How to Change the Oil on a Honda Reflex Scooterby Chris Gilliland
The NSS250 Reflex scooter was produced by the Honda Motor Company from 2001 through 2007, replacing Honda's CH250 Helix touring-style scooter. Based on a larger chassis, compared with the smaller contemporaries, the Reflex provided ample power and enough comfort to travel beyond city limits. Keeping the Reflex roadworthy relied on a steady schedule of engine oil changes every 4,000 miles. Keeping in line with the relative simplicity that appeal to scooter riders, changing the Reflex's oil is fairly straightforward and can be completed in minutes.
Move the Reflex to a level, well-ventilated work area and lift it onto its center stand. Start the Reflex's engine. Let it idle in place for 3 minutes, then stop the engine and let it cool for 10 minutes.
Unscrew the oil filler cap from the right engine cover, which is located near the rear swingarm below the right passenger foot peg, by hand.
Unscrew the oil screen cap, located directly below the oil cap, using a socket wrench and a 17 mm socket. Drain the engine oil into a drain pan for a minimum of 5 minutes.
Pull the oil strainer screen out of the oil screen port by hand. Spray the inner face of the strainer screen, facing the engine, with a parts cleaning spray to remove sediment or particles trapped in the strainer. Push the strainer screen into the engine.
Replace the oil screen cap O-ring with a new O-ring. Screw the oil screen cap into the engine by hand. Tighten the cap to 14 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench and a 17 mm socket.
Fill the engine with 1 quart of 10W-30 API SG motorcycle-grade engine oil, using a funnel. Screw the oil cap into place by hand.
Start the Reflex's engine. Let it idle for 3 minutes, then stop the engine. Check the oil level, using the dipstick built into the oil cap. Add 2 oz. of 10W-30 API SG motorcycle-grade engine oil into the engine, if the oil level is below the dipstick's lower level mark. Do not add oil into the engine, if the oil level is at or near the center of the dipstick's upper and lower marks. Screw the oil cap into place by hand.
- "Honda NSS250A/NSS250AS Reflex Service Manual"; Honda Motor Co.; 2007
Things You'll Need
- Socket wrench
- 17 mm socket
- Drain pan
- Oil screen cap O-ring
- Parts cleaning spray
- 1 quart, 10W-30 API SG motorcycle-grade engine oil
An avid motorcyclist, Chris Gilliland has immersed himself into the two-wheeled world while balancing work life and raising three daughters. When he is not managing the parts department of a local, multi-line motorcycle dealership, Gilliland can often be found riding, writing or working on his motorcycle blog, Wingman's Garage.