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This contains a year by year of Honda’s scooter lineup in the USA and For detailed information on a specific scooter, use the menu to the right.

diverse scooter history the 1954 Juno KA (189cc available only in Japan), the Cub world’s best selling of all time) and quite a few neat However, this site is only on the “modern” scooters came to North America in the early 80’s.

Prior to scooters arriving here, achieved success in the late with their P50 and Express of mopeds. To the Japanese, ‘modern were the next logical after mopeds and they set working on this concept in the 1970’s. Modern scooters a step beyond mopeds by added convenience (i.e. storage) and a design that was easier to live with electric start, oil injection) and protection from the wind the leg shield) and dirtier parts of the via panels.

The first product developed was the NB50, which was the Tact in Japan. This was released for the 1980 model in Japan. It was an updated version of scooter called the Aero 50 arrived in the USA and Canada for the 1983, the larger Aero 80 scooter. At the time, Honda also a more conservatively styled based on their Express of mopeds.

This cross-over was badged the Express SR and featured of the conveniences of a modern scooter enclosed storage and full panelling.

Honda made first quasi-scooter foray Canada and the USA with the moped Express SR. The electric start, oil 12 volt electronics, CVT (continuously transmission) and auto-choke were all innovations at the time in machines small.

The Express SR returned unchanged for 1982 — its year. Going forward would instead focus on futuristic scooter designs in the American market.

This was the year Honda’s fully generation of scooters arrived in America. In the USA, Honda to use the ‘Aero’ name for this of scooters, so they named the the ‘Aero 50’ and the larger became the ‘Aero 80’. In Honda also used the moniker but a few ’83 NH80’s the ‘Mascot’ name instead for reason.

The Aero family of included several noteworthy including electric start, storage, plastic body oil injection and 12 volt electrical While some of these had been available previously on scooters, they never had all available at once and for such an price. Viewed by some as the plastic body panels affordable, ding resistant and to replace in the event of a crash.

The 50 (above) was a 2-…, 50cc decent acceleration and a top speed 35-40 mph. The Aero 80 wasn’t that much with a top speed around but it was even peppier so it’s for 2-up riding. The Aero 80 has power to wheelie and that in combination with its comfortable and beefed up suspension makes it a choice for 2-up riding or for riders. These scooters are incredibly reliable.

I’ve to one owners with over kms (37,000 miles) on the original Once downside to these offerings from Honda is the of aftermarket parts that the generations of Honda scooters Check out the specific model for more indepth info on scooters.

This was another year with Honda four more scooters. added the third and final

of the 2-… Aero family, the lived Aero 125. Canadians and Californians weren’t this scooter. This was only sold in 1984 so quite a rare scooter.

is Honda Canada’s brochure for scooters.

look at a new generation of that Honda would to unveil in the form of the Elite 80 and 250. One neat aspect of the 125 is that it had a pop up headlight.

Honda’s two new scooters were the remarkably Spree (NQ50) and the unique 3-wheeled Gyro (pictured in blue). Both of these used 2-… 50cc and were capable of 30mph.

For Honda’s 4-… Elite arrived in full force. added the Elite 80, the Elite 250 and the mid-sized Elite (left). here to download a PDF of Honda 1985 Scooter Lineup.

The Elite got a boost from to 150cc and thus a name to the Elite 150 (CH150). The extra boosted the top speed by 10mph to and made it interstate legal in all 50 and Canada. The Elite 150 got a nice update with a new handlebar headlight instead of the pop up unit.

By the headlight to the handlebars, Honda was to add a handy front truck.

also added a ‘Deluxe’ of the Elite 150, which got a dash and retained the Elite pop up headlight. The regular Elite 150 had instrumentation.

The new Elite 80 was a nicely scooter for around town. not quite as peppy off the line as the 80, it actually has a faster top speed of It also had a front trunk the Elite 150 that was capable of a few small items.

Storage is okay but it’s not a strong for this scooter.

With the 250, Honda finally had a that was at home on the highway. The 150 could survive on the highway in a but the Elite 250 could comfortably at highway speeds without a The Elite 250’s motor is a low design that can happily at 70mph all day.

Honda updated the Aero 50 and Aero 80. The 50 got a full redesign, while the 80 got a few styling updates and a new smaller which made the neat compartment in the right side possible.

