The 2009 Genuine Scooter Co Rattler marked the second model year of the scooter from Chicago-based company Genuine Scooter Company. Only one model is available for this model year: the Rattler 110. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the 2009 Rattler is $2,699.
Each 2009 Genuine Scooter Co Rattler gets its three-digit suffix from the displacement of its two-stroke air-cooled single-cylinder; it is measured at 110 cubic centimeters. The engine uses a reed valve configuration and is fueled by a carburetor. The Genuine Scooter Company provides two types of starters – a manual kick starter and a more convenience electric one – for turning on the ignition.
The engine on the 2009 Genuine Scooter Co Rattler is paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission, which can shift through an unlimited number of gears to ensure that the engine runs more efficiently. The result is an enhanced fuel economy; the 2005 Rattler yields up to 85 miles per gallon.
For braking, the 2009 Genuine Scooter Co Rattler relies on a hydraulic disc brake at the front and a drum brake at the back. Although it is not as effective in braking power as an all-wheel disc brake layout, the 2009 Rattler's front-disc-brake rear-drum-brake method is superior to an all-drum brake layout. The suspension on the Rattler is composed of a telescopic fork placed at the front and a single-sided swing arm with a shock absorber at the rear for making sure the scooter rides smoothly.
Each 2009 Genuine Scooter Co Rattler uses a steel frame for sturdiness. Covering or dressing up the scooter are fenders and exterior covers. The 2009 Rattler is available in two color schemes: Red / Black or Silver / Black. A flat vinyl seat on the scooter provides enough space for the driver and passenger, and a center stand positioned below it provides independent parking.
For digital instrumentation, each 2009 Genuine Scooter Co Rattler has a trip odometer, speedometer and fuel level warning indicator. Storage space on the scooter consists of a place to hang a helmet, a glove box by the dashboard, and under-seat and lockable storage. For charging a phone or other mobile devices, the 2009 Rattler provides a power outlet by the side of the dashboard. A halogen headlight and a pair of rearview mirrors enable the driver to note blind spots and see better during nighttime driving.
The 2009 Genuine Scooter Co Rattler 110 is not exactly the best practical or fuel-saving scooter. However, for simple fun based on decent handling, braking, and acceleration, the 2009 Rattler delivers.