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Oops and cool
May. 3, 2010, 8:40 PM

Oops: we were updating some pages and sent the wrong one up before it was all finished. So now we're working in real time to finish things and a few bugs around the edges.

Cool: the unfinished changes are to the product category pages. There's a new layout and style, and clicking on options will pop up product info on the same page. There are also new stock tag icons to indicate product stock levels but they are NOT accurate yet, so ignore them.

Again, several things to fix still so things will change as we continue to fiddle...


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35 years ago
Apr. 29, 2010, 2:34 PM

We're closed until Monday for holidays here in Vietnam. Read a reporter's fascinating record of what happened 35 years ago on those last frantic days.

The Washington Post, April 30, 1975

US Embassy, Saigon, April 30, 1975


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Tech note: recommendation to change chrome rubber valves
Apr. 24, 2010, 11:58 AM

We are recommending that anyone using a CHROME rubber-type tubeless tire valve change it to a non-chrome (brass) one.

Over many years we have only seen a couple valves come apart at the stem, one with a non-standard cap, so it may just be random but they were CHROME rubber ones so possibly the chrome reacted to road salts, or some such thing.

We included this type with some of our tubeless rims before. Of course the same recommendation applies to ones obtained elsewhere.

This is ONLY about a valve of the flexible rubber type AND ONLY if CHROME - not the brass color shown.

If you have a CHROME one: change it to the exact same type shown in the photo - brass color, non-chrome. These are standard valves available at any tire shop or from us.

If you have a brass one already or different type: don't do anything.

You should replace old valves when changing tires, or if leaving tires on for years, but if you haven't done so yet and you have a CHROME rubber valve on one of our tubeless rims, you can change it without removing your tire. Let the air out, push the tire over, and the valve can be replaced. It is much easier to let a tire shop handle it, but if you need a replacement valve, let us know and we can send you some.

To avoid misinformation, please note:

  • this is NOT related to our tubeless rims at all. Our current v.3 design was released in 2006 and has earned a PERFECT record on both the road and track, greatly enhancing rider safety over regular rims by preventing blowouts. We have always included valves as an extra at no charge and simply included this chrome rubber type on some rims before. Our apologies if any actual problem has since appeared with that type.
  • there is NO problem at all with any other valves, especially the same rubber tubeless type but non-chrome. (Older bolt-in type valves are OK too, even if chrome. Do NOT change this chrome bolt-in type.)

Again, there may not be any problem at all with the CHROME rubber valves either, this is a very rare occurrence we've seen, but we are recommending you change them to non-chrome.


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New home page banner images for you
Apr. 18, 2010, 9:42 PM

We spruced up our website a little bit.

We added some schmancy-pants effects on the headers - new browsers only - and tweaked colors, etc. 

We also made all new banner images for our home page. Now the banners should look nice on quite big monitors too. Hope you like them.

Let us know what you think.


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Fly away
Apr. 18, 2010, 11:25 AM

We went away for a couple days to eat seafood, mangos and mango ice cream at the beach.

Here are a couple photos from around Nha Trang. The deserted beach we found a couple hours from the city.


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Order processing
Apr. 6, 2010, 9:19 AM

Order processingWhen you get an update on your order, send in changes to your order at the last minute, need your scooter parts sent today by courier - here are a few photos of what happens behind the scenes in the Order Processing department.

Seems a bit nicer in person, no?


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We messed up
Mar. 25, 2010, 8:06 AM

We messed up and sent out a scooter part that wasn't right - and then got a nice email from Majorca, Spain today:

Lambretta upper damper brackets Have already received the upper [Lambretta damper] brackets and they are the right size.

Not many companies would have spent their time in a customer's complaint about such a small part. That's what makes a good company become an excellent company. Be sure I'll tell everybody how reliable you are guys!

I'm recommending you to all my friends, and I've even ordered some parts for two of them that weren't used to the online shopping.

Thanks and keep on.

Thanks for your nice comments and glad to correct it quickly for you. We'll keep on keeping on...


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Available stock totals coming soon?
Mar. 19, 2010, 3:15 PM

One row of our parts warehouse

We've had some time to work on a system for syncing the actual available stock total to the website and it should be ready soon. We've got it to the point where it is taking a big accounting file, parsing it, and spitting out part numbers and totals. So that's done. The other half about updating totals onsite was done before and was quite a nightmare considering all the options and how everything must go together. Now we just have to make them work together.

Currently our site tells you if anyone else had to wait for a particular item recently, based on there being a slow item in a current order, but customers often expect having out-of-stock items explicitly noted. However, seeing we actually manufacture items unlike places that just buy and resell what's on their shelves, it can be a bit misleading to say something is “out-of-stock” from us when really it only needs to be chromed or is an option that can be ready fairly quickly after ordered.

We'll have to think about how to give out the most helpful info to customers on this. If you have any thoughts, let us know.

(The photo, if wondering, is just one row in our warehouse.)


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Green Hornet scooter stickers
Mar. 18, 2010, 5:34 AM

BSSO scooter racer Tony O'Brien, whom we sponsor, has put out some beautiful stickers related to his Vespa SS90 Green Hornet. You can purchase them for only a few dollars and help support his racing efforts too:

Green Hornet sticker


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March rallies
Mar. 8, 2010, 12:40 PM

Check out the Rides of March Rally, March 26-28th, San Luis Obispo, California:

It has been hosted by local clubs since the 80's including Club One, Middle Kingdom, PushStart, and Strange Brew. It is famous for it's amazing rides through the Central Coasts wine country, hills, and beaches; Santa Maria style BBQ, out of control raffles (including a custom/restored scooter every year) and most excellent nightlife/parties/live music.

Raffle prizes this year include a smallframe scooter with a cool paintjob - and a few goodies from ScootRS for Lambretta, Vespa and modern Vespa.

There is also the Big Easy Weekender Rally in New Orleans at the same time.

It's their 3rd annual rally and promises 3 times the fun - and some ScootRS goodies for a few lucky raffle winners.


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