Roadkill: February 2010

Vespa T5 seat cover
Feb. 27, 2010, 9:34 AM

Vespa T5 seat cover

For T5 owners we've added a Vespa T5 seat cover so you can spice things up a bit with oxblood red, tan, green, blue, etc. - or go with luxurious black or brown leather!

The regular seat covers are only $33, while the leather are still a reasonable $78.


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Tubeless rims for Vespa, part 2
Feb. 13, 2010, 11:06 AM

Vespa tubeless rims Following on our earlier post, here are some more photos from the other day just before we closed of our Vespa tubeless rims as we finish them up.

In these photos you can see the inner pieces finished and then welded into the rims. After a few more things are done they'll be sent off for painting.

Here's an email we just got the other day from Simon, a UK customer with an update about his Lambretta tubeless rims:

Hi.

I bought 3 x tubeless rims for the Lambretta with the Yokohamas fitted. Been using these daily for 1.5 years now and looking to buy another set.

Glad they've served you so well that you'd want more. That's the best endorsement we could hear and we've heard the same thing over and over from customers using them, whether Lambretta or Vespa.

No tube = no worries about dangerous blowouts from punctures as on old-style regular rims. Our current v.3 tubeless design has been out since 2006 and has greatly enhanced rider safety on the race track as well as on roads around the world. If you haven't gone tubeless yet, what are you waiting for?


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Vespa LX parts
Feb. 9, 2010, 9:58 AM

A customer email today from the USA about our modern Vespa LX parts:

Vespa LX150 rear panels stainless steelReceived my order today. I was very pleased and happy with the parts I received from you.

I now plan to order other items soon.

Thanks!

Thanks, glad you like them. We've had great feedback about all our modern Vespa items for LX, also our Vespa GTS parts or few ET parts.


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More emails
Feb. 8, 2010, 10:39 AM

A couple recent emails, the first a quick update that Tony O'Brien's gorgeous new website is almost done - love the logo - which details his SS90 Green Hornet BSSO racing efforts. We are a proud sponsor of Tony's scooter.

Here's a nice email from Javier in Spain:

Hi ScootRS.

First of all, thanks for your work at ScootRS, I like it very much. Good service indeed!!

Much appreciated, glad you think so.

And finally, an opinion about forums and why intelligent and civil discussion has pretty much been destroyed everywhere:

I think the main problem on the forums are the so called “internet Gods”, always happy to take a new product apart and pick faults and openly criticize anyone who doesn't share their views.

I do share your unpopular view that the rules are different for faulty parts coming out of England, I remember a post about a big English dealer (...) That one was proved but was quietly brushed under the carpet!

The problems usually start with someone who hasn't bothered to contact the supplier about a supposed fault and goes straight onto the web to vent any frustrations, the internet gods jump on the bandwagon and everything snowballs from there. The supplier sees the posts by chance a few days later and the damage has mostly been done.

I wouldn't lose any sleep over it, it's only a few people banging out the same dribble... It doesn't matter how you reply to something like that, none of the internet gods will back down.

We always thought that there could be some reserve for intelligent and civil discussion in scootering, as in other fields of life, and enjoyed helping people with questions. But it seems that most forums are slowly taken over by double standards and a search-and-destroy gang mentality.

Being in Asia it is particularly noticeable. Western companies can reply half a year after many posted safety incidents and say they know nothing about it, have not contacted posters, and will just wait for any direct reports to send replacements each time and that is applauded. An Asian company with only 1 or 2 posted incidents over many years quickly replies and discusses their matter if raised, yet is attacked endlessly as a dangerous, uncaring menace. If they disagree with any extreme conclusions or bizarre rumors they are savaged as liars - and when they don't reply they are condemned as deceptive and worse. By the exact same people applauding the Western companies.

Even a Western journalist one would assume had been trained to be unbiased will say nothing against Western products while campaigning daily on forums against Asian products with far fewer incidents, or write an article strongly warning people against buying an item from Asia labeled for “show”, saying it will violate your insurance, then turn around 180 degrees on a forum and applaud a Western company as responsible for doing the exact same thing.

If you dare point out that a double standard and a scorched-earth approach is not helpful to anyone, well, good god, you'd think a state enemy had walked into the room with a lit fuse.

That is basically how all forums are ruined. A small group given free rein or even encouraged by the admin starts to shout down anyone who doesn't bow to a certain orthodoxy, everyone reasonable slowly leaves as things get worse and worse, shops can no longer participate unless blessed by the loudest group, the quality of information degrades and finally few turn there anymore in their search for good unbiased help. (The once popular ISBBS is a perfect example, and lucky to get a few posts a day now.) All quite sad really when everyone started out wanting to help.


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Tubeless rims for Vespa, part 1
Feb. 4, 2010, 1:44 PM

Vespa tubeless rims After completing the first batch of Lambretta tubeless rims as we posted the other day, here are some new photos as we move on to make our Vespa tubeless rims.

First you can see the left-overs after we stamp out the middle section, then the middle section having the 2nd stage done where we bend the tabs up.

Afterward the middle with be stamped out and we can then weld them into the rims we are meanwhile producing. So far a few stacks in different stages are done.

You can currently pre-order your Vespa tubeless rims. The 1st batch is not too far off and will go out to those already waiting.


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Orders and borders: Project South America
Feb. 1, 2010, 7:24 PM

It's always fun checking the parts orders to see where they come from. Currently sitting in the inbox from today are orders from Italy, Israel, England, The Philippines, Austria, Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, etc.

We even created an image that gets updated regularly with the countries we have shipped to:

The ScootRS world map

French Polynesia? Who'd a thunk it?

OK, we'll probably never ship to most of Africa, and not many Vespas in the Middle East, but what we'd really like to see soon is South America filled in. OK, Guyana and Suriname, we understand, we'll give you some time to put together an order, but Bolivia and Venezuela? You guys are causing very big holes in our map.

So, if you are the first person to order from any country in South America we haven't shipped to before, we'll give you a 20% discount on your parts! Just mention this blog post in your comment and we'll refund 20% of the parts cost afterward for you!

Surely Hugo has a nephew with a scooter, no? Maybe he'll put it on his TV show. (Seriously, go watch that documentary.)


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