The first Honda Elite 80 was released in 1985 as an upgraded two-stroke Aero 80. The Elite 80 was created due to the stringent emissions regulations that prevented Honda from selling two-stroke motorcycles larger than 50cc. The Elite 125 and Elite 250 were created in 1985, and this eventually led to smaller versions including the Elite 80. Since then, the motorcycle has remained strong on the market. The 2006 Honda Elite 80 was the second to the last model released in the Elite 80 series.
Some of the most apparent changes in the 2006 Honda Elite 80 include aluminum rims that were once made of steel. In addition, Honda moved its assembly to Mexico from Japan. The headlights also changed with the 2001 model. With the 2006 Elite 60, there was no need for owners to buy a new assembly in order to change the bulb. In the past, owners had to spend $50 to $100 for bulb replacement. The front rims were no longer interchangeable unlike the motorcycle’s predecessors. These features are also available with the 2005 and 2007 models.
What owners liked the most about the 2006 Honda Elite 80 is the reliable and smoothly working two-valve, four-stroke and air-cooled scooter engine. With this, riders can expect a powerful run the whole day even in full throttle without the noise that makes it sound as if it is working really hard. This scooter provides both economy and convenience for riders with its electric start, automatic choke and 15mm carburetor. Riders can expect a crisp throttle response and incomparable fuel economy. Honda also incorporated its specialty and unique V-belt drive system that offers an automatic variable ratio transmission.
The 2006 Honda Elite 80 also boasts a solid-state and maintenance-free ignition system. The exhaust system is quiet and light. Furthermore, this model’s frame is not as heavy as the older versions. In fact, it only weighs 172 pounds dry. Seats are low and measure 29.7 inches. This is great for both male and female riders. The seats are comfortable for both the driver and the passenger.
There are only a few features lacking in the 2006 Honda Elite Series. However, this should be expected for a scooter as light and as convenient as this. The motorcycle includes less storage space. The front trunk can only store a few valuables. There is also a small storage space under the seat, but it only has enough room for small tools. Aside from these minor downsides, the 2006 Honda Elite 80 is a well-engineered scooter. There are two colors available for this model. Buyers may choose from stunning pearl blue and red.
The 2006 Honda Elite 80 has met both EPA and CARB standards. This is a great option for people who want to go around the city. Drivers can expect to get about 100 miles per tank if they run it dry. Other standard features include a grab rail or strap, a floor board for the passenger and driver, a rear fender and a stand. For instrumentation, there is a fuel level warning and a speedometer.
Unfortunately, owners should not expect the Elite 80 to come with an alarm system, clock, GPS, lap timer, navigation system, oil pressure gauge, shift lift, tachometer, temperature warning, trip computer, trip odometer or temperature warning. However, they can always have these devices separately as long as they are compatible with the scooter’s specifications. Honda also added some basic features like dash storage, a rear rack and lockable storage. Honda did not integrate other features like a storage cover, tank bag, tank divider, side rack, saddlebags, hard side case, leather storage or fork bag.