The Gyro was also changed for ’85. Honda eight different three scooters in the Gyro family in and for ’85 they decided to over a different member to the Canadians did not get the Gyro after

This version is called the Fox’ (TG50) in Japan. out

the Gyro page for more This new Gyro shared the core engine as the earlier but the styling was quite different warranted a change in the model to TG50.

1985 was also the Honda began replacing the family with the Elite of scooters. The first Aero to be discontinued was the slow selling 125. Apparently scooter had preferred the 4-… Elite 125 in or Honda had simply decided were the future.

1985 was popular year for Honda with an all time high of models available.

For 1986, new regulations, Honda’s preference for and the popularity of the 4-… Elite 80 the … for the peppy Aero 80. left the Aero 50 as the lone member of the Aero family in America.

This year Honda added the original maxi-scooter, the (CN250), to their North lineup. Based on the Elite the Helix was lower, longer and a really cool trunk made it a great long touring scooter.

For 1986 dropped the regular version of the 150 and offered just the ‘deluxe’

Using the ‘Elite R’ Honda introduced their SE50 scooter to Canadian (shown at left). It would be year before Americans got scooter. In some literature, referred to this scooter as the Sport RR’.

The Elite R the same AF05E engine the Aero 50 (NB50) but it has a new frame and The Elite R would eventually the Aero 50 in Canada.

A year its Canadian debut, Honda the SE50 in the USA (shown left). this scooter was badged as the S’. The Elite S did not have graphics that Canadians got on Elite R’s. Honda sold a restricted version of the (only in the USA) called the ‘Elite’ (Code: SE50P).

scooter was capable of 25 mph which it moped legal in many

The Elite 150 was also redesigned for giving it a much more shape (below). You don’t see many of these scooters they were only for one year in the USA market. This new 150 was not brought to Canada so Canucks left without the Elite 150 and 80 after 1986.

Further their lineup, Honda the Gyro from their USA and the Helix from their lineup. This means 1986 was the only year the was offered to Canadians.

Following 1987 actions in Canada, discontinued the Helix and Elite 150 the American market for 1988. surprising that Honda the redesigned Elite 150 after one year. These changes the Elite 250 as the lone large in their lineup.

The biggest for 1988 was the arrival of the new SA50 in the USA market. This scooter was both the ‘Elite LX’ and SR’, seemingly the name by year and state. This replaced both the Aero 50 and Elite S (SE50) which dropped.

The SA50 used a new and bodywork but continued to use the AF05E like the Aero 50 and Elite S. never did receive the SA50.

The big news for 1988 was Honda’s of the Spree (NQ50) with a new small scooter (Model SB50). This new scooter was the ‘Elite E’ in the USA and the Pal in Canada. new scooter was quite a bit smaller but similar to the new Elite SR / LX.

If you just at pictures it can be hard to tell the but if you see them side by side the differences are obvious.

Besides a resemblance, the SB50 did not share many parts with the Elite LX / SR scooter. The SB50 the same core engine as its the Spree. Honda also a faster ‘Elite ES’ of this new scooter in the USA in 1988

The Elite 250 received a full for ’89 (shown at right) included new styling, a new horizontal underseat storage capacity and instrumentation. These final 250 are really nice but rare Interestingly, this was the last ever sold to have a located rear brake.

It seems these redesigned 250’s were not sold in Honda’s line remained for 1990.

With scooter in general remaining low, discontinued the Elite 250 and the Pal / Elite E. lineup for 1991 was pretty compared to its mid 80’s glory. were offered just one albeit awesome — while Americans couldn’t buy a bigger than 80cc. these small Elite’s darn nice scooters.

For the model year, Honda to American enthusiasts cries to back the original maxi the Helix, to the American market. scooter was last sold in the USA in Click here to download a PDF of USA’s 1993 Scooter

Honda also showed attention to the Canadian market by the aging Elite R with the 50cc 2-… Dio (SK50M). The Dio utilized a new and quite superior engine which was the first new 2-… engine offered in America since the AF05E was inside the ’85 Aero 50 later the SE50).

Honda the motor in the 50cc Elite for the model year with the ‘AF16E’ engine also in the Canadian market Dio. also dropped the ‘LX’ so all 1994 and newer SA50 called Elite SR’s for moped legal versions. the introduction of the new motor, Honda a moped legal version the ‘Elite S’ in 1994 SA50P) that was capable of 30

Do not confuse this scooter the unrestricted 1988 SE50 was also badged the Elite S. The new of Elite scooters are very with speed enthusiasts the aftermarket parts scene is that’s to the popularity of the AF16E in Asia.

