Austin TX to Piedras Negras MX on a Ruckus

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by rsayers, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. rsayers

    rsayers Adventurer

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    Hi everyone, I just returned from my first long-ish ride on my Ruckus. I rode from Austin tx to Eagle Pass TX where I parked the Ruck to go spend the weekend in Mexico.

    I have a full write-up of the trip on my blog

    One question: How does everyone else deal with the literal PITA the ride becomes after a few hours? I'm sure upgrading to a maxi-scoot would be a big help, but I enjoy the Ruckus... just not the pain :)
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  2. bobcat

    bobcat recalculating

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    Wow. Nice ride! :thumb A sheepskin seatcover would probably help the PITA somewhat. You could get one fairly cheaply at Ikea, you'll just need to figure out how to attach it.
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  3. rsayers

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    Im actually going to Ikea tomorrow, i'll look into that. Thanks!
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  4. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    Have you tried a beaded seat cover? (BeadRider type)
    Works for me on my XT225 and SYM HD200.
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  5. rsayers

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    Never heard of those before. Doesnt seem very comfortable from looking at it, I need to find a shop that carries them to see one in person.
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  6. Macushla

    Macushla Foxy Moron

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    I hope I don't come off like a stalker but I was looking at your blog (curiosity, I grew up in Austin) and I want to know the story behind your three-legged turtle!
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  7. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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    :photog
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  8. bobcat

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    Lone Star BMW has carried them in the past, I don't know if they still do though.
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  9. tortoise2

    tortoise2 Been here awhile

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    Gel type cushion.
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  10. wannabe1

    wannabe1 Been here awhile

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    rsayers, thats a cool trip. I am trying to talk myself out of buying a ruckus right now!
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  11. rsayers

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    Lol, no worries. I actually just moved to Austin in June.

    When I was 9 or 10 (yikes, 20 years ago!) my dad was mowing the lawn and rolled right over a baby turtle. The blade didn't touch her, but when he picked her up he noticed she was already missing a front leg. No scarring, sores, or anything like that, and she couldn't have been very old, so our best guess is that it was a birth defect.

    My dad kept her until about 3 years ago, after my mom passed away he decided to move out of the house where I grew up and didn't think he could properly care for her at his new place (small apartment) so I took over the turtle ranching duties.

    She's pretty cool, always an interesting conversation piece. And at this point, practically a family heirloom.
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  12. rsayers

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    Browse http://www.totalruckus.com, if that won't force you over the edge, nothing will.

    I seriously love mine though, I ride it to work every day, play around in the twisties, and it always gets attention. The aftermarket is insane too.
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  13. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    I use a bead seat on my BMW R1150R and on my K75. It is very comfortable for long distances; 300+ days, week at a time.

    Be aware that Gel cushions can get damn hot sitting in the sun. I would never use one because of that.
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  14. rsayers

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    The beaded seats seem pretty interesting, I'll start checking there.

    Another MS person, cool. I just moved here from Hattiesburg.
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