Roadkill: January 2003

Wedding photos with scooters
Jan. 28, 2003, 2:21 PM

We came across a few local wedding photos with scooters, which you might enjoy. These were modeling wedding dresses.

Here is one for Vespa fans, and another for Lambretta fans. -Or should we say lovers?

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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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Lambretta key blank
Jan. 22, 2003, 9:35 AM

If looking for Lambretta key blanks, someone posted:

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After some research through my local locksmith's key book, and a succesful key made, It turns out some old AMC car key blanks fit perfectly.
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Which ones yet, we don't know. More later.

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From another post, we learn that Target stores have nice scooter posters that they will be removing from stores soon, so go and ask for one.

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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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Beer muffler
Jan. 13, 2003, 9:10 AM

One of those rare Walter's Colorado Light Refreshing Beer mufflers has come up for sale. Drink up.

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Keihin PWK flatslide carb review
Jan. 10, 2003, 11:08 AM

Great carb review in Scootering's new Jan./Feb. issue.

We've been arguing for a little while that people should replace their overpriced Dell'Orto carbs with a better and cheaper pattern Keihin PWK flatslide carb, or a pattern Mikuni on stock bikes. Some people were dubious without having seen proof. Well, here you go.

Scootering compared a pattern PWK carb - not ours, but based on the exact same Keihin PWK design - with a Dell'Orto PHBH on a TS1, and with a VHSB flatslide on a 205. The Dell'Ortos are more expensive, but in both cases Scootering preferred the PWK.

On a TS1 225 with PM pipe, they write:

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The results on the dyno were fairly remarkable. Peak power was pretty much the same, but the [PWK] performed dramatically better through most of the power curve. The [PWK] had at least an extra horsepower from 3,000 rpm right up to 7,000 rpm and [...] it also had better over-rev performance and gave an extra hosepower at 9,000 rpm. On the road, the [PWK] made the engine much more crisp, pulling eagerly from much lower revs and on much lower throttles. It was easy to feel the extra power at low revs, and also the keenness to rev a bit harder.
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One a 205 racer they compared a 34mm pattern PWK with a vastly more expensive 37mm VHSB:

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again the performance was quite impressive given the price of the carb. The [PWK] matched the Dell'Orto's performance at every point except the torque peak (7,300 rpm), and bettered it at both lower rpm (5,500 rpm) and at peak power (8,000 rpm).
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It is also noteworthy what they confirm about set up. Scootering writes that the 30mm Dell'Orto PHBH “proved much harder to set up.” In neither case did they even tinker with the needle on the pattern PWK, only the jets! On the dyno they saw that the “carb jetting is very stable throughout the rev range, which is very good for such a simply set-up carb.”

So, what are you waiting for? Only $119 with manifold, choke conversion, and everything, or $89 carb only.

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Customers
Jan. 7, 2003, 5:07 PM

Well, they look happy with the result, don't they?

In a rare event, today we had some customers stop by the shop as they were passing through the country. They were thus able to check out their scooter before it is shipped off. Always nice to kick the tires and take it for a spin before you receive it, even if it involves flying halfway across the world to do so.

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Holiday, Hue, Hoi An
Jan. 6, 2003, 11:53 AM

OK, we've returned from our holiday in Hue and beautiful old Hoi An. The shoes are back on, and we're rested and ready to go.

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