Founded in 1895 by German-born mechanical engineer Ignaz Schwinn, the venerable Schwinn Bicycle Company (under the name Schwinn Motorsports), introduced its first motorized scooter more than 100 years later, in the spring of 2005. Schwinn Motorsports ceased production in 2011, but the company’s agile 49.5 cc single-cylinder, four-stroke Sport, produced between 2006 and 2012, continues to strike a chord with riders. Reaching speeds of 45 mph, the 2009 Schwinn Sport lives up to its name. This scooter leaves nostalgia in the dust—forget 1895, the Schwinn Sport makes a clean break with the past, and helps urban riders zip along toward their futures.
With a dry weight of 198 pounds—plus the weight of just 1 gallon of fuel—the 2009 Schwinn Sport 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 work week without having to fill up on multiple occasions. The Sport’s fully-automatic, continuously variable transmission (CVT) provides a smooth ride, and the cross-drilled front disc break promises 4-star delivery van avoidance. That means you can ride fast and safe, and still manage bring your Sport 50 home to the garage in one piece.
The step-through design makes it easy for a single rider to climb aboard the Sport’s tapered double vinyl saddle. As you would expect from Schwinn, the single-piece saddle on the 2009 Schwinn Sport scooter is comfortable and sturdy.
The efficient, emissions-friendly four-stroke 49.5cc engine can manage most city hills, and the Schwinn Sport’s smooth ride is aided by telescoping front forks and a single-sided rear swing arm. The telescopic front suspension has enough travel to keep you comfortable on even the most gravel-covered and weathered alley. The 2009 Schwinn Sport 50 rides on 12-inch aluminum wheels, with matched 120/70 R12 56J front and rear tires.
Nestled under a small windscreen in the center of the dash of the 2009 Schwinn Sport, the integrated instrument panel 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 Sport 50 makes a great starter scoot for new drivers. However, at 198 pounds, the Sport is sturdy enough for adult riders of any size to climb aboard, rev the four-stroke motor and feel this playful city scoot come to life.