Fabulous Fifties: 2009 Honda Ruckus Scooter, general-purpose, one each.
The Ruckus caused a, well…ruckus when it was first introduced, with an exoskeletal chassis that didn’t resemble anything else and the look of a rough-and-ready utilitarian unafraid of getting dirty. It uses a clean, quiet, 49cc four-stroke single-cylinder engine to propel its claimed 194 pounds of mass. It rolls on strong cast-aluminum wheels with dual-sport-ish tires. That sturdy sensibility even extends to the easy-to-clean textured-rubber floormats that look rugged enough for camping or hunting.It’s light and nimble, but not very fast, and neither is it in a hurry to get to its 40-mph top speed. After taking some major thoroughfares on the way to work, I was convinced the side-street-shuffle was the way to get where I needed to go. With that tactic, the Ruckus was perfect for my four-mile ride to the beach; I could weave my way through slower side streets almost all the way. Once there, parking was never an issue for me; I could always find a spot and pop the Ruckus onto its centerstand. In the worst case, I would just stick it into a bike rack. Wetsuit, towel and work clothes fit nicely under the seat, and the bare-bones design makes the Ruckus easy to clean.