Roadkill: August 2007

Further expansion at the scootRS factory
Aug. 22, 2007, 8:50 PM

new scootRS wing We've added a new addition to the scootRS empire! We just made a huge move a little while back to a new, much larger factory, but we're already decided to slowly take over the entire neighbourhood.

We needed more room for stock and offices and packing and delivery, so we took over an adjoining building and, well, joined it to our factory by the delicate method of knocking big holes in the walls. Now we have a whole new stock/office wing with our own cute little stock elevator to boot.

In the photos, the hardwood floor shots are of the new upper stockroom areas, not yet finished, nice and roomy with nice light and air. One end connects to another stock room above the factory floor through a new entrance. The tiled floor area is downstairs, looking past the stock elevator to the just-opened entrance onto the factory floor, then also out towards the office area. To the left of the office/order checking area downstairs there is another very large area dedicated to packing and pickup/delivery that opens up for vehicles to come in. More work to do still, but a great addition to our space.

The other good aspect of this is it allows us to expand further the factory floor itself, now that the stock has been moved out. We've already got some helpful additions planned that will ramp things up. More on that later...


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ScootRS scooter wins Best Overall Scooter award
Aug. 20, 2007, 7:56 PM

Award winning scooter A Lambretta scooter we did recently just won the Best Overall Scooter award at a rally in the UK. You can see more photos of the Lambretta here, and note the additions the owner later made.

The owner was kind enough to send in some photos and interesting history. In the first photo is the award winning Lambretta with the wife and brother-in-law where they recreated the second photo of themselves as children taken way back in 1966, the same year the “new” scooter was originally made. (Sadly, they now refuse to pose topless again.) Following that are the award and the award-winning owner.

Congratulations and thanks for the nice story!


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Clutching at Lambretta rubber searches?
Aug. 15, 2007, 1:38 PM

A nice little post about our Lambretta rubber the other day:

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. Anyway, the sidepanel rubbers are nice and thick. Not too stiff and not too soft and my sidepanels sit on them a treat with no riding up of the rubber. “Same as Italian. Half the price.” as they say.

In fact, a lot of people complain about the Italian ones which cost twice as much but don't fit well at all, so good to have another option.

We think you'll feel the same way about the option of our new Lambretta clutch plates, both the clutch driven plates and 2.5mm clutch top plate. Again, excellent quality at a huge saving over elsewhere.

And apparently Google shares the opinion, putting scootRS at number one for “Lambretta parts” searches!


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New scootRS RSS update feeds
Aug. 10, 2007, 3:46 PM

feed icon As you can see on the sidebar, we've set up new RSS feeds so you can more easily stay up-to-date on our posts and new parts. You can even choose a Lambretta or Vespa feed if you only care about the one type of scooter. The feeds also include a featured item of the day, which is a fun way to stumble upon items you might not have thought about.

If you have no idea what RSS is or how it saves you time, read this quick explanation, then just click on one of our feeds to get started in Google/Yahoo/Bloglines or whatever reader you prefer.

By the way, you can still get our newsletter by email, which includes more but is only monthly, though we've been so busy of late we're overdue for another one.


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Well, speak of the devil
Aug. 5, 2007, 3:25 PM

We just posted below about 100% uptime, then suddenly our database was zapped when the host made some changes.

We seem to have recovered most everything except a couple new orders. If you ordered yesterday and yours is missing from your account but you hadn't paid for it yet anyway, you'll have to re-order, sorry.

If you did pay for it, we have emailed you already that we have your payment and order details and will be making a new order number for you onsite tomorrow. No need to re-order.

Damn, that 100% figure was looking good, too!


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100% Uptime
Aug. 1, 2007, 11:16 AM

Just a final follow-up on our switch the other month to a new server/database system:

Monthly report 2007-07
http://scootRS.com

Total uptime: 100.00%
Monthly uptime: 100.00%

So, that's very good news.

If you ever have a problem onsite, or a suggestion for improving something onsite, be sure to send us an email and we'll always take a look.


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