What Do You Think of the Genuine Roughhouse Scooter?

by Richard
(Maryland, USA)

I'm considering buying a Genuine Scooter R-50 Roughhouse because I like the style and might want to go off-road. Have you heard anything about these? I have read good reviews on them.

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Jun 25, 2017
Roughhouse viability NEW
by: Anonymous

I purchased a new but leftover 2015 Roughhouse in April 2017. I have so far pit over 1100 miles on the bike. I had purchased a 2009 Kymco People 150 before that but ran into problems with my motorcycle license qualifications, so traded it for the Roughhouse.
Make no mistake, the Kymco is a fine scooter with plenty of power, but outside the power loss I like my Roughhouse more.
I climbed on it when it showed 2 miles on the odometer and right away I knew it handled better. It tips the scales at 198# dry and since I am 80 years old, that too is a benefit. I was surprised by the power for a 50cc engine.
I have not a GPS but after about 500 miles the scooter was good for 40 mph indicated on the flat & level (I am 200#). I had it derestricted and got an immediate 10 mph+ boost in top speed. The other very noticeable boost was in acceleration, I just got gobs extra from the derestriction. I haven't checked the miles per gallon yet, but doubt I equal the 100mpg which is claimed...but then, I am 200 pounds and live in an area of small mountains.
Before the derestriction some of the tough hills around home had me chugging over the top at 5-7mph. Now, with the derestriction those same hills see me clearing the top at 18-20mph.
I am not sure I want to go any more powerful, but if so I will take my road test on the Roughhouse before September. Frankly if I could go more powerful by dropping a 150cc right in place of the 50cc in my Roughhouse, I would be "happy as a hog with a snoot full of moonshine"!

Jul 13, 2012
My new Roughhouse 50cc NEW
by: Frank Newcomb

I bought and paid cash, for my Roughhouse 50cc, (6-25-12) nearly $2,500 a couple of weeks ago and find this scooter great. From a dealer in Las Vegas, NV. Very easy to handle, has the restrictor still in place so I can get up to around 38mph. I will have the restrictor removed at about 2,000 miles on the odometer. I had it serviced for the first time today. It needed gear oil as I'd almost run it out. Topped off the injector oil. You must keep on top of the oil and don't let it go low-the engine will refuse to start if you do. I KNOW. It protects itself.
Mechanic checked the air filter and it was fine, BUT, the rubber foam gasket, once removed, is a bitch to get back in as there are all kinds of twists and turns in the cover. We tried to put the cover back on figuring (minus the foam) it wasn't important-wrong. The cover won't go on properly without the foam gasket in it. Try some plastic glue to hold it in place while gently fitting it back in. You MUST have that gasket in place at all times. The spark plug was fine on checking. (7-12-12)
Another bummer is the placement of the gas tank filler lid. It all but prohibits placing a trunk back there. The filler lid would be covered. Plus the rack which comes with the scooter is too small for a trunk. You'll need a bigger rack for any kind of trunk. I'm investigating a PRIMA ROLL BAG to go back there. Similar to a trunk, but fancier. Leather, black or tan. $129.00.
My scooter has spunk and spark. The filter foam part isn't a problem to me, it's my mechanic's problem. My only problem is that I need a rear trunk as I shop and can use it.
But, on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it a 9+.

May 09, 2009
Rough House Scooter
by: Greg

I have 2 unrestricted 2009 Rough House's. Quick, cheap to run, BIG tires are the greatest feature. No worries about bumps and potholes. Great for zipping around town. Wife and I cruise all over town with them. Still a fan of my Yamaha Raider for the big trips but this sure fits the bill on those trips to the store for a gallon of milk, etc.

May 03, 2009
Roughhouse 50
by: Richard

Has the Roughhouse been derestricted? Either way, what is your top-end on a flat road. Thanks!

May 02, 2009
by: Anonymous

Owned a Roughhouse since July 08 - my first scooter - and have put almost 1600 miles on it for a daily driver in above-50 degree weather. It's been a great first-timer; however, it is under-powered for some hills. Otherwise, no problem.

Apr 16, 2009
Not That Familiar
by: Kathi

Hi Richard,

I don't know a lot about this model. Maybe one of my visitors can tell you more?


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