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Lambretta rear frame badge - UK flag and more
Feb. 23, 2009, 7:03 AM

Lambretta rear frame badge - UK flag

Here's something for a different look and a nice little change you can always change back: a Lambretta rear frame badge with flag.

Choose your country's flag: UK, Germany, France, etc.

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Lambretta GP
Feb. 12, 2009, 7:41 PM

Lambretta GP Here's a quick shopcam photo from today of a Lambretta GP we're finishing.

RB22 engine, dual tanks, disc brake kit, sport shock, assorted special extras, etc. Nice dark gray color.

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ScootRS goes racing - tubeless rim sponsor!
Feb. 4, 2009, 8:52 AM

SRP racing team

We've been approached by long-time award-winning UK Lambretta scooter racers to become a sponsor and supply our tubeless rims for the racing season.

We are now a proud tubeless rim sponsor of the SRP Racetech team of Ralph Remnant and PJ McLaverty, 2008 Group 7 Champion. With their tremendous Lambretta race experience dating back to the 1980's, and 12 sidecar titles and 1 overall British Scooter Championship title to their credit, we wish them continued success in the current year.

With long experienced scooter racers moving to them, ask yourself about your safety and when you are going to start using Lambretta tubeless rims or Vespa tubeless rims to eliminate entirely the dangerous blowouts experienced on regular rims.

Update: we just got an email today after our post:

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

Nice update, thanks, another 2 possible accidents prevented.

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Buffering you from overpriced Lambretta parts
Jan. 22, 2009, 6:46 AM

Time to start saving money by buying smarter, isn't it? “Buy needlessly expensive, pay twice,” as the saying should go.

Here are a few more Lambretta parts you'd normally have to buy via Italian exporters at ridiculously high prices, but which are now newly made inhouse here at ScootRS at the same or better quality to save you money:

Fork buffer The fork buffers from Italy are nice, while the ones from India and Vietnam are a bit rough. We've remade both the large and small ones for you in good quality but at half the price of the Italian ones.

Series 1-2 Panel buffers We found the Series 1-2 panel buffers that a few Italian resellers sell were poorly made from such a hard rubber they were a nightmare to fit and, of course, badly overpriced to boot. Ours are much better quality, a special flexible rubber and, yet again, half the price, just $4.75 a set!

Bridge rubber rear To add to our continuing replacement of overpriced Italian rubber, we've now made the Series 3 rear bridge rubber - and also the S1-2 rear bridge rubber. Only $2.25 each.

Lambretta tool roll Lambretta toolroll clip Along with our original-style tool roll for less than half the Italian one, you can even get the little tool roll clip to keep it in place. If you guessed that it too is half the Italian price, you're starting to get the idea.

LD fork link covers stainless steel One last telling example of this theme: the LD fork link covers from Casa Lambretta are over $50! From us, in beautiful long-lasting stainless steel, they are only $12.50/set.

We've also just added alloy cable ties to wrap up that resto, and a dual seat strap end cap in stainless steel to tidy up an old seat. And many other new parts as well.

Is it any wonder we sell so much to Italy these days, both to shops and individuals? Just two quotes recently:

I hope to become your customer for long time. Some of my friends are your customer too. We really need in Italy people as you are. Thank you so much.
Hi guys, I'm Italian so I'm writing from the mother country of Vespa, but let me say that you are really the best I found during the restoration of my scooter.

Stop wasting your money on badly overpriced Italian scooter parts when you can get the same or better for half the price! Many parts from Italy are very good, but many are also actually sourced from India or Vietnam for resale by Italian exporters with a huge markup - or, in any case, simply are not as good as others out there, especially for the price. (Our floor strips, for example, are MUCH better quality than the ragged Italian ones exported by Casa/MecEur/etc., and still much cheaper.)

Not convinced? Try a small order and see for yourself.

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Last minute scooter gift?
Dec. 22, 2008, 5:32 AM

scootRS gift certificate If you still need something for that special scootering friend, we have our scootRS gift certificate that you can give them. It comes in $1 increments, so just order as much as you want and we'll give you a code to use online for the total amount.

Lambretta tool roll This new Lambretta tool roll is a nice little gift item too - and, as per our usual policy, same quality as the ones coming from Italy but half the price, only $9.50!

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Tubeless rims for Lambretta and Vespa
Dec. 19, 2008, 7:50 AM

A forum thread about our tubeless rims:

Lambretta tubeless rimsI've just bought a set for the lammy... can't be doing with the worry of blowouts on split rims any longer... been too spoilt with the GTS.

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.

Good to hear that other people are chuffed with 'em. Sounds like they do the job well.

I finally decided to get some after watching a lad from our club, who's wheel literally went bang and blew the side of the tyre out. He and his daughter would've been a complete mess if a car had been coming the other way.

As we've said before, it's hard to imagine anyone choosing to run on regular rims these days when you can almost guarantee yourself a dangerous blowout sooner or later if you do. Get yourself some Lambretta tubeless rims or Vespa tubeless rims as on a modern scooter and stop the clock ticking.

(By the way, we've also added red and black colors now!)

