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Scooter videos
Mar. 14, 2005, 9:31 AM

Here's another old scooter video, this one an ad for a Vespa GS160. (WMP)

A few more more scooter videos here, including an old Lambretta commercial, apparently showing how they put together the scooter at the factory.

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Scooter racing video
Mar. 10, 2005, 9:55 AM

An old newsreel video about racing around Italy in the 1950s on Vespa scooters. (Windows Media 10 only, we think.)

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Straight off the menu
Mar. 8, 2005, 5:09 PM

Another site tune-up: refresh the page to get the latest files, and you'll see the menu now opens when clicking on folders and will highlight the page you go to.

Exciting stuff, huh?

We also have some new scooter parts to list this week if you care about that sort of thing...

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Flying scooters
Mar. 1, 2005, 10:34 AM

You'll have to go read about this one:
The Ultralight Scooter Aircraft/Street Machine is the world's first flying scooter and is considered an Ultra Light Aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in America, meaning that an FAA pilots license is not required for this single seat aircraft. You can become one of the first to own your very own personal flying machine that can legally drive on any road in the world!
Now for the Vespa and Lambretta versions...

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Vespas and movies
Feb. 26, 2005, 10:55 AM

A news video clip about Vespa scooters in movies.

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Website improvements
Feb. 24, 2005, 8:38 PM

We've torqued up a few settings for you. On the scooter parts pages you will find a nice shiny popup photo system we wrote. It looks much better in new browsers like Firefox, but still works in ye olde Internet Explorer.

We've also redone the quick-order system to work a bit better and to also work in Safari (untested), Konqueror (untested), and newer Opera browsers (tested). Just check the little box at the top of the scooter parts pages and you'll see what we mean.

Any issues, send an email so we know.

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Up the compression
Feb. 21, 2005, 7:28 PM

Just as with scooters, you can up the compression on a website and get more speed. Hopefully you're noticing a good improvement in page loading time on our site. Here's the homepage stats before and after:
Original size: 15899 bytes
Compressed size: 4434 bytes
Savings in bytes: 11465 bytes
Percentage saved by compression: 73.0%
Transfer speed improvement: 3.5 X
If you have any problems, say with blank pages appearing, please let us know. A few older browsers have some quirks sometimes.

It's a shame you can't do a little tweak and go 3.5 times faster on a scooter...


Update: OK, this is an experiment at this stage, as seems maybe we're killing the cpu on the server, either getting really fast page loads, or long delays while the page waits to be processed. We're monitoring it.

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A rather animated Vespa
Feb. 21, 2005, 4:05 PM

We don't want to force it upon you here, but a rather funny animated scooter gif is yours for the taking.

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Lambretta tubeless rims
Feb. 13, 2005, 7:11 PM

We've updated our Lambretta tubeless rim to a final version. We've incorporated a few small but important tweaks to the design, mainly so that this one fits all hub types easily. The old version, of which we have a few left, is in the sale parts section. If you have hubs like on a GP, it's a bit cheaper.

We've also added onsite the 4 pages from Scootering Magazine where they reviewed and tested over 2 issues the world's first tubeless rim for Lambretta and hailed it as “a major advance in safety for Lambretta owners.”

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1946 Vespa 98
Feb. 9, 2005, 8:28 AM

It's not often you see a $40,000 Vespa. Then again, not often you see a 1946 Vespa 98 for sale with the chassis number 1071, apparently the 71st scooter produced by Piaggio. 3 days of bidding left still!

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