I bought an 09 Ruby about three weeks ago. Only have 30 miles on it. I will share my opinion of it with you.
It has a 499 cc liquid cooled engine. Part time four wheel drive. Automatic tranny with High and low range. With the ability to be in auto or thumb shift mode.
The tranny is very smooth. It's a hydro stat transmission.I mostly use auto mode, but when I have used ESP mode I also like that feature.
Going into 4x4 mode is also smooth. Engine braking is unbelievable!!!! Handling for trail and dirt road riding is outstanding!! Stock tires work great for stockers. Ergonomics are also great(for me).
I have added a 2500 lbs winch. I will be adding hand guards, and a snowplow soon. I currently modifying the plow from my old Ozark to fit. I have widen it from 46 inch to 58 inch wide. Looks like something out of a Mad Max movie.
Well,,,,,,,After 35 yrs of Riding on 3 Wheels.......
I broke down today and bought a new 08 Raptor 700R......I havent seen it yet, or sat on one but it will be in the Garage next Friday....I stood in my Garage today for Hours just Talkin to my Trikes and trying to find the Best way to break the news..Went through a whole pack of Smokes before I could tell them..They just looked So disgusted with me....I really couldnt even look at them directly:frown: WTF did I just do!!!
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This is a bricklayer's accident report,
which was printed in the newsletter of the Australian
equivalent of the Workers' Compensation board.
This is a true story. Had this guy died, he'd have received a
Darwin Award for sure.
I am writing in response to your request for additional information
in Block 3 of the accident report form. I put "poor planning" as the
cause of my accident. You asked for a fuller explanation and I
trust the following details will be sufficient.
I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the accident, I was
working alone on the roof of a new six-story building. When I
completed my work, I found that I had some bricks left over which, when
weighed later were found to be slightly in excess of 500lbs.
Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower
them in a barrel by using a pulley, which was attached to the side of
building on the sixth floor. Securing the rope at ground I went up
to the roof, swung the barrel out and loaded the bricks into it. Then I
went down and untied the rope, holding it tightly to ensure a slow
descent of the bricks.
You will note in Block 11 of the accident report form that I weigh
135 lbs. Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground so suddenly,
I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless
to say, I proceeded at a rapid rate up the side of the building.
In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel, which was now
proceeding downward at an equally impressive speed. This explained
the fractured skull, minor abrasions and the broken collar bone, as
listed in section 3 of the accident report form.
Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping
until the fingers of my right hand were two knuckles deep into the
pulley. Fortunately by this time I had regained my presence of mind
and was able to hold tightly to the rope, in spite of beginning to
At approximately the same time, however, the barrel of bricks
hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel. Now devoid of the
weight of the bricks, that barrel weighed approximately 50 lbs. I
refer you again to my weight.
As you can imagine, I began a rapid descent, down the side of the
building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming
This accounts for the two fractured ankles, broken tooth and several
lacerations of my legs and lower body.
Here my luck began to change slightly. The encounter with the
barrel seemed to slow me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell
into the pile of bricks and fortunately only three vertebrae were
I am sorry to report, however, as I lay there on the pile of bricks,
in pain, unable to move, I again lost my composure and presence
of mind and let go of the rope and I lay there watching the empty
barrel begin its journey back down onto me. This explains the two broken
I hope this answers your inquiry.