The Saga of Sportsman Matt and the Big Ruckus

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  1. Sportsman Matt

    Sportsman Matt Xtremely Bad Example

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    OK, so here goes....

    Years ago I used to ride dirt bikes, borrow a bike from a friend and ride, back in the days when as long as you weren't bothering anyone, no one noticed, and no one bothered you having your fun.

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    Then time passed and I was on a camping trip back in October of '10, and one of my fellow camping enthusiasts brought along a couple 50cc scooters with the 125cc engines installed. We rode for 3 days around Salem, had a blast and fun.

    Then In November of '10, I bought one of my own, a 06 Shanghai Meitian MT50QT-2 50cc scooter with a blown engine.

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    Now not being unskilled in mechanics, I bought a new engine, tore it down along with the old engine, and rebuilt it into a 82cc powerplant for the little red scooter.

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    But I just wasn't satisfied. So I decided I would look at motorcycles or larger scooters. I got lots of info on 250cc motorcycles, and visited several dealerships along the way.

    Then by chance I met a salesman named Brad from Parkway Cycle at the Motorcycles, Midgets, and Mayhem Tour Motorcycle Expo in RI. He asked if I would be willing to take a trip up to Everett,MA to look at what he had for inventory.

    So after several failed attempts, I made it up there to look originally at a 2006 Kymco Xciting 250. I wasn't too impressed, it was just a little oversized for me and there was a concern with a health condition I have developing, something I know will affect my riding in the future.

    So I looked around and saw the 2011 Honda Ruckus, a cute red machine, but only 50cc. Then I saw the Yamaha Zuma. Those dual headlights on those scooters just scream out "come ride me, and bring the 30-30 so we can jack a deer tonight!" It's just cool looking. Then I mentioned the fact that I liked the Ruckus but was looking for a Big Ruckus, something that was very rare to find in the area.

    Ss Brad told me to follow him upstairs into the motorcycle loft.

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    There it was... a 2006 Honda Big Ruckus with 4k on the odometer.

    So we made the deal, a couple more trips and that Saturday I brought it home from the dealer.

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    Then Saturday I remembered how tough it was to keep a bike level on snow. Sunday wasn't much better.

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    And today I have the tag for it. (Downfall was $325.94 for sales tax, title, and registration....glad I only have to pay the title and sales tax on it once)

    Now I'm sitting here, thinking about my new BR, thinking about the trips I will take, and the accessories I'll need to make my adventuring life easier.

    More to come......
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  2. windburn

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    Sportsman Matt, your going to have a Blast!:clap
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  3. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    Whew. You scared me. When I read the "Then I remembered how hard it is to keep a bike level in the snow...." I thought something bad had happened.

    Congrats on the bike. Looking forward to some cool RR when the weather breaks.
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  4. Sportsman Matt

    Sportsman Matt Xtremely Bad Example

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    Thanks guys, I wasn't trying to scare anyone with the snow riding, but that's what's so much fun about it. back when I was young and stupid (yes kids there was a time in life when people were young, and the stupid part, well just take my word for it, as most people forget to grow out of the stupid part) I used to take dirt bikes out in the snow with a couple buddies, we would do stuff like, see who could ride the edge of the snow bank the farthest at 25mph, or do donuts in the snow, or see who could make it up over the top of the snow pile fastest. Not the brightest thing to do as a teenager, but it sure was fun at times, plus two things. 1) if you actually did it without bodily harm, you were a god. 2) if you wiped out and crashed, you were ok, but talked about for months later (...remember when dufus tried jumping the snow bank and hit the side of the barn... or remember when dippy was riding and went end for end off the ridge into the stream that happened to be warmer than the air by about 2 degrees....)

    I was lucky, I didn't wipe out anything then, and came close twice with a little rear tire wagging in the hardpack, but the BR did just fine.

    Now the trick is to get it to the shop for an inspection sticker next week.
    (although the lady at the MADOT told me that she didn't want to see me out riding or worrying about the sticker until spring)
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  5. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    Now you can haught the total ruckus website. cool
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  6. btcn

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    Wow, I LOVE your Big Ruckus! You look great on it, it fits you very well!:clap
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  7. Sportsman Matt

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    Thanks btcn, I'm looking foreward to running it this spring.

    Looking at storage, looking into a bag for the front rack and either a set of saddlebags for the back or a duffle bag I can strap down.

