Founded in 1895 by a German-born American mechanical engineer, the venerable Schwinn Bicycle Company had already been making sturdy two-wheeled transports for more than a century when the company (under the name Schwinn Motorsports) introduced its first motorized scooter in the spring of 2005. Production ceased in 2011, but several of Schwinn’s compact scooters, including the sporty 150cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke Hope, continue to strike a chord with riders in the resale market.
With a dry weight of just 188 pounds, the 2009 Schwinn Hope is a lightweight ride with style to spare. The tank is tiny, but with an estimated fuel economy of 85 mpg, a single fill-up should get you through the work week without incident. The Hope’s fully automatic, Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) provides a smooth ride, and the 150cc, four-stroke engine means that you’ll have no trouble climbing hills or shepherding a passenger from place to place.
The step-through design makes it easy for drivers and riders of all sizes to climb aboard the Hope’s tapered, double vinyl saddle. As you would expect from Schwinn, the single-piece seat is supple, comfortable, and sturdy. The attention-grabbing Pearl Pink chassis will certainly turn heads. If you are hoping to scoot incognito through the city, then you might need to spring for a custom Gun Metal Grey paint job!
The under-seat storage compartment on the 2009 Schwinn Hope is large enough for a small bag of groceries, and with the addition of an optional cargo box, you can easily double your payload.
Nestled under a small windscreen in the center of the dash the integrated instrument panel includes a speedometer, mileage meter, fuel gauge, and indicators. Even though the under-seat storage on the Schwinn Hope looks like it was made to hold a helmet, there is also a handy helmet hook on the dash—unfortunately, with no lock.
The Schwinn Hope’s smooth ride is aided by telescoping front forks with generous travel and a single-sided rear swing arm. The single front disc brake and rear drum brake help this lightweight scooter stop in a hurry, whenever it's required. Front and rear tires are matched on 10-inch aluminum wheels.
The 2009 Schwinn Hope’s relatively low center of gravity should provide enough stability for two riders of any size to climb aboard, rev the 150cc motor, and feel this sporty, urban scooter come to life.