HONDA HELIX (CN250) - OWNER REVIEWS



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1986 HONDA HELIX 250
Milage: +30,000 Miles
Likes: Fits us short guys great, easy to handle
Dislikes: Not made anymore

Review: “Best ride on the road. It’s a shame it’s not made any longer.”


1986 HONDA HELIX
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Love it
Dislikes: None

Review: “Fun to drive. Odd design catches people's eye. Comfortable. Great gas mileage. Parts easy access and availability”


1986 HONDA HELIX
Milage: 20,000 - 30,000 Miles
Likes: Easy, user friendly
Dislikes: It does not handle as well as the Honda Rebel

Review: It's great for a scooter but Honda Rebel is much more stable at highway speeds. I don't like the handling at 50 mph or higher. It’s fast enough but handling is scary at 50mph.”


1987 HONDA HELIX
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Trunk room, Ride, Comfort, Reliability
Dislikes: Small wheels

Review: “This was bought to be cheap, reliable transportation and it’s been a roaring success. It always starts, never smokes and never leaks. I replaced the original steel wheels with later model aluminum wheels and it rides amazingly better at highway speeds now. It’s a great bike.”


1987 HONDA HELIX
Milage: +30,000 Miles
Likes: The way it handles is smooth
Dislikes: Not a thing

Review: “I have a 1987 Honda Helix that has 77,000+ miles and not a problem. I love my Helix & wouldn't think of owning anything else. The previous owner has taken great care of it. It’s the first Helix I’ve ever owned and I don't see me riding anything else but a Helix.”


1987 HONDA CN250 HELIX
Milage: 20,000 - 30,000 Miles
Likes: Ride, Overall Durability, Comfort, Unique Style, Practical.
Dislikes: 10" rear tire is too small, plastic cover over digital instrument cluster

Review: There is no mistaking a Helix for any other scooter.(except for the CF Moto Fashion knockoff) It's wheelbase is an inch longer than the much larger displacement 650 Burgman. It is definitely unique.

Comfort? Definitely. Goldwing riders often start up conversations about how much the Helix that they have (or had) is like their Goldwing but easier to handle around town.

Power? Well, it is a carbureted 2 valve 250. Decent power - especially when the national speed limit was 55mph - but don't expect it to run with a 250 Ninja. It does well vs a Suzuki GZ250 with a similar top speed

I kind of make a game about how much I can fit into the trunk. I can get a lot of groceries in there. I can fit several medium pizzas or two 12packs of Cokes. (the 3rd "3 for $9" 12 pack will not fit.) Ice cream is a bad idea. The engine can heat the trunk up.

In my opinion, the 10" rear tire is too small. The front is a 12". I think they would have done well to fit a 12" on the rear too. That might have intruded into the cargo space. The plastic on the instrument cluster becomes weathered easily and can make the digital display, that is difficult to read in bright sunlight anyway, even more difficult.”




1992 HONDA HELIX
Milage: +30,000 Miles
Likes: Comfortable ride, great gas mileage, nearly bulletproof, good on highways, quiet, love the retro 80s styling.
Dislikes: None

Review: I've ridden motorcycles for over 30 years. Fifteen years ago I saw my first Helix and thought it was cool. When it was time to buy a new bike, I went looking for a used Helix. Bought it for $1400, and immediately replaced the clutch, variator, drive belt, and rear tire. I also did an oil change, upgrading to synthetic, and final drive fluid change, upgrading to 90 weight gear oil, and a radiator flush and refill.

The bike has been wonderful, and it's happiest humming along at 65 MPH. It costs around $4.00 to fill the tank, and that'll get you 150 miles. My lady loves to go for rides on it, and she says she likes it better than her ex husband's Harley. The windshield is great, and definitely adds to the comfort of the ride by blocking wind. Top speed I've been able to achieve is 80 mph, and I get around 75 MPG. Bike runs like showroom new. I'd definitely get another one when the time comes. I love it THAT MUCH!”



1993 HONDA HELIX
Milage: 20,000 - 30,000 Miles
Likes: Everything
Dislikes: None

Review: “THE BEST SCOOTER I EVER OWNED!!”


1993 HONDA HELIX
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Fuel economy, Comfort, Large trunk
Dislikes: Needs a back rest, Foot operated rear brake, No under seat storage

Review: “I fell in love with scooters after riding a 50cc 2 stroke Chinese model for a while. My commute however, requires something with more speed; so I looked around and found the Helix. I love the comfortable upright seating position and the large wind screen. The mileage is great as well. I average 68.5 mpg on a hilly and winding commute. The best I ever did on my 600cc motorcycle was 38mpg.

It's not perfect. There is no under seat storage as in newer bikes. Though, the built in trunk is large and a top case can be mounted with a luggage rack. The seat is cushy, but I find myself leaning backward a lot, stressing my back. There are backrests available to solve that problem too. The foot operated rear brake is not something I like on a scooter. It takes up foot space when it could easily be up on the left bar like most modern scooters.

