How can we get our Honda Reflex 250cc scooter to idle or stay started?

by Jason

We have a 2003 Honda Reflex 250cc w ABS...We don't ride this scooter very much because it is at a vacation home. This month we had to have the fuel tank replaced (due to rust from Ethanol) and the carb cleaned, the scooter ran pretty good, then this last week we went back and tried to ride the scooter and it won't idle or stay started.

Is there any way to adjust the idle? Or are there other things I need to look at? Maybe replace the spark plug? ANY help would be appreciated!

We spent about 800 bucks so far with a mobile motorcycle mechanic and now he won't return our calls.... Thanks!

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Feb 14, 2020
Ethanol in fuel NEW
by: Shagnasty

My comment does not require an answer but pretty much from 1980 through 1996 I worked as a Honda Tech in my local Honda dealership. Whoever told you that ethanol in the fuel causes rust in the fuel tank does not know what they are talking about. Ethanol would prevent rust if anything. When any vehicle is going to be stored for a month or longer, the vehicle should have its fuel tank filled with fuel as full as one can get it. Then the carburetor float bowl should be drained completely till it is dry. Next either put the battery on a good battery tender or pull the battery completely and take it in the house storing the battery in a warm dry environment on a battery tender. The next time the vehicle is to be started there will be no problems getting it to run or having run-ability issues. I have a Reflex scooter and 750 Nighthawk that I store every winter just this same way with zero startup problems when they are started in the spring!!

Nov 13, 2011
Honda Reflex
by: Anonymous

Wow, the Reflex is a great scooter. If you can not yourself work it take it to a Honda Shop for repairs. If your leaving the scooter here and just using it in the winter months you are going to have issues if it is not stored properly

Oct 04, 2011
How can we get our Honda Reflex 250cc scooter to idle or stay started?
by: Steve

I also own a Honda Reflex 250, and have a few suggestions for you. First, find the Honda Reflex Owners group on Yahoo -- there are a large number of Reflex owners and experts who will help you out. There is also a large number of files and photos that can help with troubleshooting. Second, get a service manual for your Reflex -- it has all the information you need to adjust your carb, replace spark plugs, change air filter, etc. Good Luck!

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