Tell me about the honda Helix

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Domromer, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. Warney

    Warney Been here awhile

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  2. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    I own 2 and after 20 000 miles they are sill great . Weak point to look for is swing arm bolt holes. At least for me both helix bottom ones end up broken but for diffrent reasons. 1) dealer forgot to put axle nut back on 2) the second one end up with a hard blow to the muffler and that broke it. Other fault are simple a: Auto bystater goes back . cost 25 bucks. 2) Rubber Carb boot cracks causing bad engine running c) CDI goes but not that often. These are simple cheap things to fix. To find a helix start by google for a cragslist search engine such as search tempest. http://www.searchtempest.com/result...0&category=8&subcat=mca&minAsk=min&maxAsk=max
    800 to 2500 buys you one. here a good deal for 900 for one with 7500 miles on it http://augusta.craigslist.org/mcy/3392008082.html one for 1500 with 4500 on it http://greenville.craigslist.org/mcy/3320401103.html

    One you buy one join up with the helix yahoo groups . Also search google for cn250 manual pdf. It's the Oem helix manual that the dealers use to repair it. It's been posted on the web. The helix is never going to lack for parts because it's been clone and also 20 plus years of production. if you want to see custom helix then look up custom cn250 fusion . The japan name for it. Lots of interesting parts to be had in Japan. Everything from a roof kit to an air ride kit to make it into a low rider. The highest mileage helix I ve read about is around 100 thousand plus K. It's not even that hard to make up a sidecar for it . Google helix sidecar the duck for pictures. Show what one guy did and also you ll find the yahoo thread on it. Search here and you ll find I ve post allot on the helix to. Anyway the helix is a one of the best used scooters for the price . Speed wise 76 mph can be had but after 65 it's takes a little bit to get that last 10 mph. 62 mpg is what I ve got . 10 L of gas in the gas tank. About the only thing out that that is better is the new nc700.
    The stock helix seat is good for 2 or hours of riding depending on how tall you are. At that point you going to want to get gas . You may want to put a sheep skin on it or wood bead mat like you see in cars. Also installing a gell pads could help.

    As one guy also post the ch250 elite is also a great scooter . Some part are hard to find . Brake drums , cables , Left floor mat. Own one till it was backed over by a pizza delivery guy. Didn't even offer me a free pizza after doing it. If pust comes to shove at least one guy has use the elite 250 engine in a helix but that's was in Canada where the helix was only sold for 2 years. He custom fad the shocks mounts to make it work other then that it was just a bolt in fit. He even got to use the cb350 shock mod for the elite 250 on the helix . That save 200 plus bucks for high end helix shocks .
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  3. ArtCuisin

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    The consensus on the slonaker Helix forum among the serious
    gearheads is that you shouldn't even try adjusting the Helix
    valve clearances. I know this SOUNDS stupid, but that
    has been their finding. If I'm not mistaken (by bad memory),
    the actual procedure is done by ear with the engine running,
    so we aren't talking too critical. And as long as the engine
    isn't ticking while running, then they are within spec!
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  4. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    I just watched a youtube video on valve adjusts...I cannot belive how easy it is! That's fantastic. I tell you I'd rather rather have a bike that is super easy to work on rather than the absolute maximum power possible. The valve check on my vstrom involves removing the seat, tank fairing, and moving the radiator. It's insane. I'm not the world worst mechanic and the entire procedure took my 4 hours.
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  5. Domromer

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    I know the seat on the helix is super low. Do you think someone who is 4'11 could get her feet on the ground, or does the width of the bike take away from the seat height?
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  6. Warney

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  7. S/W

    S/W Been here awhile

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    Loved my Helix around town, although I think a smaller scoot is better for that role.It was a great off highway tourer, just not fast enough for around Boston highways, where the speed limits are ignored by most drivers.It also blows around to much by cross winds and trailer trucks for my liking. At full throttle cars towing full size camper trailers will pass you. I have a Silverwing bought in 2002 which does all duty now. I also got back aches on the Helix, and had to put a back rest on it. It was so ugly, it was cool!!!
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  8. Krusty ...

    Krusty ... What? Me hurry?

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    I think she'd be fine. Get her on one (or a Chinese clone- the seats/chassis are identical) to know for sure.

    The CF Moto Fashion and QLink Commuter are easy to find- there are four or five other brands of Helix clones.
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  9. Domromer

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    One of those qlinks just passed me. I wasn't sure what it was.
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  10. Krusty ...

