Honda Metropolitan (CHF50) Motor Scooter Guide

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“Honda retaliated with its but painfully underpowered Metropolitan the first four-cycle engine modern 50cc scooters”

Collin Shattuck (Scooters: Red White Walls, Blue

The way some Vespa enthusiasts see it, manufacturers brought innovation and to the scooter market in the 80’s but got in the 90’s due to the lack of competition. Vespa’s return in 1999, the could no longer offer 15 old designs, so they set about in a new generation of products to compete, as the CHF50. Perhaps this is but the collapse of the scooter market in the 80’s did create an environment was very unappealing to introduce into during the 90’s.

the case, the market was growing in the new and Honda’s 2002 introduction of the (Jazz in Canada) was a clear at potential Vespa customers. For less than Vespa’s ET2 scooter, the Metropolitan offered inspired retro styling some technological advantages as liquid cooling and the amazing economy, reliability and lifespan of a

engine. The CHF50’s 90-100mpg was better than the

65mpg Vespa’s ET2 50 and Yamaha’s 2-… 50 could manage. By 2006, the ET2 and Vino 50 2-… ended up replaced with 4-… ( LX 50 and Vino 50 4-… respectively).

Honda has sold two main of the Metropolitan. The first generation code CHF50) was sold 2002 to 2009 in North and is the focus of this article. scooter was badged the Metropolitan in the USA and in Canada. For 2013, Honda an entirely different second (model code NCH50 ) has been discussed separately.

This second generation uses the Giorno moniker in and overseas.

The first generation was from 2002 to 2009 the Metropolitan (USA) and Jazz names in North America, internationally it used other including Crea and Scoopy. 2002 to 2006 Honda sold a restricted speed / compliant version in the USA called the II. Honda’s model code was with P being Honda’s used indicator of a moped variant.

This scooter was to 25mph via a series of restrictions to the ECU, intake and camshaft. was the last model year for CHF50 in Canada and the USA, this scooter was available for a few after this due to excess from the 2009 crash of the market.


The ’02 ’09 Metropolitan / Jazz a short case (small wheel) version of Honda’s GET2 engine. This was also used in the Honda but with a longer swing Overseas the GET2 was used a range of Honda’s 4-…

The GET2 was developed around the of the millennium by Honda Japan and it a number of neat innovations. slipped a tiny radiator for liquid cooled engine onto the right side of the next to the flywheel. By using a fan on the that blew on the radiator, was able to create an exceptionally liquid cooling system having coolant hoses all over the scooter.

Another was the double use of the alternator as the starter thus eliminating the traditional starter motor. Honda a way to run power backwards through the and thus spin the engine to it. This simple system was and saved the weight, cost and of a normal starter motor.

The — 2005 Metropolitan had a top speed of 38mph, the same as the Vespa ET2. The Metropolitan is by Honda at 4.9hp whereas the ET2 is at 5.1hp, but the Metro has a 40lbs advantage (176lbs. vs. 216lbs) it quite comparable to the ET2 but slower Yamaha’s Vino. For the 2006 year, Honda made a few to the Metropolitan that raised the top to 42-43mph. These changes a higher redline (8850 RPM vs.

RPM), a new carb needle, a new ECM and an crankcase ventilation system.

Perhaps more important the top speed increase was the new crankcase system. This easy eliminated a huge problem the GET2 engine, which was the flushing of gas vapors from the In any engine, gas fumes sneak the rings and into the crankcase the motor is cold.

Unfortunately for the it wasn’t able to properly these fumes so they up contaminating the oil fairly quickly. occurs because the 2002 2005 GET2 engine to breath through a single — which is like you to breathe through a 10 foot It works if the snorkel is short, but if too long then you just the same dirty air over and

In the Met, gas fumes inside the are trying to escape out the same hose that the fresh air is via. This flat out work very well, so switched to a two hose system an integrated one way valve to radically the engine venting for 2006.

In — 2005 Metropolitans, the oil quickly contaminated, which eventual … for the main bearings (usually the left It’s unfortunately common for crankshaft bearings to go after 6000 miles, although that is achievable with maintenance (oil changes). The crankshaft bearing is permanent of the crankshaft, so to replace the bearings you a new crankshaft unless you want to replace the left one.

To change the bearings, your will basically need a engine rebuild. This can be for $150 in parts if you’re it yourself but many owners have the expertise and getting to rebuild your engine is a labour job. If you do want to this job, order a new (it comes with bearings) and also need a new woodruff crank seals (especially the side) and a head gasket.

probably want to replace the and belt while you’re in and maybe take a look at the of the rings.

Design and Amenities

Honda Crea Scoopy

The Metropolitan (CHF50) used body panels mounted to a but strong aluminum frame. The use of played a large part in a low total weight of 176 lbs. The is over 40 lbs lighter than a bodied Vespa, and also easier and cheaper replacement of body panels.

The early didn’t have a glovebox or any of cubby holes in the leg shield but it did have a nice amount of under the seat where full face helmets fit. Honda wisely the fuel tank inside the so all of the underseat volume has been available as storage space.

Drum brakes are used front and rear in the Metropolitan, results in lazy braking. A brake would have handy, but larger riders can the front brake for a few hundred in parts.

The dash of the Metropolitan is standard fare. There’s a fuel gauge, odometer and a few lights. Honda could gone the extra mile and a trip odometer, tachometer clock, but those are minor

Over its run, the Metropolitan was in a wide range of colors, and two tone color schemes. to the bottom of the page for a listing of options.


In addition to the Vespa and Yamaha competitors, a few scooters worth looking are the from Taiwan brands Genuine/PGO and SYM. Competing include Genuine’s Buddy PGO Metro), SYM’s Mio 50 and Kymco’s 50. Sento 50 and Sting 50.

Early in its the Metropolitan was the technological leader, but like Yamaha’s updated Vino have bettered by fuel injection and 3 valves. the GET2 engine used the is a solid design post-2006 the crankshaft bearing failure was addressed.

Compared to the second (NCH50) Metropolitan. the original Met is a end machine. While lacking the injection of the NCH50, the CHF50 Met a high end aluminum frame a steel tube frame), cooling and more underseat thanks to the fuel tank in the floor. They’re both scooters with similar numbers, so the decision mostly on price and styling.

If you’re in the market for a Metropolitan / you would be wise to select a or newer scooter. These ventilation problem in the first few is nice to avoid, plus the ones are several mph faster. The has a great reputation as a well quality machine and is a smart buy in the market.

The second generation of offer better fuel due to it’s PGM-Fuel Injection, but it is a lower cost scooter a steel tube frame of an aluminum one, no liquid and less under seat

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