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Old 05-31-2015, 09:26 AM   #1
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Honda Metropolitan - Get Met :)

Hauled home a 2002 Honda Metropolitan on Friday.
I wanted something for when friends/family come over and don't have an M1 license.

I've since learned that even this little 49cc motorbike needs M1 here in Calif. Villageidiot taught me that….I'm thinking I should consult him before purchases.

Other things I've learned are 2002-2005 models have some issues with the engine trying to breathe through a single hose, something that was apparently fixed in the 2006 and on models. I am going to keep the faith that this one will go the distance with regular maintenance.


I also learned that at the Metropolitan II. Honda’s model code was CHF50P had some type of restriction on the engine, I have a Met one model code CHF50, so I won't worry about that.

Here she is: Anyone else have a Metropolitan?
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:09 AM   #2
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2002-2005 models have some issues with the engine trying to breathe through a single hose
Interesting that the 2013 and newer series engine is apparently back to a single valve cover breather port.

Hope you never have to replace the engine control unit.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:36 AM   #3
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Hope you never have to replace the engine control unit.
Yikes, I hope I don't ever have to replace that either.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:49 AM   #4
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Can't believe that requires an M1.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:59 AM   #5
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Met - one a da funnest ever...
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:29 AM   #6
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When my wife decided to try riding her own two wheeler, we chose a Honda Metro. It was about a 2006 model I believe. I picked up an '07 Ruckus to ride with her. That Metro was a great little scooter. We never had a single problem with it. Her's got right at 115 mpg, while my Ruckus was getting about 95.

By the way, though Honda still sells a Metro, it is a totally different scooter. The new one has an air cooled engine. That engine in yours is still sold in the Ruckus model.

I'm about 5'10' or 5' 9", and found the Metro a bit small. I fgelt like the handlebars might hit my knees or something. But, where I live, I see a ton of the older Metros and the Ruckus. Plenty of tall men are riding these on the island and I actually met one gent that had no home, that was living on the stuff he carried on his Ruckus. He also carried a little dog with him, tent, sleeping bag, etc, etc, etc.

And, yes, there was a problem with the design. You could read about it at one of the two Ruckus forums. Something in the emission system that recirculated air that wasn't properly filtered. It caused premature failure of the crankshaft main bearings.
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:37 AM   #7
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I actually met one gent that had no home, that was living on the stuff he carried on his Ruckus. He also carried a little dog with him, tent, sleeping bag, etc, etc, etc.
That's great - I love Honda Met lore. And yeah, the new Met is but a rebadged Giorno. Boo, hiss.
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Old 05-31-2015, 12:06 PM   #8
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My wife has one. As bulletproof as a vehicle can be. It has about 7000 miles on it right now. It's 2008. These have a water cooled engine and an aluminum frame. The new Mets have air cooled and steel frames. You can't beat these scooters for gas mileage and longevity.

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Old 05-31-2015, 12:07 PM   #9
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My brother has a 2009 Met and loves it. He's had it for just over 4 years and hasn't had any problems at all. I don't know how many miles it has but he does ride it quite often. Hopefully you won't have the problem the early Met2 had. Fun little scoots.
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Old 05-31-2015, 01:21 PM   #10
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pre 06 met/ruck need very frequent oil changes because of the crankcase vent flaw otherwise the crank bearings get destroyed because the oil goes bad faster

Normally I change oil every 1k miles but with a pre 06 I would do it twice as often.
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Old 05-31-2015, 01:44 PM   #11
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Thanks all for your replies.
Redhandmoto, I didn't find that thread initially when I was searching for Metropolitan threads, thanks for posting it.
I really want this little scoot to last so I will do those oil changes every 500 miles.
It has 1900+ on it now and I did an oil change today…hopefully at least one other oil change was made, but I can't be certain.
The electric start is unreal. I replaced the battery and when I tried to start it I thought the new battery was dead, nope, just a VERY quiet starting system.
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Old 05-31-2015, 02:04 PM   #12
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The electric start is unreal. I replaced the battery and when I tried to start it I thought the new battery was dead, nope, just a VERY quiet starting system.
Ain't the smooth quietness amazing? I used to kick it, stop, and try to hear if it was running. It always was.

urbanscootin.com is a forum originally started by/for Met enthusiasts.
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Old 05-31-2015, 02:32 PM   #13
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Ain't the smooth quietness amazing? I used to kick it, stop, and try to hear if it was running. It always was.

urbanscootin.com is a forum originally started by/for Met enthusiasts.
Yep, I did sign up for that website. I stayed up hours reading it the other night.
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:36 PM   #14
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For those of you with a Metropolitan is that stater unreal or what?
I cannot hear it at all and suddenly the bike is in idle.


***Edit, well shucks now I'm just repeating myself.
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Old 06-03-2015, 01:28 PM   #15
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unlike other bikes the met/ruck doesn't have separate starter motor...the stator is a starter/alternator built in one and since it is directly on the crank there are no mechanism so that is why it is so quiet.
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