Roadkill: June 2008

Windbags and air hoses: A brief history of the scientific method
Jun. 24, 2008, 8:36 AM

Apparently many people on the best Lambretta forum out there, the LCGB, rate our Lambretta air hose (or carburetor bellow, if you prefer) as the best out there:

Lambretta air hoseI thought that I would never say this, but the best airhose that I have tried so far, is the ScootRS one. I have done millions of carb cleanings, but the hose is still very strong.


I agree. I like to use them on all my scooters. Don't know what it is about the rubber they use. It's very good.


In 2400 miles I ate no less than three air hoses, the original SIL and 2 more. I fitted in October the ScootRS one, and thought it was maybe too hard, but how wrong I was, superb quality, perfect fit, softens a little bit with the engine grit and temperature, does not deform or suck. All my lammies (apart from the weird Serveta Lynxes) use scootRS hoses.

All parts I've bought from ScootRS so far have proved to be perfect quality, especially their superb ignition switch.

This one just happens to be favorable to us - we also find intelligent negative feedback helpful for improving items over time - but either way, that's the beauty of good forums, allowing people to discuss technical issues civilly and thus generate good information, no differently from civil society in general. The LCGB manages discussion wonderfully and is a tremendous asset to Lambretta owners around the English-speaking world.

Sadly, other forums effectively operate like indoctrination camps with required opinions where anyone who dares to reply and disagree with the noisiest clique is burned as a heretic. Those forums must, by their very logic, end up in the long run as repositories of bad advice, which is why you should only seek information on the internet where the discussion is open and civil. At the first sign of rudeness and especially righteousness, look elsewhere.

This post below has nothing to do with us, and it correctly notes that the scooters coming out of the local shops in Vietnam are awful, but we post it as a perfect example of the difference between a good and a bad forum and what you should do if you end up at the wrong type:

I ran across a forum of scooter people in --------- who apparently all ride Vespas. I'd love to have a vintage Vespa someday, so I started reading. Some guy says he's new there and asks if the guys in Vietnam restoring and selling old Vespas are reliable (apparently they're not) and the guys on the forum attacked this poor guy like he tried to rape their sister. Really nasty, rude bunch of snobs. That ended my visit there.

This forum has the nicest, most helpful people I've seen on ANY forum, regardless of subject. I've learned 90% of my scooter info before buying my scooter from this forum. You guys being here does such a great service to scooting in general.

By the way, I just ordered a subscription to Scoot! magazine and got my first issue. I highly recommend it for beginners.

Sapere aude!


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New Lambretta floor strips set
Jun. 11, 2008, 6:04 AM

Lambretta floor strips set

If you've closely examined the Italian repro floor strips (or runners if you prefer) for Lambretta you've seen how they are quite poor quality actually: rough, thin, varied and dented, which is quite surprising given how overpriced they are. As with so many Italian parts, they just don't measure up.

The local Vietnam market ones are cheap but even poorer quality, so we decided to make our own inhouse as part of our ongoing Casa RS series of trim items made as original, but about half the price of Italian repros.

Considering ours are much better quality than the Italian repros, and now the best available anywhere in the world, that's a very good deal! Take a look at the close-up photos and compare yourself.

These are newly available in both gray and black, for GP floor strips or LI/SX/TV floor strips types.


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From that undisclosed location again
Jun. 5, 2008, 8:38 PM

How to put this politely?

The “bonehead” who wired our office came back to fix two network outlets he never did right and somehow, against all odds, managed to kill internet service to the entire office.

So, no, we didn't get your email today, or your order, and we're not even sure we'll get it tomorrow.

And if we don't get it tomorrow, someone will most certainly be “getting it,” and continue “getting it,” until we've got it.

Update: As of Monday morning, we still have no internet, no email. Do NOT email 5 times. We'll get it when we get it.

Update: OK, we have finally got some internet going via a cable running in under the door...


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