Riley Sinclaire: A 2007 Honda Ruckus

Riley Sinclaire started life as a stock 2007 Honda Ruckus. I went ahead and changed most of that.


Rocky the Rebel: 1985 Rebel


A few recent-ish photos

Here are a few photos of what Riley looked like in July 2011. She now has a carbon fiber battery box and she’s still running like she loves me.



Step 8: done. but not like DONE.

A few photos of what Riley looks like now. She’s running strong. Besides running into issues with the NCY master cylinder not getting pressure, everything went back together pretty awesomely.

I still have to take it and get it painted, install the new speedo and a few other little cosmetic things, but I’m pretty happy right now with the condition she’s in.

More updates will come along as soon they happen.

In the mean time, enjoy this super short video and these few photos.


Step 7: test fit the most of it

So, I put the disc brake kit together for the most part, got the tires mounted on the wheels, installed the short axle, variator, new belt and new spark plug and put booth shoes on Riley for the first time in weeks. I had to lower the NCY shocks a bit, like most people do. It was crazy simple.

Here is how she sits as of now. As you can see, it’s got a decent stretch. I just need to fill some spots on the frame to prep it for paint this week and over the weekend.

And visuals:


Step 6.8: good welds

Elco Welding on Venice and Abott Kinney made my frame pretty for $40. Got something to weld, go there.



Step 6.5: rear shock mount (con’t)

I added the other support for the rear shock mount yesterday, cleaned up all remaining brackets and tabs that aren’t needed, checked the clearance and fitting of the carb with the NCY intake and the K&N filter and got a few coats of primer on the wheels.

The mount came out looking pretty great. Of course there is still grinding and shaping and filling to do around all of the not-so-pretty welds of mine, but that will all be done before paint.

I sanded the wheels down, prepped them and the sprayed them with a Dupli-Color primer/filler. They’re ready to be sprayed flat black as of now. I had to opt-out of the powder coating route since the front wheels came with the bearing set in them and the shop doesn’t want to mess with them like that. Weirdos.

On Saturday, I went to the BOWLS opening and picked up a few parts I had ordered from Standard Functions.

They are:

GY6 short axle

GY6 belt

GY6 variator

NGK plug

3’ clear fuel line

FRP front fender

Other parts that came in last week:

PWJDM handle bars (chrome, $25 shipped. raw deal)

Michelin Bopper front tire 120/90-10

K&N filter

NCY Teflon coated intake manifold

Everything but the fender will be installed this week. Frame will be taken to a shop to run some nice welds for the motor mount today or tomorrow… then I’ll put it all together, make sure it runs and then take it all back apart for paint. Not too much longer to go now.

A few visuals for you:


Step 6: rear shock mount

Quick update – I’ve got the shock mount all tacked up now. Almost.

Here’s what I did: I cut off the original mounts, turned the one that the bolt screws into around, drilled a hole in the frame for the bolt to enter (if needed) and welded the mount right to the frame.

It was simple and it looks really clean. I’m going to add another piece for support, but I haven’t cut it out yet. I’m getting to it this weekend.

But, you can see how the rear sits as of now. It’s not pretty yet, but it will be once I shape the mount and clean up the welds and all that.



Step 5: Mounting and wiring

Parts have arrived, my weekends have semi-freed up, picked up a welder and all types of other things happened. This isn’t gonna be the most in-depth write-up and the photos aren’t amazing, but I’m not too upset about that. The new mount is tacked into place. I stretched it nice and good, but not too crazy. I think it looks just right. I also trimmed a bunch of extra tabs and brackets that are no longer needed for wiring.

There are still a few more to go though. I need to create a rear shock mount too. Not sure if I will be mounting it on the inside of the frame or the outside. I’ve got a BMF 260mm rear shock on the way, once it arrives I’ll take measurements and mock it all up. Once that is done, I’ll be taking the rear frame to a local shop to have them run some pretty beads before taking it all paint.

The Standard Functions wiring harness seems to be working great. I did a test run of the wires to make sure the stock controls are gonna work and the engine cranked right over. Yeehaw. My NCY front end arrived today and it looks like it’s gonna be so raw. I’ll be dropping the two wheels off at another local shop to have them powder coated along with the rear swing arm in the next couple days.

