Honda SH150i

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by DaBinChe, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. DaBinChe

    DaBinChe Long timer

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    So I just got one a few weeks ago and am waiting for the DMV papers to clear before I really take it out.

    This will be my log of this fantastic scooter. I always wanted one when it was imported to the US but the price was just too much, that Euro exchange rate just killed us.

    My new to me 2010 SH150i has over 3k miles. I've only put on 112miles so far. So I'll give my initial impressions.

    The fit and finish is great just like any honda bike. It has an easy to do maintenance lid at the floor board/seat for easy access to the spark plug and valves. Not much of a under seat storage, can only hold a half helmet. But if you get the top box it can hold a full face. What I like about the honda top box is that it is integrated into the rear rack, meaning you don't have to have any extra mounting hardware, just clip/hook it on and you are good to go. What honda should of done was put the gas tank in the floor board instead of under the seat. This would have made the under seat storage larger and also lower the center of gravity. The battery is in the floor board. It doesn't have a theft resistence cover on the ignition like the NHX110. Physically it is large and very tall, so one might not want to park it at the bicycle rack. The US 2010 model is actually the European 2009 model.

    Technology wise it has everything you can think of FI wise. It is missing one thing, the rocker arm is a sliding type instead of a roller rocker arm like in the NHX110. Being 11:1 compression ratio it doesn't have a decompressor like the NHX110. The radiator being up front instead of side mounted on the motor to the crank, I think frees up some HP. I also like that this make it have extra coolant, but don't like all the extra hoses/complexity.

    The ride is very smooth. The exhaust noise is louder then the NHX110, and I can hear backfire when coming to a stop from WOT. The large wheels rides so smooth even with limited suspension travel. It is very tall, higher center of gravity and a very upright riding position. I normally slouch when riding but with this bike it makes me sit very upright. The fit is for a taller person, I'm about 5'6" and it feels a little big/tall for me. The floor board to seat hight makes my upper leg not be parallel with the ground, have a downward angle. This bike would fit someone 5'10" better I think. Power is plentiful, top out so far is 66mph on the flats but isn't consistent. 60mph is normal and above that it has a harder time.

    Overall I think this is the best 150cc class scooter on the market...any market. If you already have one keep it if you are considering selling. If you don't have one, get one if the opportunity arises. I'm not gonna use this as a commuter because I have a NHX110 with a massive under seat storage. This will be my fun scoot. I have videos up for this on my youtube channel, link in my signature.
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  2. longhaul747

    longhaul747 Been here awhile

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    These really are great scooters. Perhaps best in class but it came in at a price during economic hard times and the SH150i was pretty much still born in the US Market when released.

    I wanted one new but it was just to much of a reach when available and the supply dried up before I had a chance. I almost did it when they started doing deep discounts but waited to long. Last year however I picked up a used one with 3K miles for a lot less then new. Cosmetically used but nothing serious with maintenance records.

    Other then perhaps lack of storage its really one of my best scooters. Runs really strong for a 150. If I had to guess what size I would say 175 to 200cc's since it runs that strong. It can keep up with my Sport City 250 in everything but absolute top speed runs and only then the SC250 pulls ahead only slightly. Perhaps a the SC250 has more reserve power on hills and pulls ahead faster at speeds above 45mph. Only real difference day to day is the SH150i seems a lot busier then the SC250 but it takes it in stride.

    Its also worth mentioning that these are actually made in Italy and not Asia. Probably one of the reasons why it was so expensive. That and back then Honda missed the mark on a lot of motorcycles.

    I am not planning on parting with mine and I have complete confidence it will out last me.

    Also have an Elite 110 (well my wife's). Also an excellent scooter with class leading storage under the seat. A strong runner it is but it can't keep up with the SH150i obviously. I plan on keeping the Elite 110 forever as well!
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  3. gitsum79

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    I wanted an SH150i too, but I just couldn't justify the $4495 price tag for a 150cc scooter, even a Honda.

    So I bought a SYM HD200 EVO instead for $3395. From your first impressions the SH150i sounds very similar. The HD200 has a bit more top end reaching a consistent 75 mph. But the tall stature, 16" wheels, high center of gravity, weight and seating position sounds exactly as you described on the SH150i.

    The HD200 was a great ride, but I've moved on to something else.
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  4. Giddy Goanna

    Giddy Goanna Fat tanks 'n skinny women

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    Rode one for about 5000km till it was stolen, joyridden and left in a heap of molten plastic and ash.

    Bought it as a demo 'cause $5600 AUD was too rich for a 150cc scoot.

    Was extremely impressed with it's efficiency and use of technology.

    Expected a more supple ride with the 16 inch rolling stock, but the rear suspension was very firm and slappy on uneven bitumen.

    It was very deficient on character, no real joy in it's operation.
    I have infinitely more fun commuting on my '86 Honda Lead 80 (NH80).
    Even though it is seriously under powered and suspended, it requires next to nil maintenance. Two stroke and air cooled, reminds me of my childhood (Dad leaving for work in the morning). I'll enjoy this until I buy a FI SuperCub or jump straight to an electric commuter. Cheers.
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  5. damasovi

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    pics pics!!!

    you know scooter do great on the outdoors!

