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Post zuma or ruckus? or something else?
Looking to buy a first scooter. Its seems like the ruckus and zuma are my best choices. Maybe theres something else I should add to my list?

The only thing I know off the bat is the zuma is faster and can be easily made faster with the throttle mod.

Important: I sure would like to hit 40-45ish. I want stay @ 50cc.

The ruckus just looks a lot cooler. Plus I am a big honda person. I have had about 4 civics.

Can any1 HELP?


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I vote ruck which is what i had, as far as which one to get.

Zuma

Pros:
2 stroke (peppier, louder, faster acceleration)
No rev limiter
Disk brake
80~mpg
40-45mph
Good modding support
Good and peppy after throttle mod and air screw adjustments (free)
Less expensive (based on MSRP)
Cheaper parts
Faster uphill than the Ruckus

Cons:
Like a 2t you have to add oil every so often but not premix
Needs top end rebuilds around 8-10k miles
Some people have a problem with their feet feeling awkward due to the small floorboard
Less environmentally friendly due to burning oil

Ruckus
Pros:
4 stroke (less pepy, quiter better mpg's)
110~mpg
40-43mph
GREAT modding support, TONS!
4t motors require few rebuilds
Plenty of room for feet
Very environmentally friendly since the oil doesn't burn with the gas
Tublar frame body offer many bungie cord attachment points and allows a lot of customization
Very few body panels to deal with

Cons:
Slower than the Zuma
Drum brakes
Rev limiter
More expensive(based on MSRP)
Expensive parts
Oil changes
Slower uphill than the Zuma



I tried to be as unbiased as possible. I was going to get a zuma but then fell in love with the ruck. You'll enjoy either one.

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Post Re: zuma or ruckus? or something else?
You should buy the one that is best for your situation.
What kind of riding are you doing? Daily commute? Weekend pleasure?
Going far? Need cargo room? Does the stuff need to stay absolutely dry?
You need to weigh the options.
Are you a speed demon? maybe an Aprilia SR50R is better for your situation?

I almost got the Ruckus, but the Zuma was more practical for my situation.
If I had the money, I would have both.

Good luck.

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niknar1900 wrote:
You should buy the one that is best for your situation.
What kind of riding are you doing? Daily commute? Weekend pleasure?
Going far? Need cargo room? Does the stuff need to stay absolutely dry?
You need to weigh the options.
Are you a speed demon? maybe an Aprilia SR50R is better for your situation?

I almost got the Ruckus, but the Zuma was more practical for my situation.
If I had the money, I would have both.

Good luck.


All the things u listed are important. I like the dry storage of the zuma under seat.

Prob drive it at least 1 day a week to work its about 15miles each way.

More of a weekend toy than anything.

No cargo room needed.

Speed demon yes!

Mpg who cares, i dont hug trees


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Senor, I thought you have one of each ???

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how fast does the sr50 and sr50r go?


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You'll also want to consider that, with respect to scooter design, both the Rukus and Zuma are unique styling exercises (esp. the former).

The Rukus is casual insomuch that the bodywork is almost absent (cargo capacity and security issues), with nominal instrumentation (tiny speedometer) and a modest seat.

The Zuma borrows elements from sportbikes (angular bodywork and stepped seat) and dual-sports (semi-knobby tires).

Both machines share certain design cues: rally-style dual headlights and meaty tires, giving each one a modicum of off-road ability.

I like both models, for different reasons. I have an '08 Zuma, and am sorely tempted to add a new Rukus to the stable. There's two shiny red '09s at my local dealership right now. Hey, I've got an '07 Suzuki, so I need the hat trick...

It's good to have money. :)

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Post Re: zuma or ruckus? or something else?
mhx wrote:
how fast does the sr50 and sr50r go?


I believe you can do a little derestriction and it'll do 50ish.

The best thing to do is see the scooters in person and talk to the sales guy or even the mechanic
if you get the chance. There is also the question of dealership distance. If you are the type
to maintain your own vehicles, then it doesn't matter where they're located, but for most who do not,
having the dealership near you is important. Oh, and to just put it out there, there is also the Kymco Super 9. You've probably found out where the Yamaha and Honda dealerships near you are, I would also see if there is a Kymco and Aprilia one as well, and maybe even checkout the chinese scooter joints too, so you'll fully appreciate why you're going with quality companies.

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with nominal instrumentation (tiny speedometer) and a modest seat.


Speedos are for the weak! But really how big does it need to be? I've never had a problem with mine.

Bottom line, based on what you want get a Zuma, Ruckus takes a lot of work to gain speed. The sr50 is like 4.5K so have fun with that.

And zumascoot, I have a 03 vino in addition to the ruck, but since the vino and zuma are identical I know about the zumas pros and cons.

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Buy a Zuma, it's way better! :zuma:

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Señor Don Gato wrote:
Tall Man wrote:
with nominal instrumentation (tiny speedometer) and a modest seat.


Speedos are for the weak! But really how big does it need to be? I've never had a problem with mine.

Bottom line, based on what you want get a Zuma, Ruckus takes a lot of work to gain speed. The sr50 is like 4.5K so have fun with that.

And zumascoot, I have a 03 vino in addition to the ruck, but since the vino and zuma are identical I know about the zumas pros and cons.


Ahh a vino, now i remember. Do you ride it much since you got the Ruck ??

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Get a Zuma. Hondas are boring.

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Psychedelic_Zuma wrote:
Get a Zuma. Hondas are boring.


yeah... Hondas are like Tampons... every ***** gotta have one... :wth: :q:


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:doh: Hey, you guys have a thread for that.


You can't really go wrong with either, they are both solid scoots. I would say ride them both and get whichever one calls out to you.

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Post Re: zuma or ruckus? or something else?
To me the Ruckus looks ridiculous. I'm not a Zuma zealot at all - although I really like mine - just saying that I wouldn't be interested in a scooter they didn't finish designing.

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