Roadkill: March 2003

Converse VBB
Mar. 30, 2003, 3:54 PM

A nice white and orange VBB from scootRS is now featured on the front page of the Converse website.

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U.S. forces on scooters
Mar. 26, 2003, 7:48 AM

U.S. forces rolling toward Baghdad on scooters

A “report” with more pics following on the Vespa bazooka item below. Check the url. We'll let you figure it out.

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Bazooka Vespa
Mar. 21, 2003, 7:18 AM

Maybe its time to bring out the old bazooka Vespa model again.

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Shopcam
Mar. 18, 2003, 3:11 PM

Ye olde shopcam is back.

-And people ask if we are busy.

°°

We mentioned before that we now have cheaper shipping to the UK and US via EMS 5 day service. We didn't realize at first that the price is now 25-35% cheaper! For example, 5kgs to the UK used to be $80 - now $54. 10kgs to the USA used to be $171 - now $121. (Canada and a few countries went up, but can't win them all.)

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Quadrophenia copy
Mar. 18, 2003, 8:34 AM

Remember Quadrophenia, yes?

Remember Jimmy's mod LI scooter, yes?

Willing to pay $10,000 for a copy of it, yes?

Ooops.

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Scooter tech
Mar. 16, 2003, 4:03 PM

We've added a new item to the Tech page. We've grouped all the similar models for Lambretta and Vespa so you can figure out a little better what model to order parts for.

Any corrections to be made, let us know.

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DWR Vespa
Mar. 14, 2003, 7:57 AM

DWR (Design Within Reach) features an interview with one of their designers, who happens to be a Vespa fan:

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I'm into the Vespa because it's a major 20th-century design object, they're fun to ride, and I don't see the need to be one of ten people at the red light driving a Volvo station wagon. Yaaawwwnn. Vintage Vespas are so classic, a value in a lot of ways—they last for years and maintain this timeless aesthetic, like a lot of the designs we carry at DWR. Also, the diverse group of people that are truly interested in these cool machines make it exceedingly worthwhile.
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Tweakers
Mar. 13, 2003, 10:36 PM

We've tweaked a few pages to load faster, particularly the homepage. Several trips to the database have been eliminated. We won't bore you with the details, but more to come.

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Trojan Vespa
Mar. 11, 2003, 8:37 AM

Well, you won't be wearing a Trojan while riding your new Vespa, it seems. The clever condom/Vespa promotion has been cancelled. See the story in our Scooter News section today.

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“Restored”
Mar. 9, 2003, 9:38 AM

A nice definition was posted of the five different ways people use the word “restored” these days:

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Bad Vietnamese ones - shiny paint job over [crap].

The bad European import ones - spray paint the forks silver (getting overspray on the tires and painting the cables at the same time), cheap paintjob, steam clean the motor, maybe do some seals, wrong badges 1/2 the time, P-series plastic floor mat, etc.

The back yard resto's where some random person thinks they know what they're doing, and redo everything, but get 1/2 of it wrong.

The rider restoration, nice paint, mechanically sound, mostly/completely correct, but not meant to be a total show bike. Most restorations fall under this category, along with ScootRS bikes.

Then you've got the proper concours restoration, these take the average person 1-5 years, but the result is amazing.

The only ones that count in my book are the last two.
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Odysseus and the Minotaur
Mar. 8, 2003, 1:37 PM

In our previous lesson on mythology we discussed the Hyperboreans and the journey to the Blessed Isles. Today's lesson concerns someone's recent journey toward a scooter purchase, and the tales about scootRS that he was told by an Italian exporter and some suppliers and sellers of Italian imports in the US and UK, thus more so Odysseus and the Minotaur:

1) In Vietnam there is a law that scooters cannot move between provinces and therefore the scooters here have all been cut in half to get around this.
-Uhhhh, no. (But, hey, isn't that the law in Italy? Yeah, we heard that somewhere. Yeah, tell your friends...)

2) The Lambrettas in Vietnam are not Innocenti.
-Uhhhh, no. They are Innocenti and were all imported new from Italy in the 1950s and 60s, same as in any other country.

3) People get unrestored motors when ordering restored motors from us.
-Uhhhh, no. That one they like to repeat even though they know it is false, continually pointing to some unrestored motor from years ago as “proof”. Why they think the same logic doesn't apply to their unrestored motors, we can't fathom. Why they think they know more than Scootering Magazine, we can't fathom either. Choose the “all-new” motor parts option when ordering and that is what you get. Period.

4) The SX200 we sell have fake panels.
-Uhhhh, no. We used to state clearly on the SX200 page that we would use re-shaped TV panels if we didn't have original SX200 panels onhand. That was removed long ago after we collected enough originals to ensure that every SX200 would have them. We also have brand new SX200 panels made in the UK if you like.

Moral of this mythology? If you are interested in reality, read our website, ask us any questions, or speak directly to actual customers, not star gazers.

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Refresh
Mar. 7, 2003, 2:05 PM

We've changed around a few things to make the site a bit clearer.

If you don't see the three symbols of the apocalypse on the service menu at the top left (the cart, the pencil, and the question mark), hit refresh to obtain the revelation. The “?” will take you to the help pages.

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New Vespa GT
Mar. 4, 2003, 9:02 AM

If you have yet to see it, the story on the new Vespa model in our Scooter News section features this picture of it.

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Vespa ET2 give-away
Mar. 3, 2003, 11:09 AM

If you are in the US, Target stores have a Vespa ET2 give-away. Enter online or in store.

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Vespa tech help
Mar. 2, 2003, 9:46 AM

An old help site has moved to a new location. Take a look at http://vespamaintenance.com/.

In particular, check out the new animated CDI explanation, as well as the recommended toolkit.

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