For dealers only, please call 310 783-3958. North American models get a new colour for the turn signal indicator light. This is the first scooter engine to mount a tiny radiator on the side of the motor and use a flywheel mounted fan to blow air on it. When only the rear brake lever is used, a proportioning mechanism gradually applies the front brake. Floorboards narrow below the seat to allow the rider to place both feet on the ground easily. This design is very efficient, compact and elegant compared to scooters with coolant hoses running all over the place to a randomly located radiator. While not making as much power as similarly sized dirt bike or sport bike, the Big Ruckus's motor was a very low stress design that has every indication of being an extremely long lasting engine.
Owner and Founder of Total Motorcycle. How is the rest of the scooter? Overall, sales were few but the people who did buy the Big Ruckus generally rave about this scooter. The main downsides are the lack of the enclosed storage space and lack of options to spruce up this performance of this engine. I picked up a new black 2003 Ruckus in spring 2004 and rode it everywhere. Almost nothing is above the wheels.
Curiously, this maintenance schedule makes no mention of the drive belt. Rider application of the front brake lever activates the front brake in conventional fashion. They make great desktop images. Secondly, the Ruckus cleverly runs electrical current in reverse through the alternator to start the motor. Design and Amenities The Ruckus holds a soft spot in my heart because this is the scooter that got me into the scene. Discussion So what is there not to like? The motor is also found in the Metropolitan, but with a shorter swing arm to suit that scooters smaller back wheel. Ultimately, the Big Ruckus is a love it or hate it scooter.
Other minor complaints with the Ruckus include no front disc brake, cheap suspension and the lack of a fuel gauge. If you don't, have a look at Honda's which shares the same motor and many other similarities while offering more normal styling. Largely as a result of that winter driving, I decided to sell my slightly rusty Ruckus and get a new white 2006 one. There's also the styling which always seem to polarize people into a strong opinion one way or the other. This means that drivers of all heights can find a comfortable setup. The only noteworthy changes were made for 2006 when Honda fixed a problem with the engine ventilation and raised the redline by 10%. Sales were again tepid which led Honda to drop the Big Ruckus from its North American lineup after 2006.
Unique features — Rugged styling — Sliding adjustable seat and convertible passenger saddle that becomes rider backrest. Over its run, the rugged Ruckus received very few changes aside from color offerings. None of the cons are deal breakers and most of them can be addressed by you. This makes owning a Ruckus a very enjoyable and expensive hobby. The open concept design of this scooter suits creative individuals who will be able to bungee nearly anything down in the large space behind the seat. © 2008 - 2018 Motor Scooter Guide - -. The seat can be adjusted by inserting the ignition key into a keyhole on the front side of the seat and then operating the seat slide lever.
After slow sales in 2005, Honda offered the Big Ruckus in silver for 2006. By using a horizontal motor and by locating the fuel tank inside the floorboard instead of under the seat, Honda kept all the weight very close to the ground. Another upside to the Ruckus is the awesome handling due to its super low center of gravity. Check out the links below to learn more about the Ruckus and get involved. The fuel door is located behind a locking cover in the frame well between the floorboards. Everywhere you go people ask where they can get one.
Additional Features — Integrated textured floorboards angle upward in the front for optimum rider foot placement when riding. You are making a difference to millions of riders worldwide. It seems that it appealed to quite a different but passionate audience than intended. I has 520 miles on it now and I have not done anything to it. The Ruckus simply has a low fuel light that comes on when you have 1 litre 0. The Big Ruckus also has a really cool storage canister on the right side near the back. You can expect an honest 85-100mpg while driving around at full throttle.
Rather, it would have been nice to have an engine with a removable cylinder so big bore kits that add serious power are an option. Since 2006, Honda has not made any changes aside from color options and they switched the color of the blinker indicator to green from orange around 2008. By inserting the ignition key into a keyhole on the right side, the seat can be folded up into a backrest position revealing a large, flat cargo area. Supporting over Motorcyclists and Motorcycling for 19 great years. Back in Japan, the Big Ruckus continued to be sold thru 2007 before production ceased altogether.
I poured my heart into modifying that Ruckus and had just finished it when this picture shown in white was taken in spring, 2007. I rode it year round for the two years which was a difficult feat in Canadian winters. I apologize for taking so much of your time. Outside North America, some other colors were used for the frame tubing and the side panels which were always black in North America such as Olive Drab Green. With performance like this, you can hold your own on the highway and cruise nicely on backroads. Mountain bikes, surf boards, lumber and bags of golf clubs can all secured to the Ruckus if you set your mind to it. The great parts of the Ruckus are its brilliantly designed engine, rugged and timeless style and Honda quality.
Combine that with a low seat height 28. This spins the flywheel and cranks the engine over, while being virtually silent. This area is great for storage a few tools or your lunch. 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. The seat is engineering perfection. Application of the rear brake lever activates the rear brake and front brake together. The downsides to the Ruckus are all things that can be partially addressed by the vast aftermarket scene.