There are a few parts I need to get in order to get Riley on the road. And they are as follows:

Front and rear tires

Ankle biter CVT cover from ComposiMo

Handle bars and grips (thanks to that jackass who knocked her down).

Air filter

That should just about do it. Photos of the progress:


Stage 4: The tear down

Snap, it’s been a while since I’ve done anything to Riley. So, with parts now on the way and parts in hand, I decided to tear her down last night. She’s basically a frame now.

About three weeks ago, I completely cleaned up the engine from the donor bike. It looked like it came out of a port-a-potty. I went through a few cans of degreaser and brake cleaner and along with the help of a wire brush, the engine now looks great. Practically new.

I decided to go with a weld-on GY6 hanger for two reasons – it was only $65 shipped (compared to around $400 for a bolt on) and I’m going to be painting the frame anyway, so it doesn’t really matter.

I was really close to just mating the factory wiring harness to the factory GY6 harness, rather than going with a plug and play harness. The plug and plays run anywhere from 200-400, and mating them myself would practically be free. BUT, after researching and estimating the amount of hours I’d be putting in to do it myself AND finding it for $200, I decided to order one from Standard Functions right here in LA.

Now that Riley is naked and parts are on the way, it’s time to start cleaning up the rear frame and removing tabs and brackets that will no longer be needed. Plus, it will make it all look prettier when done. I’ve also got to get some disc brakes up front. I’m pretty sure I’ll be ordering the NCY front fork/disc setup. It’s relatively inexpensive, it looks good and most importantly it functions good. Stopping will be important now that I’ll be going faster. I’m waiting to hear back about some options on it now. Patience.

In the mean time, you can see photos below that show some progress and process. Some of them are mega-terd quality, but you’ll get over it.


Stage 3: Yeah, it’s time for a bigger motor.

A month or two ago I did a little hunting on craigslist for a GY6 equipped scooter that somebody might not want anymore. The thought was that I could find a wrecked one with that’s engine was still in running condition that also had disc brakes so I could swap those as well. I found a few for a couple hundred dollars that seemed like winners. But, since patience usually pays off, I continued searching till the right one came about. And it did, I should say “they” did.

Turns out I found a kid who just graduated college and had two Viva Motorsport 150cc scooters for sale. They weren’t running at the time because he had let them sit for a few months. But, he was only asking $150 a piece for them. I emailed him right away and wound up going to check them out the next day. After not much negotiation on his part, I walked away owning both scooters for $100. Yup, two for $100. Done.

I took them home and they’ve actually just been sitting for about two weeks now. Today, however, I decided that I’d try to get at least one running. After ripping off a whole bunch of plastic parts to finally get to the guts of it all, I removed the factory air box, sprayed some carb cleaner in, pulled the top of the carb off, added a little more carb cleaner, put it back on, added some started fluid and cranked it up. It’s started after about six seconds and ran great. Like really, really great.

I didn’t run it for too long because I’d like to change the oil and fuel filter before getting it all warmed up. So, now I’ve got one running engine and a scooter that is mostly apart. The other is still sitting and I’m hoping that I have the same luck with it. Next up is ordering a wiring harness and a mount for it. More pics and updates to come soon-ish. Until then, you can get an idea of what’s going on below.

And here’s a video of it running, with poo poo audio.


Speed test - 3.3.2010

I noticed that over the past couple days Riley has actually been getting faster. I’m not sure if it’s because the variator is just starting to get along with the belt or what. So, on my way back from lunch today, I turned the iPhone GPS on (MotionX) and did a little run. I was heading east on Jefferson in Playa Vista. There was some wind at my back, but it’s not like I have a spinnaker to throw out. I hit 45.1 mph at some point between lights. I’ll do some more runs later, but for now, that’s where I’m at.

For the record, these are the performance mods:

Battlescooter Air Intake Kit (basically a filter attached right to the carb)

Kitaco variator

6 gram Zero Speed weights

Blue Clutch springs

Circumsized factory exhaust

38 slow jet

75 main jet