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Tubeless rims for Lambretta and Vespa, part 4
Jan. 21, 2010, 9:17 AM

Lambretta tubeless rims Here are a couple more photos as we continue to make our Lambretta and Vespa tubeless rims. As you can see, following the last post in this series, this one has been completed and a tire mounted on it.

In these photos you can see the tubeless rim fit to our high-pressure cast Lambretta inboard disc brake hub. Some hubs fit differently, something we found out after we invented them years ago and tried the first ones on many but not every single hub type - and then had to change the design later a bit.

Here you can also see how little room there is for the valves, though we have managed to squeeze them in nicely. Being rubber, there is also some flexibility to them, unlike the bolt-in type we used to use.

Here's another customer quote about why people are going tubeless:

I have now done over 7000 miles on a set of ScootRS tubeless rims and I'm on my second set of tyres. No problems at all and although I do check the tyre pressures regularly 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.

Note: you can pre-order your tubeless rims right now to ensure you get some from the next batch.


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Tubeless rims for Lambretta and Vespa, part 3
Jan. 21, 2010, 8:31 AM

Lambretta tubeless rims Here are a couple more photos as we continue to make our Lambretta and Vespa tubeless rims.

In these photos you can see the inner ring which we showed getting stamped out in an earlier video - well, the first step anyway, as it then has to be stamped another way and then have the tabs bent over, all of which involves different molds.

In the 2nd photo you see the tubeless rims after the inner piece has been welded in. It is actually welded in two ways, one on the edges as you see, but also spot welded along the folded tabs.

Here's another customer quote about why people are going tubeless:

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.

Note: you can pre-order your tubeless rims right now to ensure you get some from the next batch.


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Tubeless rims for Lambretta and Vespa, part 2
Jan. 18, 2010, 9:12 AM

Our tubeless rims Here you can see a photo from the other day of the progression of our tubeless rims for Lambretta and Vespa being produced in our factory.

Previously you saw a small pile and, in the video, one machine being used for stamping out some pieces. Here the pile has grown much higher and you can see a 2nd very large hydraulic press in our factory that we also need to use when making the rims - or any of our rims, like our Vespa chrome rims which you can see and read why they are better than those made in Italy or elsewhere. You can actually see one of the tubeless molds on the bottom left. There are quite a surprising number of molds needed to make these rims for you.

Another feature of our rims that you can see in the photo is the safety beads, two inner rings which help ensure the lip of the tire can't slide into the middle under extreme pressure. It's not absolutely critical, not all rims have them, but some nice insurance to have. (And something that is missing from any copies of our original design.)

The rims will be ready shortly as you can see, and you can go ahead and pre-order now to reserve yours before they're all taken. We've had many requests, so don't wait.

Why are you crazy not to put our tubeless rims on your Lambretta or Vespa?

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.

That's exactly why!


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Get your tubeless rims for Lambretta and Vespa
Jan. 6, 2010, 6:43 AM

Tubeless rims being made Here's a photo of the next batch of tubeless rims being made in our factory.

These will have the inner section welded on afterward, have the edges machined to be perfect, then go off for painting. They should be ready to send out within 2 weeks. The first batch will be Lambretta tubeless, then some Vespa tubeless after that.

So many people have been asking to pre-order that we have now opened both tubeless rims for pre-order so you can ensure you get yours before everyone else takes them. Just be aware you will have to wait a bit for delivery.

We also shot a little video at the factory to show you how we stamp out the middle section of the tubeless rims. This is the first stage of that piece. After it has to be stamped again on the inside to get the actual piece out with the tabs bent over which subsequently get welded to the rim. It is quite an involved process making these tubeless rims - no wonder no one invented them in the 40 years before we did!

Update: @puxxie tweets: “Rode my Vespa from Singapore - Malaysia - Sungai Golok, Thailand & back on the @ScootRS tubeless rims & still good as new! Great job!”


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Mod Lambretta scooter
Nov. 21, 2009, 12:13 PM

Mod Lambretta scooter A quick shopcam photo from yesterday.

This is a nice mod Lambretta scooter with our beautiful high quality flag dual seat cover for which you can choose the mod flag or your country flag. These are made just like original covers, with injected foam and so forth.

Nice bright red caliper to match on the anti-dive disc brake kit too!

The engine features a 225cc Mugello with 60mm crankshaft, 30mm PWK, and tuned exhaust.


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Lambretta and Vespa hydraulic disc brake kits
Nov. 19, 2009, 7:31 AM

ScootRS vs. sand cast copies

Some informed commentary below about our hydraulic disc brake kits and the sand cast SPAQ/Sterling copies. See all the photos and judge yourself.

Why would anyone pay the same price for a low-end copy as for our high-quality high-pressure cast original for Lambretta which includes anti-dive and a stainless steel braided hose? The same question applies when considering low-end Vespa kits vs. our high-pressure cast Vespa disc brake kit.

