in the back of the 1986 Honda Elite Scooter brochure under optional accessories
was this little item: "AM/FM stereo audio system includes twin flush
mounted speakers and a four-function handlebar mounted remote control with five
station pre-sets. An optional power booster is also available."
This stereo add-on was a big item in the mid-80s. Initially intended for the
CN250 Honda Helix and adapted for the CH250 as P/N #0811S-KM1-00, the Hondaline
Kenwood stereo listed for $399 not including dealer installation costs. Also
available was the 20x20 watt Kenwood (KAM-100H)booster for an additional $80.
Order sheets from Honda dealers indicated that the unit could be factory
installed when the scooter was ordered and included the booster. Since the
average suggested retail price of a 1986 Honda CH250 was about $3200, the stereo
represented a sizeable addition to the price of the scooter! Numbers are not
available but few of these stereos were actually seen as OEM equipment.
The five-watt Kenwood tuner (KRM-100H), featured seek and scan push button
tuning and a lighted display. Five AM presets and five FM were controlled by the
handle bar mounted remote control. The tuner, with its separate amplifier which
was mounted in the scooter locking glove box with the booster, displayed the
AM/FM band, station frequency or time, stereo indicator and preset channel. The
handlebar remote controlled the volume, tuning, AM/FM band and preset channels.
The three-inch Kenwood speakers (KSM-251H) were rated at 10 watts. At highway
speeds without the added booster, extended volume was needed for listening which
increased the sound distortion. The 20 watt booster helped somewhat, but
realistic listening enjoyment was attained at lower highway speeds.
Although not listed in brochure literature, there were actually three different
Kenwood stereo sets available: radio and speakers, radio and helmet adapter (for
helmet headset) and radio and speakers and amp.
Each of the Kenwood stereo components plugged into each other easily. This
plug-in type modular design with their features and functions and compactness
made the stereo unique for its day. Although underpowered by today's standards,
its novelty as a desired option still exists.
For operation instructions of the Kenwood AM/FM stereo see:
Pozzi (Rev. 5/2006)