in order?

Pics to follow.

Warney 07-17-2012 08:21 PM

Congratulations on your new Scooter, carefully check the carb insulator for cracks. I'm not sure on the 1986 but later Honda Helix came with a simple inexpensive bracket that holds the carb still and that rubber insulator lasts a lot longer. On the squeak...Can you have an assistant sit on the Scooter and duplicate the noise while you look for the source? My guess is the noise is coming from the front shocks. Unless the po was jumping curbs or something, the entire suspension does not need to be rebuilt. Maybe new shocks at that age and 32k miles. Good Scooter, not flashy but functional and reliable.

fullmetalscooter 07-17-2012 09:31 PM

If it s the frount shocks spring the cash for as set of which cost 200 bucks or about 400 for frount and rear . When you sell you helix you can stick the OEM back on and sell them for at least 75% of what you paid . Hagon shocks are worlds about what the stock ones are like. For me at least this what you talking about is the kind of thing you have to have the bike in front of you to understand what is making the sound google CN250 Manual .pdf download and you should find a free copy of the Honda OEM Manual out there. I would at some time when the rear wheel is off see if the muffler is still good and if so give it a paint job with HIGH temp barbeque paint to prolong it's life. Also change the Muffler gasket that fit over the pipe. I would also check to see it the tires are over 3 years old. if so change them . How to read tire codes. I would change the front brake fuild just because you don't know how old it is. Change the oil 2 because it only 1 quart so it's cheap to do. I believe you ll need a 17 MM Socket to do that. Most of the bolts are in Metric. Also buy a set of JSI screw drivers. ( Japan industrial standard ) because there JSI and not Philips like most people think. It's why there strip out . Strange thing is lost of bike shops don't even know that is what they are. If you change the oil every 1500 miles. Any Idea if the rollers in the tran ever got changed? If no parts are 24 buck for the roller. A new belt from scappy dog .com in 25 bucks which is 50 bucks cheaper then OEM honda. If it's the orginal belt in it then I feel with this mileage and 25 years on it should be changed out. There are videos on you tube about how to change your rollers and belt. It's something anyone can do.

deezildennis 07-18-2012 07:03 AM

I guess I need to find a buddy to rock I back and forth for me with the brakes on.
Carb boot looks like it needs to be replaced but it has brand new tires on it at least and everything works. I'll flush the brake fluid this weekend.

The engine and drivetrain is filthy dusty though. I'm tempted to clean it but hesitate because I don't want to frig up a seal.

I will pull cover and check belt at least if its easy enough.

Thanks for the replies.

bbishoppcm 07-18-2012 07:49 PM

The front-end is a "leading link" design, something Honda seems to have pioneered in the 1960s and has since abandoned... anyway, there are several bushings in the links themselves; I'd first disassemble the whole fork system (it's really not as bad as it looks), then check the bushings for wear and obvious signs of metal-on-metal. Completely rebuilding the link system will cost you around $200 (I plan on doing this to my '98 Helix). The shocks themselves are likely shot by now given the age and mileage, and as fullmetalscooter suggested, should be replaced.

The carburetor insulator/mount/intake is likely shot, and should also be replaced; it's about $40 from the dealer, and takes about 15 minutes to replace. The 2004 and later models came with a heavy steel bracket that prevents the intake from ever cracking; the parts can be ordered and retrofitted to an older model for around $40. So about $80 for everything.

The final drive oil should be changed and can be done while the belt cover is off.

The other advice on tires is good; these eat tires for lunch, and a whole set from the dealer is around $200 (front and rear both lasted me around 6,000 miles).

Exhaust gaskets are another weak spot; when removing the rear wheel, it's necessary to remove the muffler as well; there is a metal impregnated mesh collar between the exhaust manifold pipe and the muffler, and a fiber/metal ring between the manifold and the head. Both must be changed whenever the rear wheel is removed, or if any leaks are evident.

You have a 1986 model; when ordering brakes or related parts, tires, front suspension parts, or fuel system parts, that the parts must be from (or for) a 1991 or earlier model. Beginning in 1992, Honda made some refinements to the Helix that made several earlier parts incompatible. Also, the Chinese clone bikes are based off a 1992 or later model.