Some responses:

  • I'd go for ScootRS every time.
  • I've run 2 ScootRS outboard discs for over 5 thousand miles each. I'd not hesitate in buying another.
  • I have recently fitted a Sterling/Spaq kit to a bike i was working on and looked over a new ScootRS kit with anti-dive close up. even with the import duty sting, they worked out about the same price. if it was my money i'd be ordering direct from ScootRS. i have been using a ScootRS on mine for 9000 miles, no problems at all.
  • Sterling can be dangerous copies of Lambretta parts IMO. Also used by the not so well known dealers in the UK.
  • >>Dealers I find will also try and sell you what they have on the shelf Use a good dealer and they wont have the crap on the shelf to sell you in the first place ;) Having fitted the two [types] for customers for me the ScootRS one is the better made, when stripping the coating off you can see how good the casting is.
  • I've got a Sterling on my Series II. I didn't even know the difference with a ScootRS and Sterling until I read posts here on other threads. I am from Ireland and I bought mine from ShopX, who are a well known dealer.
  • I would imagine your best bet would be to get a disc brake directly from ScootRS.

Be sure to pop up the extra photos on the right and judge for yourself.

Why care about this issue?

  • (Posted by a UK shop owner:) If you're buying make sure you get the ScootRS type (pressure cast) as opposed to the Sterling/SPAQ type (sand cast) - we have seen one of the pepperpot style with holes crack on the thinnest part of the hub and also a standard outboard one crack the mounting lugs (which resulted in the wheel rim parting from the hub after it happened) - both were Sterling/SPAQ - just thought I'd better share this info with you.
  • As a tool engineer who has had over 1000 pressure dies cast for all materials in 20 years I would never ever ever fit a sand cast part to a turning hub and use it at speeds over 5 mph.

Whenever ordering overseas, no matter where, be sure to ask exactly who made the item. You don't want to get stuck with an inferior sand cast copy at your expense.


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Lambretta horncast and bridge rubber
Sep. 29, 2009, 4:02 PM

More Lambretta rubber trim for you! Again made as original but for a reasonable price (about half of what Casa asks for Italian repros).

Lambretta horncast rubberLambretta horncast rubber S1-2

We've now made Lambretta hormcast rubber for both S3 and S1-2.

We've also completed the Lambretta bridge rubber for both S3 and S1-2.

Both come in gray and black and, unlike Italian items so often, our gray rubber all matches because we do it all ourselves inhouse. More to come as well. Soon you won't have to overpay for any Italian S1-2-3 rubber.

We also finally listed a couple other items that were sitting on the shelf that we'd actually forgotten about after we made them:

  • Deluxe Lambretta battery strapA deluxe Lambretta battery strap made in stainless steel so it will never rust with felt-lined rubber so it won't scratch anything. Very nice quality.
  • After our regular clutch plates we made thin Lambretta clutch plates to go with 5-plate or 6-plate set ups. You can buy one at a time to match your needs. These are a great price too!

Enjoy!


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Germany, Lambrettas, disc brakes, email
Sep. 29, 2009, 11:51 AM

A nice email today from Germany:

Feedback: I have now ordered a few parts from ScootRS and am extremely impressed with the excellent quality and quick delivery, actually delivered quicker than shops from my own country!

Just received inboard disc brake and stainless tuned exhaust and have fitted both to my Li S2 Lambretta. The quality, fit and price for both items was amazing!

I will be ordering further parts and would recommend ScootRS to all!

That's nice, thanks!

Just today someone was asking on a forum about the quality of our high pressure cast Lambretta inboard disc brake compared to the rough Italian sand cast ones, so let people know on forums what you found out. Insiders already know ScootRS means higher quality than Italian, along with reasonable prices, but comments like yours always help others find out the secret.


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Lambretta LD Vigano fork link covers
Aug. 30, 2009, 10:15 AM

Lambretta LD Vigano fork link covers We've updated our Lambretta LD fork link covers with our new Vigano badges. Very nice!

As a point of comparison with often overpriced but mediocre Italian items, the LD fork link covers from Casa Lambretta have tacky badges marketing their company name and are over $50! (And only chrome?) Ours are stainless steel that will never rust, have beautiful classic Vigano badges and are only $18.50/set!

What a difference: better quality and a huge savings for you.

If you have an LD or D, get a set. Also take a look at our very nice Lambretta LD seat covers for better quality and similar savings over Italian items as well.

(By the way, you can also get our Vigano badges separately if you want to fix up your own fork link covers, or use them anywhere really. They are 40mm. Only $7/set!)


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Shopcam
Jul. 25, 2009, 10:02 AM

Shopcam A couple of shopcam photos of restorations we forgot to post a few weeks ago.

One is a nice bright blue Lambretta GP200 while the second is a Vespa VBC Super we did with our purty little VBC/Rally/Smallframe speedometer in place.


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