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TheReaper!
12-23-2010, 02:43 PM
A few weeks ago I picked up another 2006 Honda Big Ruckus , it was in an estate . The deceased former owner only put 46.7 miles on it , but did a lot of cosmetic damage to it by loosely carrying it on the back of his RV . I bought it right as far as the price goes , so rather than just paint the damaged areas , I decide to tear it down and change the color . I am doing a blacked out version on this one . It should be done in a couple of weeks , when it's done I'll post some more pics . TheReaper!

This is what it looked like before the tear down
http://i52.tinypic.com/219yu1k.jpg

This is the frame after the tear down
http://i54.tinypic.com/1jtaag.jpg

This is the frame after the new paint
http://i54.tinypic.com/dd243l.jpg
http://i54.tinypic.com/12546t0.jpg

Gas Man
12-23-2010, 08:29 PM
What are you going to do with it??

TheReaper!
12-23-2010, 10:42 PM
What are you going to do with it??

I haven't decided as yet . This is the 9th one I've bought and so far I've sold 3 of the 9 . My son and I both drive one and I've got 4 like new pristine in the collection . In the collection there 2 of the 2005 mustard color , 1 2006 in the silver and this new one that will be all black . Are you looking for one ?

TheReaper!

Gas Man
12-23-2010, 10:48 PM
I have no idea. What's their speed?

TheReaper!
12-23-2010, 11:02 PM
I have no idea. What's their speed?

I've heard 85 is about top speed , I've had one up to 75 .

TheReaper!

Gas Man
12-24-2010, 10:20 AM
And at 75 it was.....

TheReaper!
12-24-2010, 12:49 PM
And at 75 it was.....

I don't have a windshield on my BR so it was a little windy , but the super wide tires and the BR's low center of gravity made for a nice ride . All that said I find that going 70 and 80 on any bike or scooter a little abusive .

A little about the BR , off the show room floor they aren't really that great . You need to re-jet the carb , install a Jcosta variator and a Bitubo rear shock . Then you have to drain the oil and instead of using 1.2 quarts , you only use one quart . The reason for this is Honda called for to much oil which lead to blow back on to the air filter . The oil clogged air filter along with the under jetted carb led to some pretty serious bog off the line . The cost to do the modifications is a little over $600 if you can do the work yourself . Once you've taken care of the above , IMO it's the best scooter ever . I use mine for every thing all summer long . I have a huge custom made trunk by Happytrail in Idaho on it and can carry 2 weeks worth of groceries home . My son took one look at it when I got done with it , and said he wanted one just like it trunk and all . So I found another one and built it out for him . We love ours but like any bike they're not for every one . If you want a 250cc scooter now you can get a pretty good deal on a low mileage Honda Reflex . The Reflex is a great scooter , but it has a plastic body and can't carry near as much as the BR . The BR is more of a motorcycle with a scooter engine and trans . This is my summer daily driver , notice the trunk .
http://i53.tinypic.com/34qo0nm.jpg


TheReaper!

Gas Man
12-25-2010, 09:55 AM
I would love to ride it.

RedneckMedic
12-25-2010, 11:36 AM
I'd love to ride it too my buddy had some type of 250 scooter in his back yard but never got a new battery for it and i was on him all the time because i wanted to ride it.

TheReaper!
12-25-2010, 01:51 PM
Here is the thing about bigger bikes , mostly people use them for joy rides . My neighbor has a big Harley ultra but he seldom uses it . I asked him if he would or ever had used it to run to the store for a loaf of bread . He said no because it was no much trouble to take it out . Not only are bigger bikes bigger dollars , they are also bigger and more clumsy . I'm only speaking for myself here , but for running around town the Big Ruckus 250cc scooter with a large trunk , like the one I have on mine is just about perfect . With all the mods I get a consistent 51mpg and I drive it hard .
Another thing I like about this scooter is , the fact that I don't have the constant shifting around town . That gets old and monotonous at least for me . Some guys wouldn't be caught dead on a smaller bike or scooter , but I'm 63 years old and could care less what any one thinks . All that said every bike has it's pluses and minuses , a big Harley is great on a trip , but for running around town to the grocery store or just running errands , you just can't beat a 250cc scooter or motorcycle . Gasoline could jump back to $4 or even $5 in the blink on an eye , IMO it would behoove some one to have an economic 250cc 2 wheeler . I have a bigger bike for pleasure and or taking a trip , but the Big Ruckus is my go to daily driver . After I got all the bugs out of my first Big Ruckus and I was driving it up the drive way I would think , they aren't making any more of these so I better pick up another one . To date I've owned 9 , I've flipped 3 for a nice profit and still own 6 .