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    Cheers

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  6. Jerry_R

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    I used to ride both - Honda SH150i (ABS) and Yamaha XENTER 150i. They both are friendly scooters, I personally preferred Xenter due to softer suspension (pain in the back when riding SH). Also, possibility of sitting further back (less high pillion) if wanted and possibility of moving feet from side to center - allowed me to ride XENTER for longer time without pain, incl. legs. Additionally it was easier to place a backpack on the floor due to lack of central column. Plus traffic filtering: SH width is 74cm, XENTER width is only 69cm.

    Anyway, both are great machines and have their advantages and disadvantages.
    Some more reading:

    HONDA SH150i ABS:
    http://www.moto-choice.com/en/Bike-...-2013-current-light-frugal-urban-pursuit.html

    YAMAHA XENTER 150i:
    http://www.moto-choice.com/en/Bike-...t-no-supersport-pretensions-superb-rides.html
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  7. lazyguy

    lazyguy Lawrence of Schnecksvilla

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    I liked the looks of them when they first came out also but really had no use for one as i had a couple of bikes already. Well i still have a couple of bikes and now a couple scooters also. Had a friend let me know about a little Honda 50 ES for sell back in March i got cheap and drove around my little town for all my errands what a blast! Now if i could only get a deal on one of those SH150is i kept thinking. Searching CL i found one back in Aug. 75mi away with only 1500 miles on it like new. Called the guy and made the deal on the phone and picked up the bike the next day! Found out then it had a extended warranty till 6/15, and a new battery yea.
    Now with winter here i haven't rode it in about a month i really miss it. Had the KLR out today but its not the same as a scooter. I put over 2300 miles on the SH in the first 4 months i owned it and i will say its a lot of fun. I'm getting 85 mpg avg. mainly on back country roads 45-50 mph although I take it anywhere highways included.
    I want to do the PCH this summer which I'll most likely take my v-strom but wouldn't that be a blast to go cross country on a scooter and do the PCH. any takers?
    I'll be keeping this one forever as I hope to retire somewhere warm and flat where it will be right at home, in the mean time Im gonna ride the shit out of it.
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  8. Motovista

    Motovista Parts is Parts

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    Try the Keeway Outlook, same engine, very similar layout, and about $1500 used. Carbureted, not fuel injected.
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  9. DaBinChe

    DaBinChe Long timer

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    No it is not the same engine, looks similar doesn't mean it is the same. Just cause one makes an inline 4 doesn't mean another's inline 4 is the same. Same configuration with similar characteristics but that is about it.
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  10. John Bentall

    John Bentall Been here awhile

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    Agree. Different bore, different stroke, different capacity.

    An interesting clone.
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  11. Motovista

    Motovista Parts is Parts

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    Yes, it is the same motor. If you go to Malossi.com and look at engine parts for your bike, like cylinder kits and camshafts, you will see that they do indeed fit both bikes. Interchangable parts is a sign that the engines are probably alike, because the cylinder for a PCX150 wont fit, nor will the cylinder for a Vespa or Yamaha. As do transmission parts like variators. And on Italian forums they discuss the Keeway Outlook as an inexpensive alternative to the Honda SH 150.
    I'll make it easy, since you still haven't found the Honda service manual or parts fiche for the GY6 engine. Here are some links to some major engine parts and brakes that are interchangeable on both bikes, but not other bikes with same configuration and similar characteristics made by Honda, Yamaha or Piaggio.

    http://www.malossistore.us/en/products/ALUMIN-CYLINDER-%C3%98-61-pin-%C3%98-14-H2O-4-stroke_3111588?M=150&MM=MO%2FHOSH150&FG=G.TER&Type=M
    http://www.malossistore.us/en/produ...t_5912778?M=177&MM=MO/KEOU150&FG=ALB.M&Type=M
    http://www.malossistore.us/en/produ...d_3214796?M=177&MM=MO/KEOU150&FG=MARMI&Type=M
    http://www.malossistore.us/en/produ...R_5114065?M=177&MM=MO/KEOU150&FG=TRASM&Type=M
    http://www.malossistore.us/en/produ...c_6212342?M=177&MM=MO/KEOU150&FG=FRENI&Type=M
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  12. DaBinChe

    DaBinChe Long timer

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  13. Motovista

    Motovista Parts is Parts

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    But in this case, it is, and there are plenty of them with well over 50K miles on them. And it's not a clone, any more than the Piaggio or Peugeot products with Honda designed engines are clones. QJ is an OEM supplier to Honda, so the odds are that you do have some of their parts in your bike.
    I don't need to buy one and ride it 50,000 miles for what I am saying to be true. Italy, where your bike was made, is full of information about various scooters from people who use them as daily drivers. There are a lot of forums in Italy where you can find out a lot more about the bike you ride than you will pretty much anywhere else. The SH150 is the most popular Scooter model in Italy, where they have been selling them since 2001. What you are doing is making statements without knowing if they are true or not, for reasons that aren't clear. I made the original comment to someone who mentioned liking the SH150 but thinking they are too expensive, and the prolongation of this aspect of the thread has been because you keep saying things that aren't true.
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  14. Inoplanetyanin

    Inoplanetyanin One day closer!

