The streets of Ocean City and surrounding areas may be filled with cars covered in shiny metal flake paint, the smell of burnt rubber, and the thunderous sounds of aftermarket exhausts during Cruisin' Weekend – but – there’s something else happening this weekend that involves much smaller motors and requires much less gasoline. Some cruisers get 8 miles per gallon. Some scooters get 114 miles per gallon.
The Honda Ruckus has a unique design; wide tires, a bare-bones frame, low seat, double headlamps, and a 49 cc engine. They will get you wherever you need to go. An expected 50 Ruckus riders plan to drive more than 100 miles on their scooters this weekend. Cabin Fever II, an annual meet up of scooter enthusiasts, takes place May 18th – 20th.
The Ruckus’ oversized tires with deep tread offer plenty of road grip and handle rough pavement with ease making it a perfect scooter for exciting trips around town – or up and down the coast. The best part about these scooters? The Honda Ruckus seems to be as dependable as it is fun – unless you decide to swap out parts, last minute.
Riders from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., and Ocean City are participating in Cabin Fever II. Different from years past; a morning ride and an afternoon ride will take place on Saturday. Another ride takes place on Sunday morning.
The Saturday morning ride leaves Frontier Town, the meeting grounds and accommodation hub for many participants, at 9 am.
The Saturday morning ride is described as “a leisurely 40 – 50 mile ride through some of the most scenic flat lands on the Eastern Shore,” by the event coordinator on the Cabin Fever II Facebook page.
The Saturday afternoon ride leaves at 1 pm and will travel up the Delaware coast. This ride is also 40 – 50 miles long. A short Sunday morning ride to the Ocean City boardwalk concludes the festivities.
If riding that far on your ‘little scooter that could’ seems a bit iffy to you, have no fear. A dedicated support truck will follow behind the group in case there are malfunctions, empty gas tanks, or electronic slip ups. The truck will have some belts, sliders, starter clutches, reeds, and other odd and ends, too. It is recommended that riders bring a separate gas tank, filled to the brim, on the ride. Having a gas can on the support truck will save riders from being deserted along the planned and marked routes. Having a helmet on your head could save your life, too – just remember that.
Along the route, at Frontier Town, and while on pit stops, riders will be using #cabinfeverruckus and tagging photos on Instagram. This computer savvy and hip bunch will also be posting on Ruckin.com throughout the ride. If you can’t make the event, you can follow along on the web.
This ride is open to all scooters, not necessarily just Ruckus’. The planned routes are all 50 cc friendly. A Ruckus rental shop in Ocean City, OCRucks, has Ruckus’ for rent. If you’re in need of a ride for the event, OCRucks is offering discounted rentals for any of the rides. OCRucks has also stocked up on some regularly needed items for Ruckus’.
For more information about this event and past events, visit Total Ruckus or search for Cabin Fever II – Bedtime Stories – Ruckus Rally on Facebook. Meet the scooter gang at Frontier Town on Friday afternoon and prepare for a weekend of scooting.
For information about scooter laws in the area, check out this column on ShoreBread.
Another reminder, wear a helmet!
All photos from the Cabin Fever II Facebook page.