TheReaper!

Gas Man
12-25-2010, 04:04 PM
Good point of view for sure man. I would love to try one out if I get the chance.

TheReaper!
12-25-2010, 05:44 PM
Good point of view for sure man. I would love to try one out if I get the chance.


When the weather breaks , I'll hook up with some of you who want to learn a little bit about them . I love mine and wouldn't be without one . That said , they're not for every one .

Any one else gettin cabin fever yet ? :(

TheReaper!

TheReaper!
12-25-2010, 08:57 PM
This will give you guys a little insight on why I've been buying these low mileage Big Ruckus scooters up . Not only do I like them a lot , they are so rare they already have some thing close to a cult following . In 2005 they made 882 of them and in 2006 they made 1448 , both years they were made for the U.S. , Canadian and Japanese markets only . Then in 2007 they made a few for the Japanese market only , then that was it they discontinued them . They are the only 2 wheeler that I know of right now that is actually going up in price .

There are several listed here

http://www.cycletrader.com/Custom-Search/search-results?type=Motorcycle|356953&keyword=Big%20ruckus&sort=price:desc&zip=48038&radius=any (http://www.cycletrader.com/Custom-Search/search-results?type=Motorcycle%7C356953&keyword=Big%20ruckus&sort=price:desc&zip=48038&radius=any)

Here are some listed on Craigs around the country .

http://harrisburg.craigslist.org/mcy/2125600800.html

http://austin.craigslist.org/mcy/2124521159.html

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/mcy/2118395433.html

TheReaper!

Gas Man
12-26-2010, 10:24 AM
When the weather breaks , I'll hook up with some of you who want to learn a little bit about them . I love mine and wouldn't be without one . That said , they're not for every one .

Any one else gettin cabin fever yet ? :(

TheReaper!
That would be sweet man.

Are all the frames gray? So we can assume that the orange one was tore down and paint/powdered?

TheReaper!
12-26-2010, 01:29 PM
That would be sweet man.

Are all the frames gray? So we can assume that the orange one was tore down and paint/powdered?

The 2005 model was the school bus yellow , the 2006 was silver . Then the few they made for the Japanese market only were a light tan . At first I did not like the color of the 05 model , that school bus color just didn't appeal to me . Then after I had bought one for re-sale it began to grow on me . Then when I got in to the buying and selling of them , I found out that the yellow was the most sought after color . Now I actually like the color , go figure:rolleyes: .

What attracted me to the Big Ruckus in the first place was the military look , and the fact that they didn't have the usual plastic body . I like the lots of hardware look:weld:over the fashionable plastic rocket ship look .
If I were to design a scooter from scratch it would be very close to the Big Ruckus . It would have a slightly bigger engine , maybe 300cc . And it would be a few inches longer for my long legs , and that's about it . Honda made a lot of mistakes with the Big Ruckus , but not in the overall concept . The concept IMO was the best ever , their execution on the rear suspension , the variator and the carb jetting was this scooter's down fall . The Big Ruckus off the show room floor bogged off the line so badly I didn't take it out on the road until I re-jetted the carb , it was that bad . I really found this surprising coming from a company like Honda . But I've heard that Honda doesn't seam to care much about their motorcycle / scooter division any more , a guy at a dealership told me they treat the motorcycle division like a bastard child these days .

TheReaper!

Gas Man
12-26-2010, 01:33 PM
Honda... bastards of the cycle world. I have heard that is truth before.

TheReaper!
01-04-2011, 03:07 PM
A few weeks ago I picked up another 2006 Honda Big Ruckus , it was in an estate . The deceased former owner only put 46.7 miles on it , but did a lot of cosmetic damage to it by loosely carrying it on the back of his RV . I bought it right as far as the price goes , so rather than just paint the damaged areas , I decide to tear it down and change the color . I am doing a blacked out version on this one . It should be done in a couple of weeks , when it's done I'll post some more pics . TheReaper!

This is what it looked like before the tear down
http://i52.tinypic.com/219yu1k.jpg

This is the frame after the tear down
http://i54.tinypic.com/1jtaag.jpg

This is the frame after the new paint
http://i54.tinypic.com/dd243l.jpg
http://i54.tinypic.com/12546t0.jpg



It looks better in person , so far I'm very happy with the color .

TheReaper!

http://i54.tinypic.com/97i7o6.jpg

Gas Man
01-04-2011, 07:37 PM
Looks good man. Smoke out the front blinkers.

Bob
01-04-2011, 07:45 PM
What is the weight on one of those suckers?

TheReaper!
01-04-2011, 09:35 PM
What is the weight on one of those suckers?

Almost 400LBS , with me on it a lot more :D

TheReaper!