Roadkill: October 2007

A scootRS scooter featured on Irish TV
Oct. 29, 2007, 12:39 PM

Award-winning Lambretta A scooter that is often the centre of attention goes from an Italian scooter to a Saigon scooter to a London scooter to... an Irish scooter?


Was asked to go to Carnaby St. last night (famous mod fashion street in London). A film crew were there from Irish national television making a program about mod fashion and scooters. I was interviewed on my scoot and the scoot will feature in the program, should be broadcast here on one of the Sky channels. The program makers are going to send us DVD copies so I will make a copy and send it to you. By the way, they loved the scoot, the cameraman offered me serious money for it.

We really did love this scooter. Great looks and fun to drive.


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Lambretta LI Special custom
Oct. 23, 2007, 6:20 PM

Lambretta LI Special custom Here's another scooter we have just finished for a customer, a Lambretta LI Special tricked out with a custom paintjob in dark gray and off-white.

The scooter has a 200cc engine with 30mm PWK, stainless tuned exhaust, and a disc brake.

Note how the toolbox door has been Frenched.

The scooter is beautiful in the sun, but unfortunately it was raining so photos were done indoors.

Total cost was $3970, roughly £1950. You can configure your own scooter for a similar amount.


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Top 10 Lambretta upgrades for your scooter
Oct. 17, 2007, 6:32 PM

For all you Lambrettistas, here's a list of our Top 10 Lambretta upgrades for your scooter.

It doesn't include cylinder kits, but it has small and large items and is a great list to consider and to compare against the state of your own scooter.

What do you think? Anything to add or remove?


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Going from nothing to an actual scooter part
Oct. 16, 2007, 9:35 AM

Machining a Lambretta front axle Here are a couple photos in the factory as we machine a Lambretta front axle, many of which we use on our disc brake kit.

First of all we start with raw steel rods, an expensive machine, and someone who knows what he's doing. Cut the rods to length to begin. Then, if we press and turn things in just the right combination and say the magic words, the machine does most of it for us while we watch! Repeat various processes repeatedly and thus convert a pile of “before” items into a pile of “after” items. Once that is done we get to start all over on the pile and make the threads so the item is actually finished and usable and can head over to the stock room.

Then you order it, we box and ship it, and eventually your wheel turns on it as you head off to wherever it is you are going in London, Vancouver, Melbourne, Berlin, Austin, Tokyo, Manila, Paris...

Easy peasy.


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Less than a week from VN to the UK
Oct. 12, 2007, 2:26 PM

A nice email today:

Hi, just got my latest order for various bits for my LI Special. Once again excellent service and lightning delivery, less than a week from VN to the UK, how quick is that?? Quality as usual is superb, keep it up guys.

Great, thanks.

If you've seen the recent Roadkill photos of our warehouse you can see we try to keep most parts in stock, both Lambretta and Vespa, though some items do take extra time.


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Follow-up on the Lambretta Mugello 186 restoration
Oct. 7, 2007, 3:41 PM

TV175 Mugello We mentioned the other day this Lambretta TV175 scooter we are doing. We just finished it off and took these photos. Quite a nice paint job with the bright stripes like inverted versions of each other, panel and mudguard. Our stainless flywheel cover is a nice bit of bling. This might soon be another scootRS award-winner!

And the Mugello 186 cylinder is fabulous! This was the first one we've done and it really flies when combined with our 30mm PWK carb and tuned exhaust! (Good thing he added our disc brake kit and tubeless rims.)

If your Lambretta has a Mugello cylinder and you haven't been too impressed with the performance, try adding these two performance items that will let it come to life.


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Scooter calendar video and wallpaper
Oct. 4, 2007, 8:24 PM

Here is a little clip of our scootRS calendar shoot we did. In this one two models are walking towards a Vespa. We've added it to our downloads page.

We've also added a few new desktop wallpaper photos from the calendar shoot which, no doubt, most scooterists will enjoy. One of them was taken during the video clip above; another is with a Lambretta. We'll try to post new ones over time.

Another nice addition there is various scootRS search engines for your browser so that when you see some overpriced part somewhere, or think of something new you need, you can instantly search scootRS from your browser to see how much you can save on it. You can choose Vespa or Lambretta only, and even foreign currencies!

Finally, we cleaned up a few dead video links. It's a downloads page with a new lease on life.


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