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What is the Honda Zoomer?

Also known as the “Honda Ruckus” in Canada and the United States, the Honda Zoomer first saw the light of the day in 2002. 

And unlike other scooters, the Zoomer is primarily free from body panels.

It also weighs very little – only 87 kilos (or 194 pounds). If you do a lot of deadlifting, you could probably pick the Zoomer right off the ground.

Fun trivia:

  • The European models featured a unique, compact fuel injection system which Honda called “Programmed Fuel Injection” (or “PGMFI”)
  • The Zoomer has no starter motor. Instead, when you turn the key, the alternator “reverts,” making it possible to start the engine

Honda Big Ruckus

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Do you live in North America and want a Ruckus but also something faster than 50cc? Then, you’re in luck!

Enter the Honda Big Ruckus – a version of the original Ruckus that sports a 250cc engine and larger, 12 inch tires.

Furthermore, it also has a foldable backrest for a more comfortable ride. 

In fact, with all these features, the Big Ruckus resembles a motorcycle more than a scooter – something which took notice of when they reviewed the Big Ruckus in 2006:

“The riding position and overall feeling that the bike conveys is more closely related to a big cruising motorcycle than a conventional scooter.”

Honda Zoomer Specs (2002 model)

Engine: Four-stroke, Single-cylinder, liquid-cooled

Displacement: 49cc

Gearbox: CVT transmission

Fuel system: Carburettor

Compression rate: 12:0:1

Front brake: Expanding brake

Rear brake: Expanding brake

Wheel size: 10″

Wheelbase: 1265mm /49.8 inches

Fuel capacity: 5 liters (1.32 US gallons)

Total weight (dry): 79 kg/172.2 pounds


Honda Big Ruckus Specs (2006 model)

Engine: Four-stroke, Single-cylinder, liquid-cooled

Displacement: 249cc

Gearbox: CVT transmission

Drivetrain: Belt drive

Fuel system: Carburettor

Compression rate: 10:5:1

Front brake: Single disc brake

Rear brake: Expanding drum brake

Wheel size: 12″

Wheelbase: 1455mm/57.3 inches

Fuel capacity: 12.11 liters (3.20 US gallons)

Total weight (dry): 164 kg/362 pounds