Roadkill: January 2010

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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Philippines scooterist email
Jan. 23, 2010, 4:40 PM

Nice email from the Philippines today:

Thanks for the update. Just got the stuff today and really pleased with you guys!

Thanks a lot :) Will order more in the future.

Great! Glad you like the scooter parts.


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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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Exceptional?
Jan. 20, 2010, 2:39 PM

Nice comment we came across:

Don't ever buy a vintage scooter (especially online) without it being checked out by a reputable scooter mechanic - there are a lot of vintage Vespa or Lambretta scooters that are refurbished in Vietnam that look great, but are very dangerous to ride and will breakdown quickly.

There is one online refurb company based in Vietnam (Scootrs.com) that is the exception - they do a great job and are great for parts or bikes.

Read more about local Vietnam scooters and see some photos of what he's talking about.


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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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The Green Monster Vespa VLB Sprint
Jan. 12, 2010, 9:46 AM

The Green MonsterWell, maybe the little green monster?

Either way, here are a couple photos from the shop of a Vespa VLB Sprint scooter we're just finishing. It has a tuned exhaust, 24mm PWK carb, reed-valve, race seat, and pretty damn awesome looking paint. (A request to use a custom color from before.)

The stripes are our inhouse Vespa legshield race stripes which you can add to your classic or modern Vespa and come in various colors. Nice, huh?

Use the links to build your own little monster at home.


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See the advert that Scootering Magazine doesn't want you to see
Jan. 7, 2010, 10:16 PM

What do you think about censorship and important scooter consumer information being hidden from you?

Martin Round, aka “Sticky”, is a reporter at Scootering who often posts on forums about his safety concerns. Here are a few questions for him:

Sticky, do you find it troublesome that your magazine Scootering and its parent, Morton's, are refusing adverts that enhance public scooter safety knowledge?

Why is your magazine refusing to run simple comparison adverts that show side-by-side photos of unpainted disc brakes for sale: our high pressure cast ones compared to sand cast brakes (inboard/outboard/Vespa/Lambretta)?

The advert ran in Scooterist Scene, but apparently some advertisers didn't like the public having that information presented so clearly. Hmmm. But now your magazine and Scene won't run it.

Suddenly it was claimed that naming competitors is not allowed in the ASA advert guidelines, which we found was not true when we looked it up. In actual fact, it is highly encouraged:

18 Comparisons with identified competitors and or their products

18.1 Comparative claims are permitted in the interests of vigorous competition and public information. They should neither mislead nor be likely to mislead.

18.2 They should compare products meeting the same needs or intended for the same purpose.

18.3 They should objectively compare one or more material, relevant, verifiable and representative features of those products, which may include price.

Then after taking weeks to come up with “truthfulness” (everything checked out) and “denigration”, they finally told us they had to find a solution "with the least commercial problems". They refused to run the advert again unless we did NOT name competitors.

The advert Scootering Magazine doesn't want you to seeOK, we weren't happy but we went along and censored it but then - even after we covered up all competitor names and instead invited people to our site to "uncover" them -, they still refused to run it except they now completely refuse to say why not naming competitors is no longer enough, or even to explain their policies in general, or what graphics we can use, or anything about it. Literally, they will NOT explain why with even one sentence, as though it were a secret.

(If you dare, click the thumbnail above to see the full advert you're not supposed to see. Then find out what is being covered up by clicking this thumbnail.)

Sticky, why is your magazine, Scootering, and its parent refusing adverts that enhance public scooter safety knowledge, refusing to say why, and worrying about “commercial problems” instead of the public interest?

How do you feel about that given your connection to the magazine and safety concerns?

Can you or anyone explain what your company policies are?

At Scootering, does commercial interest come first or public interest?

Does Scootering often censor stories or adverts? On what basis?

Is this sensitive information Scootering doesn't want mentioned in your magazine? For your big expose on poor quality copy parts, we provided a UK shop contact with direct experience of serious incidents with the sand cast copy brakes. Seemed a perfect fit, but no mention of it appeared. (You did manage an entire article promoting a UK disc brake vis-a-vis an Asian one earlier.)

Why exactly does your magazine think that this information must be hidden from the public? Do you agree?

Finally, does your magazine and parent company punish people like us who publicly ask a question just so we can find out what the heck is going on? ;-)


So far Sticky is refusing to answer any questions or offer any help saying he doesn't “directly” work at the magazine, though he is paid by them and has appeared in the magazine every month for years. We'll update if we receive any help from him or the magazine.


Excerpted words from the race track today:

ScootRS external disc brakes are the main “benchmark” external disc in the BSSO race series, between myself and race team colleague Dave Crampton we have three ScootRS discs fitted to our race and road scooters and have always found them to be great quality.

With regard to things like brakes, you have to make a careful choice! It's pretty easy to see from the pictures on the ScootRS “censored” advert that there can be big differences in the castings of different brands. But I guess it's just difficult to make that point without showing pictures of different products!


Update: This issue was resolved and a modified version of our quality comparison advert was printed showing our high-pressure cast brake kits side-by-side with weaker sand cast units for sale.


Note that a fake story has now been posted by Martin Round, aka “Sticky”, a reporter at Scootering, claiming that, to make them safe, we have had to redo our tubeless rims. The story is completely false (as were his recent scary predictions of “bad batches” of dangerous “Asian” parts showing up in our disc kits). The next batch will be ready shortly with no noteworthy design changes at all so as to continue the impressive safety record they've proven over 4 years on both the road and race track.

[SRP Racetech race team, BSSO:] I finished the season by winning the Group 6 Championship. Ralph & I also won the Group 8 & Overall Sidecar Championship. There has been much interest in your tubeless rims, of which I cannot sing their praises enough.

It is an unfortunate that, when asked simple questions and for help getting safety information into his magazine, “Sticky”, the answer-demanding journalist and forum safety-warrior, refused to answer any questions or offer any help. He has, however, lashed out with petty personal attacks and increasing vehemence at repeated evidence that he employs a double-standard against Asian products, complaining that it is unfair, rather than take it constructively and improve his “product”. Apparently journalists aren't very happy when the tables are turned.


Update: We were later asked by Scootering Magazine if we could hide this post from the public.


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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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