In 2005, the venerable Schwinn Bicycle Company began to market motorized scooters under the name Schwinn Motorsports. Production ceased in 2011, but Schwinn’s 150cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke Newport continues to strike a chord with riders. Reaching speeds of 55 to 60 mph on dry roads, the Newport combines durability, performance, and a sturdy ride for city drivers and commuters.
With a dry weight of just 188 pounds—plus the weight of 1.7 gallons of gas—the 2009 Schwinn Newport is a perfect choice for petite drivers, single riders, and beginners. The tank is tiny, but with an estimated fuel economy of 87 mpg, a single fill-up should get you through the workweek without incident. The Newport’s fully automatic, continuously variable transmission (CVT) provides a smooth, care-free ride, but the 150cc, four-stroke engine means that you’ll have no trouble climbing hills, or carrying a passenger.
The open, step-through design of the 2009 Schwinn Newport makes it easy for drivers and riders of all sizes to climb aboard the scooter's broad double vinyl saddle. As you would expect from Schwinn, the single-piece seat is supple, comfortable, and sturdy.
The under-seat storage compartment is big enough for a small backpack, and with the addition of an optional rear rack or cargo box, you can easily double the capacity. 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 looks like it was made to hold a helmet, there is also a handy helmet hook on the dash, although it does not include a lock.
The 2009 Schwinn Newport’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 haul up in a hurry. Front and rear tires are matched 3.5-10s on sturdy aluminum wheels.
Despite its light weight, the Newport’s low center of gravity provides stability for drivers up to 220 pounds. While the Schwinn Newport has a fair amount of zip for such a small bike, heavier drivers need to really crank the throttle in order to get moving.