Roadkill: July 2008

Lambretta Series 1/2 tank rubber buffers
Jul. 31, 2008, 8:27 AM

Back to work Now that we're back to work, we've added some more new rubber to save you from badly overpriced Italian repros, in this case Series 1 and 2 tank buffers.

The Italian repros go for between $2-3 for each piece! Ours is...wait for it...$1.25 for the exact same thing.

Series 1/2 tank buffer kit Or a complete S2 tank buffer kit of 8 as pictured above is around $24 for the Italian ones, while the exact same from us is only $8.75, almost 1/3 the price!

Once again, our new inhouse “Casa RS” items are the same quality or usually better than Italian - many of the Italian repros are surprisingly poor; our new Lambretta floor strips sets are now the best in the world, for example - but for about half the price.


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Safety Day at the shop
Jul. 28, 2008, 10:26 AM

Safety day at the shop The other day was Safety Day at scootRS.

Actually it lasted two days. We stopped all shop production for two days and we brought in people to lecture and train on safety procedures in the shop.

Not only do we care about the safety of our customers as witnessed by the extensive info we give out onsite and the popular safety items we make - tubeless rims, hydraulic disc brakes, etc. - but also about the safety of our employees making those items.


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Lambretta S1 - S2 owners - front hub warning!
Jul. 20, 2008, 10:09 AM

If you have a Lambretta Series 1 or 2 scooter, take note, as numerous people have reported accidents occurring due to a weakness in early front hub backplates:

Today, I took my very first ride on my Series 1. I covered 4 miles and was on approach to a roundabout on a dual carriageway. I pulled the front brake and heard a noise like a shotgun and the front end dived violently. The reason was the original front hub has a small strengthened area above the locating peg which is very weak.

Importantly, I owned 3 Series 1 scooters in 1989 and 2 did this also. My mate nearly crashed on one of them when both front cables wound up whilst flat out. the other I was on but going slow. Today I was doing about 40mph. In the past I up-graded to later hubs and cured the problem as they are stronger at that point. I meant to do this scooter also as I've never forgotten but plain forgot (very bad move). I urge all Series 1 riders to take note and act now to avoid my unlucky run on this model!


I was one of the unfortunates who locked up and came off their scoot. It bloody hurt and I would urge everyone, Series 1/2 and beyond to check their front hubs NOW. Do not use your scooter until you are happy that you have the stronger lug. There will be no warning when the hub will shear. I was doing (luckily) about 25mph, riding in a group of scooters when I needed to slow down a little, I just touched the front brake and the next thing I knew I was flying over the handlebars. My clothing was wrecked, my scooter looked a sorry state, 6 months after its rebuild, and how the people following me managed to miss me I'll never know. I also ended up on the opposite side of the road. Again luckily, it was a country lane so there was nothing coming the other way. If it was a main road, I doubt if I would be here typing this!

Sound scary? It was, it is. GET YOUR SCOOTER CHECKED TODAY.


EVERY Series 1 definitely has the problem hub. EVERY Series 2 I've seen in original state has also had this hub, but I've also seen one or two early Series 3 with it, although rare. The trouble is there may be early backplates on scooters bought at parts fairs, etc., with this weakness so I urge ALL Lambretta LI series owners including GP drum just to run their hub by these pics above in case a previous owner has changed it over for some reason.

Bet that got your attention!


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Degrees of separation
Jul. 18, 2008, 2:47 PM

People sometimes email us and ask about knockoffs of our items, or say they can get something a little cheaper that is the “same” as ours. We point out that we can get 3 different versions of items from India but only ever opt for the best type from consistent suppliers.

Then you hear these reports which back up what we say:

I have personally seen at least 6 sets of unknown origin stainless rims that have cracked - one set was only detected when the scooter was lifted up onto a dyno!!!!!!! These were both tubeless and split rim types. [....]

These were not from ScootRS but certainly from the Far East. It was enough to make me think twice about buying them, so I opted for the ScootRS steel tubeless ones with the safety bead. [...]

If you do want to buy a pair then make sure you get them from a reputable source.

There are many hundreds of items that we make inhouse because we are not happy selling local market items due to low quality or inconsistency. Keep that in mind as you shop around.


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Another Lambretta restoration
Jul. 17, 2008, 6:53 AM

Lambretta with stripes A photo of another very nice custom Lambretta we're doing. Should look quite dramatic.

Again, more photos when it's done.


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Calling Mr. Newsholme order 38966
Jul. 15, 2008, 11:49 AM

Mr. Newsholme, we've sent you emails and tried to call. Fedex can't deliver to your address and will return your order unless you call them immediately!

Check your account history and call them with your tracking number today!


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Lambretta scooter restoration
Jul. 13, 2008, 10:06 AM

Lambretta with stripes A photo the other week of a very nice custom Lambretta we're just finishing off now with an RB225 engine.

More photos when it's done.


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Yo, col_m_k!
Jul. 12, 2008, 9:58 AM

Colin, sent you 7 emails, all came back undeliverable:

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

Delivery to the following recipients failed.

col_m_k@-----------

No payment was received from you, so your order was deleted. If you paid, send us a receipt number to check. But use a different, working email address please!

This message was brought to you courtesy our brand new generator providing power today when there is none!

And now back to regular scooter programming...


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Power to our people!
Jul. 11, 2008, 8:10 AM

Generator Following up on our earlier post about power outages, here's the new, very spendy, line of defense at our factory: the official scootRS Scooter and Parts Generator. Like Jennifer Lopez's assets, it looks much bigger in person.

Don't ask us what all the buttons do. Allz we knowz is it does 3-phase or however many phases youz want, and powers an entire factory and office. We're just waiting for the outer sound-proofing box to arrive, hence the tarp.

And apparently we've been told the power will be off tomorrow, so just in time to keep making scooter parts for you.


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Lambretta floor strips
Jul. 10, 2008, 12:21 PM

Great, the word is getting out:

Lambretta floor strips The floor strips look great and are of superior quality. I will order from you again when I need anything else.

Again, we made these inhouse ourselves because the Italian reproductions are a) overpriced, and b) surprisingly poor quality, and we weren't keen on the Indian or Vietnamese ones.

Go here for Lambretta GP floor strips and here for LI/SX/TV floor strips and check out the close-up photos to see the quality for yourself. But remember, once you've gone Asian, you'll never go back ;-)


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Power to the (other) people!
Jul. 2, 2008, 8:44 AM

Our power is out for a 2nd day in a row. No machinery, no computers, no service - sorry.

Yesterday the power company said there was not enough power to go around so they were cutting it off for a couple hours, part of their rotating blackouts. Turned out to be all day. Today they say they're doing repairs and no idea when done. Just another of the joys of doing business in a developing country.

This, of course, has rapidly accelerated our plan to buy a large backup power system - “rapidly”, as in, buying it today. As you can imagine, the advanced type required for an entire factory and office is not small, not simple and definitely not cheap. We've been looking around for a while due to random but increasing power cuts, so we're ready to buy. We'll put up a photo later.

On a brighter note - pun intended - we recently hired two new managers for the factory, one for the fabrication area, one for the machining area. Both have extensive experience with large metalworking factories, CAD design, machining, welding, mold-making, etc. They're working on new items and fine-tuning how we make current items. Along with some new warehouse staff this has already helped. We have a couple new small molds almost ready and we'll have one nice major product out soon enough that has been sitting around in prototype form but is finally being finished off with their help.


Update: an SMS just arrived that the power is back on. Huzzah!


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