My New Chinese Big Ruckus clone thread...

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by deezildennis, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. Gigglingoth

    Gigglingoth Adventurer

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    I run Seafoam in the fuel and oil. I did change the oil as soon as I got it, then again at 50, 100, 200 so far. Dennis, more pictures would be great as I'm a complete novice on scooters and doing my own mods. Any help is always very welcomed. And no, no synthetics :evil. Sadly there was a hold-up on the muffler delivery but it will be here tomorrow. As for the original, I am getting sent a new one but I know it will never get installed. I will never sell this bike...I'll keep dropping new motors in it if I have to lol. I truly love it that much and it fits and suits me perfectly. It's the most solid, sturdy little bike I have come across. I took it out in 55mph head winds and the bike never flinched...I got beat to crap but the bike handled flawlessly. I'm only 4'10 and about 130lbs so this bike just flies for me. I took my step-daughter for a ride and not once did the motor ever sound strained.
  2. deezildennis

    deezildennis Its a what?

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    Which exhaust did you pick do you have a picture of it you can post? No matter what you will have to modify the header pipe to fit the bike like I did. If you end up running into issues modifying it you can send it to me and I can cut and rebend it. I will get some pics of my rear support for the muffler itself. If you run into issues with that I can help you with the rear support as well.

    If the exhaust is like mine it will need a decibal killer in the end of it and you will need to go bigger on the jet in the carb. You need to do that so you don't run it lean. I would stay out of the 55mph range Except for short runs it really taxes a bigger framed bike like these.
    Also keep the seafoam out of the oil. You really don't want tothin the oil out on a small motor like this.
    Keep a good brand of 15w40 in it and change it every 500 or so miles and you'll be fine.
    Let me know about the particular exhaust you bought. I have no problems helping you to modify it. You can send the whole thing here and I can modify it to fit on the rowdy for you.

    The header pipe will need to be repainted after cutting it and welding it. I have a ton of the eastwood paint left over and its held up great for the last few months.

    Good luck with everything!
  3. Gigglingoth

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    Honestly, I'm not looking forward to cutting or moding anything that has to do with metal. I've absolutely no experience with it. I did repair my own cars but that's because I buy the golden oldies and get the repair manual for that specific car, but the heavy duty stuff was sent to shops. I'm not sure how to post pictures yet but here's the item number on ebay 160949543705 Once I figure out the posting thing, I'll get pictures of a quick mount just to see the fitment
  4. deezildennis

    deezildennis Its a what?

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    I was able to see the exhaust. That is a stock replacement style exhaust so you shouldn't have to rejet for it. It will not be much louder than your stock exhaust but it will work. Your header will have to be modified so if you want to send the whole shebang here to me I can modify it and make it fit the rowdy frame. Pm me through the forums and I can send you my address. Once it gets here give me a few days to modify and fit it. I ask that you just paypal me or send a few bucks to get it UPSd back to you. Make sure everything comes with it when you send it so I can mock it up as a unit.

    Take care.
  5. deezildennis

    deezildennis Its a what?

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    That's 1/4" plate bent for the bottom can support. It's way over kill but I don't care.

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    The eastwood paint needs to be redone on this but that isn't the point of the pic. You can get a idea on what I had to do here to the header for proper Muffler placement.

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  6. albest

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  7. theoldduffer

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    I have been looking for a platform for an electric conversion and I like the looks of a Rowdy or one of its similars.

    Rather than buying a new one and orphaning all the engine pars and accessories that I don't need I thought to try to find a used one, but no luck on that as of yet.

    No desire to offend the purists, but has anyone know of a conversion or even on in the process of being done on one of these?

    Any help to further the idea would be greatly appreciated.

    the Old Duffer (tOD)
  8. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    I seem to remember a company advertising an electric scooter; with a picture of a RuCklone Rowdy machine. Purportedly the product.

    Can't vouch for it. The way Chinese businesses work...if they don't have that one in stock, they'll put the cheap motor and cheaper battery on another frame and sell it.

