2009 CHINESE COPY OF HONDA BIG RUCKUS
This bike, made by Leike, costs a fraction of what the genuine Big Ruckus costs. It is 150cc with the standard GY6 air-cooled motor, vs a 250cc liquid-cooled motor in the Big Ruckus. But it is the same size and 100 pounds lighter and feels about as fast. You could go 60 except the suspension is terrible, so you would only do this where the road was VERY smooth.
The scooter is licensed, inspected and insured. Everything works correctly except for the instrument cluster. I have never figured out how to switch the speedo from kilometers to miles, the 'owners manual' doesn't say and the information is not found on the WWW. The tach function simply doesn't work and the gas and temperature readouts are not trustworthy. But there is nothing wrong with the instrument cluster, as I have tried swapping it. There is something wrong in the wiring harness and this is also not properly documented, being Chinese.
As I mentioned, the front suspension is poor, especially when compared to the Honda version. It is possible there is a fix but I don't know what it would be.
This is a real motorcycle, not a moped, and you need it all: License, plates, inspection, taxes in Virginia, helmet and insurance. It's a 2-passenger bike, if you can improve the suspension.
The cool features are the camo paint job and the adjustable seat, which can slide forward and back to fit different size riders. The passenger seat tilts up to form a backrest also, leaving a deck where you can attach your stuff. The footboards are very comfy but the brake levers are awful, being suitable only for big hands. A normal-sized human would want a different shaped lever, as they are not adjustable. There is also a parking brake on the right-hand side, which you have never seen on a 2-wheeler. The tank holds 12 liters.
When the battery died I managed to shoehorn in a big one with exactly twice the capacity of the original (12ah, not 6ah). Why did I do this?
The major design flaw to a Chinese scooter is that they have a weak vacuum fuel pump vs. an electric fuel pump on the Japanese bikes (or gravity feed on a motorcycle). Thus, when you park the bike for a week, the carb will evaporate and you have to crank it a LONG time to fill the bowl before it will start. While it does have a kick starter, you do not want to try to kick it enough to fill the carb, and you cannot push start a scooter. IF the bike has been run recently it will start quickly and never misses a beat when you are riding. With this big battery you should be in good shape.
This bike is assembled by several Chinese factories and goes by many names, like SSR, Rowdy, KingKong, Motobravo (mine), Znen. To see lots of photos and lots of lies about this bike, do a search on 'SSR Rowdy', for example. There are variations, especially with the brakes. Mine has disc front and rear. Some Chinese bikes use the term 'ABS' but this is fiction, to be polite. The paint schemes are the other major variation. I particularly like the camo paint, though this pattern of camo is found nowhere else in the world.
The headlight can be turned off or a parking light used alone. I installed a double-LED US-made utility light to use in daytime rather than the headlight, as it uses less wattage and has an attention-getting purplish cast. This is controlled by the parking light switch. If you compare this bike with the Big Ruckus you'll see that the BR has double round headlights rather than the single rectangular one. The bike was copied after the Japanese domestic market version which had the rectangular light. All US Big Ruckuses had dual headlights, but you've probably never seen one anyway, since ony 2500 were ever built worldwide. As a cult bike they are prized and still sell for close to their original list price from 2005-2006. If you want to spend $4500 rather than $895 for my bike, I highly recommend the BR.
Several photos show this bike, which is green and black, along with the genuine 2005 Honda Big Ruckus, for comparison.
I bought this bike direct from the importer, Motobravo, in California. The 'crate', which was cardboard, was inadequate (again, being kind). In addition to some damage which I had to sort out, there were the usual Chinese problems of bad engineering and zero quality control. As a motorcycle enthusiast I am used to this nonsense so I made it right where I could. Do not believe the fiction of "all parts in stock" or "warranty" if you elect to buy such a bike over the Internet. I also spent hours removing the silly stickers with meaningless logos like "Florance".
The motors are standard but the unique chassis parts are probably not going to be available. These things are not serious transportation, just grown-up toys. I think they are worth the money just for fun. With most consumer products you might think the odds of getting a usable one would be better when buying new, but for these Chinese scooters, they are all going to be defective, so you might as well save some money and get one with documented flaws.
The bike is located in North Arlington, near Virginia Hospital Center. I will be happy to demonstrate it, tell you everything I know about it, and let you compare it to my superior Honda Big Ruckus. There will not be any test ride (I didn't get one when I bought it) but you can watch me ride it or follow me. If you buy it and have no motorcycle license, I'll ride it to your house if you are nearby. The current Virginia inspection expires 1/31/14.
You will get two keys and the manual. The title will be filled out with your name and the actual selling price. You will also get a Bill of Sale.
Please contact me by e-mail. If I do not get back to you immediately it will be because I am out of town but I will call or write as soon as possible. Be assured that I DO WANT YOUR MONEY!
I am a motorcycle enthusiast and I have operated a website for vintage Marusho and Lilac motorcycles since 1997. If you do a search on these names you will find me. I am not a dealer. Thanks for looking.