Roadkill: July 2010

Camp Scoot 2010
Jul. 20, 2010, 8:34 PM

Just a reminder:

The New Mexico chapter of the Pharaohs Scooter Club is pleased to announce the 8th installment of their annual rally, Camp Scoot.

The rally will be held August 12th through August 15th in the lush Jemez Mountains of New Mexico, with meet-ups in nearby Albuquerque.


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Tubeless rims
Jul. 19, 2010, 8:09 PM

We're always looking for ways to make small improvements to our items as a natural part of the process.

Our v.3 tubeless rim for Lambretta & Vespa has been flawless since released in 2006, not a single failure, but we still make small improvements if possible. Recently we changed a machining process that made them a little bit nicer and eliminated some intermediary processing.

Here's a photo today of our stainless steel tubeless rim straight off the “curling” machine, before the edges are done:

Perfect! Nice, huh?

On another note, we're considering no longer including a free valve with our tubeless rims, same as other sellers of rims. Unfortunately, while our rims have been absolutely flawless for many years, they get blamed whenever anyone has any issue with a valve. By not including one, it will eliminate any innocent misdirection or deliberate nationalistic propaganda blaming the “Vietnam” rims for no reason.

If you read about problems with valve stems around the world, it very obviously has nothing to do with our rims at all, it is the exact same for every type of tubeless rim in the world, though they are still vastly safer than tubed rims which have constant blowouts. Should the entire world move back to tubes? That would truly be dangerous.

Recently, for example, someone changed all his valves on the “safety” advice of others - we said not to - and got a poor one, or it was poorly installed and tore the core. Naturally it was blamed on the UK company that installed it the rim with an impossible theory that somehow it must have become red hot and sliced through the stationary industrial rubber valve “like butter”. And then it was claimed there were “dozens” of failures of our rim when not a single v.3 rim has ever failed!

We're not sure yet but, because of this misdirection, it looks like we will unfortunately no longer include a free valve, or maybe just for rims going to the UK. Elsewhere around the world it is not an issue. People can then use a valve of their choice and spend as much or as little on them as they want.

Overall, it is incredible to think how many dangerous blowouts have been eliminated by ScootRS tubeless rims in the 6 years since invented, how many accidents prevented, and even how many lives maybe saved. We're very proud of them.

Here again are quotes from our tubeless customers:

  • [SRP Racetech race team, BSSO:] I finished the season by winning the Group 6 Championship. Ralph & I also won the Group 8 & Overall Sidecar Championship. There has been much interest in your tubeless rims, of which I cannot sing their praises enough.
  • A lot of the lads in my club have gone to tubeless on their TS1's and are all raving about them one lad had a 3 inch nail go into his tyre last year on the way to a rally (at high speed) and it gently went down - normally would have had him off.
  • One of my barrel fins went straight through my scootRS tubeless [tire] at high speed but still gave me time to get it under control and stop. If it was a tube I recon I would have lost it. No problems with fitting hub or tyre change.
  • I'm coming in to my second year now on these scootRS tubeless rims, covered some thousand odd miles, no problems as yet touch wood, feel a whole lot safer with these under me.
  • I've just used ScootRS rims for [riding to] Austria, 2,300+ miles up and down mountains, along motorways and hairpins and in all sorts of conditions/weather with no probs. Haven't used any kind of tyre seal but might do over the winter. Definitely recommend them to anyone.
  • a quick note to say how pleased i am with my lambretta tubeless rims, 10,000+ miles and not a problem, 2 punctures (1 with pillion), machine was controllable on both occasions, many many thanks
  • Over 7000 miles on ScootRS tubeless rims and I'm on my second set of tyres. No problems at all. I have only had to top up the air on 2 or 3 occasions over the last 3 years which indicates the quality of the valves and the seal on the bead.
  • Bonne surprise vient de l'ensemble Michelin S1 et jantes tublesse V3 ScootRS. C'est dingue mais ça change tout, c'est comme sur un nuage avec la super sensation d'avoir des roues mieux équilibré vif et stable a la fois.

Or as Scootering reported:

Their first trip was on the rear of the scooter when it went two-up to Holland for a custom show soon after the article. Since then it has been to a rally and race-track in France, numerous places in the UK, as well as being used as a commuter scooter and workhorse.

Sometime during all this the tyre emigrated to the front of the scoot, and even after spending six months in the garage without being ridden while I was off enjoying the Vespa GTS, the PX was pushed back into service and the tyre with the ScootRS rim needed barely any air in it.

As such once complete and fitted the ScootRS rim has done exactly what it's meant to.

4-Year Vespa tubeless test update 2006-2010, Scootering Magazine


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Love letter from Italy
Jul. 9, 2010, 1:24 PM

We always like getting customer emails from Italy about our scooter parts:

Oggi 9 luglio ore 10,30 ho ricevuto il pacco. Tutto perfetto.

Complimenti, dopo le ferie sicuramente comprerò altri pezzi per le mie lambrette.

Thanks! We're glad everything was perfetto for you.

We're always happy to hear that we're helping keep Lambretta and Vespa scooters on the road in Italy.


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Photos from our EuroLambretta 2010 World Cup
Jul. 5, 2010, 4:41 PM

EuroLambretta World Cup Here are a few photos from the giant foosball World Cup we sponsored at EuroLambretta 2010 recently in Gijon, Spain.

There were 16 teams that faced off with the finalists getting our Lambretta tubeless rims.

Looks like everyone had fun. Especially considering all the rain outside.


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