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The Last Blacksmith on Blacksmith Street
Nov. 25, 2010, 7:48 AM

From the NYTimes, a video about “The Last Blacksmith on Blacksmith Street” in the old quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam.

The story gives you some notion of how things have changed here, though Ho Chi Minh City where we are is much more developed and cosmopolitan than Hanoi. Here's the newest addition to the HCMC skyline from above, or below.


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Countdown: regular $139, he got it for only $72.35
Nov. 18, 2010, 7:37 PM

Ramon from Spain got a fantastic deal on a Lambretta tuned exhaust: regular $139, he got it for only $72.35 as our last Countdown item.

And that brought up our current Countdown item, a set of red rubber for a Vespa VBB. Currently $43.21 and falling...


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Our first Countdown item winner
Nov. 16, 2010, 7:33 AM

Well, that was exciting! Our first Countdown item went up the other day, a Vespa tuned exhaust, and the price went down steadily all day every day until... Marcos from Argentina couldn't wait any more and snapped it up at $97.97 as people elsewhere slept.

That's a good discount off the regular $139 for that item. Congratulations.

And then the next Countdown item went up, another tuned exhaust but this time for Lambretta S2. Again, only very slightly used and regular $139. It's currently sitting at $124.84. And falling...

Take a look at our Countdown item on our New Parts page and check back often to see what items go up. It is automated so prices change 24 hours a day and you never know when a new item will come up after someone around the world snaps up the previous item.

We're just as excited as you are to check in on this monster we've created and see what's going on!


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Be a Big Easy winner
Nov. 14, 2010, 6:46 PM

Here's a photo of the scooter restored for and given away at the New Orleans Big Easy Rally last year.

The winning scooter

ScootRS donated some Vespa parts for the restoration and they wrote back:

That scooter went on to its winner and she brought that scoot to Amerivespa in San Antonio, TX, this past May where it won best 60’s/70’s custom restoration. This was a huge thrill for our club and it could not have been done without your support.

This year Amerivespa is coming to New Orleans and our club will play host. We have decided to restore another scoot for the Amerivespa raffle. It is a 1974 Super that was flooded in Hurricane Katrina.

No doubt this time too it will be another beautiful scooter brought back to life.


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Another convert to tubeless rims
Nov. 10, 2010, 3:16 PM

Someone sent in a comment posted on a forum:

Have a set of ScooRS mild steel rims: no probs. either, and these have had 3 tyre changes and a fresh coat of paint.

Would now only use tubeless rims for safety reasons after seeing a blow out on a two up T5. It was coming back from Margate in the 80s, the scooter somersaulted between two oncomming cars, the lads lived, but trust me a split second either way and they would be playing harps now!

Here are our tubeless rims for Lambretta and Vespa if you want to read more about them.


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Molding our parts mould area
Nov. 3, 2010, 3:35 PM

We've been reorganizing the factory to make more room for needed expansion.

We managed to double stack all the remaining unrestored scooter stock better and gain another 5 meters of floor space. That allowed us to move the scooter restoration section over and use the current scooter parking area to store all of our little molds. (Or “moulds” for those in the UK.) So now we have this area:

Scooter parts mold storage area

All of these little molds are used for making various items. You can see about half of them! And then there are the really big ones in another area.

Now we just have to knock down a wall and expand the seat-making area, redo the polishing and grinding area, redo the employee washroom/shower area, extend the roof to expand the welding area, and, and, and... All to keep some 50 year old scooters on the road :-)


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What is the metric equivalent of a 3.5x10 inch scooter tire?
Oct. 6, 2010, 12:29 PM

Yokohama 3.5x10 or 90/100-10 tireMany people wonder what the metric equivalent of a Lambretta or Vespa scooter 3.5x10 inch tire is.

The answer is: 3.5x10 is basically a 90/100-10 tire.

3.5" = 89mm, and heights can vary but are around 100%, so 89mm again, thus 89mm-89mm-10".

With metric sizing the 1st number means mm wide and the 2nd number means height as a percentage of the 1st number. A 90/100 is 90mm wide with a height of 100% of that so 90mm-90mm-10". Almost exactly the same as 3.5x10".

A 100/90-10 tire on the other hand is 100mm wide with a height of 90% of that, so 100mm-90mm-10", the same height but wider than a standard 3.5x10 inch tire. These can rub a bit at the back on Lambrettas and Vespas without any spacing.


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From Italia with amore
Sep. 24, 2010, 3:12 PM

We always like getting emails from all our Italian customers:

Oggi è arrivato il pacco. Tutto perfetto. Ottimo il materiale. Comprerò da voi altri ricambi per la mia Lambretta.

Grazie e a presto.

It is fun to think that Italians are getting parts all the way from ScootRS in Vietnam to keep Italian scooters on the road in Italy. And then very happy with the quality.


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Straight and true scooter rims
Aug. 29, 2010, 11:27 PM

A nice customer email today:

I have installed your 12v wiring loom and 12v non-battery CDI kit with stator and am very pleased.

Your tubeless rims are excellent, too, and you can quote me on this:

I had the wheels balanced to sort out a vibration issue and I was eliminating possibilities (turns out it was the front brake drum). The mechanic said they were very true, no different than countless others he's worked on for modern Vespas or motorcycles: no warping, and they only required a small 7oz counter-weight.

Great, glad you liked them. Their trueness was actually mentioned as an additional benefit over standard rims in the Scootering review back in 2004 when first released.

Vespa or Lambretta tubeless rims, $49 - what are you waiting for?

(We also make our own high-quality and true regular Vespa rims and Lambretta rims inhouse, read about why they are better than others.)


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Vespa CDI kit (electronic ignition)
Aug. 16, 2010, 9:12 PM

A nice email today from a customer:

Thanks to your installation manual, I mounted the CDI kit this weekend and it works perfectly. So, again, thank you for your help. I really appreciated it.

Have a nice day.

CDI kit VBB/VBC Super/VLB Sprint+ (PX style) If you have a classic Vespa scooter, our Vespa CDI kit is the best around, based on a PX system so you get great output and reliability with common parts if spares are ever needed. It also includes absolutely everything in one kit. (We do the same with our Vespa smallframe CDI kit.)

Bright halogen 12v lights and a set-and-forget steady ignition on a classic scooter? It's a conversion we do to every Vespa we restore for good reason.


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