Total ruckus DOA?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by fullmetalscooter, Dec 31, 2017.

  1. bandito2

    bandito2 Been here awhile

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    Just out of curiosity, (if anybody knows) what does it cost to run a site like that? It is disheartening to see it gone... to me it was more than just a place to get technical help... it had some value as a place to socialize with people interested/involved with scooters. (Honda scooters more specifically) I never would have found the Big Ruckus that I bought from a member there otherwise. I don't know the circumstances, but it feels just unfair that there seems to have been apparently not much of an effort or opportunity to have it handed off to to someone, anyone willing to take it on... just sad... just senselessly sad.
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  2. cdwise

    cdwise Long timer

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    Depending on where you host it and what software you are using it could be as little as free https://proboards.com/ or for paid hosting starting at $2.95 a month to $15.95 for business class hosting (https://www.bluehost.com/?utm_sourc...n=affiliate-link_phpbbsoftwareltd_Open Source) Another I haven't used but was recommended by one of the forum application makers is https://www.siteground.com/forum-hosting.htm

    If you knew the owner of the current site and could get access to the database it isn't particularly difficult to move to a new host or even new forum software. Without such access it is a very tedious process of scraping archives of the site and even then you might not get all of it.
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  3. bandito2

    bandito2 Been here awhile

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    Gee, under $200 a year doesn't sound all that bad... but I do understand it would take up a person's time. That is something that I don't think I'd be willing to give up since there is less and less with each passing moment. Still, I'd heap lots of praise and appreciation for anyone that would pick up the mantle and have it carry on.
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  4. JerryH

    JerryH internal combustion rider

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    As I understand it, a lot of the cost depends on bandwidth used. That's why most forums won't host pictures. I have no idea where the pictures uploaded to this site are being hosted. Pictures eat up a lot of bandwidth.

    As far as information from totalruckus.com, what about the WayBack Machine?
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  5. JBJHillbilly

    JBJHillbilly Adventurer

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    WayBack Machine works, but is inconsistent. And the last snapshot was months before it shut down.

    Site donations are a hassle. There’s another forum I belong to that is free, but access to the classifieds is $12/yr. Do a bit of trading and a couple of builds, that’s money well spent.

    Spoon seemed to want to keep the site ad free, so that means shelling out money. And for its age, it’s probably got a fairly large data set to host.

    That said, I’d be interested in hosting the data as a static searchable set, akin to a wiki.



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  6. MotoGB

    MotoGB Been here awhile

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    Hi Jerry

    Unless your Sportster is different from the same year, carburetted Sportster I owned, yours will have a ignition control module which will store error codes.

    My bike had a common issue with the crank position sensor developing a fault which causes the bike to die when idling. The engine management light in the speedo illuminated and after pressing the button behind the speedo, I was able to interpret the error code which indicated the crank position sensor had developed a fault.

    I guess messing around with a timing light and fiddling with points and condensers is more satisfying, but I was quite happy to just replace the CPS and carry on riding.
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  7. JerryH

    JerryH internal combustion rider

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    Mine does indeed have a check engine light symbol on the speedometer face. It runs just fine. The PO put loud slip ons on it, which sound great, but I noticed the oil temperature was a bit high (from one of those oil tank caps with a thermometer in it) I removed the carburetor and cleaned it (it wasn't really very dirty) drilled out the plug, and replaced the pilot air screw with one that could be turned by hand. I replaced the pilot jet and main jet with larger ones. That dropped the oil temperature about 20 degrees. Air cooled engines need to run a bit rich here in AZ because of the extreme temperatures. My Stella is jetted rich enough to impair performance slightly, and fouls plugs occasionally, but it is not likely to seize up.
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  8. cheapeto

    cheapeto Adventurer

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    I thought TR's Cafe Press area was doing pretty good, with funding for the site. I would buy tee shirts, coffee mugs, to help out the site as I never had issue giving a few bucks for great information. If they had wanted a membership, I would have paid, if reasonable.

    I never would have gone on a multiple state tour, if TR had not had the CON section.
    I missed the epic CON's rides like to Colorado, in like 06 or 07. But I did get to ride down to North Carolina, a couple of times, and ride with the Rucks, and couple other BR owners.
    What great fun.
    Even broke down along the highway coming home, could not wipe the smile off my face, from all the great miles behind me.
    Nothing like a lot of you more experienced scooter riders do, but was a tremendous fun for me.

    I hope TotalRuckus does not rest in peace and someone yanks it back from the hell of lost defunct websites.
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