Brakes are adequate. Stability is good by scooter standards. It's no Goldwing, but interstate travel is at least possible. The engine purrs along and doesn't complain much. Acceleration is great for a 250. Parts are available through Honda and aftermarket sources. CF Moto has been building a clone on Honda tooling, so there are lots of parts out there that fit. I do not regret the purchase one bit.”


1994 HONDA HELIX
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Great ride and wind protection, odd ball 80s look & digital display, big trunk, firm seat, adequate brakes & power for hwy riding, quiet exhaust note.
Dislikes: Firm seat but needs lower back support, lower speed navigation (cumbersome), glove box storage, exhaust note sounds like a calf stuck in cattle gate.

Review: “New purchase after searching for years. So far, love it! Pearl white space shuttle on wheels. Great gas milage and ride. Seems to be capable of maintaining 70mph til the tank runs dry. Idk yet, but appears to be getting 70-80mpg; possible? Am checking it against the trip meter. Gets a lot of attention. Even the kids @ work like it and call it a stretch scooter, low rider! Also own an 84 Riva 180z. These 2 are nothing alike and quite opposite. Am loving the Helix for its intended purpose. Scooter on! (: Randy


1995 HONDA HELIX
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles

Review: ”I’m 6'1" and 290 pounds. I've been riding for 40 years on many different scooters and motorcycles. I just love to ride the Helix. It is so comfortable. I can stretch out and I tell everyone that it is just like riding on my favorite recliner!

It would be perfect if the front end and windshield were more aerodynamic - but Craig Vetter has been working on and solving that problem in recent years. And that is the only nit I have to pick with what I consider an otherwise nearly perfect scooter.”



1997 HONDA HELIX
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Long wheel base, cushy big seat, speed and stability at high speeds.
Dislikes: Nothing

Review: “I bought a Helix that hadn't run for 13 years and was missing a bunch of parts. Now it runs and I would not part with it to ride anything else.

This is what I refer to as "An Old Man’s Scooter" because it is lightweight and easy to maneuver in the turns.

I love it so much I just bought another 1986 Helix to work on and ride around town. I get a lot of "thumbs up" when I pass someone who owned one before and is sorry they traded it in for something else.”



1998 HONDA HELIX
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Everything. This bike is the most comfortable ride I own
Dislikes: Kinda the rear tire but meh, I don’t mind. I do a daily check when I ride anyways.

Review: My 98 has 13k miles on it. I bought it for a steal honestly a bit back. Previous owner showed it some real love. Now...I’ve gone through several scooters, small frame and maxi scooters alike. I had a 150 Adly (great scooter if you’re NOT in Arizona they overheat easy). I had a dinky Pantera (blew up) and drove a buddies Kymco maxi a while (seat was too high for my short legs). I had a Ruckus for a few years too (also amazing and reliable!!!!) I’m a huge HUGE scooter nut and I love Honda.

I read about these bikes a while and rode a couple. Finally getting one was the best feeling. I love how low it is and the trunk space is great, handling is great, the displays are a fun retro digital (love it!). I keep my bike right next to my dads Harley in the garage. I get about 70 mpg and I only ride to and from work during the week (14.3 miles round trip) and a semi decent ride on Wednesdays with the wife. She loves the support she gets on her back compared to other bikes, my mom prefers my seat over my dads softtail, haha. Honestly to anyone young or old, super experienced or just sorta starting I suggest finding one of these bad boys. They pay for themselves and they are FUN.”



1998 HONDA HELIX
Milage: 20,000 - 30,000 Miles
Likes: Comfortable, easy, economical
Dislikes: Hard to work on because of having to remove all body panels

Review: Our family now owns 3 Honda helix's. We started with a 2002, enjoyed it so much we bought a 2000, & then found a 1998 to fix up for my daughter. Does anybody know if a gas tank off a 2000 will work on the 1998? We love these bikes & really want to have all 3 on the road this coming summer of 2017. We also need a front center grill body part for the 1998.”


2000 HONDA HELIX
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Comfortable, smooth ride, low seat height, good on interstate, no handlebar vibration, easy to maintain, low cost of ownership
Dislikes: Rear brake pedal. small rear tire, rear lights are positioned too low

Review: “My Helix is a 2000 with almost 20K miles and a few modifications. Added a throttle lock system which saves the right hand on long trips. Added a 46L Saddlemen top box, and a Custom Dynamics oscillating light bar just below the box. Also added reflective tape around the box. Added a light sensor so that the front headlamp pulses in daylight and holds normal at night. Added an Ease-Back adjustable backrest (by RevRider) for lumbar support on long rides.

My main concern when I bought the Helix was how low (and easy to miss) the lights are in the back, so the oscillating light bar I added just below the top box, and reflective tape rimming the box have made a huge difference in rear end visibility. The front pulsing head lamp gets noticed in daylight without being obnoxious.

The one thing I don't really like about the Helix is the foot brake. It's advantage is that it can be set as a parking brake on inclines, but I still prefer the handgrip style brake and it would provide more space for my right foot.

