Touring on a Ruckus

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by richardak, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. ThatGuy

    ThatGuy Brownie

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    Met him in Dawson. Small world because I used to live 45 mins from his home town. Have a great ride!
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  2. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    Mike has 59K on the Ruckus :thumb
    Go Mike Go !!! :wings

    He is a very near n dear friend of ours..:nod
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  3. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    IMG_20170921_214603_578.jpg :wave
    62k and counting. On to my 5th set of tires, 7th front axle, 3rd set of forks and 4th set of front wheel bearings. I took this pic the other night on my way back from South Bend, WA when my clutch began slipping. 10 minutes later I swapped on my spare clutch and kept on Ruckin'.

    Set to replace the original brake shoes and cables too. 62k mi on the stock shoes, no wonder my braking is worse than usual.
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  4. Salsa

    Salsa Been here awhile

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    Sounds like Some Assembly is Required.

    Don
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  5. KHuddy

    KHuddy Survivor

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    7th front axle???? That's surprising.
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  6. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer

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    And 3rd set of forks????? :yikes

    Are they bending, breaking, or what? :becca

    I can understand bearings but axles and forks? :confused
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  7. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    The forks are less than 18" long and don't contain any oil, just springs. They are built asymmetricaly from Honda so one fork receIves more force than the other. Ive had one get bent but usually the sliding tubes sans oil gows out the outter tube so it doesnt seal fully and fills with dirt and muddy water. Rusty triple trees anynone?

    The axle is smaller diameter than my pinky and the wheel is not centered along the axle but has a spacer on the non brake side. The single track, snowmobile trails, urban potholes and northern frost cracks leads to a lot of sudden abuse on that 2" of suspension travel and a poor design. The tire can soak up a bit of that but usually the axle bends. Surprisingly, the one in there has been from CA to the Arctic and back to WA in great shape. They're cheap to replace since everyone customizes these bikes and tosses the original parts. Catch ya'LL on the wet coast soon.
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  8. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer

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    Thanks for the details Mike. :beer
    I guess Honda didn't realize how much some riders would do on the little bike. :fpalm
    Ride on! :ricky
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