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Old 03-21-2008, 08:19 AM   #1
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How many miles can I get out of a ruckus?

What's high mileage for a 50cc 4-stroke? Distance, not fuel consumption. I'm thinking about buying one to make the commute to school even cheaper.

There's one on CL with >8k. I figure I'll add at least 4k a year. What say the experts?

(yes I searched and couldn't find a thing)
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Old 03-21-2008, 08:34 AM   #2
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as far as i'm concerned these things will keep running unless neglected.
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Old 03-21-2008, 10:41 AM   #3
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Its a honda. Don't worry about it. You'll save so much money in gas and free parking that you shoue recoup costs pretty quick. My kymco paid for itself in about 14 months of cheap commuting and free parking. No problems @ 3000 miles and kymco builds engines for Honda (although I don't know if they build the ruckus motor).
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Old 03-21-2008, 06:29 PM   #4
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Old 03-28-2008, 03:57 AM   #5
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For something just a little differant . . .
a Sachs Madass 50cc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rwmb...eature=related
(You Tube 1:00 "Sachs MadAss 50cc Motorcycle Demo")

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Old 03-28-2008, 01:27 PM   #6
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Oh shit. How am I going to convince my wife I need to trade the Vespa for one of these.
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Old 03-30-2008, 02:46 PM   #7
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Thats pretty damn cool!!!

Found it on the 'net for $1800

As for the Hondas.....I had a Metro that I bought used that had bad crank bearings. It had around 6k on it and I imagine it was rode hard and put up wet. I got it repaired and it ran beautiful, then sold it....wish I had it back now! The Hondas dont have a oil filter, so keeping fresh oil in it is vital.
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Old 03-31-2008, 06:52 PM   #8
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72cc not 50 but my Honda Passport has 19,759 miles on it and runs great.
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Old 03-31-2008, 11:55 PM   #9
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72cc not 50 but my Honda Passport has 19,759 miles on it and runs great.
Nice!


We're on for a new Ruckus tomorrow. Then it's a few new parts to make it compatable with the local 45MPH arteries.
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Old 04-01-2008, 12:29 AM   #10
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Bet you can't wear it out.
You can ruin it with neglect or by beating it up, but you won't wear it out with normal use. Not in this lifetime.
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Old 04-01-2008, 07:05 AM   #11
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Nice!


We're on for a new Ruckus tomorrow. Then it's a few new parts to make it compatable with the local 45MPH arteries.


Can't wait to hear about it.

Most days I want a Ruckus more than any other "big" bike.
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Old 04-01-2008, 11:24 AM   #12
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Bet you can't wear it out.
You can ruin it with neglect or by beating it up, but you won't wear it out with normal use. Not in this lifetime.
This is a bet not to make with me. Honest.


If I could find a bike weatherproof enough to keep up with me I'd never drive a car. Neglect is letting a good bike sit in a garage, right?
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Old 04-01-2008, 11:28 AM   #13
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Can't wait to hear about it.

Most days I want a Ruckus more than any other "big" bike.
Kate said she would only be interested in riding a scooter, not any of the other bikes we've tried out on her. For me it's a compromise but I'm keeping a good attitude as long as I get to soup it up. Ideally she'll use the ruckus so much I'll have to but a small dualsport (XT225/DR200) for myself. If not, I'll be a scooterista.
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Old 04-01-2008, 12:43 PM   #14
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Kate said she would only be interested in riding a scooter, not any of the other bikes we've tried out on her. For me it's a compromise but I'm keeping a good attitude as long as I get to soup it up. Ideally she'll use the ruckus so much I'll have to but a small dualsport (XT225/DR200) for myself. If not, I'll be a scooterista.
That's how I got into 'em. SWMBO took MSF, got a motorcycle, decided scooterin' was more her style. I figure if momma's happy, everyone's happy, so we got a 50cc. I ended up liking the damn thing.

We had to buy two because I kept stealing hers to ride.

Then I got the Stella. Then I started really lusting after a Ruckus. Addictive little buggers.

The cool part is, after a while, she got confident enough in traffic to consider a small dual sport like a TW or XT225...but said she'd always want the scoot. I figure it's a win-win. A gateway drug, so to speak.
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Old 04-01-2008, 07:27 PM   #15
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That's how I got into 'em. SWMBO took MSF, got a motorcycle, decided scooterin' was more her style. I figure if momma's happy, everyone's happy, so we got a 50cc. I ended up liking the damn thing.
The dealer with the right price was 35 miles away... and only gave us .2 gallons of gas. I went to the station with the most expensive gas I could find and bought 1.1 gallons at $3.39.

We both brought our gear and traded off in the middle... I saw 45 on a big downhill but the shock bottomed out a few times on bumps and my back didn't care for it. Off to battlescooter to buy a new shock and some go-faster bits...
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