Or so I like to imagine. In my mind, I picture a squad of Ruckus riders isolating and encircling a rival scooter rider, mocking him mercilessly as he nervously tries to secure his soy-base purchases to the back of his Vespa. In another scene, I picture a guy at a stoplight on a Ruckus, flexing his henna-tattooed arm, revving his 49cc, single cylinder engine for the girl in the Honda Civic Hybrid next to him.
All joking aside, despite the fact that it would be shamed off the track at any respectable sport bike meet, the Ruckus is actually an impressive ride for its class. It maxes out at 43 mph but since it weighs only 194 lbs, any faster than that and you’d be airborne. With congestion in cities the way it is, flight capability might seem like an attractive option, but with the Ruckus’ petite 49.8″ wheelbase and 28.9″ seat height you don’t really need it, maneuverability isn’t an issue.
Just those specs alone coupled with a base MSRP price of $2,149 already make the Honda Ruckus a pretty easy sell, but the deal clincher is the absolutely amazing fuel efficiency. The Honda Ruckus’ 1.3 gallon tank carries an official EPA fuel consumption estimate of around 85 mpg, but reviews I’ve read from individual owners place the actual average at around 100 mpg. Despite my public distaste for anything featuring below 200-hp, I am prepared to go on record admitting that the 2009 Honda Ruckus is actually pretty damn cool.
Engine: Type 49cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Induction: 15mm CV carburetor with automatic choke
Transmission: Automatic V-Matic belt drive
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension: Twin-downtube fork; 2.2 inches travel
Rear Suspension: Single-shock; 2.6 inches travel
Front Brake: Drum
Rear Brake: Drum
Front Tire: 120/90-10
Rear Tire: 130/90-10
Wheelbase: 49.8 inches
Seat Height: 28.9 inches
Curb Weight: 194 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 1.3 gallons
Emissions: Meets Current CARB and EPA standards.
Available Colors: Black, Metallic Silver
Model ID NPS508
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION
One year Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
[Photo and Specs from Honda Powersports]