2005 Honda 250 Big Ruckus Review

by Jim Zeiser
(Deposit, NY)

2005 Big Ruckus

2005 Big Ruckus

I got this scooter cheap at a salvage place in Connecticut and it suffered badly before me. It spent some time under water and the interior of the engine and gear box showed it. Despite that, it actually started and ran without too much trouble once I jumped it at the starter solenoid.

It's a heavy creature for its size and when I push it around, it feels heavier than my motorcycle, despite its listed weight being eighty pounds less. Once rolling, all the weight melts away and it feels much smaller and responsive.

It has good power and throttle response and boy does it stop. The linked braking system hauls it down in a hurry when you grab the handles. As a scooter owner I was surprised with the handling, it feels more like an automatic motorcycle than a scoot.

The handlebars are nice and wide and the seating position is low to the ground making it feel planted when you corner. The bad thing is that it has no storage capability, like a bike, so I'll have to get a set of bags for carrying purposes.

I like that it's different and despite its odd appearance it's a friendly scootbike that attracts attention and functions well. It's still a work in progress, but I'm already attracted to its character and sound. As somebody once said, "I like it."

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May 15, 2011
It's Still in the Stable
by: Jim Zeiser

I recently did an oil change on the scooter, something I'll do every one hundred miles until all the foreign matter comes out. There were still rust flakes in the drained oil and the rear end oil is still coming out brown. I'm hoping that after two or three more changes this stops and everything clears up. Even still "Quasimodo" cruises along at 55 to 60 mph quit readily and gets 64 mpg on regular gas. I've switched to premium fuel to see if throttle response improves and so far it looks like gas mileage is getting better. The gauge is moving much slower than it did on regular. For a scooter brought back from the edge of destruction it's doing quite well. I get comments about it everywhere I go.

Jan 12, 2011
Have Fun!
by: Kathi, Site Owner

Hey Jim... Sorry it took so long to get this posted. You're becoming quite the scooter collector, aren't you? :) Seriously, though, if the Big Ruckus is anything like the "little" 49cc Ruckus, you're going to fall in love.

Ruckus riders/owners seem to be among some of the most vocal on the Web. I'll be interested to hear how things develop with this latest purchase...

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