What I love are: the low 24" seat height, the very comfortable seat, the ability to stretch my legs, the effective windscreen and good aerodynamics, the incredible ease of changing the oil and cleaning the integral wire mesh filter, the good mileage (65-68 mpg), and bullet-proof reliability. With a longer wheelbase than a Harley the Helix just glides on interstates, yet corners very well... (you steer by leaning), and the wide parts availability. It's a great scooter and I've owned Kymco, Sym, and Aprilia scooters. My longest trip has been a 2-day 900 mile ride from NC to Chicago, most of it on interstate. It held 65-70 through the WV mountains, and is a blast to ride on twisties. This bike is a great value and a definite keeper. A great low budget tourer, especially for a single rider.”



2001 HONDA HELIX
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Acceleration
Dislikes: Nothing

Review: “I bought the Helix so my sister could get a handle on riding bikes. She lost interest though she did get her license. It sat for a couple of years, I have two BMWs so I had something to ride. I finally felt guilty letting it languish, so I put tires and a battery on it and moved it to my garage. Now my poor BMWs are gathering dust. I only use them for longer rides, like a couple hundred miles round trip. The Helix is just too comfortable, I have an added backrest and Givi top case, and it's just so handy for around town and pleasure cruises. I have fallen in love with the little ugly duckling. I get nearly 70 mpg and have had it touch 75mph, with a sustainable 68 to 70mph normally. I've been thinking about taking a long camping trip on it, just because it'd be different, more of an adventure. My next purchase will be a Suzuki Burgman, I rode one and fell in love.“


2001 HONDA HELIX
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Light enough to walk around the garage, easy mount/dismount
Dislikes: Small gas tank (2 gallon = 130 mile range)

Review: “The Honda Helix is easy to get on and off, a real plus for older folks. Acceleration is good. The scoot hauls my 270 lbs. just fine. I like it better than my Goldwing and that says a lot for the Helix. I do wish it had a bigger gas tank - after 130 miles I'm about out of gas.”



2001 HONDA HELIX
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Reliability and ride
Dislikes: Few

Review: “This is my 2nd helix, and I love it as much as the first one. I always get a kick out of these young guys who drive these loud, obnoxious Harleys around town thinking they are driving a real motorcycle. The Helix is far more of a motorcyle than a Harley will ever be, as far as I am concerned. It considers the eardrums of the general populace while providing one heck of a smooth ride at any speed up to 75 mph.

The fuel economy is unmatched. And the maintenance is virtually nil. I am planning to ride from Minneapolis to Seattle next summer, and have no doubt it is up to the task! People, you have to try the Helix before going straight to the "real motorcyles". You may find they are far less of a bike than the Helix is.”


2006 HONDA HELIX
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Comfort, comfort, oh and comfort!
Dislikes: I wish the wheels were bigger, not crazy over the styling.

Review: ”This is my third Helix. I've owned an '86, '96 and now a 2006. The ride is just amazing, especially if you've just come from a smaller bike/scooter and in many cases even if you've come from a large motorcycle. The motor and battery are easily accessed when you lift off the seat. Anything under the plastic parts can be a bit of a problem because removing the panels isn't too bad but putting them back on, while do-able, can be a pain. Acceleration is spirited although put a set of Dr. Pulley Sliders in there and it makes a big difference at around 35 MPH. There is a locking glove box and a built-in trunk to store your 'stuff' but with a Givi Top Case addition you can store extra jackets, rain gear and a helmet. I have the largest one so I've got extras of everything. ”


2007 HONDA HELIX
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Everything
Dislikes: None

Review: ”I have owned my Helix for four or five years now, and have enjoyed every moment. To the best of my knowledge the 2007 was the last year for the Helix, though I don't why.

Having owned various motorcycles previously I wondered about the power of a 250cc engine. After only a short test ride I was convinced this was no concern. Not only does the Helix have sufficient power but also a remarkable transmission. The take offs from a dead stop are just so smooth and you are up to speed in no time. How they do that is beyond me. Also why they discontinued making them is also a puzzle. The small amount of routine work I have done on the scooter has been very simple. A testament to Honda engineering. No one does it better.

I always wear a ball cap while riding my Helix and with the windshield have had little concern of it blowing off - albeit a helmet would certainly be better. Comfort and stability are excellent. This is a scooter that any man or woman could drive and enjoy. The Helix has been produced for many years with few changes through those years. I would not hesitate to purchase an older clean Helix if money were an issue. Every aspect of the Helix scooter is just so straight forward and uncomplicated you can't help but have a good time.”



2007 HONDA HELIX
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Oh yeah #1
Dislikes: -

Review: I had a 1986 years back and was sorry I sold so when this 2007 popped up I jumped on it. It’s red and looks like new.”


2007 HONDA HELIX
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Design, quality, dependability, and value.
Dislikes: Should have an easier way to remove the seat, Maybe a wingnut instead of a bolt.

Review: I can not help but smile every time I ride it. I have a Honda 2010 Elite with 500 miles on it. It is not safe to ride on a regular highway. The Helix seems safer because it is more stable and it can keep up with traffic.”

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