Roadkill: August 2012

The easiest fitting Lambretta/Vespa tubeless rims
Aug. 27, 2012, 10:02 PM

One technically clueless blooper we sometimes hear about classic tubeless rims is so badly wrong it really makes you shake your head.

Here's one UK shop marketing a product with this "expert" disinformation:

Really it's the design of the Lambretta hub which works against the design. With the alloy thicker rims they looked out of the box and got it right in a very clever way so hats off to them. Their way means the alloy rims are wider to get the well deep enough to make tyre fitting easier.

WRONG! And in a few ways.

ScootRS steel tubeless rims have a deeper wheel well - the center area on top which helps you put the tire on - than alloy types and are thus easier to fit tires to. Nothing against alloy types, it's just an undeniable fact.

Our tubeless rim

This is very easy to understand because only 2 things determine how deep a wheel well can be:

1) the stud holes. The wheel well can't go deeper than the stud holes and all rims have the holes in exactly the same place so as to fit on Lambretta (or Vespa) hubs.

It is obvious even to a blind person that making a rim wider has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with how deep a wheel well can be. (Unless you've confused the X plane with the Y plane!)

Take any rim and think for 1 second: you can make the rim 2 meters wide if you want; the wheel well still can't be a mm deeper than the stud holes. -But if wider it does mean you will need custom long hub studs to fit all the way across the rims, and maybe offset the wheels, unlike ScootRS rims which fit perfectly like original.

So all rims start with the same constraint. But then you have...

2) the thickness of the material used, which makes up the distance between the stud holes and the wheel well bottom. Alloy must be relatively thick whereas steel is only a few mms and can thus sit deeper as on a ScootRS rim.

Obvious, right? Long before our steel rims we did various alloy prototypes but then decided to go with steel for this exact reason, every mm being important here, as well as for original 1960s looks.

But wait, there's a bonus reason our ScootRS design is even easier to fit than other types... 

Our tubeless rim

3) ScootRS Lambretta rims are actually the ones with the "out of the box" clever design many years ago because our wheel well goes even lower than the studs! Sounds impossible, right? But, yes, lower, because it curves around each of the studs. A cool little design trick to provide an even easier fit. 

Thus, after us, no one "got right" the problem of the wheel well because you can't physically make it any deeper than we already did, especially not with alloy. 

Conclusion: ScootRS tubeless rims have a deeper wheel well than any other type, one that is absolutely maximized. This makes them easier to fit tires on than any other type of classic tubeless rim.

QED. 

So, there you have the proof next time an "expert" marketer tries to pull the wool over your eyes. 

And here's our video of showing how we can fit a tire on our rims in 45 seconds (in sandals on a lunch break)! If we can do it that easily you can too... 

As a side note, it's not surprising you hear some crazy talk thrown in with technical bloopers like above:

As for who made a tubeless rim first, well it's well documented I did a tubeless rim and hub on my sprinter in 1997. Don't let anyone pull the wool over your eyes that another company did it first........ the Brits did!

WRONG again! And quite sad really.

As everyone in scootering knows, it is well-documented history that an Asian company was the 1st in the world to MAKE and offer classic tubeless rims for sale, ScootRS. Of course one-offs don't count, we and many others did prototypes, but especially not someone slapping one motorbike wheel on the front of a Lambretta then absurdly claiming he "made" tubeless rims first! That's a joke. (To compare, ScootRS rims were considered so innovative at the time that they got a massive 2-issue 6-page review in Scootering Magazine as the first available in the world.) 

The word Tubeless has been brought down by poorly designed rims from Vietnam and the UK where both manufacturers didn't quite get it right! 

More marketing disinformation. Again, the well-documented fact is tubeless rims have been a huge success since we brought them out. Our innovative 1st version 8 years ago only had a tiny 5 replacements ever, without incident, and not a single replacement in all the years and versions since, using the same basic design all along. (To compare hard numbers, the same expert's "poorly designed" pistons have failed expensively with ring pin issues in dozens of motors over the years.) 

The simple facts are: classic tubeless rims are a great upgrade and have a fantastic safety record since we invented them years ago. To read more about the benefits of our original design for both Lambretta and Vespa - including the only GS160/SS180 tubeless rims available! - see our tubeless rims starting at only $49.99 in 4 colors.

Our tubeless rim


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SOLD for $13.48! Europe COUNTDOWN: Carburetor Keihin PWK 28mm
Aug. 22, 2012, 7:44 AM

SOLD! SOLD for only $13.48!

Check every day for a new Countdown deal on a Vespa or Lambretta scooter part!


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Update on our Snowflake Vietnam Charity Fund
Aug. 15, 2012, 6:14 PM

Snowflake Vietnam Charity Fund Just a quick update on our Snowflake Vietnam Charity Fund: our current total is now $6992! ($1420 from customers, $5572 from ScootRS.)

If you can, throw in $2 or $5 on the way to checkout. It would be great if our customers could match our donation!

100% of your donation goes directly to local Vietnam charity. No overseas overhead and we even donate the c.c. fees for everyone, as well as donate ourselves for every order.

Thanks again!


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Atomic Lambretta reed-valve kit customer review
Aug. 14, 2012, 4:30 PM

Well, not so much a review really but a customer sent in an email with some photos of his scooter after fitting the Atomic Lambretta reed-valve kit and said:

awesome...

easy to start.

Atomic Lambretta reed-valve kit

Hmm, he looks vaguely familiar... Nice Lambretta! Click for the 2nd photo of the kit mounted.

(By the way, the 150-175 version will be available shortly, check back in a week.)


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Update on our Snowflake Vietnam Charity Fund
Aug. 13, 2012, 6:23 PM

Snowflake Vietnam Charity Fund Just a quick update on our Snowflake Vietnam Charity Fund: our current total is now $6955! ($1403 from customers, $5552 from ScootRS.)

If you can, throw in $2 or $5 on the way to checkout. It would be great if our customers could match our donation!

100% of your donation goes directly to local Vietnam charity. No overseas overhead and we even donate the c.c. fees for everyone, as well as donate ourselves for every order.

Thanks again!


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More customer reviews of ScootRS
Aug. 10, 2012, 10:16 PM

Some recent customer emails, this first one from a UK scooterist who was very disappointed by deceptive practices at a UK shop, then ordered from us and wrote back:

Thank you ScootRS . I appreciate your prompt reply . Thank you once again for being so forthcoming with the accuracy i was anticipating and had no doubt i would receive . We are all accountable , even i , for discrepancies that we enlist for the sake of a service or sale of a product that we provide .

the bar is going to be lifted and you as a team , today , have well and truly cleared it . Praise of you and your attitude shall be forthcoming . All the best.

And about our Lambretta SX150 panels:

Big thanks from the IoW. Panels arrived today. Fit like a dream.

Will be back for more of your great service.

Thanks again

And one in Spanish about our "quick and attentive" service:

gracias por su respuestas, como siempre muy atentos y rapidos.

ademas de tener buenos precios y muy buena calidad ya q ya hice un pedido con ustedes y el otro esta en camino.

desde ya gracias.


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SOLD for $6.48! COUNTDOWN: Vespa Floor strips end caps PX stainless steel
Aug. 7, 2012, 4:03 PM

SOLD! SOLD for only $6.48!

Check every day for a new Countdown deal on a Vespa or Lambretta scooter part!


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