Honda Helix find

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by hapbob, Jun 18, 2017 at 12:46 PM.

  1. hapbob

    hapbob Been here awhile

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    Advice from all you Helix owners or experts still out there in scooter land.

    I just bought a 2004 Honda Helix with 400 miles.
    What maintenance would you do before riding it?

    Hap
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  2. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    Engine oil, air filter, coolant, tires, brake fluid where applicable

    Rip it.
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  3. gasandasphalt

    gasandasphalt Been here awhile

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    Change the oil and GO!!! The He!ix has no way of knowing it is 2017, it thinks it is still 2004...
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  4. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    after 13 years, the coolant has begun to break down and coagulate.

    after 13 years, the brake fluid (if applicable) has soaked up a buncha moisture etc, best to flush it out.

    after 13 years, the tires are at minimum, not as soft and pliable as they used to be. and what about the tubes??

    after 13 years, a multitude of lives can be living in the airbox, the paper element (or foam) breaks down.

    do yourself a favor, spend a couple hundred bucks on it, and ensure yourself a decent ride for more time to come.
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  5. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    Check the lubricant level in the rear reduction gearbox.
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  6. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    About what everyonce else said . Just also google honda helix oem service manual .pdf and you ll find it for free. I would also check out the tank to see if there s rust and clean the carb . Whom knows if that last guy just road it and let the old gas dry up .
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  7. hapbob

    hapbob Been here awhile

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    All good
    The suggestions from you guys is the plan.
    I checked the gas tank before I bought
    I had one rust once and it was a never ending problem.
    I don't think it has tubes in tires and tires don't feel hard and I think I will just burn them off with riding it. Rear tires don't last long on a helix !
    Thanks guys for inputs
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  8. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    The tires are tubeless. Check the tire valves carefully, wiggle them around and pull on them too. They can get crispy and crack, and they do fly off with no warning at all. A blow out at 60 mph can wake you up really fast. And kill you.
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  9. minimac

    minimac Been here awhile

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    I agree with what Wentwest said about valve stems. I had one split on me while riding on the highway. The front suddenly going flat gave me a severe pucker moment.
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  10. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    Tires are 120 bucks to buy a set . Cheaper to spend the cash now then on the doctors if something goes wrong . I once had tire go flat just as I slowed down for a hwy exit on my old helix. Reason trusting a tire shop to fix a flat . Motorcycle tires age from the inside out . Front tire on a helix about 8000 K . Rear tire about 3500 K.
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