unbolt the handlebars and fold them out of the way so you can GET it in the fit.
I made one attempt at that bolt... and that sucker was TIGHT. I didn't put much thought after that since I was running late for work.
Here's a question... would you think it matters much to the "spray" of dirt from the rear tire if I trimmed the lip off the fender? I was trying to imagine if the tire would still be able to throw mud/rain water onto my back if that was trimmed off. Because I would have to trim it before it interferes with my driving (manual trans), since I would need to roll the rear wheel right up to the back of my center armrest. I could take it off completely, but aside from some needed wire ties for a few tubes... it would effectively expose the carb and other parts (and maybe even my back) directly to anything the tire might pick up and throw.
After that, I need to consider how to keep the Ruckus upright while inside the hatch. With the front sticking out, I have the frame (just in front of the gas tank) resting on hatch opening. Because they're both relatively wide and flat, it holds the Ruckus upright with minimal bungee cords (mostly for when I turn). Maybe I'll need additional straps.
Maybe that's what I'll do today... fidget with the Ruckus. I had bought an aftermarket handlebar and clamp... but dreading dealing with all the wires and detaching the speedo from the stock handlebar. And when I held up the parts to the Ruckus, it felt like it still too tall to get through the hatch without unbolting it.
Of course, this still doesn't lend much to my back. If I can get the Ruckus to fit inside completely, maybe I'll make a ramp (out of some 2x4s or something). A ramp wouldn't be as useful with the front sticking out, because the front would still be on the ramp meaning I'd have to wiggle the ramp out.
So I messed with the Ruckus. Unbolted the handlebars to see what I could do... the wires initially didn't give enough slack to actually get the handlebar off the top of the fork. I kept tugging it until it did... I hope I didn't damage any wires by doing that. Then I put the aftermarket bars on... almost the same height, maybe 1-1/2 to 2" lower.
Then I did some measuring... and realized that even with the bars off, I'd have a hell of a time loading it, because it can't roll in vertically tail first. Because from the bottom of the front wheel to the top of the fork is taller than the opening of my hatch. Which means it would have to go in sideways... and that's a LOT of work. It was hard when I had the sales guy help me they day I bought it... going to be harder by myself.
With the bars off, I MIGHT be able to roll it in front first (since I can get the front wheel in before the top of the fork reaches the top of the hatch), but with the front wheel's tendency to turn... it's going to be hard keeping a good grip on the Ruckus and getting it to go where I need it to. I think I need the ramp even more so now.