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Honda Ruckus

From CycleChaos

The Ruckus is a motorscooter developed by Honda and introduced in America in late 2002 (2003 model year); the Japanese model name for the same design is called a Zoomer. The Ruckus and Zoomer differ from more traditional scooters because of their rugged design including:

  • tires that are thicker and have deep treads
  • a skeleton frame that intentionally lacks an enclosed storage compartment
Honda Ruckus


(Taken from

Model: Ruckus (NPS50)
Engine Type: 49cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Carburetion: 15mm CV with automatic choke
Ignition: CD
Transmission: Automatic V-Matic belt drive
Front Suspension: Twin-downtube fork; 2.2 inches travel
Rear Suspension: Single shock; 2.6 inches travel
Front Brakes: Drum
Rear Brakes: Drum
Front Tires: 120/90-10
Rear Tires: 130/90-10
Wheelbase: 49.8 inches
Seat Height: 29.1 inches
Dry Weight: 181 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 1.3 gallons


2003 models: red or black
2004 models: yellow, black, or camo (brown camouflage)
2005 models: black or silver camo (gray camouflage)
2006 models: white or silver camo (gray camouflage)

(At time of posting, the Honda site showed color schemes for both 2004 and 2005 model years. For fun, a Honda Japan site dedicated to the Zoomer includes a Macromedia Flash game that allows a user to colorize a Ruckus in a wide variety of ways using computer painting tools.)

Interest Groups

Ruckus owners are proud individuals. The Ruckus has been affectionately referred to as a Battlescooter and jokingly categorized as an urban assault vehicle. The stock Ruckus looks and rides very much like a two-wheel ATV, but that doesn't stop Ruckus owners from "tricking" or "modding" their vehicles.

Internet forums dedicated to Ruckus owners include:

These forums are helpful for those experiencing problems with their Ruckus that may not require professional mechanical work. They are also good places to find pictures of Ruckuses with special mods and ideas for modding a Ruckus.

Side note: In late 2004 (2005 model year), Honda introduced the "Big Ruckus" to America. It possesses a 249-cc engine and has a different design to accommodate the change in engine size. It still retains, however, the overall Ruckus mindset. Unlike its little brother, the first US Big Ruckus included no color options and came standard as yellow.


2003 Honda Ruckus (NPS50) in Black
2003 Honda Ruckus (NPS50) in Black


2004 Honda Ruckus (NPS50) in Yellow
2004 Honda Ruckus (NPS50) in Yellow

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