How many miles can I get out of a ruckus?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Dysco, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. Dysco

    Dysco Diaper slinger

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    What's high mileage for a 50cc 4-stroke? Distance, not fuel consumption. I'm thinking about buying one to make the commute to school even cheaper.

    There's one on CL with >8k. I figure I'll add at least 4k a year. What say the experts?

    (yes I searched and couldn't find a thing)
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  2. P B G

    P B G Long timer

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    as far as i'm concerned these things will keep running unless neglected.
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  3. Hoseman

    Hoseman pushing rocks.....

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    Its a honda. Don't worry about it. You'll save so much money in gas and free parking that you shoue recoup costs pretty quick. My kymco paid for itself in about 14 months of cheap commuting and free parking. No problems @ 3000 miles and kymco builds engines for Honda (although I don't know if they build the ruckus motor).
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  4. tcs

    tcs Palmer

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    14,000+ miles on my Metropolitan and it runs stronger than when it was new.

    tcs
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  5. vortexau

    vortexau Outside the Pod-bay

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  6. jb

    jb waystupid

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    Oh shit. How am I going to convince my wife I need to trade the Vespa for one of these.:norton
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  7. 4SEVEN3

    4SEVEN3 Been here awhile

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    Thats pretty damn cool!!!

    Found it on the 'net for $1800:evil

    As for the Hondas.....I had a Metro that I bought used that had bad crank bearings. It had around 6k on it and I imagine it was rode hard and put up wet. I got it repaired and it ran beautiful, then sold it....wish I had it back now! The Hondas dont have a oil filter, so keeping fresh oil in it is vital.
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  8. dduelin

    dduelin Prone To Wander, Lord, I Feel It

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    72cc not 50 but my Honda Passport has 19,759 miles on it and runs great.
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  9. Dysco

    Dysco Diaper slinger

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    Nice!


    We're on for a new Ruckus tomorrow. Then it's a few new parts to make it compatable with the local 45MPH arteries.
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  10. Guano11

    Guano11 Stop me if you've heard this one....

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    Bet you can't wear it out.
    You can ruin it with neglect or by beating it up, but you won't wear it out with normal use. Not in this lifetime.
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  11. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    :thumb

    Can't wait to hear about it.

    Most days I want a Ruckus more than any other "big" bike.
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  12. Dysco

    Dysco Diaper slinger

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    This is a bet not to make with me. Honest.


    If I could find a bike weatherproof enough to keep up with me I'd never drive a car. Neglect is letting a good bike sit in a garage, right? :evil
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  13. Dysco

    Dysco Diaper slinger

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    Kate said she would only be interested in riding a scooter, not any of the other bikes we've tried out on her. For me it's a compromise but I'm keeping a good attitude as long as I get to soup it up. Ideally she'll use the ruckus so much I'll have to but a small dualsport (XT225/DR200) for myself. If not, I'll be a scooterista.
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  14. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    That's how I got into 'em. SWMBO took MSF, got a motorcycle, decided scooterin' was more her style. I figure if momma's happy, everyone's happy, so we got a 50cc. I ended up liking the damn thing. :lol3

    We had to buy two because I kept stealing hers to ride.

    Then I got the Stella. Then I started really lusting after a Ruckus. Addictive little buggers.

    The cool part is, after a while, she got confident enough in traffic to consider a small dual sport like a TW or XT225...but said she'd always want the scoot. I figure it's a win-win. :thumb A gateway drug, so to speak.
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  15. Dysco

    Dysco Diaper slinger

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    The dealer with the right price was 35 miles away... and only gave us .2 gallons of gas. I went to the station with the most expensive gas I could find and bought 1.1 gallons at $3.39. :D

    We both brought our gear and traded off in the middle... I saw 45 on a big downhill but the shock bottomed out a few times on bumps and my back didn't care for it. Off to battlescooter to buy a new shock and some go-faster bits...
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  16. Dysco

    Dysco Diaper slinger

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    Now I'm cold. FAR colder than on a bike. I priced a good 12 volt battery and tender at ~$70 to hook up my gerbings jacket that'll run for about an hour and charge in the garage when parked. Does strapping a gel battery to the front rack seem like a bad idea to anyone?
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  17. Scooby-Dew

    Scooby-Dew Adventurer

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    Wan bought his 2008 Ruckus in OCT '07 still riding now..
    He probably has couple hundred more miles by now.
    No mechanical failures, just flat tires. Very durable machine!
    Have fun riding your ruck
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    Bar None Candy Ass

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  19. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    Dysco,

    NICE looking Ruckus. you make me kind of jealous with the gas you will save. :lol3

    Ride on dude!.

    Marc
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  20. commonbear

    commonbear Big Bear Small Bike

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    I bought my Honda Ruckus at the end of April 2006, and have put over 7200 miles on it to-date. In that time all of the engine oil, gear oil, spark plugs, air filters, belts, and variator changes/replacements have been done by myself with no prior automotive experience to speak of (I'm learning and buying tools as I go along). I've only once had to take it to the dealership due to a rear-clutch assembly issue that was simply beyond my meager skills.

    During the first year that I owned it I meticulously tracked every expense of the bike, and here is my personal breakdown:

    Year of motorcycle insurance: $109
    Essential maintenance: $101 (Not including non-essential mods and such)
    Years worth of gas: $153
    Miles driven in first year: 4512

    So... to ride it every day to work and back, plus visit local friends and relatives (and a bit of joy riding on the side) it cost me $363 to ride it 365 days. A dollar a day, including both insurance AND gas. Well worth it.

    :ricky

    Edit: In comparison, during the same year it cost me just over $1200 in insurance, gas, and maintenance for my Jeep (1997 Cheroke Sport) and I drove it approximately 1100 miles, which was mostly 3 big camping trips and helping a friend move. Having it sit in my parking spot for a month or two between drives was pretty common. I sold it this February and haven't bought a replacement yet.
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