2018 Honda Ruckus Review on Total Motorcycle:
Go on, admit it: You can’t help but smile when you see the Ruckus®—right? And there’s no need to feel guilty about that. After all, the Ruckus is one cool little scooter with an extra dose of attitude. Going with an amazingly economical ride doesn’t necessarily mean disappear into the crowd, at least not in the case of the scooter that says it all—the Honda Ruckus.
Wonder what all the ruckus is about when it comes to the Honda Ruckus? There are probably some folks (like those born into royalty) that will never get it. But for the rest of us, the Ruckus is a breath of fresh air—a rugged, minimalist scooter that you don’t have to polish like grandma’s silver, and that doesn’t need a staff of servants to keep it running. Best of all, you don’t need a trust fund to afford one, either.
It all starts with the Ruckus’ tough, tubular frame. Minimal bodywork equals minimal hassles. Then there’s the Ruckus’ dependable 49cc Honda engine. Plenty of power, and you just push a button to get it started. There’s no hassle with shifting, either; the Ruckus uses a Honda
V-matic® automatic transmission. Brush your teeth, grab your daypack or messenger bag, and you’re on your way—while your friends are still waiting for the bus or some rideshare driver.
Maybe it’s nice to live on an estate out in the English countryside. But for real-world transportation, we’ll take a Honda Ruckus every time.
Looks Tough, Rides Smooth.
Forget about a bunch of PR propaganda: the Ruckus is what it is, with nothing to hide—what a breath of fresh air! Practically no bodywork, rugged steel tube frame, tough rubber floorboard. And built to survive in today’s world.
Not Just Tough—Powerful, Too.
Nobody builds engines like Honda, and the Ruckus proves it. The liquid-cooled single-cylinder 49cc engine cranks out all the power you need for urban riding, while delivering incredible gas mileage at the same time.
Fuel Efficient And Then Some.
Who needs an electric car or a hybrid when your Honda Ruckus gets such great fuel efficiency? Add in the potential to save on parking too and this awesome scooter can pay for itself in no time.
2018 Honda Ruckus Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
Lightweight 49 cc 4-stroke OHC liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine provides ample power for in-town riding.
Great on fuel
Fuel-sipping constant-velocity (CV) carburetor with automatic choke.
Easy push-button start
Simple push-button electric starter.
Ease is key
Maintenance-free ignition system.
Improved handling & fuel economy
Starter system utilizes the engine’s brushless alternator (ACG) for starting, eliminating the need for a separate starter motor. This simple design reduces maintenance and lowers overall weight for even better handling and fuel economy.
Electronic Control Unit (ECU) provides control for ignition timing, alternator regulator, ACG starter, electric fuel pump and automatic choke.
Stays cool on hot days
Compact engine-mounted radiator has aluminum fins for optimal cooling in all riding conditions.
Automatic cam-chain tensioner requires virtually no maintenance.
Automatic Honda V-Matic belt-drive transmission provides spirited acceleration and requires virtually no maintenance.
Strong & light
Two-piece die-cast aluminum front frame with upper steel rear frame.
Comfortable & controlled ride
Twin-downtube-fork front suspension provides 56 mm (2.2 in.) of plush travel for a well-controlled ride. Single-side aluminum swingarm with single-shock rear suspension has 66 mm (2.6 inches) of travel for a compliant, comfortable ride.
Front and rear drum brakes offer predictable, powerful stopping.
Sticks to the road
Oversize tires offer a secure grip on the road.
Comfort and confidence
Well-padded seat boasts a low 735 mm (28.9 in.) seat height for added confidence at stops.
Information at your fingertips
Instrumentation includes analog speedometer and odometer, and indicator lights for fuel, coolant temperature and low/high beam. Fuel indicator light comes on with 1.1 litres remaining
Excellent night vision
Dual headlights with two 35-watt bulbs. Low/high beams provide ample nighttime illumination.
Put it in park
Lock your helmet under seat
Helmet holder locks helmet in place under seat.
Backup kickstart lever
Audible turn-signal indicator.
1 year, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty.
2018 Honda Ruckus Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
- Lightweight 49cc four-stroke OHC liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine provides ample power for in-town riding.
- Fuel-sipping constant-velocity (CV) carburetor with automatic choke.
- Electric starter system allows easy push-button starting.
- Maintenance-free ignition system.
- Electronic Control Unit (ECU) provides control for ignition timing, alternator regulator, ACG starter, electric fuel pump and automatic choke.
- Ultra-quiet exhaust system.
- Automatic Honda V-Matic belt-drive transmission provides spirited acceleration and smooth operation.
- Two-piece, die-cast aluminum front frame with steel upper-rear frame.
- Twin-down tube fork provides 2.2 inches of plush travel for a well-controlled ride.
- Single-side aluminum swingarm with single-shock rear suspension has 2.6 inches of travel for a compliant, comfortable ride.
- Front and rear drum brakes offer predictable stopping.
- Well-padded seat boasts a low, 29.0-inch seat height for added confidence at stops.
- Instrumentation includes analog speedometer, odometer and indicator lights for fuel, coolant temperature and low/high beams. Fuel-indicator light comes on with 0.3 gallon remaining.
- Maintenance-free battery.
- Easy-to-use parking brake.
- Helmet holder locks helmet into place under seat.
Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
- Meets current EPA and CARB standards
- California version differs slightly due to emissions equipment
2018 Honda Ruckus – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $2699 USD
|Type||49cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke|
|Valve Train||OHC two-valve|
|Bore x Stroke||37.8mm x 44.0mm|
|Induction||18mm CV carburetor w/ automatic choke|
|Starter||Electric and kick|
|Front||Telescopic fork; 1.93 in. travel|
|Rear||Single shock; 2.56 in. travel|
|Front||Single 95mm mechanical drum|
|Rear||Single 95mm mechanical drum|
|Rake (Caster Angle)||26.5º|
|Trail||75mm (2.95 in.)|
|Seat Height||28.9 in.|
|Ground Clearance||5.7 in.|
|Fuel Capacity||1.3 gal.|
|Curb Weight*||194 lbs.|
*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride
Meets current EPA standards
Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment
Specifications subject to change
2018 Honda Ruckus – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN
Engine & Drivetrain
Liquid-cooled single-cylinder 4-stroke
Bore & Stroke
37.8 mm x 44 mm
SOHC, 2 valves
18 mm CV with auto choke
Chassis & Suspension
Twin downtube fork; 55 mm (2.2 in.) travel
Single shock; 65 mm (2.6 in.) travel
Front: 120/90-10 Rear: 130/90-10
Front: drum Rear: drum
735 mm (28.9 in.)
1,265 mm (49.8 in.)
88 kg (194 lbs.) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
2018 Honda Ruckus – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
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