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Old 06-22-2011, 09:26 AM   #76
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Father's Day.....My daughters couldn't wait to get outside......



Did breakfast at 7:30AM, rode the Big Ruckus to lunch at 1PM, then took the boat out for a couple hours to do some fishing.

Monday rode over to MTR Racing, picked up the replacement OEM mirror..



Note: Honda charges $5.50 for the locking nut that is needed for the mirror stem to secure it to the brake controls. For $.55 I got a nut that worked from ACE hardware. Talk about a rip off, they don't include the nut.

Then rode over to Dairy Queen for a mid afternoon snack...

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Old 06-22-2011, 11:12 AM   #77
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Then rode over to Dairy Queen for a mid afternoon snack...

now you got me drooling
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:09 PM   #78
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love that Big Ruckus.... oh the terrible things and fun i could have on one...
Rimmy, I shudder to think what you and your crew would do to a Big Ruckus.

Matt, keep the stories and photos coming. And whatever you do, DO NOT let Rimmy and his boys borrow your Ruckus! It might come back renamed "the FrankenRuckus Scoot".

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Old 06-22-2011, 01:04 PM   #79
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Father's Day.....Monday rode over to MTR Racing, picked up the replacement OEM mirror..
Note: Honda charges $5.50 for the locking nut that is needed for the mirror stem to secure it to the brake controls. For $.55 I got a nut that worked from ACE hardware. Talk about a rip off, they don't include the nut.
MTR has Pierspeed scooters on the showroom floor. Talked to them about ordering OEM Pierspeed dogleg style brake levers to retro-fit my E-Ton.
Parts dept. guy informed me that although they sell the scooters they are not a Pierspeed parts dealer.

"HUH?!"

He further stated that they are only carrying these scooters for sale
"as a favor to customers" who may desire relief from escalating gas prices.

Haven't heard a load like that for awhile!

Wonder who's going to 'do a favor' for buyers of these who need replacement stuff...?
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:43 AM   #80
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Unfortunately MTR is in Woonsocket RI, a cesspool of a city thanks to the locals there. Tuesday afternoon on my way to work I was almost made a hood ornament by four of the locals, who decided to drive in both lanes and not give the right of way for a painting crew or oncoming traffic, luckily for me the BR handles curbs and sidewalks like gravel, doesn't faze it at all.

The Perispeed line is not in my opinion, my choice of scooter, yes the Madass looks cool, but it's only good for one, and no storage. The others are rather cheap looking from what I saw on the showroom floor.

And MTR is the only dealership that doesn't post prices on their bikes, and gives MSRP plus their "costs" in the pricing. They have some nice bikes, but I'm too smart to know when the dealer is screwing with the pricing, and know how to walk away, which most people in this area (Woonsocket) don't. Heck $3,000 for a Ruckus, sold to the idiot from Woonsocket, because as he put it "I got a sweeeeet deal!" Yeah, sweet deal, $600 over MSRP.

Now as for why I bought my mirror from them, they had the same price as cheapcycleparts.com, shipping was cheaper from MTR, and even with the tax, still cheaper than the web.

Add in ordering off the web doesn't mean OEM from some sites. I got an OEM gasket and an aftermarket gasket from one site, when I ordered 2 OEM gaskets. When I called I was told they don't carry OEM, and you got a gasket, so they feel they did their part, and hung up on me. And that was the last time I will order parts from that company, mainly because they charged me OEM price for a cheap aftermarket part, and refused to make good on the price difference ($3.00)

At least ordering it local, I'm within arms reach of the poor SOB behind the parts counter, so I can give him some "Love, Hugs, and Feeling" when they F'U my order and I get my mitts on 'em.

Rain is still in the area, hope to move out by Saturday night, so Sunday morning I'll be fishing, and Sunday afternoon maybe I'll convince my father to mount up on the 82cc and we'll ride out to get some lunch.
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Old 06-25-2011, 02:59 PM   #81
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The weather finally started to change, no rain but overcast this afternoon.

So I took advantage of it, did some maintenance on the BR.
First fitted the aftermarket Kuryakyn Universal Throttle Assist.

http://www.kuryakyn.com/Products/3784/Universal-Econo-Throttle-Assist

Then I addressed the fact that the BR was starting to get louder every ride, and more like a Harley than a Honda.

So I pulled the Muffler and Exhaust pipe, and found the gasket sealing the head to the exhaust pipe was disintergrated.



Notice the OEM on the Right (all rusty and burnt) versus the Silver Bullet on the left (along with the up-jet kit)

So 20 minutes, an 11mm Socket on a 12" extension 1/4" ratchet, and a 14mm socket on a breaker bar, and my Honda sounds like it did 3000 miles ago, nice and quiet.

Add in I found that while on the center stand, a new use for the BR Cargo Area behind the seat.....



Tool Bench!

Off fishing in the morning, maybe a ride in the afternoon.....
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Old 06-26-2011, 06:50 AM   #82
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I just started reading a little bit about the chronic problems BR's have with that exhaust gasket. Can you describe how your problem progressed a little more? Is it just noise that led you to check it out? Thanks.
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:51 AM   #83
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Meanstreaker, I read about the Silver Bullet back when I got the BR and figured that when the OEM gasket went, I would put in a Silver Bullet.

As for diagnosing, I noticed the bike getting louder when riding, and finally decided to do something. It was gradual increase in sound, plus the last night I rode it my pant leg was getting warmer than usual, figured it was time to do something about it.
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Old 06-26-2011, 04:54 PM   #84
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Good one,Matt.

Sorry to hear about your mirror saga but it`s nice to read about you looking after the Big Ruckus and keeping it in good order.
Especially after the fun and adventure it`s been bringing you.
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:29 AM   #85
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Thanks Tarka.

So this weekend I did some more riding, but first I wondered how I ever got along without the net......





or a cup holder.....



and for proof of stock top end speed so far.....



Finally some moving pics, I used the throttle lock which now frees up my right hand, which makes mobile shots with the Fuji Z33WP digital camera easier (just got to work on the timing issue)....enjoy!







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Old 06-30-2011, 03:35 PM   #87
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I know I recognize this view but can't seem to place it... ? ?
Hi hammerspur, it's Route 20 Westbound in Charlton, coming down the long hill just before the lights at 31 and 20. I was actually right across from the Trolley Crossing when I snapped it, with the throttle locked at about 1/2 way (and still picked up speed)

Now I'm just waiting for tires, the rear is getting a little slippery on the road, especially when transitioning from pavement to gravel.
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Old 07-02-2011, 03:14 PM   #88
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The new tires arrived yesterday afternoon via USPS Parcel Post, I checked them out, but not enough time to do anything about them before leaving for work.

The BR has been getting a little slick on the old IRCs when cornering at speed, so this should solve the problem.

So next week I'll be putting the new rubber on the BR.

Bonus, tomorrow morning I'm headed to the movies to see "Larry Crowne"

I'll let you guys know what I think of it.
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:25 PM   #89
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So, how are the new tires working, and what did you think of the movie?
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Well the new tires are still in the box, been busy between work and the girlfriend to get around to changing the tires, hope to get them done before the weekend.

As for Larry Crowne, I liked it. It hit home in so many ways to relate with society today, people losing jobs, forclosures, and coping with it. Definately would watch it again. Yes it could have been better, seems the writing could have used a little more to the story, but it was good, and I liked it.

So tomorrow I'm hoping to get the rear tire done, maybe both front and rear if I have time and the weather cooperates.
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