I’ve decided to sell my Ruckus.
It’s not that I don’t like it. I really do. I loved learning all sorts of new things and building my confidence while transforming the looks of the bike. It’s a genuinely cool scooter that turns all sorts of heads and is fun to ride around.
But there are issues.
Well, there is issue (singular): Hawaii.
Hawaii is moist and salty and I live pretty close to the water, which means everything corrodes. Everything. Even stuff that shouldn’t corrode is doing so. We have these metal ghosts that are painted. You put them in the ground and leave them there for Halloween and during the month that they were outside, they rusted completely.
My bike is no different. Some of it is rusting VERY quickly and that’s a real bummer. I’m going to have to order a new intake bracket from MNNTHBX to prime and paint to replace that one that is currently being eaten through by the elements.
I also plan on getting a new rear frame and headlight bracket not only because they’re rusting where I ground off the turn signal mounts and the rear light mount (and foolishly didn’t prime and paint), but because it will give me the opportunity to try the mods again and make them prettier. I’ll admit I was excited and, as such, in a rush to see a finished product and the result was that I didn’t take my time and do it right.
But I will.
But if I’m being completely honest with myself (and you, I suppose), I just don’t want to deal with Hawaii’s ridiculous safety inspections. They don’t like exhausts that can get loud unless they’re OEM on bikes like Harley Davidsons (surely this has NOTHING to do with the fact that the Harley shop has so much pull motorcycle-wise on the island). They don’t like LED lights. They don’t like integrated lights.
Sure, you can find shops that will pass you on a safety inspection, but they’re all different with different requirements, winks, nods, etc. It’s just not easy enough and a bit too cloak-and-dagger for me. My original goal was to stretch it out and turn it into a bike inspired by the 1959 Cadillac hearse from Ghostbusters. I’m part of the Ghostbusters Hawaii Division and we do some events where kids come out and I thought it would be cool for them to see something like this that was easy to sit on and get their picture taken. I was going to make it red and white and it was going to get attention. And when it DID get that attention, I wanted it to be on the up-and-up. When the cops would pull me over (and I’m positive I would get pulled over), I wanted the bike to be legitimate so there wasn’t even a chance of anything beyond a friendly conversation about the mods and the goal of making people a bit happier.
But with such a huge pain, I’d rather just sell it to someone that thinks it’s fun to do these things and I’ll move on to something a little less cool-looking and a lot more legal: making a Grom Ghostbusters-themed.
Where the Ruckus was going to be a complete transformation, I plan on just painting the plastics on a Grom and calling it good. Maybe finding a fender eliminator that’s legal here. And bar-end mirrors.
But that’s it.
I plan on taking the Grom just about everywhere and I don’t want to deal with the legalities and specificities of areas as I ride through, nor do I want to be concerned about the prospect of bringing it in for an inspection. I have enough to worry about.
I still feel like I’m giving up on something that I don’t really want to give up on, though. The Ruckus is really cool and I have nothing but love for it. I think used Rucks should be in every high school that is still fortunate enough to have vocational classes. They take up less space than cars and more kids can get their hands on them while dealing with simpler, less intimidating parts. Similarly, I think they’re fantastic projects for parents and kids to tackle together.
And they are fun to ride.
Still. I think the headache of Hawaii outweighs the joy of working on the bike, so I’ll call it quits. Maybe in the future, if I’m in a state that is less rusting and more understanding with safety stuff, I’ll work on a Ruckus with my kids.
But until then, anyone want to buy a Ruckus?