Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit www.motortrend.com for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |  Bring The Ruckus - The Honda Ruckus
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Bring The Ruckus - The Honda Ruckus

Honda's Next Superstar Rides On Two Wheels

Terence Patrick
Apr 1, 2008
130_0804_01_z+honda_ruckus+meet Photo 1/11   |   Bring The Ruckus - The Honda Ruckus

"This thing can do a mean burnout," brags Stephan Papadakis while we're huddled around an assembly of Hondas in the parking lot of Bowls. In an exhibition that is both gratifying and nostalgic, Stephan rips a massive cloud of dense, white smoke while the scattershot of black rubber bits from his back tire are starting to hit the front of my camera lens. Had this been 10 years earlier, Stephan probably would've given this demonstration in his Civic hatchback, but today he's showing off his Ruckus scooter, the latest cultural phenomenon from Honda. With two wheels, a spirited 49cc engine (pushing a paltry 180 lbs. of total weight), an infinite number of possible customizations and a low sticker price that could fit within most student credit card limits, the Ruckus is to choppers what the Civic was to hot rods. With pockets of Ruckus owners sprouting up in places like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Manhattan, the waiting list to get one from a dealer is starting to grow.

130_0804_02_z+honda_ruckus+burnout Photo 2/11   |   Bring The Ruckus - The Honda Ruckus

For guys like Papadakis or Brandon Leung, owner of Bowls and all-around Ruckus guru, personalizing Honda's two-wheeled wonder is an affordable luxury and lifestyle. While many parts are custom fabricated, off-the-shelf components like wheels, exhausts and body modifications for the Ruckus are becoming more available through a growing cottage industry of people in love with the scooter. Admittedly, I was initially skeptical when word of the Ruckus first reached my ears. A scooter seemed so rinky-dink compared to a regular street bike, which has so much more power and wow factor. But when the chance to ride a Ruckus came, I didn't pass it up and actually had a lot of fun buzzing around on it. Once I figure out a way to strap my camera case to one safely, you can be sure I'll be getting a Ruckus.

Send us photos of your Ruckus to mailsack@superstreetonline.com if you have one and let us know what kind of mods you've made to it.

Sources

Bowls
213-628-8866
http://www.bowlsla.com
By Terence Patrick
64 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

In Japan, Porsche builds have always been a big thing, and lately they've been a bit more visible at events like Tokyo Auto Salon. At the 2019 show, everyone was talking about the 4 Laws 911
RodrezJan 17, 2019
Garage Active brought a number of GT-Rs out to TAS '19, all of which were top notch but this R32 warranted a closer look.
RodrezJan 17, 2019
One of the cleanest GC10s you're likely to ever see.
RodrezJan 17, 2019
If you love the way the Honda Civic Type R drives but wish it stood out more, the folks at Mugen have the solution
Collin WoodardJan 16, 2019
How do you make the Volkswagen GTI even better? Just add the letters “TCR” and crank up the boost.
Ed TahaneyJan 16, 2019
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP