Roadkill: June 2002

TV175 for sale
Jun. 30, 2002, 6:26 PM

If you are looking for a great TV175 for sale in the US, bid on this one. (BTW, the only relation to us is it has one of our exhausts.)

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Lambretta restorations
Jun. 30, 2002, 6:16 PM

We've added more packages for our Lambretta restorations:

-the eRacer package includes all of our race goodies: tuned exhaust, dual tanks, 28mm Mikuni, hydraulic disc brake, dropbars, and Ancillotti-style race seat. Look out!

-the Stop-and-Go package includes tuned exhaust and hydraulic disc brake.

-the Reflector package includes chrome wheels, and stainless steel fork link covers, legshield beading, side protectors, and floor trim.

All of them give a slight discount over individual items.

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One other cool thing to note: when ordering an SX200 or TV175, you can switch to a hydraulic disc brake for free! This is built into the above package costs as well.

Where in the world can you find a deal like that, huh?

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Seattle Scooter Insanity
Jun. 30, 2002, 6:12 PM

For those of you on the Upper Left Coast, Seattle Scooter Insanity 15 will take place July 5-7 in, well, Seattle.

More info here.

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Scooter update
Jun. 27, 2002, 1:31 AM

WOOHOO! WOOHOO!

-That was an outburst of accumulated woohooness due to changes we've made to the scooters and their pricing. From the top then:

1) Much as Apple eliminated the floppy drive, we are no longer selling VL1/VB1 with old, slow, unreliable, hard-to-find-parts-for, slow, slow, original motors. Have you ever seen the mangy, forlorn little clutch in a VL1? The pathetic little carb? Tried to get up a hill on one with a passenger, or overtake a shopping buggy? It's enough to make Howard Stern cry. ScootRS solution? VL1/VB1 now come standard with a newer-style VBB/VBC/VLB/PX motor fitted. You get the best of both worlds: they look exactly the same, but underneath are more reliable, powerful, and easier to source parts for. No base price increase whatsoever. And just think: you can now add-on any of our motor options. Hmmm, a 5-port VB1 with a tuned exhaust? Now that's fun! See those model pages for more details.

2) We now include the carb in the base restoration on Vespas for free. We're good like that. No price increase.

3) We raised the price of VBBs to reflect the higher cost of sourcing them now. Let's quickly move onto the next item...

4) We've organized the scooter configuration page better. You can now select an all-new motor in one fell click. We've even discounted the package deal slightly over the individual items.

OK, back to the World Cup. Go Brazil!

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USA on a 1952 Vespa scooter
Jun. 22, 2002, 10:47 AM

“Greg Kinge is elated. He's only 1,000 miles away from completing a trip around the U.S. on his 1952 Vespa scooter. All he has to do is get to Newark, N.J., from Chicago.“

Read the rest in the Chicago tribune.

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The above link was courtesy of 2strokebuzz who we see are now syndicated on scoot.net. Let the incest begin.

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Die Geburt von scootRS auf Deutsch (et en français)
Jun. 21, 2002, 12:02 PM

Was ist dieses? Die Geburt der Tragödie? Nein. Die Geburt von scootRS auf Deutsch. (BETA)

Qu'est-ce que c'est? La naissance de la tragédie? Non. La naissance de scootRS en français. (BETA)

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Scooter whitewalls
Jun. 17, 2002, 5:54 PM

We've finally imported the only whitewalls in the country and have added them as an option for restorations. You can now switch to whitewalls when ordering a scooter. Nice.

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King of the Irish mods
Jun. 14, 2002, 2:44 PM

Someone was asking about a special paintjob if he orders a VBB - no problem - and sent in this story:

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I remember seeing a scooter painted in this way when I was a kid back in Dublin, Ireland where I am originally from. The guy who owned it was part of a group of mods that hung out on O'Connell street (Dublin's main street) back in the late 70's/early 80's. My brother was back home last weekend and he actually saw these same guys still hanging out with their very same scooters and that reminded me of this guy's paintjob, funnily enough he also has a VBB. My brother chatted with him as he knows I am getting a scooter.... The point of all of this you might ask, well my brother mentioned scootRS...and apparently the guy's face lit up and he said, “saw one and jesus it was a beaut,” praise indeed coming from the “King of the Irish mods” as these guys are known.
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Series 2 side protectors
Jun. 7, 2002, 11:58 AM

Oooooh, these are nice.

Series 2 side protectors in stainless steel. Get 'em while they're hot.

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Amerivespa Rally award winner
Jun. 6, 2002, 6:07 PM

Well, a nice email arrived noting a nice award for one of our customer's scooters at the recent massive Amerivespa Rally, as judged by Vespa Club of America staff:

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It was a great rally and a good party.... [T]he TV175 won “Best Lambretta” in the Concours d'Elegance. Lots of positive comments and a few surprised ones when I told them it was one of your scooters.... I am fairly sure I came away from the weekend with quite a few more converts to your products. One thing I was surprised at this weekend, was the number of scooterists who had never been to your web site. Quite a few indicated that they had heard or read comments on the BBS, etc., but many didn't know about your site or the extensive range of products you offer.
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All in good time. Congrats on the award.

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Mozilla
Jun. 6, 2002, 2:31 PM

Yeah!!! If you want the best browser in the world, with the best standards, security, and useability, Mozilla 1.0 has finally been released. If you've never heard of Mozilla, Netscape - you've heard of them??? - now bases its browsers on code written by mozilla.org. The soon-to-be-released Netscape 7 will be based on Mozilla 1.0, but Moz doesn't include all the AOL junk.

Five reasons to get Mozilla and stop using IE:

1) Better security, including good password and cookie managers.
2) Tabbed browsing! You can even set a preference to load a page in a new tab in the background while you finish reading the page you're on. (ctrl+ click on link) Indispensible once used.
3) Well-written pages look and work better. Moz has the best css and dom standards in the world. (Any problematic pages are likely the developers fault.)
4) Resize text on a webpage easily. (ctrl++/ctrl+-) Or view pages using alternate stylesheets.
5) No more pop-up ads! Set many preference for what websites can do with windows/images/cookies/etc.

And, of course, the new scootRS.com - whenever that is out - will look and work just a little better in Moz.

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Fake Vespa VBBs
Jun. 4, 2002, 10:26 PM

What does this photo mean?
-Something not very good.
What is it?
-It is a copy of a VBB horncast section.
And why would anyone want that?
-To weld onto a VBC to begin making it look like a VBB.
-And why would anyone do that?
Because many in the US like VBBs, and foolish Americans who know nothing about scooters except the idea of reselling them overseas for a quick buck - or those who just don't care how they make money - want “VBB”s from local shops here. So, that's what they are given by those shops because VBBs are harder to find and it is cheaper, just as was done before with “SX200”s that were really 150s. Greed feeds on greed and you get what you pay for - and often a whole lot less if you don't know what you're doing.

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In related fun, an American is said to be buying up all the VBBs he can get from various local shops, and when in Thailand the other week, we were told an American there is buying 100 VBBs. Hmmm, the same person? Pity the US shops who will have to explain over and over why they can't and won't even fix them for people. Or why their “VBB”s aren't really VBBs.

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Once again, if you don't know why scooters from local shops in Asia have an absolutely horrendous reputation despite a bit of new paint, now is a good time to find out. Be smart. Do your research. Buy restored scooters from sources you can trust and verify, whether in the same city or on the other side of the world. Buy good used scooters in your area if you are looking for a bargain, not something destined to be a pretty planter. This especially applies to eBay where the above scooters are likely to end up. -Along with all the rest on there now with their hidden origins...

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