Roadkill: December 2003

Vespa VLB
Dec. 28, 2003, 10:32 AM

The owner of one of our VLB M-class Vespa restorations sends a photo in after a long drive out of Vancouver to the beach at Whiterock on Boxing day.

Looks sharp. Thanks for sending in the photo.

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Money
Dec. 27, 2003, 7:22 PM

We've added automatic conversion of your total order into several currencies. You can see it below the shopping cart total: Australian and Canadian dollars, the Euro, the UK Pound, and the Yen.

Sure looks cheap in UK Pounds!

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Hunter S. Thompson is afraid and loathing in Vietnam
Dec. 23, 2003, 7:49 PM

Pop quiz.

Given the distorted, shrill noise leaking into all corners of your home from across the canal:

a) Hunter S. Thompson is afraid and loathing in Vietnam, or
b) the “asshole-of-the-earth” scene from Apocalypse Now! is being re-enacted (“There's no CO here.”), or finally
c) a church somewhere over there just purchased a lot of wine and is pushing a cheap karaoke system to its celestial limits in celebration of their lord's b-day

Hmmm. It's all quite possible, really. Might have to go investigate. Any which way, there's bound to be free drinks...

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Orange SX200
Dec. 21, 2003, 1:41 PM

An orange SX200 delight currently in the shop and, if you poke your head into the library, a nice VBC has just been finished.

Also, a few more new parts have been added for your scootering pleasure, Lambretta stainless steel trunnions and a big fat Vespa fender crest.

Lambretta, Vespa, take your pick. As you can see, we go both ways ;-)

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Courier service
Dec. 20, 2003, 2:14 PM

If choosing courier service from Vietnam stock, you will see some nice savings on shipping your order. For example, on a 4 kilo sample order we tried:

–Canada drops 25%
–USA drops 9%
–Germany drops 19%
–UK drops 19%

Not bad, especially for them there Canucks, eh?

Just a little holiday present from us to you.

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Brake adjuster
Dec. 18, 2003, 3:06 PM

We really haven't had a thing to say for nine days? Hmmm.

Well, how about saying, “new brake adjuster”?

Better than nothing, no?

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Lambretta USA
Dec. 9, 2003, 7:45 AM

Very interesting news. So is Lambretta really coming back to the USA, as the press article says in our News section?

No real info on their website, lambrettausa.com, so Robert Voltz dashed off to interview the marketing firm hired for the project:

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I just got off the phone with Smith, of Smith Design Works.

I asked many questions, here are some of them.

Q. Do you have any scooters?
A: I have 2, a VBB, an Indian VBB and a Lambretta TV175.

Q. Are you in a scooter club?
A: Yes, the Seattle Posh Scooter Club, a collection of mod-minded scooterists. Our website, www.seattleposh.org is under construction.

Q. This project, how close is it to your heart?
A: Very. I love Lambrettas and I really don't want to see a shody or fucked up product released. I'm not a big fan of modern scooters, from the ET series on down. This new Lambretta should be more in line with the lines and feel of the vintage.

Q. The motor, will it be a Piaggio based, say the Leader 150? Or will it be Rotax derived like Aprilia?
A: I can't answer that.

Q. You said it will be Italian, right?
A: Yes, the motor will be Italian, but I assure you it is not Piaggio based. I used to be a member of the Seattle Aprilia chapter, used to race Milles. But, the motor will not be Rotax.

Q. Hmmm. Then it has to be Moto Morini?
A: It is not. I can't talk about that.

Q. Will the motors be offered in both a 50 and 150 cc so that both those who don't want an endorsement, plus those who want a little speed, will be pleased?
A: I can't answer that. I can't answer any design or engineering questions due to my confidentiality agreement. All I can do is assure you that it will be cool.

Q. I saw that your client has mis-represented himself and products on eBay, from selling Bajajs as Vespas and, if you do a previous transaction search, trying to pass off A.P.I.s as Series 3s.
A: This is one of the challenges I'm dealing with, getting the owners to act responsible. My name is on this project. This is the closest to my heart project I've worked on. I think everyone will be pleased.

Q. Didn't Piaggio buy the name rights to Lambretta back in 1982? To prohibit the name from being attached to a scooter?
A: We bought the rights from Nigel Cox.

At this point, we talked small talk, and I wished him luck. He seems sincere.

Robert Volz
Editor, American Scooterist.
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For a full discussion, including some background on the people involved, see the scooterBBS thread.

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KY jelly
Dec. 5, 2003, 9:36 AM

Oh, those darn kids, always foolin’ around:

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3. RE: Getting old tyres off rims.
In response to message #2

i heard it comes off easier with a lot of KY jelly, a pound of halibut, and some brass knuckles. look for it on the tech section of the scootRS site
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