Big Ruckus # 12 today

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by TheReaper!, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. TheReaper!

    TheReaper! Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    653
    Location:
    S.E. Michigan

    There are a lot of gear heads over at Total Ruckus , who know a lot more than me about these .

    This is what I do to all of mine , some people keep them stock and live with the BR gremlins .


    #1 change oil and add only one quart , Honda recommends 1.2 quarts which is to much oil .
    Using the recommended amount gives you oil blow back on to the air filter which leads to cutting
    air off to the engine . Then replace or clean the air filter . What happens is the oil blow back plugs
    the filter leading to a bad bog off the line .


    #2 Re-jet the carb to a 45 pilot and a 102 main , then replace bowl screws with hex heads .


    #3 Replace Honda variator with Jcosta . This eliminates the vibration on take off and the flat spot
    at around 5 MPH . And overall performance from 0 to top speed .


    #4 Replace rear shock , I buy the Bitubo because they work well and I like the looks of them .
    The Honda shock is not only weak , it’s unsafe . On a severe lean the rear tire can lose it’s grip , I know
    because I almost went down . That was enough foe me , I ordered the Bitubo that day .

    That’s pretty much it , now like I’ve said before on this and other forums , some people are quite
    content with the BR stock . I’m not one of them , that’s for SURE ! When I did all of the above to my son’s
    BR he said “O MY GOD IT’S LIKE A WHOLE DIFFERENT SCOOTER” . I concur .

    Most people quite simply are just to cheap to spend the extra say $700 for the up grades , personally I wouldn’t drive a BR without the up grades . But that’s me .


    So there is your write up , short and sweet .


    TheReaper!
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  2. TheReaper!

    TheReaper! Been here awhile

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
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    Location:
    S.E. Michigan
    You're right about the brakes , they are adaquate and that's about it . I've never had one over heat , that said I've never pressed one all out on the freeway . I have taken trips with one , but at slower speeds for several hours of constant driving without any problems . On making changes to the BR , I would like to see a 250 , a 500 and even an 800cc . I would also like to see either a soft tail setup or dual rear shocks and EFI . The bottom line is the BR is what it is , and to me that is once the gremlins have been exorsized , a great around town 250cc scooter .

    Did I mention a very EXPENSIVE around town 250cc scooter ? :deal :lol3

    TheReaper!
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  3. boatmole

    boatmole Druken Wildebeest

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    87
    Location:
    Alameda CA.
    I saw the one in Hollister early on, was said to have been retired CHP officer who owned it, never dropped, well ridden but not as well maintained, was filthy and needed tires and a few other cosmetic fixes when last see. We passed on it. We bought an 06 online from Frontier Harley in Lincoln Nebraska, just arrived today, 7k miles, other than scrape on right floorboard and muffler guard and broken rear brake lever, looks and runs like new, engine is spotless. Not saying what I paid for it, less than than the Hollister bike, much less than the 06 in LA recently listed for $4,900. If you need a good shipper let me know is good and reasonable.

    There is just something about the simplicity and industrial charm of a Big Ruckus, KLR650, Ural Sidecar and a Moto Guzzi that puts the fun factor in motorcycling for me. By the way I've bought, restored and sold 8 out of 10 Ural Sidecars, yes we make money, but its a love for an odd ball machine and the people who ride them that keeps me going. Doesn't matter if your restoring BR or Urals, none of it will make you rich, but it will make you a lot of friends.

    Happy Hollidays.

    Marty
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