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Believe it or not I've actually retired all of my smarts from daily driver duty. I've spent my summer riding various bikes and generally having a blast. I really only drive a car to tow a trailer or carry a passenger. I'm also prepping to have a bike as my "winter beater", too. It's been a crazy addiction so far and I peaked four bikes and scooters as of a couple weeks ago (though now I'm back down to three). A hankering for Chinese bikes helps to keep this hobby cheap. Whereas a single small part on my Buell Blast may cost $200, I can get an entire engine and transmission for a Chinese bike for the same price. :D

Before I dive into this, I helped fund this newest hobby by auctioning off the dozen or so custom computers I've built over the past couple years. Building computers is fun, but there's no point to it if I'm never going to use them. And selling them is a nightmare if you're just a single small person and not a shop.

The current lineup:

2000 Buell Blast "Neutron". He's my speed demon sport bike. The little thumper makes it a rolling massager.



2005 Honda Rebel 250 "Velma". She's my "around town" bike and my grocery getter. I kinda want to trade up to a Honda VTX or a Kawasaki Vulcan.





2012 Jinlun 150cc Ruckus clone (no name for it yet). This thing is my new toy. Got it off a college student for peanuts and it just needs a few things to get going again.



I do have a gameplan for it:

1) Get it running (battery, carb, stabilized petrol).

2) Fix the rust.

3) Replace all of the indicator light housings (broken).

4) Get an engine cover.

5) New handlebars (Pro Tapers??)

6) New brake levers (they’re extremely worn).

7) New seat/seat cover (in a fun colour like pink).

8) Plasti-Dip the wheels to match the seat.

9) RGB lighting.

The amusing thing is that all of the above can be accomplished for less money than a date night.

The last one was a 2008 Bashan MC-16-150T "Imperator Slowiosa". She was brand new with only 3 miles (previous owner bought it and left it in his garage for ten years). I got it for the upcoming Gambler 500 but gave up on getting it running when I realized that the petrol tank rotted out. In hindsight, I could have just replaced the tank...I mean since it's a Chinese scooter a tank is only $20 shipped. :shrug:



I ended up selling it for enough to break even on the project so I'm not feeling too bad.



As is now a common question since I've started riding: What do I do about insurance? I've moved to a local area "per mile" insurance company. And since I live 0.5 miles from work nowadays, I basically pay nothing to keep the working vehicles in the fleet legal.

My girlfriend and I have realized that one day I'm going to need to open a smart and oddball bike museum.
 

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The Ruckus one is the white one. :) The Sportster look-a-like is the Rebel.

I haven't looked into fleet insurance yet. Admittedly my end goal is to keep my insurance costs to no more expensive than what I was paying back when I got my 2012 smart. I hit that goal with the per-mile insurance, so I never bothered.
 

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Believe it or not I've actually retired all of my smarts from daily driver duty. I've spent my summer riding various bikes and generally having a blast. I really only drive a car to tow a trailer or carry a passenger. I'm also prepping to have a bike as my "winter beater", too. It's been a crazy addiction so far and I peaked four bikes and scooters as of a couple weeks ago (though now I'm back down to three). A hankering for Chinese bikes helps to keep this hobby cheap. Whereas a single small part on my Buell Blast may cost $200, I can get an entire engine and transmission for a Chinese bike for the same price. :D

Before I dive into this, I helped fund this newest hobby by auctioning off the dozen or so custom computers I've built over the past couple years. Building computers is fun, but there's no point to it if I'm never going to use them. And selling them is a nightmare if you're just a single small person and not a shop.

The current lineup:

2000 Buell Blast "Neutron". He's my speed demon sport bike. The little thumper makes it a rolling massager.



2005 Honda Rebel 250 "Velma". She's my "around town" bike and my grocery getter. I kinda want to trade up to a Honda VTX or a Kawasaki Vulcan.





2012 Jinlun 150cc Ruckus clone (no name for it yet). This thing is my new toy. Got it off a college student for peanuts and it just needs a few things to get going again.



I do have a gameplan for it:

1) Get it running (battery, carb, stabilized petrol).

2) Fix the rust.

3) Replace all of the indicator light housings (broken).

4) Get an engine cover.

5) New handlebars (Pro Tapers??)

6) New brake levers (they’re extremely worn).

7) New seat/seat cover (in a fun colour like pink).

8) Plasti-Dip the wheels to match the seat.

9) RGB lighting.

The amusing thing is that all of the above can be accomplished for less money than a date night.

The last one was a 2008 Bashan MC-16-150T "Imperator Slowiosa". She was brand new with only 3 miles (previous owner bought it and left it in his garage for ten years). I got it for the upcoming Gambler 500 but gave up on getting it running when I realized that the petrol tank rotted out. In hindsight, I could have just replaced the tank...I mean since it's a Chinese scooter a tank is only $20 shipped. :shrug:



I ended up selling it for enough to break even on the project so I'm not feeling too bad.



As is now a common question since I've started riding: What do I do about insurance? I've moved to a local area "per mile" insurance company. And since I live 0.5 miles from work nowadays, I basically pay nothing to keep the working vehicles in the fleet legal.

My girlfriend and I have realized that one day I'm going to need to open a smart and oddball bike museum.
I've seen people put extended swing arms on those ruckus bikes. Look like a lot of fun.
 

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The Ruckus one is the white one. :) The Sportster look-a-like is the Rebel.

I haven't looked into fleet insurance yet. Admittedly my end goal is to keep my insurance costs to no more expensive than what I was paying back when I got my 2012 smart. I hit that goal with the per-mile insurance, so I never bothered.
Ah, ok thanks. The Ruckus name fits, really interesting looking. Kind of reminds me of the mini bikes we had as kids but this one's on steroids.

