Honda REFLEX 250: Specifications

Honda Reflex 250


The Reflex was introduced for 2001 and was sold by Honda until 2007 in the USA and Canada. It was designed to replace Honda’s long running and landmark scooter, the Helix. As things would turn out, Helix fans worldwide clamoured for the return of that popular scooter, so Honda USA ended up selling them both side by side until 2007.

2006 Honda Reflex - Blue

The Reflex remained basically unchanged over its seven year run. Honda did improve the alternator for 2004 to provide more power to run accessories. Internationally the NSS250 was usually sold as the Forza and Jazz 250, although they have sold a few generations/versions so be careful when buying parts. The Jazz name is particularly tricky as Honda has also sold a car under this name and other scooters (CHF50 in Canada)Versions of the Reflex initially sold in two versions; regular (NSS250) and ABS (NSS250A). The Reflex was the first scooter sold in North America to offer ABS, so it was a big deal back in 2001. For 2004, Honda added a ‘Sport’ version of the Reflex, dubbed the NSS250S. The Reflex Sport was also available with ABS (code: NSS250SA) so in total there were four different versions of the Reflex. The Sport added black rims, a shorter windscreen, passenger backrest and a few chrome bits (grab rail, handlebars, side stand and bar ends). California versions differed slightly from the regular Reflex as extra emissions controls were added.

Honda Reflex - Yellow

The motor of the Reflex offered a respectable top speed of 75-80mph, which was quite fast for a 250cc scooter and made the Reflex well suited for even highway travel. Unlike bigger maxi scooters, the Reflex retains most of the excellent fuel consumption you find in small to mid sized scooters, so you’ll typically achieve around 65mpg in mixed driving. The Reflex motor is a nice reliable liquid cooled design. It’s not a technological leader (ie. no fuel injection or 4-valves) but it’s a rugged engine that is low stressed for a long engine life. The power output (19hp) is much lower than a 250cc dirt bike, but it’s also going to last much longer because of this. On the downside, the Reflex has a fairly pronounced acceleration dead spot from 25-40mph. This is caused by the CVT upshifting a bit too ambitiously, so the remedy is simply to swap in lighter weights or remove half of the weights from the variator. The latter approach is called the K-mod and can easily fix this dead spot. The Reflex variator actually uses three heavier weights (31g each) on long ramps and three lighter weights (21g) on short ramps, so the three lighter ones are the ones you want to remove. You can also swap in a Big Ruckus variator which is a bit different design (all the ramps are the same length). This variator plus 15-17g weights gives you a nice power profile although any removal of weight in the variator can have a small but adverse affect to your top speed.

The Big Ruckus (PS250) sold by Honda from 2005-2006 also shared this motor with the Reflex, so if you are looking for engine parts you can also use Big Ruckus bits.


Honda Reflex Scooter – Features


  • Powerful 249cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine produces impressive power for quick takeoffs and passing.
  • Aluminum cylinder head features a 10.5:1 compression ratio. Its design is optimized for maximum intake velocity, providing immediate response at low- to mid-range speeds, and excellent cruising and passing power at highway speeds.
  • 30mm CV carburetor offers superb throttle response and excellent fuel mileage.
  • Maintenance-free fully transistorized ignition assures immediate and reliable power.
  • Auto-enriching system eliminates the need for a manual choke.
  • Air injection system ensures efficient combustion of exhaust gases and reduces exhaust emissions.
  • Fan-cooled radiator assures consistent engine operating temperatures and long engine life. The radiator is located in the base of the frame, maximizing storage bin capacity.
  • Push-button electric starter provides quick, effortless starting.
  • Lightweight and quiet exhaust system.
  • Honda V-Matic(tm) belt drive system provides sophisticated three-stage operation, matching the engine’s strong low- and mid-range power to a wide range of operating conditions. Stage One delivers efficient, quiet power for around-town cruising; Stage Two provides increased power for moderate acceleration; and Stage Three provides maximum power for full acceleration and top speed.



