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almost considering a stupid project ...
« on: July 01, 2019, 05:05:42 PM »
https://austin.craigslist.org/mcy/d/burnet-05-honda-big-ruckus/6920483306.html


Pros: the Big Ruckus is pretty rare, and I could probably get this one for half what he's asking. It's very simple and parts abundant for the engine, so as long as the CVT or whatever transmission it has works I could probably get it up and running easily.

Cons: it's been sitting likely over a decade. could require a complete engine overhaul to run. and the "rust" may be far more than just surface rust that I can sand and repaint. It was parked in Galveston, where everything rusts.

Another con: I really don't have time or space for another project. And I'd likely never use a 250 scooter like this unless I hauled it to the beach when we go. I bet I'd end up spending more getting it working than I could sell it for if it didn't work out. But it is the rare sub-$500 bike on CL with an actual title.

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Re: almost considering a stupid project ...
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2019, 07:20:46 PM »
I'd pass, but I'm not a fan of scooters to begin with, the Ruckus especially.

There's a fairly large community of enthusiasts who mod out Ruckus and I look at them like "Seriously!?  Why?"

If you plan to do that sort of thing and stretch it out and put engine mods on it you might find a buyer more willing to pay, but still might not turn a profit.

Unless you for sure want it for you I'd say pass.
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Re: almost considering a stupid project ...
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2019, 08:11:53 PM »
FYI Ruckus != "Big Ruckus"

A Big Ruckus is a 250cc parallel twin with the same engine as a Rebel or NightHawk 250, much bigger non-step-thru frame, etc.

Living in the suburbs away from the 5th largest university in America and under 2 hrs from the 7th largest, I'm pretty sure I can easily sell a scooter. Ordinary 50cc Ruckuses are super popular among college students around here. That Big Ruckus in proper working order will never be worth less than $2K but getting it into proper working order may cost more than $2K.

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Re: almost considering a stupid project ...
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2019, 08:29:51 PM »
My question would be: what are you planning to do with it once you fix it? If you're planning on selling it to break even or make money for another project, I'd probably say don't bother. The Big Ruckus may be rare, but that doesn't make it desirable. If you're planning on using it yourself (or for attempting to convince mrs72 to ride ;D), it seems more reasonable. But I feel like you could buy something like the newer "little" Ruckus and have better luck, especially if it doesn't work out and you find yourself needing to resell it.

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Re: almost considering a stupid project ...
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2019, 08:36:16 PM »
you nailed it, qc.

I doubt I'd ever ride it if I fixed it up. I might sell it but it may turn out to be more labor than love and hardly worth it. and if Mrs72 is going to ride any scooter, I need to find a 150cc+ Vespa in the same basketcase condition for $500, only problem there being it'd cost 3x as much to restore to operation.

Pretty sure I'll just pass. One day I guess some friend of mine will probably call me up, "hey Josh, you know something about fixing up motorbikes, don'tcha? well I was cleaning out my garage and found this old eye-talian scooter that we got when the missus was on some kind of green kick and nobody ever rode it and it's been sitting for so many years, we can't even find the key, and you see, we are moving next month so... you don't have a trailer, do ya?"

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Re: almost considering a stupid project ...
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2019, 04:12:48 AM »
I feel ya with the projects. I like having a car around to fix up and sell, and have been considering more bikes. There is a sweet TL1000 for sale here and it's a pretty amazing price and condition and I have always loved those bikes
1998 RM125
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1999 Yamaha Banshee (Kind of a bike???)
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Re: almost considering a stupid project ...
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2019, 06:45:29 PM »
I'd be all over that one,...!  Title too?  Sweeet
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Re: almost considering a stupid project ...
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2019, 08:16:07 PM »
that's horrid. but cheap!

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Re: almost considering a stupid project ...
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2019, 08:20:45 PM »
that's horrid. but cheap!

Craigslist in a nutshell lol
« Last Edit: July 02, 2019, 08:21:44 PM by qcbaker »

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Re: almost considering a stupid project ...
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2019, 03:45:31 PM »
Maybe go look at it and decide then? If it just seems like surface rust and the engine turns over by hand it could be worth a go. I think these still easily sell for $4k+ on craigslist so the potential for profit is there. But I would keep that thing and ride it!
These are sweet, unique, comfortable bikes. I remember looking at these at the International Motorcycle Show back when you could buy them new. Really interesting design and they get 70 mpg.
I have a soft spot for maxi scooters. I've always wanted one of these and a Burgman 650 Executive.



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Re: almost considering a stupid project ...
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2019, 04:13:49 PM »
maybe I will go look at it. It's interesting to say the least. And fixed up it'd be worth $3K+ like you say, so might as well give it a whirl. Plus it'd be very useful to teach people to ride.

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Re: almost considering a stupid project ...
« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2019, 06:23:22 PM »
I'd fix it and ride that thing to work everyday,.... :laugh:
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Re: almost considering a stupid project ...
« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2019, 08:58:25 PM »
None of your motorcycles have a full-height back rest like the Big Ruckus does.

Perfect for some leisure touring.
« Last Edit: July 03, 2019, 09:03:27 PM by Bluesmudge »