Remember when Honda make bikes you wanted to buy?? Just what we need...more version on hackneyed cruzers - and no replacement for the Superhawk.. Oops..oh yea, thanks for that big ruckus, we really needed that. Maybe they should rename it the F#&! us.
I wish they would just update the Superhawk with good suspension and slightly larger gas tank and maybe slightly higher bars. There is a real lack of good choices for older guys (I'm 55) who don't want to go the cruiser route but don't want a pure sportbike.
The VTX1800 is a nice looking bike but turn like busses, if I'm gonna go that big I'll get a GW and be done with it, at least then you get all the luxury and real touring bonuses with the massive size, oh and a reverse cause I would need that. Then again I'm not 6'-2" 300 lbs either. For my money the 1300 is a better bike, except for having to do valve adjustments. Gotta give it to Harley for at least doing that part right.
Big Ruckus- come on people, it's the perfect mode of transport for the camp ground. You know you want one. My biggest problem is paying $6-$7k for a mx bike. It's all in fun (and racing) but paying 7 large for a dirt toy is pretty tough. Heck, I don't think I spent that much money on the first 5 cars I owned- combined. Guess that's why people call it disposable income.
Good job, Honda. The Ruckus is as much as a GS500F or an EX500. The CBR600 is as much as a Speed Triple. And you get to "customize" a VTX. (I can't tell the difference between any of the "customs". And the Warrior still looks much better.) Oh, yeah, and the VFR is much more than a SprintRS or in the same ballpark as a ZZR1200. What an attractive lineup. [/sarcasm off].
At least they haven't saddled us with another Rune type of offering. Unless you consider the Ruckus an Anti-Rune. A company with all the resources of Honda should do better than this. Maybe they need to put someone in charge who is actually a motorcycle enthusiast instead of a committee of MBAs.
Dang, I didn't mean to come off so sour. Time for coffee.
I Just noticed that you guys said "For those of you outside the People's Republic of California, this bike will probably make a great dual-sport/supermoto/trail bike/motocrosser." The previous sentence said "The new 450X is an ass-kicking CRF-450R, with electric start, wide-ratio transmission, "t-ring" chain, 18" rear wheel, enduro lighting, a larger gas tank and CA "Green Sticker" eligibility."
so it gets lighter. anyone else notice that they have a new 2 piece shock. looks like the heavily marketed prolink was a failure. i heard that the formula xtreme factory team had junked it. looks like that rumor was correct.
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