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    Hey DBC, congrats with a new scooter.
    You did move on to something bigger after all. I guess everybody follows that trend after they start with a Metro. :)

    I was thinking about a bigger bike too, but it could be a dual sport, so I can go on dirt roads and into the mountains with it. Something small - Honda 250 or Yamaha tw200 or some such small bike.

    My Elite 110 has 8500 miles right now and im still on everything original including the rear tire (except air filer, fluids, and spark plug).

    Are you still intending to put 50000 miles on the Elite?
    Would take you a while at this rate.

    How much did you pay for SH150? Are you planning any long rides on it?

    Come down to LA and I'll treat you some local food and beer if you drink. :)

    Hey, you start servicing it right away. In no time it will be ready to be ridden to Alaska or Argentina!
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  15. DaBinChe

    DaBinChe Long timer

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    I've always wanted an sh150 but the cost was prohibitive. I got this one for $2800, so it is actually a little bit more expensive then my elite brand new three years ago. I'm not sure what I'm gonna do with this scoot, maybe use it as a fun bike and/or two up bike. Still using the elite as a commuter and travel bike and plan on running the cannonball with it. I decided on the elite for cannonball over the SH because of the trunk size, larger floor board area, easier to change back tire. If my estimates are accurate I'll have 30k miles by the time I start cannonball and will be near 40k by the time I get back home from cannonball...plan to ride all the way which will be about 8k miles. So yes I'll get at least 50k mile out of it or might decide to hang on to it if I feel that there isn't a better scoot by then...or just get a used elite110 with low miles.
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  16. Inoplanetyanin

    Inoplanetyanin One day closer!

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    Those are grand plans. You might conquer the Southern Italy in between. lol. Hey, I was also thinking about doing the cannonball, but not sure the rush is justifiable. I know I could ride it and the bike would "most likely" do well given proper preparations, but it's a lot of time with little time to enjoy the scenery, rest off the bike, etc.

    On the other hand, of course, you get to ride to Alaska, and do a cannonball, which is just that, and not a leisurely tour. I am not sure, will see.

    You probably would have it easier getting time off in June since you are in education field.

    Not sure I like the SH150 more than the PCX, which to me is quiet comfortable, and a bit lower, feeling more secure. But you sure can cover a lot of distance with the SH and given the larger engine size, it can probably last quite a bit longer than 110.

    But hey, who knows, maybe we can make a teach of two Elits 110s on cannonball and ride together. Red/white and black! :D
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  17. DaBinChe

    DaBinChe Long timer

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    yes do the CBR. It will be a quick pace, so you'll have to enjoy the view from your seat. You got till end of February to sign up or when all 60 spots are filled, which ever comes first.
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  18. RedArrow

    RedArrow With scootrboi

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    Hey, DaBinChe ~

    So here's what you've been up to. :D

    Bikes like yours are out of my price range, unfortunately, but it sounds like it's a great one and fun to ride. I think I'd like the upright seating position better than being hunched over, although without a wind screen, you kind of have to lean into the wind anyway. How is that on the Honda?

    And when you get to do the Cannonball, be sure to post pictures!:D

    Speaking of which, here's how I do it with Photobucket: you create an account with a password — pretty normal stuff. Then you just drag and drop photos from your desktop into whatever library folder you create to hold them. To display the photo in ADVrider, you click on the photo to enlarge it in Photobucket and then on the right hand side there will be a box labeled "Links To Share This Photo." The last one is labeled IMG (image). In contains a bunch of code looking stuff . If you just click within that box it will change color and then it says "Copied," meaning the link has been copied by your cursor, so now it can be pasted into your ADVrider post. So now open your comment section in ADVrider and place your cursor where you want the photo to appear. Push the Control-V keys which is the "paste" command and then all that code will be placed in your comments. (If you have a MAC instead of Windows, I believe you push Command-V instead). Do it a few times and you'll be a pro.:clap
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  19. DaBinChe

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    Yes the SH150 is pricey buy the elite110 can be had for under $2k with a few thousand miles on it. The Elite110 can't be beat as an urban bike, I think it is overall the best urban bike in the US market. Considering that I had the SH for a month and a half I have only ridden it once down to Gilroy DMV. Didn't have any issues with the wind except that I wasn't able to hold 65mph into a headwind going back to home.

    I got a photo bucket account a long time a go but am trying to move over to Picasa. Once I start posting up pix for the cannonball the bandwidth limit will easily be reach so I wanted more free photo sites.
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  20. LarryRickenbacker

    LarryRickenbacker Been here awhile

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    Howdy,

    I wish you many trouble-free miles on your sh150i, DaBinChe. I've had my Honda Sh150i for over three years and it's never stranded me. She runs like the proverbial top and is as fun to ride and commute on as ever. :clap
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