Wow, this is seriously cool. Love that bulldog, always been my favorite breed. I already have 3 scooters, but this really makes me want to get a Ruckus off craigslist and do the conversion. I like the "no bling" approach. Could probably do the whole thing for around $3K. I "only" weigh about 230, so I should be ok. I see a lot of things I could do with a scooter like that using some stuff I already have, and paint. Chrome is expensive, paint isn't. Since it is such a simple project, it looks like something I could actually get done without getting bogged down due to a lack of time.
Only thing that concerns me is the legal status of such a scooter. We have some real pricks for cops here, and it would have to be registered as a 50cc, and most cops could probably tell it was bigger than that, plus what would you register it as? No insurance company here that I know of will insure a home built vehicle, so it would have to be insured as a 50cc as well, which I could likely get away with, unless I had an accident. Then my insurance probably wouldn't be any good.
2002 Vulcan 750 (being repaired, engine has to come out) 2013 Royal Enfield B5
2001 XT225, 2009 Genuine Stella
2012 Zuma 125, 1980 Puch moped