Following the 1994 Honda paid little to their stagnant scooter for the next six years. Canada was offered the Dio over this while American’s got to choose the newer Elite S / SR or the aging 80 and Helix.

With interest up and added pressure from returning the North American Honda and Yamaha steadily their lineup by introducing new scooters over the new few years.

The to be added was the Reflex (model NSS250), which was conceived as a replacement although the two scooters wind up being sold each other for much of the run. The Reflex was sold in two with the premium version ABS, a first for Honda’s The Reflex was the first all new scooter from Honda since in the USA and 1994 in Canada.

For 2002, continued to replace its long models with newer and designs. Honda cut the Elite SR, Dio and scooters from their The Dio and Elite SR were the last scooters Honda has sold in America.

They were in Honda’s line up by the new retro CHF50.

This CHF50 was sold under the Metropolitan in the USA and as the Jazz in Canada. This is also known as the Crea and overseas. With the discontinuation of the SR, the Elite 80 was left as the last of the Elite family and the last from the 1980’s still on

Designed to compete with 2-… 50cc scooters Vino and Vespa’s ET2), the CHF50 was slower accelerating but a ahead technologically with its and more efficient liquid 4-… engine.

This engine was a new 2-valve, 4-… that included technological advances. Specifically, it was the liquid cooled 50cc engine from Honda and it a clever starting system did away with the starter and instead used the silent to start the engine.

Honda released a restricted version of new scooter in the USA called the Metropolitan II that met moped laws in areas. This scooter was to 30mph via intake, variator and ECU

Honda made a second announcement for 2002, the new 600cc maxi-scooter (aka FSC600). By far largest scooter offering the Silverwing was designed to be a great machine and it offers excellent capabilities.

Honda released landmark scooter to North in 2003, the rugged styled The most significant attribute of the was its radical styling which no other scooter. The Ruckus the same basic engine/drivetrain as the / Jazz but its fresh styling an entirely new audience to Honda.

its introduction, the Ruckus has become popular, with a large parts scene now present.

One after its second discontinuation, USA again revived the aging scooter for 2003 in response to cries who weren’t happy the modern styled Reflex. was the second time the Helix had resurrected since its initial way back in 1986.

For the 2005 year Honda introduced the ill 250cc Big Ruckus (PS250). to build on the success of the Ruckus, the Big would sell poorly was due in part to the high price Honda’s decision to only it in yellow and styling that lacked the charm of it’s sibling.

Honda also the ‘S’ version of the Ruckus that got you a fancier paint job for an $50. In the first couple this fancy paint job was a pattern on the ‘battery box’ and metallic paint. In later the ‘S’ models would get like silver and matte

Honda revised the Metropolitan / and Ruckus scooters with a new ventilation system and a few other tweaks. As a result, top speed from about 37mph to and a serious problem with bearing failure was eliminated. crankshaft bearing problem from poor crankcase leading to oil contamination.

This affects 2003 — Ruckus’s and Metropolitan / Jazz and it remains as one of very few quality Honda scooters have

After two slow years, the Big was dropped from the North market, making the few that sold rare scooters and a future collectors item.

also dropped the restricted of the Metropolitan called the Metropolitan II

The amazing 22 year run ended for the 80 after the 2007 model With Honda’s new 50cc offering nearly the same with modern styling at a price, apparently the Elite 80 less attractive to buyers.

also cut the Helix for a remarkable time, making 2007 the model year for both of legendary scooters. Honda’s to a new generation of scooters models started in 2002 was finally

2007 was also the end of the line for the poorly received replacement, the It’s remarkable that the managed to hang around until the end of its replacement, the Reflex.

gas prices and a growing scooter meant that 2008 was the year yet for Honda’s small scooters. By mid-summer 2008, dealership in the USA was sold out and Honda with an early release of the models in early August. new color choices, Honda no changes to their scooter

Honda announced two new scooters for the model year. The first to be was the mid-sized SH150i scooter is being sold in the USA and Canada. the introduction of the SH150i, Honda to the mid sized scooter market for the time since 1987 it last offered the Elite

Honda claims SH150i is the selling scooter in Europe. large wheel scooter excellent stability at high fuel injection, aluminum and liquid cooling. The SH150i is a descendant of Honda’s legendary

Check out the SH150i page for info.