  • Durable steel frame is lightweight yet strong, providing an optimum combination of rigidity and flexibility for superb road handling.
  • Lightweight, single-side aluminum swingarm is both attractive and functional, simplifying rear wheel removal.
  • Stout, 33mm hydraulic front fork with 3.9 inches of suspension travel provides a plush, well-controlled ride.
  • Dual rear shocks have 4.7 inches of travel and seven-position spring preload adjustability for a smooth, comfortable ride. Rearward mounting of the rear shocks allows a large-capacity underseat storage compartment.
  • Hydraulic 240mm front disc brake and lightweight, 220mm rear disc brake offer excellent stopping power.
  • The Reflex’s Combined Brake System features a three-piston front caliper and a single-piston rear caliper. Rider application of the front brake lever activates the two outer pistons of the front caliper. Application of the rear brake lever, mounted on the left handlebar, activates the single piston of the rear caliper and the center piston of the front caliper. When only the rear brake lever is used, an inline delay valve smooths application of the front caliper piston.
  • Optionally equipped Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS with Combined Brake System) model features an electric-motor-driven modulator which provides rapid and precise braking-pressure adjustments, resulting in smooth ABS operation. The system incorporates an integrated electronic control unit (ECU) into a simple one-piece design, self-diagnostics with an interactive ECU test function, and automatic protection against system failure.
  • Stylish five-spoke cast aluminum wheels are lightweight and strong.
  • Large, 13-inch 110/90 and 12-inch 130/70 tires provide excellent traction.

Additional Features

  • Wind-tunnel-developed full-coverage bodywork and windshield are both beautiful and functional, protecting the rider from the elements while reducing wind noise.
  • Large air vent mounted in the front cowl feeds air behind the windscreen to minimize low-pressure turbulence around the rider.
  • Integrated floorboards angle upward in the front for optimum rider foot placement when riding. Floorboards narrow below the seat to allow the rider to place both feet on the ground easily.
  • Folding, cast aluminum passenger footrests are integrated into the Reflex’s supersport styling.
  • Fully integrated four-meter instrument display features analog displays for tachometer with 8300-rpm redline, speedometer, fuel level and coolant temperature. An easy-to-read LCD clock is mounted in the tachometer face; LCD readouts are also provided for odometer and tripmeter. Indicator lights display turn-signal and high-beam operation and parking brake application.
  • Flush-mounted dual headlight design features computer-designed multi-reflectors with one left-side-mounted 55-watt H7 low beam and one right-side-mounted 55-watt H7 high beam; the asymmetrical low-beam mode is complemented by the operation of both lights in high-beam mode for superb lighting in nighttime riding conditions.
  • Integrated S2000-style rear taillights complement the Reflex’s sporty appearance.
  • Painted aluminum rear spoiler complements the Reflex’s aerodynamic profile and features passenger handgrips.
  • Handlebar-mounted rear view mirrors utilize sporty housings.
  • Wide, low, padded seat has an adjustable six-position rider backrest that adjusts over a 2-inch range. The long, wide passenger seat is very comfortable for all-day, two-up riding. The spring-loaded locking seat opens to the side, allowing easy loading of the storage compartment.
  • Large-volume, lockable 33-liter underseat storage compartment is large enough to store a briefcase or helmet. A convenience lamp illuminates the storage compartment in low-light conditions.
  • Lockable 7-liter front storage cabinet features two cup trays built into the door.
  • Convenient left-side panel storage pocket.
  • Large, 3.2-gallon fuel tank offers extended cruising range. The fuel door is located behind a locking cover in the frame well between the floorboards.
  • Convenient cable-operated parking brake is engaged by pulling a large handle on the upper-right panel. Pressing down on the handle releases the brake.
  • Auto-adjusting rear parking brake.
  • Powerful 12-volt electrical system and maintenance-free battery offer superb reliability.
  • Ignition switch/steering lock helps keep the Reflex secure when parked.
  • Sidestand switch allows starting only if the sidestand has been retracted and the rear brake lever is applied.
  • Handlebar switches and controls use internationally approved ISO graphic symbols.
  • Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
  • Ownership includes one-year complimentary Membership in the Honda Rider’s Club of America(tm). Benefits include discounts, travel benefits, roadside assistance and much more. For HRCA(r) details, call 1-800-847-HRCA.

Honda Reflex Scooter – Specifications

Model NSS250A(with ABS) / NSS250
Engine Type 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke 72.7mm x 60mm
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Valve Train SOHC; two valves per cylinder
Carburetion 30mm CV with auto-enricher
Ignition: Fully transistorized
Transmission Automatic V-Matic belt drive
Suspension Front: 33mm hydraulic fork; 3.9 inches travel
Rear: Single-side swingarm with dual hydraulic
shocks with seven-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Brakes Front: Single 240mm disc with CBS three-piston caliper
Rear: Single 220mm disc with CBS single-piston caliper
Tires Front: 110/90-13
Rear: 130/70-12
Wheelbase 60.8 inches
Seat Height 28.3 inches
Dry Weight 362 (NSS250A) / 351 pounds (NSS250)
Fuel Capacity 3.2 gallons
Colors Red, Black
California version differs slightly due to emissions equipment.
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