    As for finding a Rowdy secondhand...check out ScooterFinds; they occasionally pop up. Look for a battered one, or a cheap one (indicating abuse) so you don't feel so bad about stripping it out.
  9. Motovista

    Motovista Parts is Parts

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    We call it a Faux Ruckus, or Fauckus. And pronounce it however you want.
  10. Gigglingoth

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    Crazy fast are how the miles rack up. Ive loved every one of them. The bike has been an absolute blast -even with the crazy speedometer. It gets tons of looks and compliments every where I go. I especially love the people that look at it trying to figure out whet the he** it is :evil Today I'm doing the usual oil/gear oil change and bolt tightening
  11. Leshka71

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    hi folks.
    i own this scoot for about 6 month and totally love it. i had to give up my car due to lost job in 2012 and needed something for everyday commute. the price was decent - $1500 out of the door including registration. i knew that chinese scooters are not that good, but with my low budget i had no choice. i have a 20 years engineering background and as we say in ukraine - can make a bullet from a piece of sh..t (excuse my french):lol3. so i took it home and started PDI. what really scared me - almost every single screw and nut has to be re-tightened. i missed couple of them and almost lost my rear wheel nut. i did some modifications. added tachometer and oil temperature gauge. replaced handlebar with lower one. replaced pegs to lower my legs. replaced all turn/brake lights with LED type. replaced head light bulb to halogen one. installed electric fuel pump instead of vacuum. replaced 17G variator rollers to 15G sliders. main carb jet was updated from 105 to 115. also put performance exhaust (FYI: stock exhaust was installed without a gasket). here are some pix:
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  12. Gigglingoth

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    The bike looks great! The footpegs I could never do because of my size :roflbut really is a nice alternative. Did you do any mods t\for the exhaust? And do you prefer the halogen? I just passed my 1000 mile mark and still love everything about the bike. I ride everyday and don't own a car either nor do I plan to
  13. Leshka71

    Leshka71 n00b

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    thank you. for new exhaust installation i had to bent one bracket and drill extra hole in holding plate. that was easy mod. my original headlight bulb was really bad, so i bought a H1 bulb. no extra mod need. i also installed a turn signal buzzer, because i always forget to turn it off. i have almost 4000 miles on it in 6 month. 35 miles everyday. just today i noticed that my master brake cylinder site glass cracked. appears to be a common problem. new project is on its way.
  14. deezildennis

    deezildennis Its a what?

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    Little update. The bike is only ridden a few days a week now. The bike is still running great and has just had the valve set and filters replaced. The painted has faded on the
    handlebars. The fade set in after a hose down with S100 bike wash a while back and I couldn't get it to buff out. I am having these blasted and powdercoated.


    It's a on a tender so no problems starting it after sitting. I still ride this more than my helix.
  15. Leshka71

    Leshka71 n00b

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    Are you going to do it by yourself or in the shop? For $20.00 i replaced mine with chrome one.
  16. deezildennis

    deezildennis Its a what?

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    I am having them powdercoated at a shop.
  17. Leshka71

    Leshka71 n00b

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    should cost you more than $20.00 :)
  18. deezildennis

    deezildennis Its a what?

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    Yes it will, but I want to keep the stock bars and a different style of finish really doesn't appeal to me.
  19. ArtCuisin

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    I have heard of them referred to as Rots of Ruck.
    (As in Lots of Luck, sorta. Not as humorous when
    one has to explain it though.)
  20. deezildennis

    deezildennis Its a what?

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    Put just about 100 miles on Mine today. Seems to be running great.

    I had planned on taking the Helix but my wheel bearings went bad. So everything was taken a little slower with the Rucklone but the back rest really helped out.


    I bought a NOS 2009 FI Hyosung gv650 a while back and it has been my My main ride for a bit. All my little bike have taken a back seat to the new bike unless its raining I made a post about it on the Road warriors section of the adv forum.

    Take care