Roadkill: August 2008

New Lambretta and Vespa GS160 panels
Aug. 30, 2008, 4:54 PM

New Lambretta panels
How about new machine-stamped Lambretta TV/LIS side panels, left and right? These are not welded at all or handmade as you can see in raw form.

GS160 panelGS160 panel We also have impossible to find Vespa GS160 panels, left and right. These ones are manually stamped and shaped and partly welded, so not perfect like fully machine-stamped items, but better than what currently exists: nothing.

Please see the new parts page for more details.

By the way, as noted, we're closed for 3 days for holidays.


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USA Number 1 Big Joe
Aug. 25, 2008, 11:51 AM

An email today from a regular USA scooterist in response to our post below about the appalling scare tactics of a few insiders there:

I just wanted to write something in response to the abuse you are getting on the US forums. I belong to one of the more rabid vintage scooter clubs, one that regularly tortures and shames the importers and buyers of cheap Asian restos. Not your products though.

We've all, very reluctantly, bought ScootRS parts - I'm talking about a bunch of people who will spend two years tracking down NOS Italian cotter pins. We would rather not ever have to put a re-popped Asian part on our beloved aging scoots, but if we have to, we're going to buy it from you and no one else. We place orders over and over again, we pool our orders to share the shipping costs, we track your quality for any sign of degradation, and every year we continue to buy from you.

Keep up the good work.

Thanks very much for that. It confirms what we've found, that regular USA scooterists are similarly open-minded and, once they actually see for themselves what we do, come back regularly.


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“Darn” forums?
Aug. 20, 2008, 3:48 PM

Is “darn” a swear word?

We've always been shocked that some forums in the USA are allowed to be ruined by a small clique posting all manner of insults and nonsense about things they know nothing about so as to block civil discussion and enforce personal biases or promote friend's shops, while at the exact same time on other forums in other countries people are perfectly normal and friendly and look at things for exactly what they are and discuss things very civilly and intelligently. The latter are the types of forums where you find good information, not where people are shouted down if they deviate at all from what a few think you ought to think.

By the way, a nice email from a customer today:

Received the refund, many thanks.

The good reputation you have on the LCGB forum site is justified, given such prompt service.

And it's a darn good forum too if you want to learn anything related to Lambrettas.


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“Friggin” scooters?
Aug. 15, 2008, 12:47 PM

Is “friggin” a swear word? We always forget:

People friggin love the scooter by the way.... There's this Italian guy who runs a pizza joint here that is in love with it!


I had it out last night for the first run in a while and I was very impressed at the power through all the gears - now that I have about 150 miles on it, it is really starting to break in nicely.


I am very impressed with the restoration that you guys did on my Lambretta and the way you had it dialed in is spot on. [....] I was out for a ride today and had people stopping me everywhere to ask what it was and where I got it. So thank you to everyone there for delivering what you promised... I am very pleased and satisfied with ScootRS.

Great, always nice to hear customers are happy.

Of course, just to be fair, there's always the “friggin” internet and the word of those who don't know anything about what we actually do except that we're in Vietnam, a land of 80,000,000 people from whence containers of awful scooters are launched only to land on eBay to be flipped to the unsuspecting: “Dude is a scooter butcher.”

As you can see, we let you handle the scales yourself.


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Lambretta RB22 custom scooter
Aug. 10, 2008, 5:46 PM

Lambretta RB22 custom scooter If you played the video on the homepage, you'll recognize this scooter.

It's a Lambretta LI Special, but with an AF Rayspeed 225cc RB22 cylinder kit, dual tanks, hydraulic disc brake kit, dropbars, custom paint, matching seat, and stainless accessories.

And, yes, it is as fast as it looks, and as fun as it sounds in the video.


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Scooter restorations in the shop
Aug. 3, 2008, 11:32 AM

Scooters in the shop Here are a few photos of some scooters we are finishing off in the shop at the moment:

  1. An 8-inch 5-port sky blue Vespa VBB with chrome wheels, PWK carb and tuned exhaust.
  2. A flashy green and white Lambretta that is going to look brilliant.
  3. Another flashy Lambretta that will also look brilliant, this time with an RB22 cylinder kit.

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