Roadkill: April 2010

35 years ago
Apr. 29, 2010, 2:34 PM

We're closed until Monday for holidays here in Vietnam. Read a reporter's fascinating record of what happened 35 years ago on those last frantic days.

The Washington Post, April 30, 1975

US Embassy, Saigon, April 30, 1975


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Lambretta mudguard-legshield-horncast rubber
Apr. 28, 2010, 11:06 AM

Lambretta mudguard-legshield rubberLambretta mudguard-horncast rubber We just released 2 more rubber items made inhouse by us.

The 1st is Lambretta mudguard - legshield rubber for all models except LI (which is coming later), and the 2nd is Lambretta mudguard - horncast rubber. Available in gray and black, both are great quality.

We've now made almost every Lambretta S3 rubber piece inhouse ourselves, and will be putting up a complete restoration set soon. Not only are some of our trim items now the best quality available in the world but a rubber-floor trim set from us comes in at HALF the price at other places.

That means you get better quality over Italian repros and save up to $100 on your restoration! (One shop was $181.50 vs. $84.70 at ScootRS.) And that doesn't even count all the extra rubber buffers/bits we do as well.

I can heartily recommend the ScootRS rubbers for the side panels.

They are the best you will get in my opinion. In fact all their rubber is exceptionally good quality.

Think about that! What a bizarre turn of events that the best Lambretta restorations in the world now turn to ScootRS in Vietnam for parts. Who'd a thunk it?


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Tech note: recommendation to change chrome rubber valves
Apr. 24, 2010, 11:58 AM

We are recommending that anyone using a CHROME rubber-type tubeless tire valve change it to a non-chrome (brass) one.

Over many years we have only seen a couple valves come apart at the stem, one with a non-standard cap, so it may just be random but they were CHROME rubber ones so possibly the chrome reacted to road salts, or some such thing.

We included this type with some of our tubeless rims before. Of course the same recommendation applies to ones obtained elsewhere.

This is ONLY about a valve of the flexible rubber type AND ONLY if CHROME - not the brass color shown.

If you have a CHROME one: change it to the exact same type shown in the photo - brass color, non-chrome. These are standard valves available at any tire shop or from us.

If you have a brass one already or different type: don't do anything.

You should replace old valves when changing tires, or if leaving tires on for years, but if you haven't done so yet and you have a CHROME rubber valve on one of our tubeless rims, you can change it without removing your tire. Let the air out, push the tire over, and the valve can be replaced. It is much easier to let a tire shop handle it, but if you need a replacement valve, let us know and we can send you some.

To avoid misinformation, please note:

  • this is NOT related to our tubeless rims at all. Our current v.3 design was released in 2006 and has earned a PERFECT record on both the road and track, greatly enhancing rider safety over regular rims by preventing blowouts. We have always included valves as an extra at no charge and simply included this chrome rubber type on some rims before. Our apologies if any actual problem has since appeared with that type.
  • there is NO problem at all with any other valves, especially the same rubber tubeless type but non-chrome. (Older bolt-in type valves are OK too, even if chrome. Do NOT change this chrome bolt-in type.)

Again, there may not be any problem at all with the CHROME rubber valves either, this is a very rare occurrence we've seen, but we are recommending you change them to non-chrome.


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Lambretta and Vespa maintenance and rebuild DVDs
Apr. 22, 2010, 9:17 AM

Books are very helpful but if you are want to see how to do scooter maintenance or an engine rebuild on your Lambretta or Vespa, maybe a DVD is the answer?

Take a look at scootertechniques.co.uk and the DVDs they offer.


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New home page banner images for you
Apr. 18, 2010, 9:42 PM

We spruced up our website a little bit.

We added some schmancy-pants effects on the headers - new browsers only - and tweaked colors, etc. 

We also made all new banner images for our home page. Now the banners should look nice on quite big monitors too. Hope you like them.

Let us know what you think.


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Fly away
Apr. 18, 2010, 11:25 AM

We went away for a couple days to eat seafood, mangos and mango ice cream at the beach.

Here are a couple photos from around Nha Trang. The deserted beach we found a couple hours from the city.


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Lambretta Series 2 in Argentina
Apr. 11, 2010, 4:44 PM

Here are a couple photos a customer from Argentina sent in of his beautiful white S2 scooter.

You can see all our Lambretta S2 parts here. (At some point soon we'll divide the S2 section into categories to make it easier to navigate.)


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A comment on our modern Vespa parts
Apr. 7, 2010, 10:23 AM

One new customer, one month, and one comment about our modern Vespa parts:

Got the kit, exactly one month after order was sent out from Asia.

It was worth the wait this stuff is really good quality not the usual s***e.

No prob's with the company at all, choosing courrier service could have had it within the week!

Yeah, it's odd, usually the Post Office takes 1-2 weeks, but sometimes 4 or so. Who knows what goes on in their offices. Why they can't implement simple barcode tracking is baffling.

For those of you with a Vespa GTS in the UK, try the GTS Owners Club forum if needing help.


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Lambretta rear frame badge Australia
Apr. 6, 2010, 4:22 PM

Lambretta rear frame badge Australia

For everyone in Oz on a Lambretta, put this on your rear frame badge holder.

We also added a photo of the American flag badge too. Many country flags available. Italian always works too.


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Order processing
Apr. 6, 2010, 9:19 AM

Order processingWhen you get an update on your order, send in changes to your order at the last minute, need your scooter parts sent today by courier - here are a few photos of what happens behind the scenes in the Order Processing department.

Seems a bit nicer in person, no?


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Sneak preview
Apr. 4, 2010, 10:25 AM

Sneak preview

Much higher quality than the ones from Italy and coming soon to a scooter near you...


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