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Old 06-09-2009, 05:37 PM   #61
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Rustic, I wouldn't mind having a little ruckus like yours, but the missus frowns at me having already too many toys. I would take it out on a trail, but suspect its frame would not be strong enough.

Here is a picture of its big brother, the Big Ruckus.





I also have been drooling over this little Honda Motra. Sadly, it was never imported into the US. Now, THAT'S A TRAIL BIKE.




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I wouldn't mind having a Big Ruckus. However, they seem hard to find and as far as I know they don't make them anymore.

I don't take little Ruckus off road, well off golf course, but it is a hoot to ride to the mail box 2 miles away, and you can't beat the 100 mpg. I have had it less than a year and put 2,000 miles on it and never left the sub-division!
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I've never actually owned a Ruckus, but I've raised one or two.
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I wouldn't mind having a Big Ruckus. However, they seem hard to find and as far as I know they don't make them anymore.

I don't take little Ruckus off road, well off golf course, but it is a hoot to ride to the mail box 2 miles away, and you can't beat the 100 mpg. I have had it less than a year and put 2,000 miles on it and never left the sub-division!
I really wanted a Big Ruckus, but they did quit making them. A few where here and about but the prices were way above book.
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The Ruckus looks fun. Similar little scooters were the preferred vehicles in Seoul when I was there--a great way to get around on base, and (for the daring) for short trips into town.

But, this is where I guess I diverge from the herd. If I were thinking about buying a Ruckus to use for short trips, I'd probably end up buying something like this restored Honda Mini Trail 70.


Less expensive, a lot of fun, and a genuine conversation piece. And, I'd get to tinker with it constantly to keep her on the road.
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Ah! Finally, another CT-70 enthusiast. Here's my post on another thread about this fun little bike.
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How about something like this, a classic CT70 for trail riding? I know, I know. Some of you will sneer at this. But it is a lot more fun than many will admit to.
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Here's the link to Stanley's site (a CT70 enthusiast)

Stanley Buck With His 1970 Ct70 Mini Trail 70
Over the last Xmas, I saw a CT-70 in the local craigslist and snatched it up for $650. Had been watching for it a long time. The only things it needs immediately are new tires, and it will be ready for the trail. I do not have a picture of it handy, but it's a 1979 in good shape. In that year, the color is non-metallic yellow, with solid (non-folding) handle bars.

People used to carry this bike in the back of their RV, and I will do the same someday (need to get an RV next )

The CT-70 and the ST-70 (European version) are still popular in Europe, where there are fan clubs all over. See this rally in Tenerife. I so want to take my little bike there to join them.
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Ah! Finally, another CT-70 enthusiast. Here's my post on another thread about this fun little bike.


Over the last Xmas, I saw a CT-70 in the local craigslist and snatched it up for $650.
CT 70s sure have a cult following. I bought one in the early 90s, an 1980 version that someone kept on their sail boat for town excursions. Hardly used. I bought it for $400. About 8, 10 years later I sold it for $800. I learned that people use them for racing and the buyer souped it up for that purpose. I do regret selling that bike. But I regret selling almost all my bikes.
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A little video I made a couple of weeks ago on my FJR !

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Nice video frayne. I've seen enough other camera on bike videos to know that they don't always turn out that well. Nice and smooth with no wind noise. Easy to watch. You did a good job with the music track too but I was straining to hear the engine instead. From what I could hear, it was pretty obvious that your bike was barely awake. It sounded like you were holding about 80% of everything in reserve. I never road an FJR but I am aware of their reputation for astounding power
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Thanks, and you are correct about holding back on the FJR.
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I meant to say rode not road. I'm so embarrassed.
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Yeah...smooth video frayne. DH is still struggling with the camcorder trying to get the "jitters" out of it.
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Biker buddies met up in OK today to plan a trip to CO. There will be about 100 bikers going on the CO trip. DH is the one on the left.

What a motley crew!
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Biker buddies met up in OK today to plan a trip to CO. There will be about 100 bikers going on the CO trip. DH is the one on the left.

What a motley crew!
While we are on the subject--what is the allure of a group ride? Being on a motorcycle is a very liberating thing--there's a feeling of freedom (as they say--like flying but on two wheels). Getting together in a pack just seems anathema to the everything I enjoyed most about riding. Imagine if a bunch of people sprouted wings and the first thing they decide to do is have an airborne committee meeting. Let's all ride the same speed, take the same road, stop at the same places. And, it's not very safe. I'm sure there are many more accidents/mile on these group rides than in solo riding, it is very common to see stories about multi-vehicle accidents during rides for charity, etc. When I rode I tried to keep a good distance from cars, and to always leave myself a way out if someone did something unexpected/stupid. Deliberately placing other bikes in close proximity (especially two abreast) doesn't seem the smartest way to keep healthy.

I know folks enjoy these group rides a lot, but I could never see the attraction. Anyway, I'm glad we have the freedom to choose.
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Being a loner, I never care for male bonding but to each his own.

I myself enjoy riding through forest trails more than on the highway. If I get hurt, it's all my fault instead of some stupid car drivers.
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DH has done a few of those charity rides and he's not that crazy about them as they are group rides. Especially when you have bikers with different temperaments and riding skills. Normally he'll ride at the back of the pack.

The CO trip will involve bikers from all over the US. So, there won't be 100 bikers riding together all the time. They will come from different areas as my DH will be leaving with one buddy, then they'll meet a couple of guys on down the line. I'm not too worried about him as he's not a show-out and he has a mind of his own. Most of the time he rides country roads by himself. If he feels too crowded during the trip, he'll lag behind.

Like you said, we have the freedom to choose.
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I enjoy a ride sometimes with one or two others, but more than that starts to feel like a crowd. Usually someone knows of a scenic route or a good place to stop that the others don't know about. And always, we discuss separation/safety issues beforehand. These are not ego trips.

For the most part though I go by myself.
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DH got back from a trip to CO last week. He put 2400 miles on his bike. Here are few photos....

1. Biker bud and DH at 5:00 a.m. headed out on their journey
2. Picking up buddies along the way
3. Other club members

DH chose not to ride with the large group; he and four other buddies rode together. He had a great and safe trip.
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