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Genuine Roughhouse 50 vs. Honda Ruckus

New scooter buyers are often overwhelmed by the many varieties of bikes available. We’ve talked about why cheap Chinese scooters are not necessarily the best choice. Today we want to talk about how the most obvious scooter is not necessarily the best scooter for a new or seasoned rider. We will sound off on why we think the Roughhouse 50 is a better scooter for riders who either rely on their scooter for transportation or who enjoy zipping around on pleasure rides. This article is not objective by any stretch of the word, but written with the knowledge that 10 years of scooter sales and repairs provides.

The Honda Ruckus

Firstly, the Honda Ruckus is one of the most popular scooters sold in the United States. This is largely due to the Honda brand resonating with consumers as “dependable” and “value.” However, due to the economics and nature of manufacturing motorized scooters, Honda can do little to ensure their scooters are more “dependable” than other premium scooters. Genuine, Yamaha, and other quality manufacturers have similar levels of dependability (or better in some cases). With the Honda Ruckus, the Honda name is nice to have, but it doesn’t automatically make the Ruckus anymore dependable. Although Honda is originally a Japanese brand, their scooters are made in factories in Mainland China. The quality of materials used in the Metro may be affected by this shift. Essentially, when you buy a Honda Metro, you are buying a Chinese made scooter. In terms of performance, the Ruckus is one of the slowest 50cc scooters you can buy. The 4 stroke engine limits the Ruckus’s ability to climb hills, navigate through traffic, and get you safely from A to B. Moreover, an additional passenger slows the Ruckus to an almost unbearable pace. Anyone looking to “zip” down Franklin or over to the local farmer’s market will soon grow bored of the Ruckus’s wheezy engine.

Genuine Scooter Company Roughhouse 50

We may be biased, but we love the way Genuine operates their US based company. We respect their 2 year bumper to bumper warranty and free roadside assistance they have standard on all their scooters. We appreciate that we can get them on the phone almost any hour of the day. Most of all, we love that they make the Roughhouse 50. The Roughhouse 50 is a dependable and zippy scooter, with a fit and trim to rival that of Honda Ruckus’s. Moreover, the amount of performance parts available from Scooterworks puts the the already swift Roughhouse 50 heads and shoulders ahead of the Ruckus. Simply put, the Roughhouse 50, when compared to the Honda, is simply faster, has a more comprehensive warranty, better build quality (completely made in Taiwan, the scooter capital of the world), and it even has a power socket to charge your phone! The Roughhouse 50 also comes is several deliciously bold colors which are not only aesthetically appealing, but keeps you safe on the road. Anyone looking for a Honda Ruckus, should seriously consider the Buddy 50. I am sure that there are lots of Honda Ruckus owners who may take issue with this comparison. I’m sure you love your Ruckus. The Ruckus is a decent scooter! However, in my 10 years of selling scooters, I would choose the Roughhouse 50 over the Ruckus everyday all day long. I invite all Ruckus shoppers to visit our showroom to try for yourself. I think the Roughhouse 50 is more than up to the challenge.
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