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Scootering to the beach, Part 2
Apr. 2, 2008, 8:03 PM

Scootering to the beach To continue our last post, after we arrived at the beach, staff headed straight for it to engage in the typical activities of swimming, football, burying bodies, etc.

One of the very nice things about the beach in Vietnam is all the food sellers. Someone will definitely be walking around selling crab, which they'll sit down and cook right then and there for you if you order. Or why not order some grilled clams, or mussels, or scallops, or squid, or prawns, and have them brought over to your table to be enjoyed with a cold beer? Very civilized, with personal, friendly service, and low prices. Remember all the London street sellers in the old musical, Oliver (“Milk, milk for sale”, etc.)? The ones that don't exist anymore in the “advanced” West? Exactly the same.

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Scootering to the beach, Part 1
Mar. 31, 2008, 8:47 AM

Scootering to the beach OK, so we didn't take scooters - it's a bit difficult with almost 50 people and 2 year olds - but we did scoot to the beach for a staff holiday Friday and Saturday. We've been so busy that it was time for a reward and a break for everyone in the factory and office. Not all the staff could come, but it was a pretty good showing.

We rented a large bus for 2 days and went to Phan Thiet, a few hours from HCMC. Surprisingly, almost none of our staff had been there before, so everyone was eager to go. The Phan Thiet beach area is now largely developed, quite different from just a few years ago, with a main beach road that is not exactly what you'd call charming, but the beach is nice and there are untold resorts to hunker down in.

In this first set, we start off, stop for lunch en route, visit a whale skeleton housed in a pagoda (a whale god is prayed to for good luck by fisherman), arrive and check-in, then promptly hit the beach.

We'll post Part 2, the food and sport issue, next...

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Gone to the beach
Mar. 29, 2008, 3:49 PM

We forgot to post that we were closed Friday and Saturday because we've taken the entire staff to the beach. If waiting for a reply, it will have to wait until Monday. We'll post some photos shortly.

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Website update
Mar. 24, 2008, 10:01 AM

We've updated the site a bit to make a few things look better, most notably the little blog/news/review/email boxes such as you see on the homepage and on the scooter review page, for example. A few other tweaks under the hood.

It looks good in Firefox, IE7, Opera. No Mac, sorry Safari people; email a screenshot if an issue. On ye olde IE6 it should be fine but who knows, we don't have it anymore and haven't checked yet.

If you are still using Internet Explorer 6, and we see about 29% of you still are: WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? You're driving a rusty old browser around with a flat tire, oil leaks, and bad brakes. And people are giving away fully-restored browsers for FREE! Go and get one (or even get IE7 if you really must) right now.

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ScootRS rubber vs. Italian repros
Mar. 20, 2008, 8:00 AM

As we noted just the other day, many of the items we offer are as good as, or often better than, Italian, even though vastly cheaper. Many Italian repros are good, but many are not and it is silly - and costly - to believe something is good because made in Italy, or bad because made in Asia. (Especially when many items sold by Italian repro parts companies are actually made in India and Vietnam, though they don't really want to advertise that because it goes against their entire “Italian quality” marketing allure used to justify high prices.)

A good example just came up where someone was complaining about Italian repros of Lambretta panel rubber and asked what was better and got several replies regarding us:

Lambretta panel rubber>>Which are the best Series 3 side panel rubbers to use? I have the Casa ones but they're wrinkled along the frame edge with no signs of straightening, even tried to heat them up, and they still look awful.

-I found the Casa rubbers to be rubbish as well. The scootRS are very good with plenty of height to stop panels rubbing on the frame

-Also just fitted some scootRS ones and quite pleased with them, not all this remade Italian stuff is all it's cracked up to be

-I've just used some scootRS series 3 LI panel rubbers and I'm pleased with them look OK fit OK

In this particular case, the Casa Lambretta panel rubber is about $10, while ours is just $5.50. Paying double adds up very quickly over dozens of items.

It is the same with quite a number of new rubber items we make inhouse which are far superior to the local Vietnam market version and for which we've explicitly stated “Same as Italian but half the price.” And there will be more to come because it doesn't make sense to pay double what you need to.

As someone previously wrote:

I can heartily recommend the scootRS rubbers for the side panels. They are the best you will get in my opinion. In fact all their rubber is exceptionally good quality. Anyway, the sidepanel rubbers are nice and thick. Not too stiff and not too soft and my sidepanels sit on them a treat with no riding up of the rubber. “Same as Italian. Half the price.” as they say.

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Manufacturing scooter parts at our factory
Mar. 18, 2008, 1:13 PM

Stamping scooter parts Another factory post: here are a few shots of us stamping some scooter parts in our factory. In the first photo you see one side of a stainless steel Lambretta rear spare wheel holder, while in the second there are a couple small items, again stainless, both fork link caps and lower steering cup covers.

Lambretta and Vespa scooter parts are very low-volume compared to other industries. Years before, items like this were always manually done by us or local suppliers, but to get good consistent quality we've moved over the past few years to molds and stamping everything and doing everything inhouse as far as possible: stands, racks, seats, lights, rubber, etc. In that way we have raised our quality far above all the parts that come out of the local market, as sold by the low-end Vietnam market resellers types. Taking virtually any item from the local market vs. what we do inhouse, you can see a good quality difference. So many items we do today are now equal or better quality than Italian (Casa Lambretta, MecEur, etc.) but still vastly cheaper. We'll write about some of these in upcoming posts.

All the hard work shows when a UK shop tells us how a sandcast knockoff disc brake they happened to try didn't fit well but how pleased they are with our high pressure diecast original for the same price, or emails from new shop customers in North America that begin:

Fri 2/22/2008 6:04 PM: We just got 2 more bikes to restore and we are going to order several items for their restoration over the next few weeks. We have been extremely busy and we are so satisfied with the quality of your product that we are going to use you guys as our number one parts source. You have proven to us to be a top notch company and totally reliable in every respect.

Here's a quick video - a little dark, sorry - of stamping out the rear spare holders. As you can hear, we opted for a very good hydraulic press instead of the cheaper type because it is so quiet:

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Factory update - new tools!
Mar. 11, 2008, 1:20 PM

Factory update At the factory we've added a big new, shiny blue, air compressor to power all the air tools throughout the shop.

And what better way to celebrate than with shiny new tools, like die grinders, drills, grinders, and so forth?

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ScootRS 2008 scooter calendar again
Feb. 19, 2008, 8:26 AM

Are you in the UK and not sure what day it is? This auction someone has posted might just be what you need:

The must have scootRS 2008 calendar full of scooters and girls. Ends in 5 days.

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Valentine's Day scooter card
Feb. 15, 2008, 3:37 AM

valentine card Here's a cute little card someone posted.

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The latest and greatest
Feb. 14, 2008, 9:01 AM

We're open again. We're now sorting through a thousand emails and all the new orders. Your patience is appreciated, s'il vous plait.

These guys are offering you the greatest scooter experience in June at Camber Sands and want you to be aware of that now.

The big Las Vegas Scooter Rally is actually starting right now, 14th-18th, and scootRS has supplied a few goodies for prizes, including two tuned exhausts, one for Vespa and one for Lambretta.

A nice email arrived the other day:

I just want to say how happy I am with your product. I ordered a Vespa seat in black leather with cream trimming, and it's absolutely everything I imagined it to be! Perfect! The construction is first rate, it looks fantastic on my black Vespa PX200, and the delivery was very quick - only a few days to Australia. Thanks you very much!

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