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Lambretta Rapido 250cc customer
Dec. 18, 2008, 3:37 PM

A nice email the other day from a recent Lambretta scooter customer, our first Rapido 250cc/60mm crank engine:

Lambretta Rapido 250ccMy scooter arrived yesterday and it was well worth waiting for. It looks absolutely superb. I am delighted with it. It took a few kicks to get it started, but now it starts first kick every time.

I took it for its MOT this morning and it flew through. The tester said he sees quite a few Lambrettas and that most look nice and shiny on top but when you looked beneath the shiny finish there were a lot of faults but this was the best finished Lambretta over and under that he had seen. He also said he thought that it ran like a dream. He was very impressed.

p.s. You could have sent me a 2009 calendar, there's only 3 weeks left on the 2008 one I got :-)

Glad you like it! We like the 250cc too, good power.

By the way, don't tell anyone but we'll have our 2009 Classic Scooter Calendar ready in a few days.

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UK - European stock now available!
Dec. 16, 2008, 8:23 AM

We now have some European stock available for those of you in the UK and elsewhere! That means parts ready-to-go and cheap shipping.

At the top of any product page you will see a “Stock Settings” link to view Asian or European stock. (You can only view and order from one stock at a time.)

There isn't a full range of items but, for example, if you're looking for a Lambretta exhaust in Europe, or a Vespa exhaust in Europe, you're in luck! We'll be adding a few more items shortly.

There are even some new parts in Europe stock that we don't have in Asia, such as some LML items.

If you are in Europe, particularly the UK, be sure to switch over to Europe stock and do some searches and look around to see what you can get. There is a handling charge, but with the shipping it works out to much less overall. Anything extra, make a separate order from Asia stock.

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High quality Lambretta sport seat cover
Dec. 15, 2008, 8:54 AM

Lambretta high-quality sport seat cover Another heavy-duty high-quality Lambretta seat cover has been added, this time the two-tone sport version.

Once again, Italian quality at half the price, only $59. To see the difference between these and the regular ones, go to the product page for more details and photos.

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Tubeless rim confusion and clarification
Nov. 29, 2008, 10:00 AM

Tubeless rims

We see a lot of confusion about our tubeless rims for Lambretta and Vespa posted out there, much of it based on rare anecdotes involving older products or items not even sold by us. For example, someone asked on a forum if our tubeless rims were safe and was told this:

RS's tubeless rims aren't exactly unsafe, as long as you get the mild steel (NOT stainless--they crack under stress, making them for show use only.) The downside to them is that they lack a center channel to make tire mounting easier, so they require so much effort to mount tires that the rims are often bent in the process

Not that this is misinformation or anything terrible, but let's go through this one-by-one to clarify here for everyone:

1) “RS's tubeless rims aren't exactly unsafe”: in fact they are not only VERY safe, with not a single replacement ever on our beaded tubeless rims for sale, they have actively prevented MANY serious accidents and probably saved lives by eliminating all the regular tire blowouts people would have suffered on regular rims all these years. We'd go so far as to say people are foolish not to use them.

(Now, we must mention, in 5 years we have replaced a few only of the earlier non-beaded type, which we haven't made since our latest and greatest design came out a few years ago, but even the replacement rate on those, while not absolutely perfect like the current beaded type, is very low compared to other important parts on scooters - cranks, flywheels, rear hubs, etc. - and they have proven much safer than using regular rims. On top of that you can even exchange the earlier ones for the current beaded type if you like!)

As one customer wrote from frightening experience of the obvious safety benefit of running our tubeless rims:

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.

2) “NOT stainless--they crack under stress, making them for show use only”: actually, we have never had even a single stainless rim crack or need replacement ever. This perhaps confuses us with a Vietnam seller that put out a bad batch of regular stainless rims as explained in Scootering magazine. Nothing to do with us. We do tell people that stainless rims are for show because stainless is more prone to cracking than mild steel, and want people to check them regularly if running them, but we have never actually experienced a single problem, just being cautious. On the other hand, stainless has some benefits. See the stainless rim product page for more info.

3) “The downside to them is that they lack a center channel to make tire mounting easier”: they do have a center channel but because of the large size of Lambretta and Vespa hubs it cannot be a typically deep one. Thus tire mounting is a bit more difficult as mentioned but usually not a problem.

4) “the rims are often bent in the process”: no, it is very rare that we hear of this. The tubeless rims we have been selling for years are thicker and stronger than the first type we invented 5 years ago, and we simply get no reports of problems with them, and had few earlier anyway. We mount them all the time ourselves, and you can even order them with quality tubeless tires already mounted.

As one customer wrote:

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. The advertised problem with tyre fitting has not materialised although I have cut the old tyres off the rims myself before going to the tyre garage for the new rubber fitting.

In summary, why would anyone deliberately run a tube these days on a classic scooter and guarantee himself a dangerous blowout sooner or later?

We waited 40 years for someone to come up with a solution to eliminate dangerous blowouts, then went ahead and invented our tubeless rims and solved the problem. We hear nothing but positive feedback on them now, and all manner of reports about accidents prevented. Tubeless rims are truly one of the first items you should put on your Lambretta or Vespa if you care about safety. (And a disc brake kit too!)

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