A word on Chinese parts; be extremely wary of them. Chinese body panels don't quite fit, and are made from a thin plastic with iffy paint. Chinese carburetors are very unpredictable. Buying carburetor parts from a Honda dealer is recommended, as you can make your old Kei-Hin sing like it did in 1986, which is still better than any new Chinese knockoff carb. Other Chinese parts are a crapshoot.

Also, feel free to pressure wash that engine; it's seen much worse, I promise you. Don't use ANY engine cleaners, but a diluted mixture of Simple Green works well. My only concern would be blocking off the intake, and unplugging the electrical connections after washing, allow them to dry, then fill 'em with dielectric grease before reconnecting. After I bought mine, I tore the whole body off, drove it to a car wash (sans body), then washed the whole thing from top to bottom.

fullmetalscooter 07-18-2012 09:39 PM

Yep simple green or pine sol works wonders. In the event that you wanted to risk rubber parts oven cleaner works to but I ve only used it on engines that are out of the bikes. and also have most of the parts you might need like belts, rollers , carb boot. I don't take and issue to china parts when it comes to things like this. The only other point weak point you might want to look at is the throttle cable . Take them off , clean them and spray them with a non oil based cable lub. I ve had 3 thordel cables brake so far. In the event you end up with the main one broken you can also jury rig the other one in it's place . Ether that or take the seat off pull the remains out of the housing , thread it so you can be reached and rapped a seat vice grips to it and use it that way . It will get you home at least.

deezildennis 07-19-2012 05:45 AM

I have ordered a carb intake boot and some other goodies through my local dealer.
I really would like to do a complete panel off cleaning right away since it pretty gross under all of it.

Should get to that this weekend. Thanks for all the help.

On another note if Anyone is a member on the yahoo group and slonaker helix group can you contact the Mods and get me confirmed on those boards. I never got a confirmation code after signing up on them or got account activated. I signed up on both using email

fullmetalscooter 07-19-2012 08:35 PM

if the black panels are grey you could use back to black or a heat guns to bring the black back out..

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tugboat 07-22-2012 08:00 PM

Don't want to steal a thread, but I need a seat for a 1993 Helix. Ebay was not my friend today. Anyone have any ideas to find one cheap?

deezildennis 07-23-2012 02:48 PM

I Ordered new side panels for it and I will soon order the uper panels when money allows. I really need to do something about the lack of backrest my SSR has spoiled me.

Sonofabitch runs well though. 65mph for about 30 miles the other day. Didn't even hiccup... Hot as hell on it though because of the 20 foot tall windshield.... Eesh.

Realbtl 07-23-2012 05:57 PM


Originally Posted by deezildennis (Post 19164564)

On another note if Anyone is a member on the yahoo group and slonaker helix group can you contact the Mods and get me confirmed on those boards. I never got a confirmation code after signing up on them or got account activated. I signed up on both using email

Check your spam filter, mine got hung up in the filter of my provider.

And welcome to the wonderful world of the Helix. I've got an '86 too and the radio still works. I've done everything from grocery running to a couple of 900 mile 3 day tours on it.

deezildennis 07-23-2012 06:05 PM

I have bought a dye suggested by a detailer buddy for the inner plastics I have tried the heat gun method and it did not work so well for me. Very inconsistent finish I guess from the age. Made it more pliable though so I may hit it all with the gun and then dye it.

I may go the route of a car headrest converted into a backrest. I am looking now at headrest that may work.

Wentwest 07-23-2012 09:39 PM

You can clean up the dull black parts that are turned gray with a rubdown with 000 steel wool and soapy water. It takes a while, but you'll see the change and it's sort of fun to get it clean again. When it's all cleaned up you can rub a bunch of Armor-All on it and let it sit for a day or two, then rub it out.

The PacRat 07-24-2012 07:41 AM

Forget about all that work restoring black - use this:

And on this Helix forum you can see the results -

deezildennis 07-24-2012 09:59 AM

That's the same brand dye I got.

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