Roadkill: November 2004

Vespa VLB
Nov. 29, 2004, 11:04 AM

More scam messages received about our Vespa VLB being auctioned:
i am interested inpurchasing your motor my son whose birthday is coming shortly. i would like to know if you would be willing to accept a cashier cheque as the mode pf payment and if you would accept a local pick up as our shipping agent will be coming for the motor at your base. please email me back so as to set up the payment and the shipping right as soon as the auction closes regards.
Just the motor my son? Sure, just drop off the cheque and take him away.

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Spammers
Nov. 27, 2004, 8:56 AM

People talk about the digital divide, yet 3rd World/Eastern block scammers are perfectly able to fire off automated scam emails with inserted Western names and currencies for anyone who auctions a Vespa scooter:
Dear Seller, My name isDAVID I am interested in buying your item for 1000,00.POUNDS and I want to know if you will accept a certified cheque so that i can ask my associate to issue the payment to you as soon as possible. I want you to get back to me if it is acceptable by you so that we can conclude the transaction soonest. Thanks. DAVID
A cheque from the First Bank of Lagos perhaps? Sorry, DAVE-O.

With just a little more work it would be perfect, though. Jeez, if even guys selling little old scooters get these, imagine what hot ticket category sellers get inundated with.

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Vespa ET2
Nov. 23, 2004, 10:06 AM

Are you an American Express card owner? If so, it seems you might be able to buy a Vespa ET2 for $800. Take a look.

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Lambretta trailer
Nov. 21, 2004, 9:54 AM

From 1963, for major Innocenti dealers, the ultimate Lambretta trailer to haul around your scooters.

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Various Vespa
Nov. 15, 2004, 9:28 PM

A busy Vespa scooter day:

1) A lovely reed-valve 5-port VLB Hurricane Special up for auction. Bid away.

2) We've added a reed-valve as a motor option for our Vespa scooter restos. A reed-valve is basically a carbon flap that provides more efficient use of the fuel and allows as much fuel into the motor as possible, not just once per revolution as normally. If that's Greek to you, just concern yourself with the result: better throttle response and power.

3) We've added GS160 for sale in the scooter section. We only have a couple, and we have 200cc motors to go with them! By sheer coincidence, we got this email today from the owner of the one featured on the GS160 page:
I bought the red GS160 [with 200cc motor] from you a couple of years ago. Not surprisingly it's still going great, in fact ever better as it matures. I love it actually. It surely must be the most under-rated affordable icon available. I kept it all as delivered and so far have only needed to change oils and a clutch cable. She starts first or if really misbehaving, second kick and sounds sweet as a nut as it purrs along the relatively open roads around me in New Territories Hong Kong.

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Motorbike laws in the US
Nov. 14, 2004, 8:38 PM

Are you required to have mirrors? Turn signals? Motorbike laws in the US, by state.

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Firefox
Nov. 12, 2004, 7:56 AM

Do you use Internet Explorer to surf the web? Can we offer some friendly advise? -Don't. The thing is ancient and buggy and spyware and virus ridden and never improved and all-around poor.

And now you officially have no reason not to start using a far better browser. Firefox 1.0 has just been released after 2 years development. Free, tabbed browsing, easy searching, customizable, etc. - we promise you'll never go back to IE after using it for a week. For example, every morning we use “Open folder in tabs” to start the day browsing the same group of bookmarks/favorites we always visit. All at once they all open in separate tabs. Nice, simple, easy, smart. Looking for a word in a page? Simply start typing on the page and it finds the word for you! And so on.

Easy setup: 1) download and install, 2) afterwards go to tools/extensions/“get more extensions” to add whatever extras you want, but we only use “IE View” which allows you to right-click and select “View this page in IE” if we ever encounter a page that doesn't work right in Firefox.

Try it out and see for yourself what you're missing.

(Why do we care, you ask? Simply because we know you'll like the change, but also because IE is so buggy and old now that it makes designing a website a nightmare, whereas modern browsers like Firefox are a dream.)

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Scooter wheelies and rap
Nov. 4, 2004, 11:52 PM

Like scooter wheelies and rap? You'll be in heaven shortly after downloading (WMV 7.4mb). -And so might these guys for wearing no helmet.

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