Roadkill: November 2007

Push-button electric start Lambretta GP
Nov. 27, 2007, 12:46 PM

Yes, the following Lambretta GP200 has electronic ignition - we always do that and lighten the flywheel - but that's not what we're talking about here. It also has something very unique, a little red starter button neatly tucked under the switch to start the scooter without the use of the kickstart, just like on a modern Vespa scooter.

A few years back Scootering Magazine recognized our innovation and reviewed one of our Lambrettas with an electric starter. (Serveta in Spain had actually started to add one but then closed shop.) Since then we've fairly perfected it so it truly looks factory original. It is all done inhouse but based on molds and long experience so everything is nicely lined up and good quality. It is not a gimmick as some have said. It is the same handy function it is on modern scooters. The only time you'll need the kickstart is if your battery is very low. (Lambretta engines are heavier to turn over than modern ones.)

What does it require?

  1. a scooter
  2. custom flywheel
  3. custom magneto housing
  4. starter
  5. battery (and thus a battery tray and charger if none)
  6. 12v system
  7. relay switch
  8. some custom wiring
  9. starter button

When ordering a restored Lambretta from us an electric starter is an option. The result if you add it is pretty darn cool. Check the look on your friend's face when you walk up and just push the button:



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Testing our restored scooters
Nov. 26, 2007, 7:38 PM

Lambretta GPs and a Vespa VBB Some shopcam photos for you from the other day by the receiving/delivery door. We had been testing and taking photos of two Lambretta GP scooters we just finished restoring.

Although they look identical, one big difference between scootRS and all the Indian scooter resellers (above and beyond our higher quality because we're not a bulk reseller) is that each one is customized exactly as you want it. For example, both customers wanted a fairly stock look, but one wanted a TS1 engine while the other wanted a push-button electric start 200cc, an innovation of ours reviewed in Scootering previously. No need to kickstart! Each GP came with a tuned exhaust, 30mm carb, and our disc brake kit. The polished panel grills we do inhouse are also very nice.

Actually, as you can see in the second photo, we were also testing a Vespa VBB we just finished. Again, unlike the plain-Jane Indian ones, this one has a fantastic paint job and looks great with our drop sides seat. It has an original Italian engine case with all new engine parts but we added a reed-valve and used our 24mm PWK carb and tuned exhaust. Wow, this little VBB is certainly not demure when you roll the throttle!

Also, all three scooters were ordered with our tubeless rims, a very good safety option.


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All hopped up on speed
Nov. 20, 2007, 10:17 PM

No, we're not speaking of scooters. Or people. Just the website.

Hopefully you will notice a very healthy speed increase in loading our website. We just hooked up the turbo charger and the pages are now about 50% faster.

The moral of the story? You don't want us as your server admin because it should have been done before. Ooops. Now just have to become a database admin expert and tune that... or stick to scooters.


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Insane in the Lambrain
Nov. 15, 2007, 8:07 AM

High speed runs along twisty roads on a Lambretta - using no hands?

Sounds like the definition of insane. If you can bear to peek through your fingers and watch it, here you go.


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Vespa striped Corsa seat
Nov. 15, 2007, 7:49 AM

Vespa striped Corsa seat We just had it pointed out to us that our Vespa striped Corsa seat didn't even list black as an option for the base color. Given that the main photo is black with a white stripe, that didn't make much sense.

We've fixed that and for $79 you can now look sleek and racy in black and white as originally intended.


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Get there faster
Nov. 8, 2007, 8:52 PM

We've added a few quick searches to the parts start page so you can now search for parts specifically for a certain model. One click will get you to Lambretta GP parts or Vespa PX parts and so forth. (Note: a few parts might not show up on these searches because of the way the search is done, and other parts fit many models so they will not show up on specific searches like this.)

We've also divided the quick searches into Lambretta and Vespa types so you can easily find Lambretta rubber or Vespa seats, for example.


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