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Best quality Vespa wheel rims
Jan. 29, 2010, 1:55 PM

Best quality Vespa rimsWe've been busy making tubeless rims of late, but also standard Vespa wheel rims for you old-timers and Luddites ;-)

We've posted 2 new videos while making PX/VLB type Vespa wheel rims at our factory.

One reason our Vespa PX rims are uniquely great is we use removable studs as you can see in the photo. On rims elsewhere, you can never remove the studs to chrome and machine polish the rims nicely or to replace a damaged stud. Go here to read and see why we make the best quality Vespa rims you can get anywhere (chrome or regular).


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Tubeless rims for Lambretta and Vespa, part 5 - Victory!
Jan. 27, 2010, 7:16 PM

Lambretta tubeless rims Yeah!!! Finished!!!

Here are some photos as we finished the first of our new batch of Lambretta tubeless rims. Some are white, some silver, some black and will go out to the first customers who pre-ordered while we redid some molds. The rest of you who pre-ordered will be done in turn.

You can see one photo of one mounted as well, looking very nice indeed. (If wondering, the dimple marks are where we spot weld them.)

We've already started the Vespa tubeless rims too, and will post about them next. You can pre-order them right now.

If you recall, in 2006 Scootering Magazine, in their 2nd big review of our tubeless rims, wrote the following:

The ScootRS Vespa tubeless wheel rims are very similar in construction to their Lambretta rims. ... All in all, a snug fit. ... I finished off the testing by riding two-up to Holland for the weekend with no problems to report. ... As it has been suggested previously [about their Lambretta tubeless rims], using tubeless tyres is in theory a major advancement in scooter safety with regards to how they react following a puncture. The rims manufactured by ScootRS appear to do exactly as they say on the tin.

Notice he said “appear to do”!

Now 4 years later the editor of Scootering has written an update for everyone about our tubeless rims he put on his PX200 back in 2006 “to see how they fared”:

Their first trip was on the rear of the scooter when it went two-up to Holland for a custom show soon after the article. Since then it has been to a rally and race-track in France, numerous places in the UK, as well as being used as a commuter scooter and workhorse.

Sometime during all this the tyre emigrated to the front of the scoot, and even after spending six months in the garage without being ridden while I was off enjoying the Vespa GTS, the PX was pushed back into service and the tyre with the ScootRS rim needed barely any air in it.

As such once complete and fitted the ScootRS rim has done exactly what it's meant to.

Good to hear! -Notice this time he didn't say “appear to do,” but rather “has done”?

Seeing we haven't had a single return or problem with the design arise since we came out with our current v.3 tubeless rim 4 years ago, and many nice emails from customers about how they prevented sudden blowouts and accidents, you too can expect our tubeless rims to do “exactly what they're meant to”. They have indisputably been proven on road and track around the world to be safer than regular rims.

What exactly are you waiting for?


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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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We're getting boring
Dec. 28, 2009, 11:54 AM

Customer email today from Italy about our service:

Thanks, you are great... so good it starts to be boooooring!!!

Ciao

That's what we're aiming for on the service side, boredom: Click, pay, send, “Hey, look my scooter parts arrived.”

Right after the above email we got another, this one from someone who extensively restored his own Vespa VBB Sportique from top to bottom:

Before and after Vespa Sportique Hi, I just want to let you know that I have finished my Vespa Sportique and would like to thank you and all the staff for making it possible.

Please visit my blog @ vbb-vespa.blogspot.com, you can use any thing off the site if you want.

Thanks again

Be sure to check out all the photos there. Impressive work, including welding in a new floorboard!


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Vespa racing stripes
Nov. 18, 2009, 9:23 AM

Vespa racing stripes

Are these cool or what?

Vespa racing stripes in various colors. For modern Vespas (GTS, LX, ET, etc.) or classic models as on the PX shown. Only $14.


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Vespa Super with a super headlight!
Nov. 3, 2009, 8:08 PM

A nice email about our headlight for Vespa VBC/VNC Super with a modern style bulb:

Received this item last week. Just wanted to say thank you, what a fantastic upgrade.

Fantastic with the 6V halogen bulbs, it's like I'm running 12V electrics!

Cheers

Great!

As someone sent in, you can also use these modern bulbs on other models too:

I found this out chasing some electrical gremlins on my 61 Cushman Vespa. It has the original SIEM 15mm headlight bulb holder. The ScootRS modern headlight bulbs (V1819-H-12V, V1819-H-6V) will fit into the bulb holder/receiver.

All I did was shave off the ring around the bulb. The ring is just a press fit and comes off easily. I pushed the bulb into my original SIEM 15mm bulb holder and it fits like a glove. Works fine and with better lighting on my 6v system. Use the 12V if the engine has been upgraded.


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Vespa VLB Sprint for sale
Oct. 6, 2009, 12:03 PM

Vespa VLB Sprint

We currently have 2 Vespa VLB Sprint we have prepped and are about to paint and offer for sale when finished.

If you are interested in one, let us know, then go ahead and configure yours onsite however you like and we'll use one for your order. You'll save a lot of time.

Btw, both of them will be with a reed-valve 5-port motor.


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