My Elite is Finished.

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Eliter85, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. Eliter85

    Eliter85 Been here awhile

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    So I've been working away on my 1985 CH150. And Happy to say it's done! I cannot actually think of anything else to do to it. Runs great, I actually just went on a longer trip and put just under 1000km on it and it purred the whole way.

    Here's what I've done that comes to mind anyways;
    • New shocks
    • New Tired
    • Carb Cleaned
    • Replaced exhaust
    • New grips
    • New dash
    • New battery
    • New bulbs
    • New spark plug + wire
    • New Belt
    • Dr. Pulley Sliders (10g)
    • Rebuilt transmission
    • Multiple oil changes and converted to 1/2 synthetic
    • New brake pads
    • Multiple various nuts + bolts replaced
    • Repaired panels
    • Painted + detailed

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    Let me know what you guys think! :)
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  2. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    Looks great. A 600mi/1000km ride which turned out fun proves you did it right.
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  3. csisfun

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    Reading the title, I was worried I might see a bike that was all crumpled and wrecked. Glad it isn't! :rofl
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  4. cdwise

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    Looks good.
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  5. JerryH

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    You sure put a lot of work into that. I hope it lasts a long time.
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  6. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    Nice work! Most of the work you did was because there was a history of 27 years of neglect and abuse, and lack of proper maintenance, or any maintenance at all. There aren't many machines that survive that sort of fate. It's amazing that a machine with an engine smaller than any lawn mower you can buy now can still move you down the road at 50 or 60 miles an hour. That's why these old Elites win my respect.
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  7. scootrboi

    scootrboi Long timer

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    I have revived a similar machine, a CH 125. My overall impression is that it is a painful and frustrating scooter to work on, but when you get it right, it runs perfectly. Made to last a long time and run well, but not intended to be repaired much. My hands hurt just thinking about it.
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  8. scootrboi

    scootrboi Long timer

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    Put the battery in and got it running today. 29 years without a tuneup or belt, runs like new. 12000 miles (sat for 17 years).
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  9. JerryH

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    You did a beautiful job on it. But can I ask, why did you do all that work when you could have bought a late model low mileage scooter with the same performance, that wouldn't have needed much of anything, for very little? The Vino 125 comes to mind, but there are many others. I know for a fact the Vino is reliable, as I have been riding the wheels off one for 5 years. Was it just because you wanted a project, or was there something specific about the Elite that pushed the right buttons, or did you just wind up with it, and make it up as you went along? Just curious.
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  10. Eliter85

    Eliter85 Been here awhile

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    Well I moved across the country by myself and was low on cash and I just kind of wound up with it. Then I just fell in love with it and wanted to get it running and looking great. It also helps that even after all this work it's only cost me about $1000. Fun cheap project. Heck yes.

    You may be able to find a vino for around that price, but a 125 would be harder. I'm much happier putting my money toward this project and having some one of a kind that I built. it's a nice sense of accomplishment. Plus I actually really like the look of the old Elites compared to many newer scooters.

    and obviously the high milage does worry me. I just went over 39,000km. But I am going to do as much as I can to keep it running well. Actually just added an in line fuel filter to help just a little bit more.
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  11. scootrboi

    scootrboi Long timer

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    It is a very well made bike. Make sure to lube the final drive. The 150 is much faster than the 125 Vino.
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  12. JerryH

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    Sounds like all the right reasons to me. I love it when someone gets an older vehicle back on the road. It makes me feel good that there are at least a few exceptions to our disposable world. I love vintage vehicles of all kinds. Don't care so much for the modern high tech stuff.
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  13. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    Will if a helix can get 100 000 K theres no reason that an eltie can't get that much. Worst case is 20 000 K from now you re looking for an elite 80 to 150 cc engine to drop in the frame. From my reading any one of them just bolts right up.
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  14. scootrboi

    scootrboi Long timer

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    Wait till you see the fuel efficiency you get with that scoot.
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  15. scootrboi

    scootrboi Long timer

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    Reviving an old thread for a speck of information: Can someone post a photo of the exhaust gasket for the Honda Elite 150? I have a 1984 CH 125 (nearly identical machine) missing an exhaust gasket, and don't think I have ever seen one. I made one, but I would like to see what a stock one looks like. Thanks.
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  16. rowdyc

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    Look at this page http://www.dscycle.com/fiche_select2.asp?category=Scooters&make=Honda&year=1984&fveh=131767 under Rear fender and Muffler. It is item number one.
    It is a round washer/ring that is not flat but oval. It has some type of soft heat resistant material covering this metal washer/ring.

    Ironically, its still an available item from Honda and can be ordered from local dealer using number in link. I usually get a couple to keep the engine right.
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  17. damasovi

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    Amigo,

    that looks very nice/good! A friend of mine just bought a 250, it needs some some but I think my friend down the road will sell it.. to me! I am not mechanically incline, more like retard, but in a good year I could make it even better, get it legalize in this country (still has US plates)

    Enjoy it!

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  18. JerryH

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    Mid '80s Honda scooters have a beautiful design, one that I wish they would bring back. They were also very reliable. The problem with them now is the terrible condition you find most of them in, and a serious lack of parts. If I had bought a mid '80s Elite new and still had it, it would still look nearly new, though it would hardly be low mileage. It's a shame people buy things like that, put a few miles on them, and then park them to rust and rot away.

    I have to give a lot of credit to someone who would take on such a project, especially if they finish it. I just don't have the patience for it. I had a project 1985 Goldwing that I spent over 2 years and around $1500 on, and finally gave up due to a lack of parts, and screwups by previous owners working on it. I finally realized it was never going to be what I wanted it to be, and sold it cheap as a parts bike. I would still like to restore a vintage Vespa someday.
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  19. RedArrow

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    Eliter ~

    That's one beautiful bike you've got yourself there! You should feel really proud of your work and I agree with JerryH about the satisfaction of getting ANY older machine back to its original functioning shape. You've certainly done that, and done that well. I personally think that these 80s Hondas are some of the most beautiful motorcycles and scooters ever made.

    I've got an 84 Honda Aero NH125 that I'm nursing along and a part of me resents Honda in a way by creating all these beautiful bikes and then making replacement parts either difficult or impossible to acquire, at least here in North America. I understand business models and the problems of manufacturing parts that are only going to be used by a dwindling number of consumers, but still . . . something stinks in Denmark.

    Of course my next question is, now that you're done with all your tinkering, are your fingers getting itchy for a new project?:D
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  20. HandKPhil

    HandKPhil Been here awhile

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    Man, isn't that the truth! I totally re-did an '87 Elite 150, and it took a lot of work and frustration to get it right. Lots of bystarters were harmed in the making of that bike too. When I was all done I had a great little scooter though. In the end 150 cc's just wasn't big enough to haul me around, so I sold it. Glad I restored one, glad I owned it, and glad I got rid of it. If I could go back to 1987 and by one brand new, I would do it in a heartbeat. The trouble with these is that most of us got 'em after they were abused and/or neglected. I bet they were sweet back when they rolled off of the factory floor...
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