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Old 03-25-2012, 09:29 AM   #1
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big ruckus squeaky?

There is a big ruckus for sale I've seen but the owner states that its squeaky upon acceleration? Is that normal?
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:52 AM   #2
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Pure guess, the engine hanger bushings are probably dry. Common issue on the Honda CH250.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:12 PM   #3
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Could be several different things , take it for a test ride if itís priced decently just grab it .How many miles on it ?




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Old 03-25-2012, 02:39 PM   #4
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4100, original owner. What's a reasonable price?
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:16 PM   #5
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4100, original owner. What's a reasonable price?
I'd say $3,000 up to $4,500 depending on how badly you want it, and how rare the seller thinks the machine is... (they are quite rare).
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:17 PM   #6
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There is a big ruckus for sale I've seen but the owner states that its squeaky upon acceleration? Is that normal?
Define "Squeaky."
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:40 PM   #7
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Define "Squeaky."
Heck if I know. I'll find out when I go look at it.
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:03 PM   #8
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4100, original owner. What's a reasonable price?
Depending on the cosmetics / over all condition , you're probably in the $3,500 all the way to $4,000 range .
Right off you're going to need new tires if he hasn't replaced them yet , and I seriously doubt that he has .
When and if you get it , be sure to read my write up on what you need to do to get it running right .

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Old 03-25-2012, 05:54 PM   #9
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I know a lot of you guys love these Ruckus', but I don't get it. It has no wind/weather protection, no storage, no step-thru nor a flat floorboard for carrying things and it seems to take a few mods to make them right even off the showroom floor (I read about tranny mods and suspension mods). The nicest thing I notice about them is the backrest.

For $3500 - $4000 I could think of other scoots that are really scoots that I would buy. I only paid $3500 for a three year old Vespa GTS a year ago. Wind/weather protection, storage built in, almost flat floorboard and classic looks. My wife just got a Majesty with 10,000 miles on it in excellent condition for $2800 two weeks ago. If I wanted to be exposed to the weather, and I was spending that kind of money, I could find low mileage motorcycles with 750-900 cc's. Lots of Yamahondakawazuki cruisers out there looking for a home.

Not knockin' you guys, just commenting.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:07 PM   #10
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Foldart, I think the general public agreed with you as it had a short run. The fact that it's quirky and has low production #'s makes it collectable as it truly looks unique. I like the large lashing area behind the upright seat and the fact that it looks like it could handle a fall without much damage.

BTW, congratulate your wife on her new ride.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:20 PM   #11
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tastroman, I will tell her. She is still getting used to it. I never knew that they could take off so slowly and not tip over. I'm kind of a WOT take off guy.

She is signed up for a MSF course in about 4 weeks. I'll feel much better after she has taken it.
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:01 PM   #12
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I know a lot of you guys love these Ruckus', but I don't get it. It has no wind/weather protection, no storage, no step-thru nor a flat floorboard for carrying things and it seems to take a few mods to make them right even off the showroom floor (I read about tranny mods and suspension mods). The nicest thing I notice about them is the backrest.

For $3500 - $4000 I could think of other scoots that are really scoots that I would buy. I only paid $3500 for a three year old Vespa GTS a year ago. Wind/weather protection, storage built in, almost flat floorboard and classic looks. My wife just got a Majesty with 10,000 miles on it in excellent condition for $2800 two weeks ago. If I wanted to be exposed to the weather, and I was spending that kind of money, I could find low mileage motorcycles with 750-900 cc's. Lots of Yamahondakawazuki cruisers out there looking for a home.

Not knockin' you guys, just commenting.


I can only speak for myself on what makes the BR attractive .


#1 it’s not plastic

#2 it sits more like a motorcycle

#3 I like the military no nonsense look

#4 wide tires and low center of gravity

#5 rear deck accommodates a mega sized trunk that can carry more than any bike I know of

#6 it’s very comfortable to drive

#7 it’s quite flickable in traffic

#8 floor boards are very solid in a tip over

#9 very solid built and feel

Overall it’s just a great little work horse as a daily driver . People either love them , or hate them it seams .
For me mostly it’s the over all utility of it .


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Old 03-25-2012, 07:26 PM   #13
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It is quite the price increase compared to my ninja 250. I carry a lot of stuff quite often is why I was looking. I passed up a bargain BR last year just up the road and have been kicking myself since. Something about them I like.
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:26 PM   #14
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I bought my Big Ruckus from a fellow in Adair, Iowa, is that the bargain one you mention?
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:28 PM   #15
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I can only speak for myself on what makes the BR attractive .


#1 itís not plastic

#2 it sits more like a motorcycle

#3 I like the military no nonsense look

#4 wide tires and low center of gravity

#5 rear deck accommodates a mega sized trunk that can carry more than any bike I know of

#6 itís very comfortable to drive

#7 itís quite flickable in traffic

#8 floor boards are very solid in a tip over

#9 very solid built and feel

Overall itís just a great little work horse as a daily driver . People either love them , or hate them it seams .
For me mostly itís the over all utility of it .


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Agreed on all of these. Except that none of them make it worth the premium they carry, as rare items.

I had to think long and hard about this - as a BR appeared in an old neighborhood of mine, 1500 miles away but someplace where I know people and how things work. I could do it; but, since I have a Big Ruckclone, why bother? The clone does 80 percent of what the BR does, and some of what it doesn't do, is an advantage. Overheat, for example.

It tops out at 52 mph. Well, some tweaking ought to get me close to 60; and that's plenty fast on that sort of cycle. If I want to go faster, either of my others will do it for me. A BR won't do 80-90, either - that's why I have the R1200.

Doesn't ride as well? Sure. It costs, NEW, a third of what a USED BR costs. And the GY6 engine is bulletproof and standardized. And I don't have to worry about theft.

Enjoy your Big Ruck. Just as I'll enjoy my urban ghetto cruiser, on city streets and at lower speeds.
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