Time for a little rant.
Since I bought this 18 RGU I have not really been thrilled with the way it fits me. My 11 basically fits me like a glove as delivered.
I have made some changes to the 18 and have some more stuff in mind, but never really did a hard comparison between the two scooters till now. And I got a bum ankle/foot so I got nothing better to do then look at them.
First up is the bars. The bars on the 18 are higher and pulled back further
The bars on the 11 lean back just a little from the fork centerline and the grips are over the front of the fuel lid.
The 18 bars are leaning a tad forward of the fork centerline and the grips are to the rear of the fuel door. And they are about 5 inches higher. To get them to lean that far forward I had to pull the safety pin, and the lever housings are against the locating pins. They could stand to be rotated a little further for comfort. The bars are designed to be pulled back at least another inch.
The seat is another issue, the MoCo moved the seat forward on the 18's. Adding a Tallboy seat just gets you back to the pre Rushmore riding position.
2011 oem seat. For reference I added the red box. Box marks the location of the rear peg mount, and the relation ship of the rear of the seat with the front of the saddle bag.
And the 2018 with a Tallboy seat.
And to make it worse, the MoCo moved the floorboard to the rear a little, then moved the break pedal to the rear even further.
2011 board and brake, with a reference box marking the center line of the motor in relation to the board and pedal pad.
And the 2018
And the Rushmore pedal is higher at rest, making it a little hard to get your toe on it without lifting your foot. And when you do lift your foot, it bangs into the cooling box on the inside of the lower fairing.
Now I'm not sure what the MoCo sees as an average sized rider. I'm a schosh under 6 feet with a 29 inch inseam. And I'm cramped as shit on this Rushmore scooter. And I don't know who had the final say on the ergonomics for these scooters. But I'd bet a few bucks that its either a woman or a man under 5 foot 8.
And it peeves me that they don't make a lower bar (old style) for these Rushmore Roadies. Not everyone wants to ride with apes.