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Old 04-27-2008, 04:38 AM   #1
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So I am moving to Orlando in August to attend UCF, and the place I am moving into is about three to four miles from campus. With gas prices approaching $4 a gallon I have been playing with the idea of purchasing a used Honda Ruckus. For anyone not in the know, a Ruckus is a 49cc scooter (doesn't require a motorcycle license) that will do around 40mph stock and get from 85-105mpg. Anyone here ever own one? Ideas/opinions?

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Our gas prices are already over 4 dollars a gallon. Its like $4.26 for super or V-power
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Old 04-27-2008, 07:15 AM   #3
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If you like ***** get a motorcycle. If you're into dick, well, you're on teh right track.
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I crashed my friends yamaha scooter into a parked car once
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That is a phenomenal idea. What does one of those cost? I am going to be living off-campus next year and a motorcycle permit is about 10% of the cost of a general parking permit for a car.
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Sav, plus there's even better parking for scotters under 50ccs on campus. plus your diff is metal granola.
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i wanted to get one as well. the ruckus is sweet because you can hop curbs and go offroad if you need to. I ended up not getting one because progressive quoted me $45/mn for insurance. I don't know what the **** they were on but that killed the idea for me.
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When I was in college, I bought a 49cc Tomos shortly after moving off campus, for the reason that parking a car on the UF campus is basically impossible.

Owning that vehicle sucked badly. Not the ego factor, it just wasn't fast enough to feel safe on *any* roads with any kind of vehicular traffic. More like riding a small, unstable bicycle as opposed to a motorcycle. Fortunately, a friend introduced me to epitome of dirt-cheap, basic motorcycles, the Honda Nighthawk 250.


This is pretty much "The" beginner's motorcycle. It's lightweight and cheap, yet rugged enough to absorb a few curbs and powerful enough to keep up with any traffic you'll encounter so long as you stay off I4. Avg fuel economy is close to 70MPG, and you can park it anywhere.

Did I mention it's cheap?

The Nighthawk (aka CB250) hasn't changed one single bit since I bought mine, which was a '91, in '97. Still has drum brakes, spoke wheels, no tach, a tiny single carb, weird rear coilovers... It's sort of the VW Beetle of the M/C world. Brand-new they retail for $3,600, in a college town, you should be able to find one a few years old and in good shape for $1,000 - $2,000.

BTW- in FL, M/C insurance is "optional." Not that I suggest riding uninsured, but I did it for two years.
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I wish the gas could be 4$/gallon here! Presently it's 5.11$/gallon
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When I was in college, I bought a 49cc Tomos shortly after moving off campus, for the reason that parking a car on the UF campus is basically impossible.

Owning that vehicle sucked badly. Not the ego factor, it just wasn't fast enough to feel safe on *any* roads with any kind of vehicular traffic. More like riding a small, unstable bicycle as opposed to a motorcycle. Fortunately, a friend introduced me to epitome of dirt-cheap, basic motorcycles, the Honda Nighthawk 250.


This is pretty much "The" beginner's motorcycle. It's lightweight and cheap, yet rugged enough to absorb a few curbs and powerful enough to keep up with any traffic you'll encounter so long as you stay off I4. Avg fuel economy is close to 70MPG, and you can park it anywhere.

Did I mention it's cheap?

The Nighthawk (aka CB250) hasn't changed one single bit since I bought mine, which was a '91, in '97. Still has drum brakes, spoke wheels, no tach, a tiny single carb, weird rear coilovers... It's sort of the VW Beetle of the M/C world. Brand-new they retail for $3,600, in a college town, you should be able to find one a few years old and in good shape for $1,000 - $2,000.

BTW- in FL, M/C insurance is "optional." Not that I suggest riding uninsured, but I did it for two years.
I've played with that idea a little, but then I would have to go out and get a motorcycle permit. A buddy of mine has a Ruckus, and I've ridden that around a bit, it's not too bad. Plus all the roads from the house to campus are all back roads, kinda like riding in a neighborhood the whole way.

For whoever asked, they are around $2K new, and I've found a couple in good shape, but a few years old for around $750.
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Not a motorcycle story, but I'm buying my wife's '93 Celica back from another soldier for $100 because he blew the headgasket. I'll fix it, fill it with 87, and keep miles off the 'yatta.
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I have a 49cc scooter for sale if anyone is interested. 4 stroke, very torquey, about 40mph with 2 people. Fully federal road legal. Very good chinese brand, comes with federal certificate of origin. Just over 100 miles (still on original tank of gas). $500. Great if you live in a state where you don't need to register or have a motorcycle licensce for scooters under 50cc.
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If it's only 4 miles get a ******* bicycle!
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coastertrav, it doesn't say under your avatar where you are located, so, where did you find the bikes for sale at? If anyone sees a nighthawk 250 for sale let me know, I definitely want one now.

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nighthawk 250, thats a dike's bike
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nighthawk 250, thats a dike's bike
Just because it doesn't go faster than your car?
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that would make your car a dike bike too now wouldn't it
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If it's only 4 miles get a bicycle!
Thats what i would do. A $50-100 bike, no ins or laws to deal with. Free parking, no maintenance, Get into shape if your not already. The only downside is you might sweat a little. Just carry a towel and extra shirt.
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that would make your car a dike bike too now wouldn't it
Or just a chick car.
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