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buying a used Helix for cheap and restoring it for cheap.

Postby laserblazerusa » Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:49 am

Buying a used Helix for cheap and restoring it for cheap.

I just got myself a 2001 Honda Helix, I've been fixing it up thought I'd share some of my experiences.
I got it(the Helix) from a older couple in Vermont, it had been in a fender bender and the driver's foot had been broken, when the bike finally made it home(the fellow selling it said he had to pay big bucks to get it back from the garage it was towed to) it just went under a tarp.
So two years pass and about 3 weeks ago I buy the bike with just under 11,000 miles on it.
When I get the bike home the battery is dead the oil icon is red and the cap for the coolant overflow is missing, along with the left turn signal being out and the fairing surrounding it being badly damaged, but it was only $500.00 so I'm OK with all that.
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These are from the day I picked the bike up in Vermont.

so the first thing I got was a cheap tool set from harber freight.
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Pittsburgh tool set ------------------$30
very cheap and will get almost everything I'm going to need to get done, done.
hey look there only $30.00, so no complaints.
Next I'll list off some of the other products I've installed, where I orderd them from and what I paid.

so first from good old walmart I got:

Mobil 1 Racing 4T 10W-40-------------$10
YTX12-BS Scooter Battery-------------$40
Air Filter---------------------------------$24
total----$74

Next I placed a order with japan.webike.net

Upper Cowl SE Specification--------- $100
Side Visor---------------------------------$37
OEM Type Speedometer Cover--------$15
Front Euro Blinker------------------------$23
expensive shipping----------------------$63
total-----$238

Next up is EBAY for the odds and ends

COOLANT OVERFLOW lid/cap---------------$18 (yes, I overpaid)
Bridgestone ML17A/ML16 tires-------------$135
BRISK BR14ZC plug----------------------------$20
D182S Givi Windscreen-----------------------$103
Fuel Filter--------------------------------------$13
Forever Black Bumper & Trim Kit-----------$16
MAGIC SPONGE ERASER CLEANER----------$6
HONDA BELT CASE ELEMENT ----------------$10
4x Honda Logo 4" decals---------------------$3
total---------------$324

All together:
2001 Honda Helix------------------------------$500
Tools---------------------------------------------$30
walmart------------------------------------------$74
webike jp----------------------------------------$238
ebay----------------------------------------------$324
total-----------------$1,166.00

After installing the battery it started right up, I gave it a oil change swapped out the filters in the airbox and the belt case intake, then a new fuel filter.
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next a good treatment of this Forever Black stuff make the inside panels look new, a new cap for the coolant overflow container

then my package from japan came, the fairings from sunrise look great but are missing some holes and had to be shaved a bit in random places. The new speedometer cover looks great but has two blank spaces at the bottom where the (honda helix logos were). overall I'm very happy with aftermarket stuff from sunrise at webike.jp.
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lastly the Givi Windhield, and the bike looks almost new!.
So a great running helix can be gotten for around $1,200 USD if you're willing to do a bit of work.

I'm not sure how helpful this will be, but good luck with you're own project. feel free to ask questions.
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Re: buying a used Helix for cheap and restoring it for cheap

Postby Cruiser » Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:15 am

Great job! That Forever Black is the best. I did two 87's with it 5-6 years ago and they are still looking good.
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Re: buying a used Helix for cheap and restoring it for cheap

Postby RanmaBushiko » Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:01 pm

Quite impressive work! I've been thinking about doing the same, myself once I can get a license. Of course, with this whole Coronavirus going on, that's going to take a while. Still, just gotta save up enough for to make it work!
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Re: buying a used Helix for cheap and restoring it for cheap

Postby wilsongj » Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:53 am

Well done, I got mine in a similar condition, now it looks great. You must give yourself a pat on the back and ride ride ride!
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Re: buying a used Helix for cheap and restoring it for cheap

Postby ChuckG » Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:05 am

That looks fantastic! Great job!

I'm just beginning to learn about the Helix, so might be confused about your costs. You ended up with a white scooter. Did you paint the old black body pieces? Or, are new pieces listed in your purchases, and I'm not understanding it correctly? (eg. trunk pieces)
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Re: buying a used Helix for cheap and restoring it for cheap

Postby squirke » Sun Jul 05, 2020 4:30 pm

ChuckG wrote: Or, are new pieces listed in your purchases, and I'm not understanding it correctly? (eg. trunk pieces)


Looks like a complete set of bodywork to me...

https://japan.webike.net/products/20304335.html

Which seems a bit of a bargain, even with shipping from Japan!
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Re: buying a used Helix for cheap and restoring it for cheap

Postby laserblazerusa » Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:00 pm

don't let the crazy shipping times scare you from webike they said it would take 2 months, I had it at my door in 12 days and that's using sea freight, for big orders they(webike.jp) change the shipping to DHS after a week. I have no idea why but they do.

"Upper Cowl SE Specification" are the upper white fairings
"Side Visor" are the left and right boomerang things
keep in mind that all the stuff from webike will NOT come with screws, bolts or directions. so be prepared to use the old hardware.
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Re: buying a used Helix for cheap and restoring it for cheap

Postby blipco » Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:14 am

Nice job, you have rescued a Helix from the dump. I have also done it. Cheers.
The only thing I would have done differently is the 'cheap' tools. Buy quality and buy once.
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