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 Post subject: scooter price
PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:14 am 
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I am looking at a 1985 250 elite in good condition with wind screen and rear luggage 7000 miles for $800.00. Fair price?


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 Post subject: Re: scooter price
PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:48 am 
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Location: Indianapolis, IN
Really good price.


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 Post subject: Re: scooter price
PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:40 am 
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I sold my 85 Elite 250 for $1000, mine was mechanically perfect with new tires,brakes,shocks, but the plastics had imperfections. So $800 is probably close to average.

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 Post subject: Re: scooter price
PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:53 pm 
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Well if it's anything like the Helix then I would say it's absolutely worth it. I paid $800 for that and it was worth every penny. Although it doesn't hurt to try and talk the seller down. Worse they can say is no.

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 Post subject: Re: scooter price
PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:35 pm 
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I wonder if we're looking at the same one. I'm on the fence about purchasing a 1985 Honda Elite 250 with 7800 miles--mechanically (technically) great, but the cosmetics are in disrepair (what's left of the frame is held together with gorilla glue), and no windscreen--for $900. I'm concerned that while the carburetor has been rebuilt, there have been very few modifications to the bike like a fuel filter or upgraded shocks. The grill is completely missing and has been replaced by a screen. The central opening of the top box is held together with wire, though the top aperture works just fine. Drum brakes--do they make replacement brakes for that model Elite anymore? Are aftermarket drum brakes available? I rode it and I loved it, but I have a lot of apprehension. Is $900 too much? Can I scrap the rest of the plastic and convert it into a Ruckus? I love the aesthetic of Elites when the facade is in great condition, but this is something out of Mad Max. Nevertheless, it's an Elite 250! Advice?


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 Post subject: Re: scooter price
PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:12 am 
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To prevent spam, enter the year 'modern' scooters were first sold in North America (hint: 1982): 1982
When I went test ride the 1985 250, the seller told me that it would not idle although it started fine. It ran pretty good with a minor miss. It had plenty of pep and felt secure on the open road. It needs a tail light lense, no biggy. It has a full size wind shield and rear cargo box. The body plastic is in good shape for a 1985. The seller immediately dropped from $800.00 to $650.00 after telling me about the idle. Very fair man! He sold it to me for the same amount that he paid for it because of the influence of a mutual friend and his wife didn't want to ride it. I think that $900.00 is way too high for the description you posted. I have been looking for a good while for a scooter over 80cc. They seem hard to find.


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 Post subject: Re: scooter price
PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:20 am 
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To prevent spam, enter the year 'modern' scooters were first sold in North America (hint: 1982): 1982
Not only are they hard to find, for my height, the older Elite is perfect. My SO bought a Vespa GTS which was a behemoth--in fact, every vespa I've ever ridden was too tall for my comfort. To find a mechanically compatible bike that can keep up with the GTS is a dream. To find one that is in danger of shorting out in a rainstorm is a reality kick. (The seller is a "fair weather" rider.) My current ride is a 2013 Genuine Buddy 170 (and I have a non-functional Bajaj Chetak in my garage), but I've always had a thing for the 80s stylings and the reliability of Honda. For me, it would be a matter of getting used to the soft braking and foot pedal. If the owner sells it to me for under $700, I'll be booting out the Chetak for a similar price.


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