I bought a 2006 Honda Ruckus last fall. It obviously doesn't suck, simply for the fact that it is a Ruckus. However, this is no showroom quality scoot either. Someone had (too much?) fun with it before I got it. Something took a bite out of the front frame, and one of the holes where the exhaust mounts to the block has been sheared off. This has been an ongoing problem for me and has caused 2 exhaust pipes to crack and break on me.
She had 7200 miles on her and was COMPLETELY stock. And for the most part, she's stayed that way. It wasn't long before I relocated the horn and gave her a shitty rattle can spray paint job, but up until Carolina con she even had the same rollers in that were in it when I bought it. Who knows how long they had been in before that.
That was 11,111 miles (I was at 11, 110.6 as I joined the caravan headed to Con) Finally, I cracked open the transmission and put some met rollers in.
I doubt that actually qualifies me for not being stock, but here I am with about 12,000 on and I'm finally starting to play. I have installed blue clutch springs, an iridium spark plug, and a gates premium belt. I also relocated the blinkers to where the reflectors are. I also have Dr. Pulley sliders and a variator (NCY) but have not installed them yet.. Did you know NCY variators don't come with the rear cover? I didn't..
I just recently (as in 2 days ago) bought a 'new' motor for her.. (an 07 with 750 miles) and will be doing a swap soon. I also bought a newer and NOT spray-painted seat, battery box, coolant tank (I didn't paint mine, it just looked like crap.) and who knows what else.. I'm kind of on a shopping spree. (Thrift style! Used parts FTW) I can't wait for this stuff to start arriving so I can get my hands dirty.
Once I get it apart I may even take the frame down and get it powdercoated but hopefully I'll be able to figure out how to reassemble the bike once I get it apart because I do want to do it primarily by myself. I like learning how things work, and it will make me love it more in the end.
So that's the story of my Ruck, who had gone unnamed until recently. Now Breeze, my girlfriend, won't stop calling it "The other woman" and so now she has a name, and apparently a gender.
Starting over.. http://totalruckus.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=96&t=85294 [build thread]
PS: Anyone else notice that the more you spend on a ruckus, the less of it there seems to be?