    So many ideas, so much to play with. Also planning out a couple trips with the fishing gear.

    Scary part is after buying the Big Ruckus, I want to add a shiny 2011 red 50cc Ruckus to the garage also. Maybe in 2 years, after I pay off the Big Ruckus and the travel trailer.

    At least insurance wasn't bad, $98.00 a year for the Big Ruckus on top of my regular truck insurance policy.

    Looking at Monday morning, dropping the truck cap off again, loading the Big Ruckus into the truck bed, and going down to see the local shop for an Inspection Sticker.

    Sure glad it's rain tonight and not snow up here.
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  8. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    I had a clapped out BR for a while and had fun with it. It's an attention getter. The riding position was hard on my butt and back though.

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  9. btcn

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    Wow! Thats moving pretty well at 75 MPH. What speed does Big Ruck really top out at?
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  10. Sportsman Matt

    Sportsman Matt Xtremely Bad Example

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    Well I got out to ride yesterday, and now I'm legal with both the inspection and the registration stickers (registration is until December, the inspection is May 31, 2012)

    Nice riding, got up to 60/62 MPH on the highway, cruised at 50 MPH, but having just the half shell and glasses was a might chilly on the face up here in MA.

    But the 16 miles was fun, a little cold riding, but very very relaxing and fun.
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  11. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    Matt - Plan your trip now for a ride down south. Bet that BR will be sweet on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Down to the Dragon and the Cherohola Skyway.
    Lot's of good folks over that way would be happy to show you around!
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  12. Tarka

    Tarka Doesn't wave back.

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    Hiya Matt

    I really enjoyed reading your tale of discovery leading to buying your "Big Ruckus" ...a machine which I`ve never seen before.

    It looks great fun and it really suits you.

    Hoping you have miles of smiles on it and I`m looking forwards to seeing some travel photos from your dream rides aboard it.
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  13. Dranrab Luap

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    That was a downhill, down wind, throttle pinned, WOT run.
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  14. btcn

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    Really? 75 MPH is the top speed? I thought it shared the same motor as the Reflex, and its supposed to top out at 80-85 MPH. Maybe aerodynamics or gearing? But still, that is plenty for almost all riding. So it can cruise just fine at 65 MPH, which is enough for most highway riding.
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  15. Sportsman Matt

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    Same motor, different gearing in the rear. But the nice part is the torque. I got up to 60/62 MPH, but it was cold out and the engine wasn't fully warmed up, probably could have done 75 if it weren't for the wind and my bulk acting like a wind brake on the road. Of course having the seat up made it pleasant to ride, but kept me upright so I wasn't able to pull a Rollie Free (I'm sure the locals and the local PD were glad I wasn't trying to do a Rollie Free, I'm sure my physique would probably land me a gross lewdness charge or similar)

    Was charting out a trip to the White Mountains of NH sometime this summer, trying to figure out how to make it an overnight trip but I need to wait to see who is taking what for vacation time this year.

    Also planning a trip to Dogtown MA, one of the last ghost towns in MA, up around Gloucester and Cape Ann.

    Don't think I'm quite ready for the Dragon yet, maybe next year.

    Picked up some stainless steel hardware to replace the license plate hardware, and some new body panel fasteners for the battery box and electrical cover also. Hope to get them in by the weekend, maybe.
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  16. btcn

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    Oh, okay, that makes plenty of sense. The finial reduction gears are a bit shorter? Thats simple, so if you ever want more top end just swap out the reduction gears with Reflex gears and there you go! But that should be just fine for now. Also note that with smaller displacement bikes you have to give them some time to get up to top speed.
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  17. Sportsman Matt

    Sportsman Matt Xtremely Bad Example

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    Well it's been an interesting couple of days.
    First I've RSVP'd the Twisted Touring club up here in MA, they are doing a MA/VT/NY day ride on May 28th. I'm planning on attending, provided I can get time off from work.

    Then I was looking at some really cool bags for the BR. Problem with them is that the manufacturer warns not to use them on painted surfaces as the texture of the bag material acts like sandpaper when riding. Too bad because they looked really cool.

    And the Rider Course I need to take for my 10% discount on the insurance and to obtain my Class M endorsement on my license, is going to cost $279 and I can take it during the week, not just the weekend. So I'm planning on as early in April as I can get scheduled right now.

