Roadkill: August 2010

Straight and true scooter rims
Aug. 29, 2010, 11:27 PM

A nice customer email today:

I have installed your 12v wiring loom and 12v non-battery CDI kit with stator and am very pleased.

Your tubeless rims are excellent, too, and you can quote me on this:

I had the wheels balanced to sort out a vibration issue and I was eliminating possibilities (turns out it was the front brake drum). The mechanic said they were very true, no different than countless others he's worked on for modern Vespas or motorcycles: no warping, and they only required a small 7oz counter-weight.

Great, glad you liked them. Their trueness was actually mentioned as an additional benefit over standard rims in the Scootering review back in 2004 when first released.

Vespa or Lambretta tubeless rims, $49 - what are you waiting for?

(We also make our own high-quality and true regular Vespa rims and Lambretta rims inhouse, read about why they are better than others.)


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Australia: we have one stainless steel Lambretta petrol tank there
Aug. 20, 2010, 11:27 AM

UPDATE: SOLD! Thanks.

Anyone in Australia want a stainless steel Lambretta petrol tank?

We have one in Australia, sent by mistake, so you can have it with FREE SHIPPING! (Or maybe to NZ with cheap shipping?)

You can pay the $63 here to order it. One only and it goes to the first person!

(We'll refund any extra orders and remove this when sold.)


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Vespa T5 disc brake conversion
Aug. 20, 2010, 8:25 AM

Vespa T5 disc brake kit

Here's a post we came across:

Re: front disc conversion on a T5 Classic. what's involved?

I've fitted a few in my time and at the moment the new ScootRS [Vespa] front disc conversion kit seems to be the best buy.

A little fiddly but nothing someone with a small knowledge of mechanics wouldn't be able to fit. The master cylinder housing is a great idea with only a small modification to the lever housing. The rest just bolts on only bleeding the hose can sometimes be tricky.

Our Vespa PX disc brake fits T5 and start at $219 for the hub unit, $289 with master cylinder and everything.


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Vespa CDI kit (electronic ignition)
Aug. 16, 2010, 9:12 PM

A nice email today from a customer:

Thanks to your installation manual, I mounted the CDI kit this weekend and it works perfectly. So, again, thank you for your help. I really appreciated it.

Have a nice day.

CDI kit VBB/VBC Super/VLB Sprint+ (PX style) If you have a classic Vespa scooter, our Vespa CDI kit is the best around, based on a PX system so you get great output and reliability with common parts if spares are ever needed. It also includes absolutely everything in one kit. (We do the same with our Vespa smallframe CDI kit.)

Bright halogen 12v lights and a set-and-forget steady ignition on a classic scooter? It's a conversion we do to every Vespa we restore for good reason.


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How to prevent dangerous tire blowouts on your scooter
Aug. 15, 2010, 6:46 PM

Here is some recent forum discussion about how to avoid dangerous tire blowouts on Vespa and Lambretta scooters:

Is there a manufacturer, that makes those flatproof tires in a 10x3.5 that would be good for the [LML] stella? havent found much online, but it would be great to know i wont have a catastrophic blow out. there have been quite a few scooterists around here get very badly injured due to blowouts recently. most recently a couple with no medical insurance had a blowout on a honda elite going about 60, and were both roadrashed head to toe and injured badly. one of them was nearly killed. they had to sell their other scooters to pay for treatment.

And in reply:

Your best bet about preventing catastrophic blowouts is to start using tubeless rims and tires.

And the pudding with the proof in it:

I have the ScootRS tubeless rims and Michelin S-1s and was able to ride out a front flat at somewhere around 50 [mph].

So, in review we have 2 options:

  1. No tubeless rims? “Quite a few scooterists” suffering blowouts and some are “nearly killed.”
  2. With ScootRS tubeless rims? As designed, “was able to ride out a front flat at 50 [mph].”

Tubeless wheel rimConclusion? No solution will ever be perfect given that our old scooters all depend on skinny tires and valves, but if every Vespa and Lambretta used ScootRS tubeless rims, classic scootering would be substantially safer.

That's why we invented them and since released in 2006 our current v.3 tubeless rim has never failed. $49 in 4 colors, or $89 in high-grade stainless steel. What are you waiting for?


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Internet down, some delays on orders
Aug. 4, 2010, 10:18 PM

The internet is down in our area due to storms the other day so updates and new orders will see some delays.

We are supposed to have internet service restored on Monday, the 9th. After that we can update accounts and mark orders shipped that have been sent out already.

Thanks for your patience.


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