New Traditionalist: 1986 Honda Elite Scooter

In the 1980’s Honda was ready to give the past the slip and establish new traditions for scooters.  They were ready to eliminate the ninnies and the twits and create a beautiful world, and that’s good.  Why believe in things that make it tough on you; it is your duty now for the future to find this 1986 Honda Elite CH125 Scooter for sale in Beaverton, OR for $600 via craigslist.

The Elite scooter was revolutionary when it was released in 1984.  Instead of its European cousins air-cooled two stroke, the Elite had a liquid cooled 125cc four stroke.  It also featured 80’s design dead ends like a digital dash and a flip up headlight.  This one’s headlight is stuck, like so many are now – luckily it’s in the up position.

In addition to technical innovations, the Elite’s design was 80’s angular and futuristic in contrast to the traditional scooter’s rounded design that hadn’t changed much since the end of WW2.  The bodywork was also plastic instead of metal.  And they featured fully automatic transmissions for the shift-less.

Honda used a celebrity advertising campaign featuring such 80’s icons as Devo, Lou Reed, Adam Ant, Grace Jones and Miles Davis to bring new riders into the scooter scene, much the way they did with the “Nicest people on a Honda” motorcycle campaign in the 60’s. 

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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent. He’s not sure about the brain eating apes.