Roadkill: November 2009

Mod Lambretta scooter
Nov. 21, 2009, 12:13 PM

Mod Lambretta scooter A quick shopcam photo from yesterday.

This is a nice mod Lambretta scooter with our beautiful high quality flag dual seat cover for which you can choose the mod flag or your country flag. These are made just like original covers, with injected foam and so forth.

Nice bright red caliper to match on the anti-dive disc brake kit too!

The engine features a 225cc Mugello with 60mm crankshaft, 30mm PWK, and tuned exhaust.


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Lambretta and Vespa hydraulic disc brake kits
Nov. 19, 2009, 7:31 AM

ScootRS vs. sand cast copies

Some informed commentary below about our hydraulic disc brake kits and the sand cast SPAQ/Sterling copies. See all the photos and judge yourself.

Why would anyone pay the same price for a low-end copy as for our high-quality high-pressure cast original for Lambretta which includes anti-dive and a stainless steel braided hose? The same question applies when considering low-end Vespa kits vs. our high-pressure cast Vespa disc brake kit.

Some responses:

  • I'd go for ScootRS every time.
  • I've run 2 ScootRS outboard discs for over 5 thousand miles each. I'd not hesitate in buying another.
  • I have recently fitted a Sterling/Spaq kit to a bike i was working on and looked over a new ScootRS kit with anti-dive close up. even with the import duty sting, they worked out about the same price. if it was my money i'd be ordering direct from ScootRS. i have been using a ScootRS on mine for 9000 miles, no problems at all.
  • Sterling can be dangerous copies of Lambretta parts IMO. Also used by the not so well known dealers in the UK.
  • >>Dealers I find will also try and sell you what they have on the shelf Use a good dealer and they wont have the crap on the shelf to sell you in the first place ;) Having fitted the two [types] for customers for me the ScootRS one is the better made, when stripping the coating off you can see how good the casting is.
  • I've got a Sterling on my Series II. I didn't even know the difference with a ScootRS and Sterling until I read posts here on other threads. I am from Ireland and I bought mine from ShopX, who are a well known dealer.
  • I would imagine your best bet would be to get a disc brake directly from ScootRS.

Be sure to pop up the extra photos on the right and judge for yourself.

Why care about this issue?

  • (Posted by a UK shop owner:) If you're buying make sure you get the ScootRS type (pressure cast) as opposed to the Sterling/SPAQ type (sand cast) - we have seen one of the pepperpot style with holes crack on the thinnest part of the hub and also a standard outboard one crack the mounting lugs (which resulted in the wheel rim parting from the hub after it happened) - both were Sterling/SPAQ - just thought I'd better share this info with you.
  • As a tool engineer who has had over 1000 pressure dies cast for all materials in 20 years I would never ever ever fit a sand cast part to a turning hub and use it at speeds over 5 mph.

Whenever ordering overseas, no matter where, be sure to ask exactly who made the item. You don't want to get stuck with an inferior sand cast copy at your expense.


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The American Friend
Nov. 18, 2009, 1:35 PM

An email from the USA:

Hey there, got the parts in a couple days ago and have started working on getting them all in. I can't believe how quickly they got here! Only three days and from halfway around the world no less!

It's a refreshing change of pace for me since I have to always order overseas for a lot of Lambretta parts and wait for at least a week or more for a few little parts here and there. I'll be sure to be ordering soon from you.

Cheers

Nice, thanks. Glad to help out an American friend. (Pretty good movie, if we recall correctly.)


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Vespa racing stripes
Nov. 18, 2009, 9:23 AM

Vespa racing stripes

Are these cool or what?

Vespa racing stripes in various colors. For modern Vespas (GTS, LX, ET, etc.) or classic models as on the PX shown. Only $14.


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More Vietnam scooter drivers
Nov. 10, 2009, 8:48 PM

What's in the package, sir? Continuing our series of photos of scooter-related things we see on the way to the factory is this 3-step encounter:

  1. Hmmm, what the heck is that up ahead? Is that a large box driving a scooter?
  2. Oh, I see, it's just a refrigerator. I heard those Sanyos are pretty good.
  3. Well, good to see he has it firmly strapped down. Safety first!

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A big thank you to, well, the entire world!
Nov. 8, 2009, 5:05 PM

This is what is so cool about making parts at ScootRS! The scooter parts orders just downloaded in the last batch are for:

Spain, Australia, England, France, United States, Paraguay, Argentina, Israel, Australia, Australia, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Austria, Singapore, Chile

We must have a got a little mention in Australia today. And to think someone in Asuncion, Paraguay, was ordering parts from us about the same time someone in Kiryat Ekron, Israel, decided to do the same. That is awesome!

The other week we got to look up some Spanish on the internet and practice pronunciation for an hour before phoning Peru and leaving a message: “Hola. Estoy llamando desde ScootRS en Vietnam sobre el paquete.” That was quite fun, actually. At minimum we learned it is “yamando” not “lamando.”

It is such a pleasure dealing with scooterists around the world - who are almost always pleasant, particularly the further you get from the “center” of the world -, and such an honor to supply so many people and so many countries with scooter parts when people can shop anywhere in the world but choose ScootRS.

So, thank you for all the kind recommendations of ScootRS on your forums around the world, and thank you for letting us help you keep your Lambretta and Vespa scooters driving along the roads of the world!


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Vespa Super with a super headlight!
Nov. 3, 2009, 8:08 PM

A nice email about our headlight for Vespa VBC/VNC Super with a modern style bulb:

Received this item last week. Just wanted to say thank you, what a fantastic upgrade.

Fantastic with the 6V halogen bulbs, it's like I'm running 12V electrics!

Cheers

Great!

As someone sent in, you can also use these modern bulbs on other models too:

I found this out chasing some electrical gremlins on my 61 Cushman Vespa. It has the original SIEM 15mm headlight bulb holder. The ScootRS modern headlight bulbs (V1819-H-12V, V1819-H-6V) will fit into the bulb holder/receiver.

All I did was shave off the ring around the bulb. The ring is just a press fit and comes off easily. I pushed the bulb into my original SIEM 15mm bulb holder and it fits like a glove. Works fine and with better lighting on my 6v system. Use the 12V if the engine has been upgraded.


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