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How to prevent dangerous tire blowouts on your scooter
Aug. 15, 2010, 6:46 PM

Here is some recent forum discussion about how to avoid dangerous tire blowouts on Vespa and Lambretta scooters:

Is there a manufacturer, that makes those flatproof tires in a 10x3.5 that would be good for the [LML] stella? havent found much online, but it would be great to know i wont have a catastrophic blow out. there have been quite a few scooterists around here get very badly injured due to blowouts recently. most recently a couple with no medical insurance had a blowout on a honda elite going about 60, and were both roadrashed head to toe and injured badly. one of them was nearly killed. they had to sell their other scooters to pay for treatment.

And in reply:

Your best bet about preventing catastrophic blowouts is to start using tubeless rims and tires.

And the pudding with the proof in it:

I have the ScootRS tubeless rims and Michelin S-1s and was able to ride out a front flat at somewhere around 50 [mph].

So, in review we have 2 options:

  1. No tubeless rims? “Quite a few scooterists” suffering blowouts and some are “nearly killed.”
  2. With ScootRS tubeless rims? As designed, “was able to ride out a front flat at 50 [mph].”

Tubeless wheel rimConclusion? No solution will ever be perfect given that our old scooters all depend on skinny tires and valves, but if every Vespa and Lambretta used ScootRS tubeless rims, classic scootering would be substantially safer.

That's why we invented them and since released in 2006 our current v.3 tubeless rim has never failed. $49 in 4 colors, or $89 in high-grade stainless steel. What are you waiting for?


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Internet down, some delays on orders
Aug. 4, 2010, 10:18 PM

The internet is down in our area due to storms the other day so updates and new orders will see some delays.

We are supposed to have internet service restored on Monday, the 9th. After that we can update accounts and mark orders shipped that have been sent out already.

Thanks for your patience.


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Camp Scoot 2010
Jul. 20, 2010, 8:34 PM

Just a reminder:

The New Mexico chapter of the Pharaohs Scooter Club is pleased to announce the 8th installment of their annual rally, Camp Scoot.

The rally will be held August 12th through August 15th in the lush Jemez Mountains of New Mexico, with meet-ups in nearby Albuquerque.


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Tubeless rims
Jul. 19, 2010, 8:09 PM

We're always looking for ways to make small improvements to our items as a natural part of the process.

Our v.3 tubeless rim for Lambretta & Vespa has been flawless since released in 2006, not a single failure, but we still make small improvements if possible. Recently we changed a machining process that made them a little bit nicer and eliminated some intermediary processing.

Here's a photo today of our stainless steel tubeless rim straight off the “curling” machine, before the edges are done:

Perfect! Nice, huh?

On another note, we're considering no longer including a free valve with our tubeless rims, same as other sellers of rims. Unfortunately, while our rims have been absolutely flawless for many years, they get blamed whenever anyone has any issue with a valve. By not including one, it will eliminate any innocent misdirection or deliberate nationalistic propaganda blaming the “Vietnam” rims for no reason.

If you read about problems with valve stems around the world, it very obviously has nothing to do with our rims at all, it is the exact same for every type of tubeless rim in the world, though they are still vastly safer than tubed rims which have constant blowouts. Should the entire world move back to tubes? That would truly be dangerous.

Recently, for example, someone changed all his valves on the “safety” advice of others - we said not to - and got a poor one, or it was poorly installed and tore the core. Naturally it was blamed on the UK company that installed it the rim with an impossible theory that somehow it must have become red hot and sliced through the stationary industrial rubber valve “like butter”. And then it was claimed there were “dozens” of failures of our rim when not a single v.3 rim has ever failed!

We're not sure yet but, because of this misdirection, it looks like we will unfortunately no longer include a free valve, or maybe just for rims going to the UK. Elsewhere around the world it is not an issue. People can then use a valve of their choice and spend as much or as little on them as they want.

Overall, it is incredible to think how many dangerous blowouts have been eliminated by ScootRS tubeless rims in the 6 years since invented, how many accidents prevented, and even how many lives maybe saved. We're very proud of them.

Here again are quotes from our tubeless customers:

  • [SRP Racetech race team, BSSO:] I finished the season by winning the Group 6 Championship. Ralph & I also won the Group 8 & Overall Sidecar Championship. There has been much interest in your tubeless rims, of which I cannot sing their praises enough.
  • A lot of the lads in my club have gone to tubeless on their TS1's and are all raving about them one lad had a 3 inch nail go into his tyre last year on the way to a rally (at high speed) and it gently went down - normally would have had him off.
  • One of my barrel fins went straight through my scootRS tubeless [tire] at high speed but still gave me time to get it under control and stop. If it was a tube I recon I would have lost it. No problems with fitting hub or tyre change.
  • I'm coming in to my second year now on these scootRS tubeless rims, covered some thousand odd miles, no problems as yet touch wood, feel a whole lot safer with these under me.
  • I've just used ScootRS rims for [riding to] Austria, 2,300+ miles up and down mountains, along motorways and hairpins and in all sorts of conditions/weather with no probs. Haven't used any kind of tyre seal but might do over the winter. Definitely recommend them to anyone.
  • a quick note to say how pleased i am with my lambretta tubeless rims, 10,000+ miles and not a problem, 2 punctures (1 with pillion), machine was controllable on both occasions, many many thanks
  • Over 7000 miles on ScootRS tubeless rims and I'm on my second set of tyres. No problems at all. I have only had to top up the air on 2 or 3 occasions over the last 3 years which indicates the quality of the valves and the seal on the bead.
  • Bonne surprise vient de l'ensemble Michelin S1 et jantes tublesse V3 ScootRS. C'est dingue mais ça change tout, c'est comme sur un nuage avec la super sensation d'avoir des roues mieux équilibré vif et stable a la fois.