Btw you ever seen one of these? Happened to stumble on pix yesterday while looking at an article on smarts.
 

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Ah, ok thanks. The Ruckus name fits, really interesting looking. Kind of reminds me of the mini bikes we had as kids but this one's on steroids.

Btw you ever seen one of these? Happened to stumble on pix yesterday while looking at an article on smarts.
That's a smart crosstown. It was a hybrid concept that was slated for production, however Jeep got salty about it and told smart (a subsidiary of what was then DaimlerChrysler) to quit it because it stole Wrangler design cues and would likely steal sales. I mean, a low to the ground hybrid car without any offroading abilities certainly wouldn't, but okay.

Just be careful on the roads. Around here those are called "donorcycles". Stay safe!
I haven't heard "donorcycle" in a while! I am an organ donor, though I'm not sure how many of my organs would be usable considering I'm pumping HRT through them.
 

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Sold my Rebel and bought this!

It's an 82 Suzuki GS850G with 29k miles.



 

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Cool! Nice to go old school Japanese. Also cool that Uhaul rents trailers for bikes, handy to know.

I can see how the crosstown got killed by the Jeep division though it's a pretty cool prototype. I certainly would have taken a look, like how the windshield folded under the front hood and I can see the sort of family resemblance but I highly doubt that vehicle would have poached any Wrangler sales as those buyers are pretty much set already on what they want.
 

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Awesome line up I have always wanted a ruckus. Because I love having what no else does I started off with a piaggio mp3. 2 wheels upfront 1 in the rear kind of scooter styled. I moved on to a bmw 1200rt I acquired from chp followed by my fully custom 1987 bmw k75 cafe racer. Most recently I have been enjoying my new can am spyder f3s. It also has 2 wheels upfront and 1 big wide one in the rear. I have to say that I hop on that more than anything and my smart has started to become a garage queen. Riding motorcycles is definitely a fun alternative to my smart in California and gives me the rush I need at 21 years old lol
 

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Well, I did it again! I sold the Buell Blast and now I bought myself a Goldwing! I got it for the price I sold my Buell Blast for.







And here's a pic of the GS850G out in the light:



And me on it after I got the engine running again (it had sucked up some water through the reserve. Don't worry, I only rode it in slow laps around my condo complex. I don't do street riding without a helmet.



That brings my count to three. I have these two vintage bikes and that white scooter from the OP. :)
 

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A Goldwing!? :eek: Are you planning to do some touring?

You do realize that two of your bikes have more horsepower than the 451 smart?

~toaster

P.S. I like the Suzuki... I prefer the styling of that era to today's crotch rockets and customs... and a lot more comfortable to ride.
 

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For as much as I loved the agility of a modern sportbike, the looks leave much to be desired and the ergonomics...ha...just kidding, there are no ergonomics on a modern sportbike! Any more than an hour of riding and I get so sore.

Meanwhile, the Suzuki is basically like piloting a sofa that can easily break 100 mph in style. What sold me in the Winger was the fact that this resto-modded one has a similar style to the Suzuki, is more powerful, and is even more comfortable. I can scratch my speed itch and gobble up as many miles as fast as I want with a smile on my face. It also doesn't hurt that the paint is so beautifully new. :)
 

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Did you say you are thinking of riding in winter, in Wisconsin/Northern IL? I'd recommend against that. 2 wheels and slippy roads don't mix!

And even when the road is dry and clear, dealing with the cold is a bear - and patches of spilled road salt on curves can be treacherous too.

I know as I've been (electric!) motor scooter commuter for years. But save for those occasional nice days, I keep it in the garage from December through March.
 

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Well, I did it again! I sold the Buell Blast and now I bought myself a Goldwing! I got it for the price I sold my Buell Blast for.







And here's a pic of the GS850G out in the light:



And me on it after I got the engine running again (it had sucked up some water through the reserve. Don't worry, I only rode it in slow laps around my condo complex. I don't do street riding without a helmet.



That brings my count to three. I have these two vintage bikes and that white scooter from the OP. <img src="http://smartcarofamerica.com/forums/images/SmartCarOfAmerica/smilies/tango_face_smile.png" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
The Goldwing is a sweet stratolounge long hall impossible to destroy two wheeled wonder. They have tons of potential to do a cafe style look (IMOP) . Enjoy putting some miles on that one .
 

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The Goldwing is a sweet stratolounge long hall impossible to destroy two wheeled wonder. They have tons of potential to do a cafe style look (IMOP) . Enjoy putting some miles on that one .

You got me looking on my local CraigsList at Goldwings... just out of curiosity, mind you.:wink: I was shocked to see how many were listed... with a number of them going from $800 up to $2500.

Tempting, but I don't need another bike at this point and my touring days were almost 40-years ago. Too many crazies on the roads these days... I'll piddle about on the trails where things are a lot safer. :)

~toaster
 

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Did you say you are thinking of riding in winter, in Wisconsin/Northern IL? I'd recommend against that. 2 wheels and slippy roads don't mix!

And even when the road is dry and clear, dealing with the cold is a bear - and patches of spilled road salt on curves can be treacherous too.

I know as I've been (electric!) motor scooter commuter for years. But save for those occasional nice days, I keep it in the garage from December through March.
I plan to! The winter bike is going to be the Chinese 150cc Ruckus clone. Keeping it low powered and a vehicle I won't mind getting salted up. Of course, if it ends up being too cold and messy, I'll just retire the whole lot. :)
 
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