Roadkill: March 2007

New v.5 scootRS site design
Mar. 30, 2007, 2:10 PM

After working out a few kinks due to the server caching old deleted pages, we've got the new v.5 site design up and working.

To start you'll find a slick new menu with some nice functionality we spent quite a lot of time on. We coded it to open to and highlight your page or product section, as well as bring in parts subsections on the fly to cut down on load time and avoid having to click around.

Secondly, you'll see the scooter parts category pages have been redesigned and note a new “set stock” link at the top when viewing them. Be sure to try that and the new display mode options. (The first two involved some coding in the background to make sure they are faster.) If you use the “add-to-cart” icon, you'll see your items are whisked off in the background, as before, but with a little wink of acknowledgment. The bookmark icons work similarly.

What else? Oh, yes, the image viewers are new, and whereas we had one for single images and another for multiples, they've been combined and jazzed up a bit. Search was redone to let you order directly (we'll see how that one goes). The pages are all lighter now. -Well, we'll let you discover the rest. Enjoy. We've tested in IE6/Firefox2/Opera9, while others should work or degrade well. Any problems, please let us know.

Next comes our very own server and a new database system, both to avoid the timeouts you see here sometimes when things are busy.


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Shopcam and shop comments
Mar. 26, 2007, 1:33 PM

Junk cylinders Doing some clean-up at the shop. Here is the shopcam on the old cylinders we are throwing out for scrap metal, the stuff you'd typically get on one of those eBay specials. These are just the badly sleeved ones we found from stripping down scooters, not sure yet what we'll do with the ones that can be reused, if anything. Probably sell for scrap too. We only use new cylinders on our scooter restorations.

Speaking of shops, alleged shops, and the quality of work done in them, there's a new article entitled “The Pecking Order” written by someone who actually came to Vietnam and visited in person most every shop around (unlike people who have no idea but nonetheless issue generic warnings never to buy anything from Asia). He toured our shop, saw us manufacturing parts, inspected the scooters we were restoring and our huge stock of all new parts for our restos, and even our junk pile. No newbie - he learned the hard way before about completely bodged scooters from local shops here - he starts his article at the bottom describing the local shops, their poor quality, and the “bottom feeders” who claim they have huge shops in Vietnam but actually buy from local shop to flip on eBay. He finishes at the top of the “pecking order” and concludes the article with this sentence:

After spending an afternoon at ScootRS, I wanted to order one of their Lambrettas because of the quality of their shop (yes, an actual shop).

You can see a few photos of our shop on the About Us page.


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Lambretta and Vespa art
Mar. 16, 2007, 5:46 PM

Scooter art from amoebabloke. Maybe he can sell you a print? Take a look and let him know.


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Orange crushed
Mar. 9, 2007, 5:40 PM

Ok, so we got sick of orange and changed the colors. We've now got that hip chocolate and light blue thing going. (If you see orange, hit shift-refresh.) It's not done yet, especially the category pages. There are some nice display changes coming, and also a new database system which should put an end to any timeouts when the site is busy. We probably have to wait to do all the changes together. (Well, to be honest, we altered so many pages on the local test site we can't remember which changes for what are where and would error without everything done.)

We should also mention we are very busy at the moment. If you're experiencing a delay getting your order, our apologies. Please note we were closed for two weeks for New Years here starting around the 12th, and presently have a TON of orders being processed. Literally: probably a ton.


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More new top quality Lambretta rubber
Mar. 1, 2007, 1:13 PM

Lambretta rear light gasketLambretta air scoop gasketLambretta tie rod cover
Some more new parts have been added, including a few Lambretta rubber bits, here at Casa RS. (Does it sound more expensive if we use an Italian word?)

All of the rubber is excellent quality, as good as any Italian repro or better. The Italian rubber is good but unlike the myth that pretends that everything from Italy is perfect, the air scoop gaskets we got from there, for example, were always slightly too short and didn't fit well; ours is made longer to fit nicely. We also made the rear light gasket so it would fit a GP rear light, unlike the Italian which won't fit. And the Italian stuff used various shades of gray between items and for the same item between sets, whereas all our new gray stuff is one color. (Our old stuff varies a bit too.)

And the best part is, top quality but everything costs 50% (or less) of the overpriced Italian!

Sounds a bit like this email we just got last week:“Thanks for the great service by the way. You have saved me loads of $$ in the last 12 months.”


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