Further strengthening

USA mid-sized scooter offerings was the new model, the 108cc 2010 Also featuring liquid and fuel injection, this wheeled scooter aimed to be a urban runabout with storage, great milage and power for scootering around This new Elite 110 was the first new in Honda’s Elite family the 1988 Elite SR/LX.

out the Elite page for more

Due largely to the 2009 recession, decided to skip the 2010 year for their existing models (Silverwing, Ruckus, so they can clear out the backlog of inventory. USA scooters sales down by over 50% in 2009.

In 2009 Honda announced a new the 125cc PCX. as a worldwide and scheduled it to be introduced in North in spring 2010. This was May 12th, 2010 when officially announced the PCX as a 2011 in the USA. The PCX features fuel and a front disc brake.

out the PCX page for more info on important model from The PCX is not being offered in Canada for

Also announced on May 12th, is the return of the Ruckus. After selling through the backlog of models created by the recession, USA reintroduced the Ruckus as a 2011 No changes were made to the besides the addition of a new orange/black scheme.

On October 5th Honda the 2011 Silverwing for the USA market. The Silverwing adds a new color Black’) and it’s only as an ABS model. The Metropolitan/Jazz and the SH150i are not present for 2011. The Met/Jazz was left out for 2010, so it appears was the end of the line for that model.

fairly common for Honda to a model year or even two so it’s possible we may see these return.

In the Canadian market, the Ruckus was announced for the 2011 year. Honda’s other running scooters (Jazz, were skipped for 2010 as so it will be interesting to see what does in Canada for 2012 and As of fall 2011, the Silverwing is gone from Honda website and the Jazz and SH150 are offered a deep discount, so I we can safely assume none of scooters will be back soon in their current

Honda USA’s scooter was down to just the Ruckus and for 2012. The PCX 125 was skipped for 2012 just one year on sale.

The good news for 2012 was the of a white/red version of the Ruckus (or Anniversary Model as Honda called it). This of the Ruckus was white with red and a red seat. Some red grips and red from an 80’s Elite R would look really on this Ruckus.

For the full details and discussion on USA’s 2012 scooter check out the article posted in the Scooter Scene News of this site.

Honda kept things pretty for 2012 by sticking with the lineup as 2011 — the Ruckus. They also clear out their surplus of SH150i’s with a $500 on remaining stock.

Honda USA got an start for 2013 when announced a new generation (NCH50) of Metropolitan scooter in April Honda Canada followed a couple months later and introduced this scooter its Asian market name, the

The 2013 Metropolitan / Giorno is an all new (NCH50) that uses a new engine and body. The new style and of fuel injection are a plus, the air cooling and steel tube are a step back from the generation. To reflect this, has lowered the price by $50 (USA)

USA also announced the return of the PCX for this time around a slightly bigger 153cc and a revised name: the PCX 150. updated PCX is now freeway legal in all USA For the first time, Canadians are offered the PCX as well, with the PCX 150 added as a 2013 Canadian in September 2012.

Finally, the snuck into Honda’s line in mid-November with no There’s not even the usual palette of colors, so Black or are the options again.

Honda the first salvo of their line with the early of the Forza (Fall 2012 in May 2013 in the USA). The new Forza is a replacement for the Reflex (NSS250), but time around Honda has to stick with the Asian The new Forza is an entirely new scooter outshines its predecessor with lines, beautiful rims, an 30cc and fuel injection.

new is a 4-valve engine design and the latter being standard in ($6399 MSRP) while $500 to the base $5599 in the USA.

In traditional November season, Honda announced versions of their population and Ruckus for the USA and Canada. The Metropolitan a new assortment of colors, with options of Pink Metallic white accents), Pearl (black accents) and Candy (black accents). Conversely, the is back for the third year two color options: Black and

Thus far Honda has not announced editions of their Silverwing or PCX 150 Both of these omissions are as the Silverwing has been around 2002 and was seemingly immortal, the PCX 150 appears to be a good seller for since it was reintroduced for 2013. likely the Silverwing is on its way out, the 2014 PCX is rumoured to be getting a release.

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