Or as Scootering reported:

Their first trip was on the rear of the scooter when it went two-up to Holland for a custom show soon after the article. Since then it has been to a rally and race-track in France, numerous places in the UK, as well as being used as a commuter scooter and workhorse.

Sometime during all this the tyre emigrated to the front of the scoot, and even after spending six months in the garage without being ridden while I was off enjoying the Vespa GTS, the PX was pushed back into service and the tyre with the ScootRS rim needed barely any air in it.

As such once complete and fitted the ScootRS rim has done exactly what it's meant to.

4-Year Vespa tubeless test update 2006-2010, Scootering Magazine


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Love letter from Italy
Jul. 9, 2010, 1:24 PM

We always like getting customer emails from Italy about our scooter parts:

Oggi 9 luglio ore 10,30 ho ricevuto il pacco. Tutto perfetto.

Complimenti, dopo le ferie sicuramente comprerò altri pezzi per le mie lambrette.

Thanks! We're glad everything was perfetto for you.

We're always happy to hear that we're helping keep Lambretta and Vespa scooters on the road in Italy.


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Photos from our EuroLambretta 2010 World Cup
Jul. 5, 2010, 4:41 PM

EuroLambretta World Cup Here are a few photos from the giant foosball World Cup we sponsored at EuroLambretta 2010 recently in Gijon, Spain.

There were 16 teams that faced off with the finalists getting our Lambretta tubeless rims.

Looks like everyone had fun. Especially considering all the rain outside.


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We're the best
Jun. 26, 2010, 8:06 AM

A nice little email today from a customer after he received a big order of Vespa parts from us for a restoration:

Hey many many thanks you're the best company I have dealt with, superb service.

Have a very very good day.

Yeah, we're the best. We work on race cars.


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Sneak preview - can you guess what it is?
May. 25, 2010, 10:21 AM

Here's a sneak preview of a new, completely world unique item coming soon:

new item

Can you guess what it is and what is so special about it that it will save many people hundreds of dollars?


@puxxie
looks like a front disc brake for lambretta?

That's right but we already do one so that's not the special aspect. Hmmm...


As a few people have guessed now, it is a standard Lambretta inboard disc brake but for drum links, not disc links. That means it can easily be fit to most scooters as-is. No longer will you need to find and buy expensive disc links; no longer will you need to go through the painful process of changing links (or hiring someone to do it). If you want to add front dampers, just use a damper add-on kit.

When finished, we'll add this item onsite. And congratulations to the first person who emailed us with the correct answer and is getting a free one!


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Rally round the flag
May. 12, 2010, 6:27 AM

Just to mention a few scooter rallies coming up:


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Recent customer comments
May. 8, 2010, 5:59 AM

A few customer comments and emails recently. In the USA someone was asking about our modern Vespa GTS parts:

Vespa GTS seat coverab-scoot wrote:
I found these seat covers the other day, but have not tried them yet myself:

http://scootrs.com/results.cfm?q=seat

Has anyone ordered from ScootRS before? They have a variety of seat covers in both leather and vinyl (along with other parts) at a really good price...

I have ordered from them a few times, though I'm in Europe if that matters.

The seat cover fits well, and the quality is OK. I also ordered [Vespa GTS] heavy bar end weights and stainless steel floor strips. No problems so far. The prices are good and shipping costs reasonable.

And an email update from Australia about a Lambretta scooter we did:

Lambretta GP200Hello 2 years since i had my GP200 ref no 215, had no problems.

Thanks again.


And a comment from France about our tubeless rims:

Bonne surprise vient de l'ensemble Michelin S1 et jantes tublesse V3 ScootRS. C'est dingue mais ça change tout, c'est comme sur un nuage avec la super sensation d'avoir des roues mieux équilibré vif et stable a la fois.

Glad to hear you like how well they ride. In the original Scootering review in 2004 they actually noted that our tubeless rims are “both sufficiently true and a much better fit on a Lambretta hub than many of the poor-quality pattern Lambretta split-rims currently available”.

And finally an email from Austria:

Ordered last Sunday, package arrived today. Everything perfect, exhaust looks phenomenous.

Wow, you know your English is good when you can make up words like “phenomenous”. Perfect!


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