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«Me, right before I left.I recently rode my new Honda Ruckus scooter over
150miles in one day and had a great time. I rode form Columbus,Ohio to Akron,
Ohio on a trip home after working in Columbus for the past 5 months. This was
quite an undertaking due to the fact the Ruckus tops out at about 40mph so I had
to ride the back roads the entire trip. The trip took a total of 6h 10min which
included stopping for lunch, gas, and to figure out where I was and where I
needed to go. On the plus side the Ruckus gets 100mpg and is a blast to ride.
My inspiration for buying this scooter and making this trip comes from one
person, and his name is Wan. Wan is from South Korea and in last October he came
to the US to travel to entire country on a Honda Ruckus. He has since put over
17,000miles on his Ruckus and will be heading back to Korea in July. His amazing
story has been fully documented on TotalRuckus.com a forum dedicated to the
scooter. Many members of the forum have supported him along the way, by allowing
him to stay in their homes, eat their food and be tour guides to many locations
across the US. A map of his journey with links to all of his posts and inspiring
pictures is here Wan's Route I would recommend reading through all 160+ pages of
parts 1 and 2 of this epic story. I guarantee you will be inspired by the good
will of everyone evolved with his travels.
I wanted to go over a few tips I came up with during my recent travels so that
if you ever make a trip like this you can be a little more prepared. My advice
comes from my limited experience but I hope it can help
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Step 1Plan Ahead
Before you start a long distance scooter ride you need to at least make a few
plans, and have some sort map. I have used Google directions in the past and had
reasonable luck, but things didn't turn out to well for this trip. Google
directions allows you to drag your route on the map which is what I need because
I can only ride on certain roads but the directions only gave road names not
route numbers. This is import because most road names are not shown in rural
areas. I did some more research and found that yahoo maps allows you to drag the
path and gives directions with route numbers.
One good tip would be to give someone else a copy of the directions. So if you
get really stuck you can call them and explain where you are. I gave what I
thought was one set of the directions to my Dad before I left but I actually
gave him two copies of the first page of the directions and one copy of the
second page. All I had was a copy of the second page and two copies of the thrid
page, not very helpful.
So I had to make my own way using the GPS and the map. I remembered some of the
routes but an import part of navigating in this manner is using the good'ol
compass. I knew I needed to go Northeast, so if I was heading north, east, or
even better northeast, I was making progress.
I tried to stay on main roads. Riding though neighborhoods and on county roads
will make things more difficult then they need to be. Ride right through the
center of towns and look for junction signs for the next route.
Most of the roads I took had a 55mph speed limit so I was getting passed by cars
the whole time. Just watch your mirrors and pay attention when someone is
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Oct 27, 2011. 2:24 PMenicolay says:
Hey, I am planning a 1500km (aprox. 900 miles) trip in December. I've got a 2007
Yamaha BeeWee 100cc, got advices? Oh, and there will be a point in my journey
where filling stations are rarely seen. Email me to email@example.com to give me
tips please ;)
ReplyJun 4, 2011. 10:41 AM11tillr says:
i love the idea of the ruckus, i have a drz400, but i have always wanted to find
a cheap ruckus and modd it out, they look like soo much fuuuun!
ReplyAug 16, 2010. 7:18 PMstormy0314 says:
I rode my Ruckus for 40 miles one day and my butt was so sore I couldn't sit
down for a week. What's the answer to a comfortable long ride?
2Jan 15, 2011. 4:50 PMCivilianX says:
A lowered seat. You can get one at Battlescooter or elsewhere on the Interwebs.
ReplyNov 19, 2010. 5:29 AMShai Gar says:
I've already got 21000 km's on mine. I've only owned it since September 2008.
ReplyMar 7, 2010. 12:46 AMspylock says:
Back in the 80s I had a moped,and I too at 16 years old would take long day
trips,it for me was Freedom,it was one of the best investments Ive ever made,I
logged a few thousand miles the summers of 85 and 86 and would recomend it to
the young and young a heart alike.The scooters are alot more reliable and are a
little faster from what I hear,only now you have to wear a helmet in VA. and we
didnt back then,I think I may buy a scooter this year and do it again,its such
ReplySep 6, 2009. 1:51 PMskylardewil says:
Do I spy a light- up Indiana Jones spoon? Those are the best...
ReplyAug 12, 2009. 8:53 AMstevepuk says:
I had a 125cc motorbike until recently when someone decided I wasn't going fast
enough and tried to overtake me while there was an oncoming truck, he then
knocked me off, wrote off the bike and injured me and my girlfriend quite badly.
So another tip I would say is if some jerk behind you seems to want to get past
consider pulling over. It might cost you a minute, but better that than spending
months with nasty infected open wounds which you will have because you don't
seem to be wearing protective clothing. So there's another tip wear protective
clothing. I got a new motorbike now a 650cc, that still gets over 60mpg and my
girlfriend got a new 125 that can go a bit faster than the old one and manages
ReplyOct 11, 2008. 4:18 AMkevlar557 says:
I have a 84 Honda Aero 125, and when it runs right, I do some good 50+ mile
trips, and it gets up to about 60 mph. Only problem is, is they only made it one
year in the US, and parts are impossible to find.
ReplyMar 3, 2009. 7:56 AMandygreyrider says:
Honda Aero's are used on a daily basis at present in Turkey. The Aero shares its
engine with other Honda models. I have 2 Honda NX50 Caren's in England and they
are known as Express SR's in the USA. Parts are readily available for all small
cc Honda's, It's just knowing where to look. Try MopedArmy, MopedMayhem, CMSL in
Netherlands and 50cc.eu as a few to get you by with. The best thing about
Honda's and the Chinese are now copying them, is that their models supercede
each other, in other words, they change the style of the scooter but maintain
the engine workings. The engine's have only been modified with removable
restrictors to get them through the emission's law. I am a qualified Engineer
and Motorcycle Technician; I have always found that people around the world love
to share their moped, scooter and motorcycle experience's more than they do want
to get involved with political and/or religious debate. It's comrarderie that we
share unlike those who drive their 'tin box' auto's and hurl abuse at each