By John Gard
GWRRA #117760 • Huron, South Dakota

Nestled in our garage are two prize possessions, a 1990 1500 Wing and our Honda Elite 150 Deluxe Scooter. This 1985 vintage has accumulated 21,825 miles and is still going strong.
For you history buffs, you may remember in 1985 Honda came out with three scooters; the CH 150 Elite, CH 150 Elite Deluxe and a CH 250 Elite. It is interesting to note that 1985 and 1986 were the only two years that Honda manufactured the Deluxe scooter. The 150 Elite was also available in 1986 and 1987. In addition to 1985, you could also purchase the 250 in 1986 through 1990.
It is noteworthy that the CH 250 Helix first rolled off the assembly line in 1986 and again in 1987. After 1987 Honda took a couple of years off and later offered the Helix again in 1992 through the present.
The 150 is an excellent alternative to high gas prices. I have achieved up to 70 miles per gallon while riding in town! It’s easy to maneuver, fun to ride and you can park it anywhere.
Because it is a Honda, this scooter is very dependable, requiring just normal maintenance. Yes, it has started to use some oil, but with over 21,000 miles on the clock, that can be expected.
The 150 has opened up other opportunities in addition to increased gas mileage. Often I will ride on dirt trails or on gravel roads. I believe this sharpens my riding skills and allows me to see other parts of the country that I would normally miss while traveling down the highway.
There is one other advantage of owning a scooter; my wife Susan thought she would like to ride it and earned her motorcycle endorsement. This would not have happened if the Wing was the only bike in the garage. What Susan enjoys most is the convenience of the automatic transmission on the scooter. Some day, we may replace the Elite with a Helix or a Reflex.
So, how fast does the 150 go? Ideally, you can do 45, which is perfect for city riding. However, the top speed is between 55 to 60 mph under ideal conditions. Ideal conditions can be defined as going downhill with the wind pushing you.
So, what is the bottom line? If you have an old 150 or 250 sitting in the garage collecting dust, fire it up and ride it. If you don’t have one, consider buying one now, or later this fall. Prices are very reasonable and scooters can bring a wealth of enjoyment.