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And now ... the naked scooter

And now ... the naked scooter

And now ... the naked scooter

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The Naked Motorcycle craze seems to be reaching epidemic proportions with the announcement by Honda America that its 2005 range will include a "naked" scooter. The Big Ruckus "blends the open feel of a motorcycle with the comfort and convenience of a scooter", according to Honda, though we have to wonder whether the new rugged good looks of the Big Ruckus will overcome the loss of the scooter's most appealing feature - weather protection.

Powered by a 249cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine, the Big Ruckus does offer some unique features, such as a sliding adjustable seat that has a convertible passenger saddle that becomes the rider's backrest.

Honda V-Matic belt drive system provides sophisticated three-stage operation, matching the engine's strong low and mid-range power to a wide range of operating conditions. Stage One delivers efficient, quiet power for around-town cruising; Stage Two provides increased power for moderate acceleration; and Stage Three provides maximum power for full acceleration and top speed.

The Big Ruckus also has a Combined Brake System provides added control when slowing or stopping. Rider application of the front brake lever activates the front brake in conventional fashion. Application of the rear brake lever activates the rear brake and front brake together. When only the rear brake lever is used, a proportioning mechanism gradually applies the front brake.

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