    Krusty ... What? Me hurry?

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    It was a Felix (fake Helix)...

    You can find deals on them, too. They're not as crappy as a lot of the Chinese junk, but not as good as a Honda, obviously.
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  11. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    yah she should be able to . At worse you ll have to shave the seat an little bit . Done right all you need is a bread knife and a staple gun to put it back to gather.
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  12. Krusty ...

    Krusty ... What? Me hurry?

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    The motor lies flat, and the gas tank is in the floor, so the the helix carries most of its weight below the rider's knees. Shouldn't be any trouble for her to keep upright even if she can only get one foot down.
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  13. Burgmanite

    Burgmanite n00b

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    Mine is a 1987 Honda Helix, and my friend's is a 2006 but they look alike very much. This has been such a great scooter that Honda has not changed the main design too much. It is an awesome scooter for the money, very confortable, reliable, easy to maintain, and great on gas.

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  14. Realbtl

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    The Helix is a good around town grocery getter and a great back roads tourer. I love parking mine next to the big full boat tourers and thinking "Hmm, 1/15th the price of that one, wow 1/30th of that one and we're all here at the same place." Mine is an 86 that I paid $1k for 2 years ago with 12k miles.

    My $25 fix for a sore back was a cheap 1"sleeping pad rolled up in a cheap stuff sack and strapped to the passenger seat. I cut it long-wise to give me support when seated. Works like a charm.

    You won't be disappointed.
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  15. gumshoe4

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    Hi. A friend owns a Helix. She is about 5-2 or so and just turned 70...been riding all her adult life and has owned many motorcycles and ridden many places. For economic reasons, she left motorcycling a few years ago, and when she got back into it, she got the Helix because she could afford it.

    She rides with our church crew and we go many places around here, including twisty backroads, good and poor two lane roads, state highways and freeways. Her Helix evidently handles quite well and has enough power for her to stay with us at 70+ on the freeways, as she has no troubles keeping up. The storage is very good.

    I should say that I have done a test-sit on her Helix and it doesn't fit me at all...but then, I'm not a small guy. My friend loves her Helix, although she sometimes thinks about getting something a bit bigger. Meantime, the Helix serves her well and at pretty low cost to boot...
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  16. JerryH

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    I wish Honda would bring back the Helix (hey, the Rebel 250 is still here) and price it according to what it is actually worth, considering most of the R&D and tooling were paid for back in the '80s.
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  17. Domromer

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    I'm still searching the craigs lists in my area for a late model helix. I'm hoping to find one by the spring.
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  18. creighta

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    I have put 8000 miles on my cf moto helix clone and have loved every minute. very reliable and easy to wrench if need be ( I rebuilt a craigslist clone find and put 1000mi before selling to my brother in law)
    I use this bike as an example of great engineering. I think it came out to n 86 and the engine didn't change till Honda discontinued it in the 2000 s. Supposedly they tried to bring it back and couldn't BC cfmoto holds the rights to it now and won a lawsuit that stopped Hondas resurrection after one production year.

    BTW I got mine w/ 700 mi on it when my dad stepped up from it to a swing. This bike is capable of everything, but the tradeoff is that it is not perfect for anything. Handles two up riding on highway but tops out around 75 mph, is also low and large compared to a 150 for zipping around on errands. Mpg usually in the 70s, but tires are small and only go about 5k miles
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  19. windburn

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    I started my golden years by buying a Honda Helix and joining a gang, the Gem City Roller Scooter Club. I put 11,000 miles on the Helix. Before moving up to a Silver Wing. I had a great time on my Helix but the Silver Wing picks up where the Helix fell short, In power and speed. I always wanted more speed when I was on the freeway. My little Helix was a friend maker at gas stops much more so then my Silver Wing
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  20. Domromer

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    I just found a cherry helix. I was on a road trip from Charleston to Miami on my VStrom on the way back I stayed at Fort Clinch State Park. Just by chance I decided to check out the beachside camping loop... And what do I see but a 07 helix for sale. It's for 6608 miles on it and a top case over all the condition is great. I just got in the door and I spent the past 4 hours riding from Jacksonville thinking about the bike the entire time.

    Well I've convinced myself to buy it. I just have a few questions first. Are helix parts still easy to get? How is it to work on? Pretty easy? Any known issues I should check on? Any advice or thoughts?
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