p> 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 scoots, including the agile, lightweight 49.5 cc single-cylinder, four-stroke Laguna, continue to strike a chord with riders.
Don’t let the swooping, retro lines of the 2009 Schwinn Laguna fool you: this lightweight all-American scoot leaves nostalgia in the dust, easily reaching speeds of 40-45 mph.
With a dry weight of just 162 pounds—plus the weight of 1.1 gallons of fuel—the Schwinn Laguna is engineered for practicality, efficiency, and flair. The tank is tiny, but with an estimated fuel economy of 100 mpg, a single fill-up should get you through the workweek without incident. The 2009 Schwinn Laguna’s belt-driven, fully-automatic, continuously variable transmission (CVT) provides a smooth ride, and the cross-drilled front disc brake promises 4-star taxi avoidance. That means you can ride fast, ride safe, and bring your 2009 Schwinn Laguna 50 home in one piece.
The step-through design of the Schwinn Laguna makes it easy for a single rider to climb aboard the scooter's tapered double vinyl saddle. As you would expect from Schwinn, the single-piece saddle is comfortable and sturdy.
The efficient, emissions-friendly four-stroke 49.5cc engine can manage most city hills, and the Schwinn Laguna's smooth ride is aided by telescoping front forks, and a single-sided rear swing arm with dual adjustable coil-over shocks. The telescopic front suspension has enough travel to keep you comfortable on even the most pitted and pockmarked alleys.
Nestled under a small windscreen in the center of the dash, the integrated instrument panel of the 2009 Schwinn Laguna includes a speedometer, fuel gauge, and indicators. There is also a handy helmet hook on the dash—unfortunately, with no lock.
With a manufacturer’s minimum recommended age of 16, the Schwinn Laguna 50 makes a great starter scooter for new drivers. And weighing in at just 162 pounds, petite riders should have no problem swinging a leg through, revving the four-stroke engine, and making this jaunty, city scooter jump to life.