2009 Honda Ruckus Scooter Review — Motorcycle USA

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2009 Honda Ruckus Review

45+ mph roads are kryptonite to the Ruckus as it struggles to hit the mid 30’s.

a couple dicey blocks minivans and pickup trucks, I over to take stock of the First, I realize the initial minutes of my maiden Honda voyage are five minutes too Second, I make the grim that either I turn and re-run a gauntlet of near and sketchy left turns to the office, or navigate a half-mile of 45-mph surface street to get

Anxious, I pull up to the right turn and head home the 45 mph speed limit sign there taunting me. Traffic is so timing is critical. With a block gap I wick up the throttle and pin it, spooling up to 20 mph, 25 mph, 30 mph 30 mph 30

I see the stoplight ahead but good that’s a long, long away.

The Ruckus is abysmal for riding, unfit for the majority of roadways.

There, I said it. Not Honda. or prospective Ruckus want to hear but it’s the This isn’t the 250cc-powered Big of years past.

Nor is it a buzzy 2-… powering the bare-boned scooter design. The 2009 sources a 49cc liquid-cooled, Single, which is simply too for real-world roads.

The low-30s top speed severely the practical turf a Ruckus is fit to A lagging throttle and meager complete the overall poor performance. And it only gets with the slightest elevation as top speeds drop to freakish not even 20 mph in some instances.

The big on the small 10-inch wheels do some props, as they good feel and even for some mild dirt

On top of it all, the Ruckus is cold-blooded. one week-long layover (one of rider-less gaps, such was the it generated) the little scoot started after about 20 minutes of deft throttling to up even with its internal Oh, and did we mention it’s really, slow?

As for the reason why such a motor powers the scooter, our guess is that some don’t require a permit or to operate sub-50cc scooters the Ruckus a popular, easy The perverted logic makes sense the more you analyze it: a completely un-roadworthy machine to yet to prove their riding In fact, they may be purchasing one to avoid doing so!

It used to be scooters were more 2-strokes, but now 4-strokes are the default, the road-worthiness of the whole class in at least if the Ruckus is a fair

“After my first few rides I hardly find the words to how disappointed I was,” says USA Dirt Bike editor JC “There’s simply no power. Big Red a 50cc, 4-… dirt that will stomp thing in a drag, and they them to kids who aren’t old to read. Why would you strap a … on it and throw them city traffic?” Check out how it held up in city traffic in our Ruckus Scooter Video .

a 125 or 150cc motor in the Ruckus and review would be quite

Cruising though suburban seems to be one of the few safe places for a rider with speed in the 25 mph range.

At first the Ruckus brakes seemed a perfect to the anemic acceleration! Coasting were met with amused but after an adjustment and a modest of commuting miles (modest we honestly avoided riding it) the drum units scrubbed in, But the overall braking performance made us grateful the Ruckus is so

“The brakes are woefully not that it matters since it gets up to residential speed before the next stop deems JC. “We haven’t a way to accurately quantify the drag of sneakers, but I would estimate your feet down an additional 30-50% stopping

At this point, bagging on the and riding position doesn’t seem fair like the little Ruckus on the ground a bully just stole his money. True, it’s a scooter, with a low 28.9-inch and short 49.8-inch wheelbase. yes, it feels small in the

The suspension units, a front (2.2 in. travel) and rear shock (2.6 in. travel), meant for test riders of our (180-205 lbs). But to be honest, we have many complaints as the suspension/riding position is the least of worries while rolling the road.

By now compassionate readers are for clemency. Stop baggin’ on the right? I mean it has to do something

Quick turning is exactly the Ruckus needs to avoid the mobs behind you as you attempt to hit 25 mph the next stop sign.

actually turns quickly, but if you throw your knee out a road racer to avoid the handlebar hit your leg,” JC after riding the lightweight (197-lb curb weight 89 rear), before adding. tires aid in shock absorption but it rides like a scooter, not a

The big tires on the small 10-inch do deserve some props, as deliver good feel and allow for some mild excursions. In fact, the most fun we had the Ruckus was after I made it and spun it around in my backyard of course, I was in a euphoric/celebratory mood survived the treacherous ride Lightweight and maneuverable, apt descriptions

If you never left a parking the Ruckus would rule absolute authority, parking it pleased.

But back to the negatives One of the perks of a scooter is the built-in capacity, of which the Ruckus has Well, you can strap things or jam it into the open space the seat, but nothing even to helmet storage.

Limited area could be the deal-… for potential buyers looking for a real world scooter.

complete lack of storage is the major issue, and the ultimate for me,” admits JC. “What’s the in riding this thing town if you still have to a backpack? The only ruckus causes is with the owner who they bought something

Enough, enough Mercy

“On the bright side intended), it has awesome headlights,” JC. “Considering how wimpy the rest of it is, Baja-inspired twin beams like overkill, but when it down to it, there’s no substitute for

True, the dual lamps are though you should stop glue if you compound the safety by willingly riding it in the dark.

the horn is loud too,” JC. “Honda apparently realized they built this little folly, that if wanted to stay alive had better be seen and heard. thanks for that.”

For all its negative we get the Ruckus’ minimalist stylistic it’s one of the reasons we requested a unit. That and the promised fuel efficiency, which in our mileage registered above the 75 mpg

The Ruckus seems to have its true calling on the sidelines of the track as a pit bike.

The Ruckus shine in limited applications as a Zippy scoot for the college Yeah, maybe. Ride for to roll down the dirt from farm house to Sure, it’ll do that.

Be the guy in the RV park? No question. But pit bike is the calling of the Ruckus and we’d to believe the majority of them are in such ancillary transportation

The problem is Honda pitches the Ruckus (2008 MSRP was lower) on its website as a capable machine with marketing like “it struts the urban scene” or that around town couldn’t be Trust us, the Ruckus doesn’t anywhere, and zipping around be easier. Much, much

Stick a 125 or 150cc motor in the and this review would be different.

On a more positive Honda is adding more to its 2010 scooter lineup the 100cc Elite and 150cc SH150i. In Europe the Honda SH is an popular mount, confirmed by a trip to Barcelona. Judging our sidewalk view of the downtown scooter GP, the SH150 is a far better mount for real-world urban

In fact, we look forward to the SH150 in the near future Honda is still speaking to As for another Ruckus test we’ll pass.


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