How to Differentiate between a Zoomer and a Ruckus

How to Differentiate between a Zoomer and a Ruckus
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There are a few differences between the Ruckus and the Zoomer. This post is to explain a few of them. It will mainly concentrate on the Ruckus (US), Zoomer (Euro) and Zoomer (JDM), however note that there are other variations such as Canada and Africa.

360 of ruckus

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Overview photos

Engine

The engine differs on the models.

Ruckus (US) Zoomer (EU) Zoomer (JDM)
EFI or carb Carb EFI Carb until 2008 and then EFI
Valves 2t 4t 2t
O2 sensor No Visible on exhaust On head so not visible
PCV Yes No No

Some good info on the models can be found here:

Honda Ruckus | Motor Scooter Guide

jiangwayne.com :: ZOOMER | RUCKUS | RUCKUS

Body

There are some visual differences to the models.

Ruckus (US) Zoomer (EU) Zoomer (JDM) Example photo
Front indicators High up on ‘dog ears’ High up on ‘dog ears’ Low down at headlight level RH
Front headlight size Large Large Small
Rear light cluster High up on extended bracket High up on extended bracket Smaller and Lower
Rear indicators Large Large Smaller and level with rear light
Start stop switch On handlebars No ?
Speedo - Km/h or mp/h mp/h mp/h Km/h
Speedo - lights Water temp light + additional indicator light EFI / Troubleshooting light Speed Warning
Stickers “Ruckus” “Zoomer PGMFI” “Zoomer”
O2 sensor No Visible on exhaust On head so not visible
Horn location External of battery box Internal to battery box Internal to battery box
Nubs for netting No Yes Early ones No, Lates ones Yes.
PCV Yes No No
Coil location Adjacent to engine Mounted on rear cross bar Adjacent to engine
Warning lights Highbeam + Fuel Fuel + Water Temp Fuel + Water Temp
Key security No No Key Guard

Colours

The available colours vary per year and location. Too many options to list!

Detailed info

Specific info per year and models can be found on this website:

50 SCOOTER Honda motorcycle # HONDA Motorcycles & ATVS Genuine Spare Parts Catalog

Others

I’m sure there are other variations. Feel free to add them below…

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Cool info!
Btw canadian rucks are the same as the US one, there’s only the metropolitan which switch names to "honda jazz":+1:t3::canada: