Rolling The Reflex 250

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by ernest t bass, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. no1photo

    no1photo n00b

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    I have a 04 reflex and 05 Burgman 650, among other "motorcycles", (kawi KLR 650 and a Honda VTX 1300) I ride the Burgman 90% of the time, however I do ride the Reflex and love it too. I have the black sport also, that is one of the best looking scooters on the road IMO, and I get a lot of questions on it at redlights and the occasional gas stop.

    Love it, love, love it!
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  2. Purzell

    Purzell Wheelie scared

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    Thanks for your answers about riding the Reflex in traffic. Can anyone comment on the performance at altitude? I just had my 1993 TW200 up at Tahoe and it was running terribly due to the altitude. I imagine the carburated Reflex will suffer similarly, or will it?
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  3. sawman

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    I have the Big Ruckus, almost the same engine, etc, as the Reflex, dealing with jetting can get frustrating, but I managed to work my issues out, to get as much performance as I could, and still get decent mileage.

    I think the Reflex and Big Ruckus are using the same jetting, not 100% sure, but, the BR is WAY lean from the factory, so at altitude, it should'nt get all that rich. I run a 'dial-a-jet' in my BR, so I can run to the richness I need lower, and lean it out higher.

    Oh, and for highway performance, with you being only 160 lbs., that Reflex should be able to cruise at 70 mph, max-out at 80 mph. My BR cruises at 65 - 70 mph, I weigh 185, and I'm running a 10% stiffer contra spring in the driven pulley,.....which by the way, is a Reflex driven pulley.
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  4. techguy

    techguy Scooter Trash

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    I was at Tahoe last month and I rode with a BR from Sacramento, over Carson Pass at 8,250 feet and back down to the lake at 6,200. My Kymco P250, a P250S and the BR (with Polini variator) all topped out at the same speed in almost all situations, with riders of vastly different size. The gal on the P250S was waif like, the other guy was of medium build and I am other polar opposite from the gal. All bikes are carbureted bikes with ~250cc engines. You can see them in my shot in my sig file. I never noticed any "bad" issues with the engines and the way they ran at altitude.
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  5. dezfreeze

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    I'm about 180lbs and carry my laptop and books in my top case and do about 80 freeway miles a day. I just stay in the right lane and cruise out at about 70mph. Much more comfortable than my sportbike.
    I've had two front tires so far, the OE Hoops, which cupped VERY badly. Take your hands off the bars and watch it wobble. The rear also cupped. Switched to a set of Avon Stryker's. Rear was great, front still cupped eventually, but tolerable. Also had a Shinko rear, which wore very well, but grip was limited. Trying a Michelin Sport rear next and a Metzeler branded front. We'll see, maybe its all the highway miles?
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  6. ernest t bass

    ernest t bass Been here awhile

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    My Hoop's must be slightly cupped.

    I can feel the bars wobble back and forth when i back out of my garage.

    Next Tires will most likely be Michelin or Avon.
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  7. wanna bECO

    wanna bECO Been here awhile

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    Pardon my french... but what the hell is cupping
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  8. RTinNC

    RTinNC RT to GS in NC

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  9. ernest t bass

    ernest t bass Been here awhile

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    Un-even wear pattern
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  10. Brooktown Geezer

    Brooktown Geezer scooter guy

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    Yup, Hoops are the worst tires I've ever had. My favorites are Pirellis, even though they do wear faster. I like the sticky tires.
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  11. wanna bECO

    wanna bECO Been here awhile

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    Okay ernest T... now you've had 4 or 5 mos. with that reflex. I wanna know, is the love still there... how is she holding up... do ya still feel like it's the best honda out there?? :ear
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  12. ernest t bass

    ernest t bass Been here awhile

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    Still very happy with it. Glad I bought It.
    No mechanical problems at all.
    Bought at 6900 miles, has 10,000 on it now.

    Needs Tires, Also want to get into the Carb & The Variator Belt and clean up things a bit.

    I have been riding it in the Pasadena/Los Angeles/Hollywood Hills/Beverly Hills Areas.
    Really works well in Heavy Traffic.
    Corners respectably on Mulholland Drive Twisties.
    Could use the power of a 400cc engine to get into the fast lane though.

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  13. wanna bECO

    wanna bECO Been here awhile

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    by brother and sister in law live right around mulhulland and canoga! we drive on stunt rode when we get the chance.. And though I am there 6 to 10 times a year, I have yet to get my bike there. I am thinking about just renting a goldwing while I'm there or something. Stunt rode would be a blast on a bike. My brother in law needs a bikecation too. Maybe I'll see ya in the twisties soon. I'll be there thursday.. but again.. in my cage :cry and xterra just isn't as fun around the hills.
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