Roadkill: April 2009

Rebuild your Lambretta or Vespa seat
Apr. 29, 2009, 9:20 AM

Seat rebuild clip kit We've added another little seat cover rebuild kit for you. This new one is a set of clips as used on Vespa PX and other types, nicely zinc-plated. Only $2.50!

Dual seat rebuild springs kit We also have kits for seat covers using tabs and rivets, and ones to replace all the sagging springs on your seat.

See our kits here to rebuild your seat, whether it be a dual or single seat, Lambretta or Vespa or whatever.


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Recent shop photos
Apr. 27, 2009, 6:12 AM

Restored Vespa and Lambretta Here are some recent photos from the shop. First up is a pair of Lambretta and Vespa dark gray scooters different people ordered at the same time. They would have a made a nice matching pair. One was an RB22 GP and the other a 24mm PWK 5-port VBB.

Lambretta restoration Next up is a Lambretta restoration we finished recently. You can see how we made and replaced the handlebar tube. The old ones are often worn and loose. These are the things you never see but explain why our scooter customers end up referring others to us over time.

Record player? Finally, here's a record player we bought for the staff Friday disco parties. -Oh, wait, it's some sort of machinamabob that follows a pattern. An analog CNC machine, I guess you could say. We're going to fix it up and use it to save time machining some odd-shaped items.

And now you're up to date.


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Scooters restored and parts sent
Apr. 19, 2009, 10:45 AM

ShopcamA few photos around the shop: a customer's Vespa VBC 5-port, 24mm carb racer, a very special Lambretta GP200, and a very busy shipping area sending parts out to you.

Rikard, yes, your scooter is now finished exactly as you asked. We replied to all your emails before, confirming everything. We also called you 3 times and left messages. Add us to your Hotmail contact list so emails are not marked spam. Look in your spam folder and read our previous replies. AND PLEASE SEND US AN EMAIL FROM A NON-HOTMAIL ACCOUNT OR A PHONE NUMBER YOU ANSWER. Thank you.


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Lambretta SX225 panel flash badges
Apr. 14, 2009, 2:55 PM

Lambretta SX225 panel flash badgesWe made these some time ago but forgot to release them on the website. Oops. So here you go finally, Lambretta SX225 panel flash badges. Match them with our SX200 panels. RB, TS1, Mugello cylinder owners rejoice!

Another customer email today, btw:

Just wanted to say got my parts in the other day and wow. Everything was there and looks great. Thanks for the speedy service and correct order, will definitely be doing business again and again. I will be telling my fellow scooterists in Canada about your service.

Thanks, good to hear.


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Vespa VNA award winner
Apr. 13, 2009, 4:32 PM

The other year we did some custom stainless steel beading and a nice repro of his original seat cover for a customer with a Vespa Allstate VNA.

The scooter just won an award for best hotrod.

Congratulations!


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Disc brake reviews and warning
Apr. 12, 2009, 7:12 AM

A nice email today from Belgium about our Vespa disc brake kit:

Vespa disc brake kit

I am a customer for many years, here some feedback from your disc for a vespa : first class quality easy to install (when you have a little press) and it works like hell, the best deal I ever got.

I look forwards to the inboard dics brake for a lammy, already ordered, thanx in advance.

Great! Like all modern vehicles, our Vespa kit is fully hydraulic and includes the master cylinder and dual-piston caliper but is still only $289, whereas a Grimeca type is only semi-hydraulic with a single piston caliper and already costs MUCH more!

On a related note, a UK shop owner posted the following warning and recommendation about Lambretta disc brake kits, though it applies equally to Vespa types as well:

if your 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 styles 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 id better share this info with you.

Take a look at all our high pressure cast disc brake kits here.


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ScootRS wins the parts race - and praise
Apr. 7, 2009, 5:59 PM

We got an email about a very interesting blog post by a UK customer:

New Parts Delivery

Well, ScootRS in Vietnam won the race for the parts delivery, their stuff getting here quicker than the stuff being delivered from the UK!

The quality of the parts seems really OK, not sure what we were expecting, maybe shoddy thin parts, but they are certainly not that, as you can see from the Vespa badge shown, the quality is good, and the badge is of a good thickness, certainly not tin.

The stainless petrol cap is of good quality too and includes the cork gasket.

So it has taken 1 week from initial order to delivery which we think is pretty good.

We are still awaiting the delivery of the Beedspeed items and will report on those when they get here.

We were skeptical about the quality of the Vietnamese goods as there are so many horror stories around the net about the scooters from there, most of which are deserved, but after a lot of research we decided to give ScootRS the benefit of the doubt, and, although we haven't ordered that much initially, we would certainly order from them again.

We ordered mainly trim parts but also ordered the under frame brace struts, which again, are good quality, one needs replacing on the frame but we got two just in case something else shows up after bead blasting the frame.

Nice to hear, thanks.

Actually, you'll find that a couple UK shops like the one mentioned above sell vastly more “Vietnamese” goods than we do. We make most of our parts in-house whereas a few UK shops are basically drop shippers for all the Vietnam local market parts, even saying they'll deliver them in 4-6 weeks if you order. We won't sell most local market items because the quality is poor, often terrible. If something is OK and we do sell it, we will try to note clearly on site any budget aspects.

For a great example of this problematic geographic mashup, see the comparison of our high-quality in house made stainless petrol tank cap noted above with the low-quality Vietnamese one being resold in the UK. And that's just one item. Local sandcast hubs, anyone?


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