big ruckus squeaky?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by firebrick, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. EM-50

    EM-50 Been here awhile

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    Hey, It just so happens that is excactly what I used it for. I would get detailed out to other firehouses at the last minute all the time. I would throw all my turnout gear,bedding and workout gear on the old BR. It ain't pretty but useful as hell. 2 other guys on the job picked em up and still have them. Your ever on the southside of Chicago and see a BR its one of them.
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  2. firebrick

    firebrick Been here awhile

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    Awesome. Ya my ninja looks like a gear bomb if I have to use it and the Ural gets worse gas mileage than my car. Looking for the perfect match.
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  3. bbishoppcm

    bbishoppcm It ain't a moped.

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    I believe what made earlier Chinese engines (and thus, scooters) so unpredictable was poor metal casting quality, low quality metals, rubber components (and seals) that would simply disintegrate rapidly, electrical components that were made from sub-standard materials, even frames that were poorly painted. This is all based on my first scooter (a 2005 QianJiang/Vento Triton w/ Minarelli-style 2-stroke engine). That scooter was a prime example of what can go wrong in Chinese manufacturing; porous castings, surface rust on the frame after just a few hundred miles, the exhaust header started rotting away after 1000 miles, the headlamp bulb was just an incandescent bulb... not very bright! Both rims were warped, the speedo was nearly 10mph off, some plastic panels didn't quite fit right... the plastic oil tank leaked, the alarm system and remote starter kept malfunctioning, and the factory spark plug had a bent center electrode. All this aside, I managed to sell it for just a bit more than I paid for it (bought with 660 miles, sold with 1200).
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  4. bbishoppcm

    bbishoppcm It ain't a moped.

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    But this isn't to say my Honda experience has been all sunshine and moonbeams. My elite 150 was a money pit (mostly from 20 years of neglect), and my Helix (although reliable and strong), has required quite a bit of maintenance lately. Don't get me wrong, it's all been well worth the effort, but bikes are bikes... they will need maintenance much more frequently than an automobile; but when you throw Chinese unpredictability into the mix, things can get dicey very quickly.
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  5. wanna bECO

    wanna bECO Been here awhile

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    Great input as always bishop, oh and I checked out your utube channel, ya got a lot of interesting stuff there.

    Reaper is all to right about the BR pricing i'm afraid. Some of you may know that I am into honda passports. I have seen receipts from the dealers when these passports sold new. They would go OTD for 700 and change. I have seen even less too. There is a lady on the c70 yahoo list that paid 2k for one this year. They ALL sell for a grand if they are 12 volt and run decent. We all know that old honda's have frames of solid gold, well..... at least that's what the prices reflect. Fast forward 20 years in the future and BR lore will be abundant with there post apocalyptic zombie killer good looks and honda reliability and I don't doubt the prices will be around 10k with inflation NOT figured into that.
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  6. Warney

    Warney Been here awhile

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  7. firebrick

    firebrick Been here awhile

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    You definitely should go look at it and report back! :evil
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  8. firebrick

    firebrick Been here awhile

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    It was just reposted at 3300. Im surprised its still around, I don't make a trip to Omaha until early next month. Maybe if its still there.....
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  9. wanna bECO

    wanna bECO Been here awhile

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    If the Reaper see's this, that scoot'll be gone!
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  10. Warney

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    Doubtful, unless he wants to make a two day 1500 mile road trip. I think $3000 would get that Scooter, come on Firebrick:nod
    Edited to ad that Big Ruckus has been for sale since March 2nd and there have been 2 price drops since the original listing. That sort of "exotic" won't sell very well here in Harley Country.
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  11. firebrick

    firebrick Been here awhile

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    Hey I'm still trying to talk myself into it. I have this nice 250 ninja here and don't know what the ruckus would do that the ninja doesn't! I still want to try it though.
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  12. Warney

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  13. firebrick

    firebrick Been here awhile

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    Looks like a drop at decent speed. You dont scrape a board like that in the driveway.
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  14. Warney

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    The Aircraft Carriers stick out pretty far and are mounted low enough to serve as crash bars. When they tip over the Aircraft carrier is going to hit first and take the brunt of the fall. That is a pretty stout assembly but the outer painted edge is unprotected so any scraping on them will show. There does not seem to be any discernable marks on the rear corner of the frame or the handlebars and the mirror looks ok on that side. Definitely needs close examination on that side. Unless the frame was tweaked, a little refinishing and a touch up with Arctic Silver would fix that. Easy way to check is to compare the gap between the frame and footboards on both sides.
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  15. TheReaper!

    TheReaper! Been here awhile

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    That is probably a pretty good assumption , especially since the black plastic muffler guard looks brand new .
    What I have found is the floor boards on the BR are rock solid and prevent a lot of the damages in a fall over .
    How bad he went down is a guess from looking at the views offered in the pictures . A brand new floor board
    runs about $70 from Honda . If the muffler and the rear trim is also gouged up you know he took quite a spill .
    One thing about the Big Ruckus is , it can take a pretty good spill and by just replacing the damaged items they
    are as good as new . Still you have to check them out , but I would guess it's fine .
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