2009 Peirspeed Laser Review


The 2009 Peirspeed Laser is a sports-oriented scooter using the nameplate of an American distributor that imports bikes from the prominent manufacturer Taiwan Golden Bee. Released for the 2009 model year, the 2009 Laser is designed and marketed as the ""Ultimate Sports Scooter."" Two models are available for the Laser: the R5i and the R9i.

Peirspeed labels the 2009 Laser after their engine displacement. The Laser R5i is the lower-level trim, using an engine with a displacement of 49 cubic centimeters; thus it is designated as a 49cc. The displacement of the engine on the upper-level model, the Laser R9i, is 151 cubic centimeters, thus its classification as a 151cc bike.

Each 2009 Peirspeed Laser scooter has a one-cylinder engine with an air cooler to cool down its hot parts, thus preventing it from malfunctioning. The 2009 Laser’s Mikuni carburetor is implemented for driving during the cold season, and a muffler with exhaust catalyst technology reduces air pollution from the bike. However, other engine configurations differ from one model to the other. The engine on the R5i model is a two-stroke unit that generates 4.9 horsepower (hp) that runs at 7,500 revolutions per minute (rpm). The engine on the Laser R9i is a four-stroke and produces 10.1 hp with the same amount of rpm.

Each 2009 Peirspeed Laser engine is mated with a continuous variable transmission. Also referred to as CVT, this automatic gearbox can shift through an unlimited amount of effective gear ratios. This means that the engine can run at its most effective rpm, which in turn promotes better fuel efficiency.

The 2009 Peirspeed Laser has a peak gasoline capacity of 1.3 gallons. However, fuel economy varies. The R5i model has a combined fuel economy of 60 miles per gallon (mpg), while the R9i model offers a combined fuel economy of 80 mpg.

The 2009 Peirspeed Laser is available as a Victory Red, Metallic Black, or Vivid Blue scooter. Rearview mirrors; halogen headlights; exhaust guard; and under-seat, helmet and glove box/dash storage are standard on each scooter. A robust steel-tube frame covered with bits of plastic and accentuated by front and rear fenders make the 2009 Laser scooter a sturdy, good-looking ride. Inverted front shocks and dual coil-over rear shocks go on the bike for stability and excitability. For braking, the Laser uses a disc brake in the front and a drum brake at the rear. The wheels of the R5i are 12-inch aluminum wheels, while the wheels on the R9i are 13 inches in size.

Regarding its physical dimensions, the 2009 Peirspeed Laser has an estimated length of 73.2 inches, width of 26 inches and height of 46 inches, with the seat set at a height of 31 inches. Weighing 202 lbs., the Laser R5i has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price, or MSRP, of $1,999. The Laser R9i is heavier at 268.9 lbs. and has the higher MSRP of $2,699.

New For 2009

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2009 Peirspeed Laser Specs

  • Model: Scooter
  • Engine Type: Single-Cylinder (2-stroke for R5i, 4-stroke for R9i)
  • Bore and Stroke: N/A
  • Compression ratio: N/A
  • Valve Train: overhead valve, or OHV
  • Induction: Carburetor
  • Ignition: Capacitor discharge ignition
  • Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission, or CVT
  • Final Drive: Belt
  • Fuel Capacity: 1.3 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 60 mpg (R5i), 80 mpg (R9i)
  • Brakes (Front): Hydraulic 220-millimeter disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Sealed Drum
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted hydraulic shocks
  • Suspension (Rear): Coil-over shocks
  • Wheelbase: N/A
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 31 in.
  • Curb Weight: 202 lbs. (R5i), 268.9 lbs. (R9i)
  • Tires (Front): 120/70-12 (R5i), 130/60-13 (R9i)
  • Tires (Rear): 120/70-12 (R5i), 130/60-13 (R9i)


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Key Competitors For The 2009 Peirspeed Laser

  • 2009 Kymco Super 8 50
  • 2009 Piaggio Fly 50
  • 2009 Kymco People 150
  • 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125