    And the Meitian just needs to be jetted, but until I get it out of the basement, that will have to wait until April also (and I know there will be some pressure from my 68 year old father to take it for a spin after it's set up)

    So far life is good, now just waiting for the snow to melt off, the sand and salt to be washed off the roadways, and the pavement to dry off. Then I'll be riding.
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  18. Sportsman Matt

    Sportsman Matt Xtremely Bad Example

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    OK, I'll admit I should have been on this thread earlier.....

    First, the girlfriend was extremely happy I spent February 14th with her. of course because of work, the next February 14th on a Sunday or Monday won't be until 2016, so she's happy for now...and you know if she isn't happy, well.....

    So I was a busy boy this week, the temperatures started to climb in the area, so I took a ride Wednesday for a 1/2 mile down to the traffic lights in the next town and back. Thursday I did even better, I went to Autozone (not on the bike) and picked up some new panel fasteners. Problem was Honda used 5mm plastic rivets to hold the panels together. I had drilled them out and used 1/4" panel fasteners with removable phillips head screws (all plastic of course) Replaced the 3 under the seat over the electrical and 2 on the side body panels as shown in the pic below:

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    So with the panels now secured, I decided to take a ride today, rode up to the local lumber yard, then the post office, then back past the house to Stop and Shop for some Motts Apple Juice Boxes for my nephew (he's 4) So with 1-1/2 hours of riding in, I felt really good today.

    Now notes to self....storage bags, storage, storage, storage. Sucks trying to keep a 12 pack of juice boxes inside your jacket without losing them on the highway. Gotta work on the storage....

    Also April 4th and 5th I'll be in the Basic Rider Course mandated by the Kommonwealth of Taxachusetts so I can 1) get my MC endorsement on my license to ride at night, and 2) 10% off my insurance for "driver training"

    More to come, but the temps are going to drop over the next couple days with more snow and rain, so riding may be over for a couple weeks until the weather improves.....
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  19. Sportsman Matt

    Sportsman Matt Xtremely Bad Example

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    I'm either a really tough rider or too dense to realize how cold the wind chill factor gets out on the road.

    I started the morning, a balmy 24 degrees F, with uncovering the Big Ruckus to see if the battery was affected by the cold over the last couple days. So I did what any ADV folks would do. I started it up, let it warm up to proper operating temperature, then hopped on to drive around the driveway and yard (can't let it just sit and idle)

    So I grabbed the half shell, and took off for the Post Office.

    Plan sounds reasonable so far...yea..right.

    So I get up to speed, and then realize the little bit of extra stinging in the exposed points of skin on my face (still haven't ordered the faceshield yet) So I slow down. Still stinging. Slow down some more, less stinging. Look at speedometer, feel embarassed....20 MPH.

    Damn this is a long ride....finally get to post office (flipped off A-hole in Ford SUV who was not content with following me past Police Station in 20 MPH Zone...never a cop around when this crap happens)

    So I get to the Post Office, and lo and behold a warm sight to see.....

    An Aerostich catalogt and a notice for a package....
    And the package was.....
    The Timeless Catalog from Touratech.

    So I packed my mail into a plastic bag and stuffed it in the tool box on the side of the Big Ruckus, and rode back, this time ignoring the pain, just to get back inside to read the catalogs I just got. (And thaw my face out)

    Still haven't gotten the storage issue solved, but for now I'm thinking waterproof saddlebags which I can take inside with me when I'm not on the Ruck.

    (Pics coming....posted this with the phone with 4 degrees F by morning)
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  20. Sportsman Matt

    Sportsman Matt Xtremely Bad Example

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    A Battlescooter!

    Sort of fitting, seeing that the Honda Big Ruckus looks like a military type of ride.

    Add in the new HJC Black IS-MAX BT Modular XL helmet (not available in camo yet) and a good sized order to Aerostich today, and I should be partially ready for spring.

    Still trying to decide, Ammo Cans or saddle bags? Ammo cans would be the ultimate in cool, just need to repaint them to match the bike. The saddle bags would be cool too....just not as cool as Ammo cans.

    Also with my Battlescooter order, I got 2 Silver bullet Exhaust Gaskets and a up-Jet kit for the carb, thinking of doing the KN filter later this spring.

    So far I've riden it for a few short trips back and forth from the house to the post office and supermarket, waiting for the next warm spell (above 32 degrees for a high) The only killer Tuesday March 1st, was the wind was gusting out of the west at 30 MPH, so I didn't notice it riding to the Post Office, but sure felt it on the ride back.
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