Since the new Grom was presented to us recently, we expect that the 2018 Honda Ruckus release date will be officially announced very soon. In the same way as Grom, that is just a carry over, we do not expect any changes in Ruckus’ top speed, specs, or color options.
The Honda Ruckus is a scooter that will put a smile on your face wherever you see it. All in all, the additional dose of the attitude is what characterizes this little scooter. Recently we saw Honda Grom presentation, so we expect that it will be presented to us very soon.
2018 Honda Ruckus review
This is a bike with a unique design and with its own attitude. This scooter is one seater and it comes without any storage boxes. For that purposes there are available aftermarkets panels that can close space under the seat that can be used as storage space. For helmet, there is helmet holder. The new Honda Ruckus 2018 provides great performance with excellent fuel economy. It is made for urban roaming which made it perfect for driving on short distances.
|2018 Ruckus dimensions|
|Wheelbase||49.8 inches (1265 mm)|
|Seat Height||28.9 inches (734 mm)|
|Curb Weight||194 pounds (4,928 mm)|
|Fuel Capacity||1.3 gallons (4.9 liter)|
2018 Honda Ruckus engine and drivetrain
Heart of this scooter will be same single cylinder engine that we can see in its predecessor. With 49 ccm of displacement this liquid-cooled, OHC engine helps Ruckus to reach top speed from 40 – 45 mph. This figure varies from driver to driver and its weight is important factor. Ignition system is free from maintenance while there is electric starter with push button start. If that fails there is an old-fashioned kick starter.
|2018 Honda Ruckus engine specs|
|Type of engine||4-stroke singe-cylinder liquid-cooled with 49cc of displacement|
|Induction||18 mm CV carburetor with automatic choke|
|Bore x Stroke||37,8 x 44 mm|
|Type of transmission||Automatic V-Matic belt drive|
|Fuel economy||114 mpg (2.1 l / 100 km)|
|Top speed||40 – 45 mph|
Transmission is automatic, while V-Matic belt-drive from Honda ensures that acceleration will be smooth and constant. For better comfort, there is an extra quiet exhaust system. This combination offers 114 mpg of fuel economy which allows driver great autonomy in the city ride.
New Honda Ruckus 2018 chassis and suspension
Chassis of the new Honda Ruckus 2018 will be made from two pieces. Rear frame will be made of steep for better rigidity, while die-cast front frame is there for lower weight. There are two colors available, Black and combination of white and red. Without body panels, the new Ruckus becomes a naked scooter. It is built on the tubed, exoskeletal frame. Instrument panel features analog speedometer with odometer, temperature of the coolant and indicator of low / high beams. There are no fuel indicator except light indication when it reach reserve of 0.3 gallons.
For comfortable drive, there should be good suspension. Front suspension comes with a telescopic twin – downtube fork with 1.9 inch of travel for controlled ride. On the other hand, rear suspension is a single-side swingarm with single shock that has 2.56 inches of travel. When it comes to brakes there are 95 mm single mechanical drums on both wheels. Rear wheel comes equipped with 130/90-10 tire while front tire is a bit slimmer, 120/90-10.
|Honda Ruckus 2018 chassis, suspension and brakes|
|Front suspension||Twin – downtube fork|
|Rear suspension||Single shock|
|Front travel||1.9 inches (48 mm)|
|Rear travel||2.6 inches (66 mm)|
|Brakes||12 mm drums|
|Rake (Caster angle)||26.5º|
|Trail||2.95 in. (75 mm)|
White – Red
2018 Honda Ruckus price and release date
When it comes to market, the price of the new Honda Ruckus 2018 will be around $2,700. This is a current price of the 2017-year model. This is a bit higher than its competition but, on the other hand, it offers reliability with one year of warranty. The 2018 Honda Ruckus will have main competition in Mad Dog from Ice Bear with base price just under $2,000 and SSR Rowdy with a bigger engine but with similar price tag.