Roadkill: February 2008

Lambretta stainless mudflap with logo
Feb. 26, 2008, 7:06 PM

Lambretta stainless mudflap We've changed our Lambretta mudflap to feature a beautiful embossed Lambretta logo.

And unlike others, ours is the same shape as the original mudflap rather than simply being flat, and the logo is done correctly.

Very nice item, all for only $8.

(If you're still seeing the old item with no logo, simply refresh the page.)


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Lambretta dropbars with support ring
Feb. 23, 2008, 9:08 AM

dropbars

A few people have asked us for Lambretta dropbars for SX/LIS/TV type S3 scooters but with a chrome support ring at the base as on TV175 models or early LI Specials. We've now added that as an option. These look the same as the later headsets, only they are shorter on the bottom to leave space for the support ring.

The support ring, by the way, is not included but can be ordered separately.


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ScootRS 2008 scooter calendar again
Feb. 19, 2008, 8:26 AM

Are you in the UK and not sure what day it is? This auction someone has posted might just be what you need:

The must have scootRS 2008 calendar full of scooters and girls. Ends in 5 days.


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Valentine's Day scooter card
Feb. 15, 2008, 3:37 AM

valentine card Here's a cute little card someone posted.


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The latest and greatest
Feb. 14, 2008, 9:01 AM

We're open again. We're now sorting through a thousand emails and all the new orders. Your patience is appreciated, s'il vous plait.

These guys are offering you the greatest scooter experience in June at Camber Sands and want you to be aware of that now.

The big Las Vegas Scooter Rally is actually starting right now, 14th-18th, and scootRS has supplied a few goodies for prizes, including two tuned exhausts, one for Vespa and one for Lambretta.

A nice email arrived the other day:

I just want to say how happy I am with your product. I ordered a Vespa seat in black leather with cream trimming, and it's absolutely everything I imagined it to be! Perfect! The construction is first rate, it looks fantastic on my black Vespa PX200, and the delivery was very quick - only a few days to Australia. Thanks you very much!

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Yes, we're still closed
Feb. 8, 2008, 6:37 PM

Winding down at the factory If you're wondering why we haven't answered your email it's because we're still closed, and will be until the 12th.

Here are a few photos from the day before we closed when we were winding down. You can see the new office, the kitchen area leading into the factory (yes, those are Vespa floorboards), part of the pickup/delivery area somewhat pruned after numerous orders went out before closing (yes, that's a big pile of whitewall tires), the main factory floor all quiet, and then photos of some new machinery: a new welding machine and a new press.


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Happy New Year!
Feb. 5, 2008, 1:37 PM

New Year's Party

Once again it is New Year's here, or it will be in 2 days, and then the Year of the Rat. Gifts are being given, large bonuses have been paid, dinners are being eaten at company parties, and late tomorrow night offerings will be made to ensure an auspicious year.

And we, of course, are closed for holidays until the 12th. Happy New Year!


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Beedspeed
Feb. 4, 2008, 7:03 PM

(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.

Some resellers in the UK and elsewhere offer the cheapest Asian local market lookalike items they can find - and still ask much more than for high quality items. Beware of weak sandcast disc kits, stainless rims that crack, and other low-end “Spaq/Sterling” labeled lookalike items at some resellers.

Price and quality comparison with low-end Vietnam market knockoffs at a UK reseller and original ScootRS items, Feb. 1, 2008 (£=$2):

  UK reseller ScootRS
Disc brake
  • $370 (£185)
  • lookalike of scootRS
  • poor sandcast, bondo/paint
  • low-end copy hydraulics
  • $275
  • original scootRS
  • high-pressure cast, powdercoated, all done inhouse
  • original Nissin hydraulics
Tuned exhausts
  • $298 (£149)
  • lookalike of scootRS
  • ragged sections often block flow
  • $149
  • original scootRS
  • proven performance
Tubeless rim
  • $100 (£50)
  • lookalike of scootRS
  • no safety bead, rough welds
  • $39
  • original scootRS
  • safety bead, reviewed over 3 issues of Scootering

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Oh, yeah, the email
Feb. 1, 2008, 8:17 AM

We forgot to post an update the other day that our internet was back working again two days later. Too busy answering the hundreds of emails that had piled up...


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