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 150cc single-cylinder, 4-stroke Valo, a sporty ride with sweeping, modern lines, continues to resonate with riders. Easily reaching speeds of 55-60 mph, the Valo combines durability, performance, and stability in a compact and versatile scooter.
With a dry weight of 244.5 pounds—nearly 60 pounds more than Schwinn’s feather-light Newport 150—the 2009 Schwinn Valo can safely accommodate two riders. The tank is tiny, but with an estimated fuel economy of 85 mpg, a single fill-up should get just about any rider through the week, commuting to and from work without having to fill the tank more than once. The Valo’s fully-automatic, continuously variable transmission (CVT) provides a smooth ride, but 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 Valo’s tapered double vinyl saddle. As in-the-know riders have come to expect from Schwinn, the single-piece seat is supple, comfortable, and sturdy.
The under-seat storage compartment is large enough for a small bag of groceries, and with the addition of an optional cargo box, you can easily double your payload on the 2009 Schwinn Valo scooter.
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—unfortunately, it does not come with a lock.
The 2009 Schwinn Valo’s smooth ride is aided by telescoping front forks with generous travel and a single-sided rear swing arm, and the single front disc brake and rear drum brake help this lightweight scooter haul up in a hurry. Front and rear tires are matched 120/70-12s on sturdy 12-inch aluminum wheels.
The Valo’s low center of gravity and relatively heavy chassis provide enough stability for drivers of any size to swing a leg through, rev the 150cc motor and feel this urban scooter get ready to move.