Roadkill: March 2004

Lambretta TS1 SX225
Mar. 30, 2004, 2:43 PM

ts1 The TS1 SX225 we did apparently arrived OK in the motherland:

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Scoot arrived today it looks fantastic well done. I will
definitely recommend you. After filling up the oil and fuel it started third kick, and drives very nice indeed once again thanks for a brilliant job.
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Not too fast, now.


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Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Mar. 28, 2004, 12:51 PM

A woman with special permission rides through the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Radioactivity meter in hand, she documents it with photos:

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from the first look ghosttown seems like a normal town, someone put their washing hungs on a balcony, some windows open, other clothed, here is taxi stop, there is grocery store... then, you read this slogan on building - “party of Lenin lead us to the triumph of a communism” - that helps to realise that clothes hung on balcony for 18 years and that town is empty..
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Scooter smile
Mar. 26, 2004, 11:06 PM

Always nice to get these emails:

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well i wish you could see the smile scooter arrived today perfect condition not even a scratch
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Lunkheads, Part II
Mar. 26, 2004, 11:08 AM

Lunkheads, Part II.

OK, “we” figured out a nifty way to avoid the whole “You must click to continue back to our site after paying with a credit card or our site doesn't know you paid” stupidity.

You're probably sitting there stunned by the fact that we didn't previously think to URLencode form variables from a background call and attach them as a query string to a cflocation reload in order to hook up with the correct customer session and order.

Well, quite honestly, “we” don't know why we didn't think of that before, but we have now and it seems to work fine. You are now officially free to go wherever the heck you want after paying for your order.

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Lunkhead
Mar. 24, 2004, 7:06 PM

We are such lunkheads.

For ages we hadn't looked at the code sending the order data to the card processor when you check out onsite. We just looked at it and wondered why in the world we didn't previously auto-fill the data in for you. So we coded that in just now, and you don't have to enter it twice anymore.

You'll notice, no doubt, the use of the impersonal “we” above. Don't worry, we all know who the lunkhead was.

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Scooterboy world
Mar. 24, 2004, 2:07 PM

Are you a scooterboy looking for your own little world to play in?

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Mid-life crisis scooter
Mar. 24, 2004, 9:55 AM

One reason to get a scooter:

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“He recently moved from Barnes to a penthouse in Clerkenwell, sold the car and bought a Vespa scooter (clearly a mid-life crisis, he says: he's now in his early 40s), which means he can now get into work in a eight-and-a-half minutes.”
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Riding jackets
Mar. 21, 2004, 9:42 AM

Big sale going on right now: super top-quality riding jackets for $79 (suits just $139). An amazing deal, really.

Most of them we only have one each, so don't wait...

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Vespa M-class
Mar. 19, 2004, 8:05 AM

Ok, so the last Vespa M-class instock is gone. Time to pre-order the ones on the way...

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UPDATE: Things move fast here. The last one instock is back, as he's switched to pre-ordering one of the others. So, if you wanted the classy pearl and pearl onyx VLB, better get it quickly. On the other hand, if you wanted to pre-order a light olive VLB, you'd better hurry too, as only one left now.

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Vespa M-class restos
Mar. 14, 2004, 9:31 AM

If you're looking at our Vespa M-class restos, we only have one left instock, a pearl and pearl onyx VLB. Better hurry.

We have added, however, some that will be available in a month or so. (Have to arrive and get set up.) Pre-order one to make sure you get the color you want, some of which go quickly! Check out the lovely new antique silver ones, a previous customer's custom color.

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eBay scams
Mar. 10, 2004, 7:31 AM

So the rush of eBay scams surges onward. Someone just reported to us that they were sent a photo of one of our scooters by an eBay member (just now suspended):

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Hello I saw that you have bidded on Vespa GS 160 Scooter 1962 recently. I want to inform you that I have one too and I was wondering if you want to buy it. I am willing to sell this for $1,320.(shipping and handling fees included). I am a registered and serious seller on eBay. If you want I could ask eBay to contact you and certify I am indeed serious and trust worthy.This transaction will also be covered under eBay's Fraud Protection Program ! I don't want to list the unit again because of the scammers on eBay. It is pretty expensive just! Please let me know as soon as possible if you want this or not.
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Now even the scammers are afraid of scammers???

Last time we had a non-private auction, the bidders were inundated with scam emails. Which begs the question: Why does eBay even allow you to contact another member when you are not involved in a transaction together (you bidding on their item, or they on yours)? Wouldn't disallowing “extra-curricular” contacts not solve the problem?

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Mom
Mar. 4, 2004, 6:52 PM

Hi Mom.

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Cold Weather Challenge
Mar. 1, 2004, 8:14 PM

The Cold Weather Challenge winner is in, and it turned out to be a scooter customer of ours:

R.J. Neumeister, -14 F, 11.8 miles:
I just finished my ride on my 2000 Honda Helix with sidecar here in balmy Platteville Wisconsin. It was -14 F by the Anchorbank Time and Temperature sign. It was about midnight January 30/31 and I scootered 11.8 miles with a top speed of 45 mph. I used my sidecar scooter because of the snow and ice on the roads here. Usually I favor my 1995 Yamaha Riva 125 for my cold weather riding. I have other scooters as well but these two are the ones I use the most in the cold weather months. I ride all year round because it's more fun than driving my truck. I'll be riding again tomorrow but we are supposed to get a warming trend over the next few days.

Read about all the craziness.

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