Was The RUSH Modeled After A Snow Scoot?

Dear Motorhead:

I have a question for you. My uncle has an old Yamaha Sno-Scoot and the suspension looks very similar to the RUSH. Do you think that is where they got the idea?

Ian

Reply:

Thanks for your email!

Interesting observation and one which has not gone unnoticed!

Here’s the deal – while the old Sno Scoot rear suspension does look similar the goal each OE had in using the design was completely different.

The original Sno Scoot chassis was engineered around a 1980’s Riva Scooter engine and CVT.

This dictated the use of some radical chassis designs – not the least of which was the transverse front leaf spring IFS.

Cost was paramount as well to get the Sno Scoot to market at a low MSRP. None of these factors influenced the design of the Rush in any material way.

The Pro Ride shock over tunnel skid was built in an effort to achieve true, full travel, shock and spring rising rate response to skid movement.

Hope this helps.

Motorhead Mark

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