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#4512667 - 09/10/17 08:33 PM 1997 Honda Elite 80 scooter
Andyge Offline

Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 232
Loc: MN
I just picked up a 1997 Honda Elite 80.

What type of oil do I use in it?

Thanks Andy

#4512679 - 09/10/17 08:53 PM Re: 1997 Honda Elite 80 scooter [Re: Andyge]
Bud_One Offline

Registered: 04/19/14
Posts: 1832
Loc: Spring,Texas
Per this video (he noted the owners manual ) 10W-40 Oil
16 Civic-M1 EP 0W-20, TG7317
14 Civic-M1 EP 0W-20, XG7317
05 Chevy 2500HD-QSUD 10W-30, XG3675
97 Accord Wagon-Havoline Conv 5W-30, PH3593A

#4512783 - 09/10/17 11:32 PM Re: 1997 Honda Elite 80 scooter [Re: Andyge]
Andyge Offline

Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 232
Loc: MN
thanks I am going to use Valvoline™ 4-Stroke Motorcycle Oil.

#4512832 - 09/11/17 01:42 AM Re: 1997 Honda Elite 80 scooter [Re: Andyge]
user52165 Offline

Registered: 10/21/11
Posts: 1332
Loc: CA
Go to and you can download the complete owners manual.

Is that air or water cooled?

Edited by user52165 (09/11/17 01:42 AM)

#4512902 - 09/11/17 06:49 AM Re: 1997 Honda Elite 80 scooter [Re: Andyge]
Phishin Offline

Registered: 05/01/12
Posts: 2430
Loc: Indiana
These scoots hold very little oil.

The key is to change oil often....meaning, every 500-1000 miles. Believe me. If you do that, use just about anything you want. I run synthetic HDEO's in my scoots.....Rotella T6 or Mobil 1 5w40 TDT
2018 Chevy Silerado 3500HD 6.0L Gas: Undecided
2010 Accord-LX K24: VSP 0w20/MaxLife 10w30 + LG BioTech HD
2014 CR-V LX K24: M1 0w30

#4513177 - 09/11/17 12:05 PM Re: 1997 Honda Elite 80 scooter [Re: Andyge]
iahawk Offline

Registered: 03/03/13
Posts: 121
Loc: Iowa
You don't need to use more expensive motorcycle oil in a scooter..there is no wet clutch to be concerned with.

As someone else said, a scooter motor is like a lawnmower engine! ( assuming single cylinder, 4 stroke, air cooled)

#4513356 - 09/11/17 02:52 PM Re: 1997 Honda Elite 80 scooter [Re: Andyge]
blupupher Offline

Registered: 08/27/04
Posts: 4429
Loc: Katy, Republic of Texas
Supertech 15w-40. Buy a gallon jug for ~$10 and have 5 oil changes on hand.
Convenient since as said, you need to change the oil frequently.

It is an air cooled 4 stroke motor that holds around 2/3 qt of oil.
Recommended oil is 10w-40, but the chart says you can use 10w-30, 10w-40, 20w-40 or even 20w-50.

There is no oil filter, just a oil screen. It is serviceable, but the engine and crankcase cover need to be removed to do it (but really is not that big of a deal). Not something to do every oil change, but if you just got it, I would do that.

Here is a .pdf copy of the service manual, it will give you tons of info on how to do stuff.

If you need a headlight, buy a new (2001+) housing, it has a replaceable bulb vs your current have to replace entire headlight housing with included bulb.

I had a friend that had one of these in 2005-2006 time frame. We trashed on that thing and it just kept going.
Fun little thing to put around on.
I have debated getting one for my daughter to ride to school (about 2 miles away, mostly through neighborhoods). Momma said no to that though...
1994 Honda VT1100C: Peak 15w-40/TG/2500 mile OCI
2002 Ford F150: GTX HM 5w-20/EcoGard Syn/1yr OCI
2012 Scion xB: QSUD 0w-20/CQ Blue/5k OCI

#4514188 - 09/12/17 11:35 AM Re: 1997 Honda Elite 80 scooter [Re: Andyge]
kmrcstintn Offline

Registered: 05/11/06
Posts: 564
Loc: Palmyra, PA
like these alot yet haven't found one that met my criteria (late model, low-moderate mileage, clean, affordable)...most I find are really old & nasty or immaculate and overpriced; with that said...I would use a good 15w-40 hdeo most of the year & a good 10w-40 pcmo during colder months & winter storage...OCI's for me would be 750-1000 miles
'15 Jeep Patriot Sport (2.4L 4-cyl), '13 Genuine Buddy 125 (125cc air-cooled thumper), '14 Yamaha V Star 250 (250cc air cooled v-twin)