2008 Schwinn Hope Review


The 2008 Schwinn Hope 50 continues to prove the reliability, durability and quality craftsmanship that has surrounded the Schwinn name for decades. The Hope 50 is a small scooter that is primarily designed for light city riding for the weekend errands and commuting to and from work. It uses an efficient single-cylinder, four-stroke, 50cc engine to deliver nearly 2.7 horsepower and 4.8 lb-ft of torque. It is not a scooter that is made for long rides at highway speeds but is ideal for all traffic conditions seen on today’s city streets. It engine uses single overhead camshafts (SOHC) to deliver proper amounts of air to each of the valves without overwhelming the engine. It uses a continuously variable transmission to automatically shift gears with ease and minimal noise.

The suspension uses a front telescopic fork and a rear single sided swing arm with a single shock absorber. The suspension and the steel chassis provide good handling and response for added ease of mind while riding in erratic traffic conditions on city street. The floor board has a good amount of foot room while the seat is made from soft vinyl material to keep the back positioned in an ergonomically friendly way. The handlebars are set at a proper height and are spaced at an ideal distance to decrease shoulder stress and promote good posture. The braking system uses a hydraulic caliper with a single disc in the front and a drum brake in the rear. They both provide enough braking power to stop this 50cc scooter.

New For 2008

  • The 2008 Schwinn Hope 50 is powered by a single-cylinder, four-stroke, 50cc engine that produces nearly 2.7 horsepower and 4.8 lb-ft of torque.
  • The fuel is supplied by a high quality carburetor that reduces chances of engine flooding while maximizing the proper ratio of air and fuel mixtures for quality engine power output and all speed.
  • The single overhead camshaft valve intake configuration provides smooth air flow to the engine block, thus further balancing the proper air and fuel mixture ratios.
  • The Hope 50 uses a continuously variable transmission that automatically switches gears with ease and keeps engine noise to a minimum.
  • The suspension uses a one inch telescopic fork in the front and a single sided swing arm with one shock absorber in the rear.
  • The front uses a hydraulic caliper with a single disc and the rear uses a drum assembly, all combining to provide a quality braking system.

2008 Schwinn Hope Specs

  • Model: Hope 50
  • Engine Type: Single-cylinder, four-stroke, 50cc
  • Bore and Stroke: N/A and N/A
  • Compression ratio: N/A vValve Train: SOHC
  • Induction: Carburetor
  • Ignition: Electric/kick start
  • Transmission: Continuously variable
  • Final Drive: Belt
  • Fuel Capacity: 1.1 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 100 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Hydraulic caliper with a single disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Drum brakes
  • Suspension (Front): One inch telescopic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Single sided swing arm with one shock absorber
  • Wheelbase: 68.4 inches (total length)
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 43.1 inches (total height)
  • Curb Weight: 162 pounds (dry)
  • Tires (Front): 3.5 – 10.51J
  • Tires (Rear): 3.5 – 10.51J


  • A scooter needs a windshield for the complete look and comfort that is desired in a city cruising ride. A windshield made from top-quality polycarbonate gives substantial windblast protection while greatly reducing wind noise. These windshields can be found in basic clear or upgraded with a gradient tint.
  • This scooter comes with wide floorboards for increased comfort while riding city streets but they are venerable to uncomfortable windblast from the sides. Side wind deflectors can be added to reduce this inherent wind blast to increase riding comfort.
  • An upgraded seat made from high quality leather or vinyl can be installed for increased back support and stress relief from the shoulders. The material is more resistant to the weather elements and therefore longer lasting. There are many size options for top cases that can be fitted behind the rider that can range from 6.6 gallons up to 9 gallons for increase storage capacity. The
  • Hope 50 already comes standard with storage space underneath the seat however a locking, weather and water proof top case is ideal for those planning to use this scooter for weekend errands or needing extra space for valuables.
  • A majority of the smaller components of the scooter can be switched with aftermarket parts that are chrome, painted or matte colored. They not only help customize the bike but add extra style. Some of the parts include the parking lever, brake lever, handlebars, handlebar mounting clamps, handlebar mounting clamp covers, handlebar ends and mirrors.
  • A generic dust cover is best if the scooter is going to be stored indoors where it will be mostly subjected to dust and dirt however if the scooter is going to be stored outside, then a premium dust cover made from water proof material and reinforced stitching would me more appropriate to protect from hazardous materials such as rain, dirt, mud or snow.

Key Competitors For The 2008 Schwinn Hope

  • Yamaha Vino Classic
  • Honda Vision
  • Suzuki Love
  • QLINK Star 50
  • SSR Motorsports Europa 50