The 2009 Genuine Scooter Co. Roughhouse – officially known as the 2009 Genuine Scooter Co. Roughhouse R50 – represents the second model year of the scooter from Chicago-based manufacturer Genuine Scooter Company. Available as a lone model, the manufacturer's suggested retail price for the 2009 Roughhouse is $1,999.
The three-digit suffix of the 2009 Genuine Scooter Co. Roughhouse represents the displacement of its two-stroke air-cooled single-cylinder; it is given as 50 cubic centimeters. Fueled by a carburetor, the engine on the 2009 Roughhouse uses a reed valve train. Riders can turn on the scooter by using the manual kick starter or the more convenient electric starter.
Each engine on the 2009 Genuine Scooter Co. Roughhouse is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). A type of automatic transmission, the CVT can choose from an unlimited number of gears to make the engine run more efficiently. The result is better fuel efficiency; the 2009 Roughhouse offers up to 100 miles per gallon.
For its stopping power, the 2009 Genuine Scooter Co. Roughhouse uses a front hydraulic disc brake and a rear drum brake. While this set-up is not as effective in stopping power as an all-wheel disc brake layout, the 2009 Roughhouse's front-disc-brake rear-drum-brake method is better than the all-drum brake method. The suspension on the 2009 Roughhouse comprises a telescopic fork at the front and a single-sided swing arm with a shock absorber at the back.
Constructed with a solid steel frame, each 2009 Genuine Scooter Co. Roughhouse is available in a Black, Blue/Black, or Green/Black color scheme. A flat vinyl seat on top of the scooter provides enough room for two occupants: the driver and a passenger. A center stand below the scooter enables the driver to park it.
The standard digital instrumentation on the 2009 Genuine Scooter Co. Roughhouse provides a trip odometer, speedometer and fuel level warning indicator. Storage space on the 2009 Roughhouse consists of under-seat and lockable compartments, an area to hang a helmet and a glove box under the dashboard. A power outlet is located by the digital instrumentation for charging a mobile phone, and a halogen headlight and side mirrors are available for increasing the driver's visual perception on the road.
Interestingly enough, the 2009 Genuine Scooter Co. Roughhouse shares virtually all its components with its more expensive counterpart, the Genuine Scooter Co. Rattler. Although the Rattler is a more powerful scooter, fuel efficiency-conscious customers torn between it and the Roughhouse should go with the latter. Additionally, the 2009 Roughhouse has decent braking, handling, and acceleration.