For 2012, the Genuine Scooter Co. Roughhouse, one of the scooters from United States-based Genuine Scooters, virtually remained untouched from previous model years. It was still officially the ""2009 Genuine Scooter Co. Roughhouse R50,"" and it still had a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $1,999.
The 2012 Genuine Scooter Co. Roughhouse's numerical suffix stands for the displacement of its two-stroke air-cooled single-cylinder, at 50 cubic centimeters. Also, the engine on the scooter uses a reed intake valve configuration, and it is fueled by a carburetor. The engine is linked with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which is a type of automatic transmission that ensures enhanced engine operation – and by extension, enhanced fuel economy. Genuine Scooters estimates the fuel economy of the 2012 Roughhouse at an impressive 100 miles per gallon.
For its braking, the 2012 Genuine Scooter Co. Roughhouse relies on a hydraulic disc brake placed at the front and a rear drum brake placed at the back. Although not as effective as all-wheel disc brake set-ups, the front-disc-brake rear-drum-brake layout gives the 2012 Roughhouse better stopping power than scooters with an all-wheel drum brake layout. For smooth and controlled riding, the suspension on the 2012 Roughhouse consists of a telescopic fork at the front and a single-sided swing arm with a shock absorber at the back. The wheels on the scooter are ten-inch steel.
Consisting of a solid steel frame, the 2012 Genuine Scooter Co. Roughhouse sports a red-and-black color finish. A flat one-piece vinyl seat on top of the scooter provides enough space for the driver and a passenger. For parking, each 2012 Roughhouse has a center stand.
The standard digital instrumentation on the 2012 Genuine Scooter Co. Roughhouse consists of a trip odometer, oil pressure gauge, speedometer, and fuel level warning indicator. Storage space on the 2012 Roughhouse consists of a rear rack, lockable and under-seat compartments, an area to hang a helmet, and a box for gloves and other items located underneath the dashboard. Genuine Scooters included a power outlet for charging mobile devices, as well as halogen lighting and side mirrors for increasing the rider’s visual perception when driving.
The Genuine Scooter Co. Roughhouse has always been a decent scooter, and the 2012 model year is no exception. Customers looking for a much improved scooter over previous years are better off looking at other brand names. However, for a reasonably sporty, tough and fun scooter to ride, the 2012 Roughhouse rarely disappoints. Moreover, a few upgrades – specifically the addition of an oil pressure gauge and rear rack – provide the scooter with marginal enhancement.