What is possible on a small scooter?

#1
Howdy everyone;

I love to ride, and I have ridden lots of different bikes of various sizes from 750s right down to 50cc. My longest and the one I had the most fun on was an Aprilla 250 from Haight street in San Francisco to Beale street in Memphis. Right now I love tooling around with my little 50cc Ruckus, touring slow, camping and taking long long rides.

My question is what is feasible on a 50cc Ruckus? I have just started to do the lighthouse challege, which is doable in the alloted time if I make sure that I get out there at least a couple of weekends a month, and do at least two multi-day rides to pick up all the states. What else looks doable on a small bike?
 

Ira

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#2
Howdy everyone;

I love to ride, and I have ridden lots of different bikes of various sizes from 750s right down to 50cc. My longest and the one I had the most fun on was an Aprilla 250 from Haight street in San Francisco to Beale street in Memphis. Right now I love tooling around with my little 50cc Ruckus, touring slow, camping and taking long long rides.

My question is what is feasible on a 50cc Ruckus? I have just started to do the lighthouse challege, which is doable in the alloted time if I make sure that I get out there at least a couple of weekends a month, and do at least two multi-day rides to pick up all the states. What else looks doable on a small bike?
The smallest bike to complete a Saddlesore 1000 was 49cc's. So much is possible.

Ira Agins
Iron Butt Association
 

ts1

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#5
Note, that in most states there are constructive speed limits.
Especially for 50cc.
It is physically unbelievable to ride 1600km in 24h with an absolute top speed of 45km/h.
You can do a similar math with 1000miles and 30mph or whatever is applicable.

Does the IBA accept fraud and violations of law to obtain a certificate?
(How much value would such an IBA certificate have?)
 
#6
Note, that in most states there are constructive speed limits.
Especially for 50cc.
It is physically unbelievable to ride 1600km in 24h with an absolute top speed of 45km/h.
You can do a similar math with 1000miles and 30mph or whatever is applicable.

Does the IBA accept fraud and violations of law to obtain a certificate?
(How much value would such an IBA certificate have?)


I totally hear you. On my scooter getting even the 1000 seems completely out of the question. I have a few mods on it, re jetted fuel injectors, better air intake and filter system, minor tweeks to the bearings, but there is no way I can mathematically do the 1000 even topping out at 40. He must have had a much better luck with getting his speed up and probably smaller than me :)

The ones I think I can do are ones with year long limits that require more planning. The Lighthouse Challenge is one I am going to start this week, and I think I might be able to do a few others, but the D=RT formula trips me up on some rides
 

Ira

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#7
Does the IBA accept fraud and violations of law to obtain a certificate?
(How much value would such an IBA certificate have?)
No, it doesn't. The basic rule is that we will not certify a ride where the average legal speed limit for the route is less than the average speed needed to complete the ride.

Ira Agins
Iron Butt Association