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“Restored”
Mar. 9, 2003, 9:38 AM

A nice definition was posted of the five different ways people use the word “restored” these days:

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Bad Vietnamese ones - shiny paint job over [crap].

The bad European import ones - spray paint the forks silver (getting overspray on the tires and painting the cables at the same time), cheap paintjob, steam clean the motor, maybe do some seals, wrong badges 1/2 the time, P-series plastic floor mat, etc.

The back yard resto's where some random person thinks they know what they're doing, and redo everything, but get 1/2 of it wrong.

The rider restoration, nice paint, mechanically sound, mostly/completely correct, but not meant to be a total show bike. Most restorations fall under this category, along with ScootRS bikes.

Then you've got the proper concours restoration, these take the average person 1-5 years, but the result is amazing.

The only ones that count in my book are the last two.
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Vespa tech help
Mar. 2, 2003, 9:46 AM

An old help site has moved to a new location. Take a look at http://vespamaintenance.com/.

In particular, check out the new animated CDI explanation, as well as the recommended toolkit.

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Scooter review
Feb. 12, 2003, 3:18 PM

A very nice post today from the owner of a scooter we did recently:

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I got a Vespa VL1 (handlebar with the lamp on the bars) 150 with 5 ports. From the moment I ordered it the folks at ScootRS kept in close contact with me to make sure they were building EXACTLY the bike I wanted. Randall convinced me to get the 5 ports because, although rebuilt, the engine is an original engine and could use the extra Oomf. I understood from the onset that I was buying a bike with a motor that had been built from parts. After upgrading to the 5 ports and choosing the colour and seat material I wanted, I waited a totally acceptable amount of time until the bike arrived on my shore. I was out of the country when it arrived and because they were so thorough with the paperwork I was able to leave all the importing and shipping issues with a broker in my home town who took care of everything while I was away (without any trouble). I came home to one of the most beautiful looking scooters I've ever had the pleasure of seeing (I've been a scooterist for 12 years) and when it kicked over on the third kick I took off on it and have been beyond happy ever since. The engine runs like new and it's been 6 months since it got here. I have nothing but kudos for ScootRS and the exceptional work they do there. Five stars, 120% satisfaction.

Marty the Mod
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Glad you're happy. Sharp suit, by the way. And the martini looks even better.

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So, the kids are off to Vegas from all over North America and even the UK for a big rally.

But we won't say it. No, we won't. No, everyone always says it... OK, what the hell:

Vegas, baby!

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Tuned exhaust canister
Jan. 24, 2003, 10:16 AM

We've put some tuned exhausts back instock, including Vespa 200cc, so for those of you who have been waiting... The exhausts are slightly redesigned and feature a very nice, completely new canister design.

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We've also added some Lambretta hydraulic disc brake parts and options. For example, a hub only setup so you can combine it with a previous hydraulic set up, or the lever support only. -We also have all the other hydraulic brake bits listed if making your own system, or require spares.

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Denmark and scooters
Jan. 15, 2003, 11:05 PM

Isn't the internet fun? We sell to all over the world and in return receive emails back like the following from today:

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Your URL is currently circulating in the Danish scooter environment and people are absolutely thrilled...... really nice restos you do!
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Thanks. Say hello to Denmark from scootRS.

We also heard back about the bright red GS160:

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I received delivery of the GS at my home on Saturday 11th January and pleased to report it arrived safely. Despite the interruptions from jealous neighbours, I eventually rolled it out into the sunshine and was rewarded with a scorcher of a scooter - seems too good to ride, looks so wonderfully Italian I feel like it may be better displayed in some bistro somewhere.

After locating keys and such like I went on to fill the oils and petrol and went to kick it over. No problems it started after 5 kicks and subsequently each cold morning starts on the second kick without fail. The ScootRS exhaust looks the business and sounds real nice even though I'm running her in. The engine also sounds very sweet and runs smoothly, it promises to be immensely enjoyable to ride and delicious to look at.

Well done for a service that's personal and sympathetic to the true value of these wonderful machines.
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Thank you. Hope you enjoy it. Send us a pic in situ sometime.

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3-port VL1
Dec. 14, 2002, 11:57 AM

We've added this lovely VL1 to our Available Now page. It has a completely rebuilt PX150 3-port 12v electronic ignition motor with a 10 inch wheel conversion. The bright halogen lights are a treat, the leather seats are very nice, and all the scootRS quality details will be appreciated up close. Old-school styling with new-school driving. On sale at the moment. Going, going,...

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Vespa CDI electronic ignition kit
Dec. 13, 2002, 11:07 AM

Awesome! At scootRS we continue to correct everything the factory got wrong oh so many years ago. We've added yet another CDI electronic ignition system for Vespas, this one for old VL1/VB1/GS150 types, which would include many Allstate models. 12v halogen lights, easy starting, smooth running, no adjustments - all the benefits of a modern system for your old beauty. Includes new flywheel, stator, regulator, halogen, etc., etc. Only $149 for surely the best upgrade you can make to your scooter.

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We've also added a blue 12v halogen bulb for something different. Only $6.

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Vespa tuned exhaust muffler
Nov. 24, 2002, 9:59 AM

We've added a muffler for our old Vespa tuned exhaust. Will also fit other similar pipes. Hit the “exhaust” link above.

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Lambretta bearing
Nov. 19, 2002, 10:57 AM

Some great new items with big savings over typical scooter part prices.

We've added some bearings. Elsewhere a Lambretta SKF flywheelside bearing will cost you $30-45. We sell the exact same one for $24. We also have Japanese bearings which are equally good, only cheaper. We've opened motors years after daily use, and the Japanese are every bit as good as the German.

On a second front, if you are a little perturbed by the idea of paying $50+ for an intake manifold for your Keihin or Mikuni type carburetor, you'll be happy to know that we have added manifolds for both Lambretta and Vespa for $19. -Or you can buy a complete flatslide carb kit for $119, as opposed to $225+ elsewhere.

This is fun. More to come...

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5-port VL1
Nov. 14, 2002, 11:06 PM

OK, let's picture this in final form. A 5-port GOLD VL1 racing through the dark, crowded back streets of Tokyo. Cute girls with cute little backpacks - and those little tartan skirts - dashing about. Fade to a tea house, VL1 parked in front, tea and tartan in the foreground. To be continued...


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