Roadkill: September 2007

Lambretta Mugello 186
Sep. 28, 2007, 1:11 PM

Lambretta Mugello 186 Here's another Lambretta we're just finishing at the shop for a customer, this one a Lambretta with a Mugello 186cc nicasil cylinder kit. The Mugello V2 has some nice porting and is a good alternative to going 200cc. Great with our PWK carb kit, tuned exhaust, and of course disc brake kit.

The customer here requested a stand-out paint scheme of yellow on purple. The panels are striped like the old Supertune design. No extra charge.

If you are looking for a restored Lambretta with a kit, we've added a number of kits to our ordering page, from the RB22 to Mugellos to Rapidos. Configure your scooter to see the price.


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Dude, that's not what I ordered!
Sep. 26, 2007, 3:26 PM

No doubt sometimes mistakes are made when you process so many scooter parts orders, but we do try to correct things quickly when notified:

Got my order with two left side crash bars two weeks ago, and got the correct right side bar this week. Thanks for correcting the problem so quickly, there are several scooter shops here in the U.S.A. that would've taken three times as long just to get the first order sent! And they look better than the Italian bars. GOOD JOB PEOPLE!!! Thanks again.

Glad to hear you like them and it all worked out well.


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Mr. Test Tester at eBay!
Sep. 24, 2007, 9:24 PM

IP Location: United States, San Jose, Ebay Inc
IP Address: 216.113.168.139
OrgName: eBay, Inc
OrgID: EBAY
Address: 2145 Hamilton Ave
City: San Jose
State/Prov: CA
PostalCode: 95008
Country: US

Hey, Mr. Test Tester at eBay, we tried to email you at testddd@test.com but you didn't reply. Why are you putting in fake orders on our website? Do we put in fake orders on your website? What's up?


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Scooters in the rainy season
Sep. 23, 2007, 4:19 PM

Rain Here are a few quick photos coming home from the factory in a downpour the other day. If you look closely, you'll even see scooters in the first photo. Thankfully we were in a taxi because when it rains in Saigon during the rainy season, it often literally POURS and the streets flood and become impassable. It's not an unknown sight to see children swimming on a major road.

Here are the city's weather facts, if curious:

The city has a tropical climate, with an average humidity of 75%. A year is divided into 2 distinct seasons: The rainy season with an average rainfall of about 1,800 millimetres (71 in) annually (about 150 rainy days per year), which usually begins in May and ends in late November. The dry season lasts from December to April. The average temperature is 28°C (82°F), the highest temperature sometimes reaches 39°C (102°F) around noon in late April, while the lowest may fall below 16 °C (61°F) in the early mornings of late December.

Normally the best option during the rainy season when it is bad and you are on a scooter - perhaps the only option - is to pull over where ever you are, put a waterproof cover on your scooter and wait it out, hopefully in a little open-door restaurant which affords you a view of the action while you enjoy some tea. At other times, as you see in the photos, just forge ahead using the sidewalk or any path available and dream of November when the dry season begins and 6 months of sunshine will begin to pour down on you instead.


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A current Lambretta restoration
Sep. 19, 2007, 1:12 PM

Current Lambretta restoration Here's a Lambretta LI Special scooter restoration we're just finishing up. The customer requested a 200cc stage 4 engine (all new engine parts as we always do), PWK 30mm carburetor, stainless tuned exhaust, hydraulic disc brake, etc.

Nice custom paint job in dark gray and off-white based on a customer photo. The rear light and side panels are also striped. Also notice that the toolbox door has been “Frenched” - i.e., removed and smoothed out. No extra charge for any of that.

This Lambretta was $3,970 (about £1,985). If you want to configure one for yourself online and check out the price.


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And you thought you had it bad?
Sep. 15, 2007, 11:21 AM

The light is not always greener on the other side:

C'mon, buddy, the light's green! The traffic congestion in Ho Chi Minh City is getting out of hand, fears Dr Pham Xuan Mai, head of the Transportation Technology faculty at the Polytechnic University, which has researched the problem.

A study by the faculty estimated the annual loss from traffic jams to be VND14 trillion (US$900 million). It put the average per capita economic loss from every 45 minute gridlock at $0.54. However, the loss estimate does not factor in the impact on people's health and productivity.

There are 286,000 automobiles and 4 million motorbikes in the city.

Experts are warning that the traffic situation will become even worse since the subway is expected to be operational only in 2020.

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More scootRS factory updates
Sep. 13, 2007, 11:50 PM

The scootRS warehouse expansion We posted some photos of our most recent warehouse expansion the other week and here are a few more since we got more shelves and such up.

The first few show various stock areas upstairs, including the large items room, and one row of the seats section. After that a few downstairs around the final checking and packing and pickup/delivery areas, with the entrance to the factory floor beyond our baby elevator. You can see all the larger orders ready-to-go against the wall in the pickup/delivery area.

On a bizarre, somewhat related note, can you believe some guy who runs a US scooter shop emailed us yesterday and, as part of some weird attack, said he actually “knows” for a fact that our shop is just a dirt patch with chickens running around? Of course we all live in bamboo huts too. That's why land in HCMC is more expensive than most everywhere in the US. Wow, where do some people get their hatred of Asia from? It's a shame he won't be taking up the little $1000 bet we offered though :-)


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Plastic vs. classic
Sep. 12, 2007, 1:20 PM

Q. I ride a scooter to work and there are several stop lights that I am unable to trigger. Can you offer any suggestions other than altering my route?

A. The intersections giving you trouble probably have induction loop detectors beneath the pavement. These are weak electromagnets that sense large metal objects, mostly iron. Your problem: Your scooter doesn't have much iron.

In other words, you are not yet the owner of a beautiful classic Lambretta or Vespa scooter!


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I'll take your 7 miles and raise you 114
Sep. 12, 2007, 10:48 AM

The 7 original mile Rally auction we reported earlier went for only $6000 as suspected. Now along comes a cooler 1966 Vespa SS180 auction, with 121 original miles.

This scooter is not even broken in yet. I bought this last week from my neighbor who is the original owner. He parked this 41 years ago and has not had it out of the garage since. This Vespa is in great condition with some scratches on it but no dents. Everything on this scooter, according to my neighbor, is original. He even had the windshield that still has the protective film on it.

It's a shame the guy who found it didn't want to keep it, but no doubt the next owner will. This should go for decent money, but we'll find out how much it's really worth when the auction ends on the 21st.


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Lambretta S3 diagrams added
Sep. 9, 2007, 4:05 PM

For those of you shopping in the Lambretta Series 3 sections you'll notice a new “diagram” link next to the section name. Clicking it will bring up a diagram from the official parts manual so you can find exactly what you're looking for if you're not certain where it is.

The official diagram numbers match up with our scootRS part numbers of the form A00XXX where “A” is the type (here “L” for Lambretta), “00” for the section number, and “XXX” for the diagram number. So, for example, Sec. 1 Crankcase - Cylinder diagram number 36 is our L01036.

Hope it helps.


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Well Done ScootRS
Sep. 8, 2007, 9:33 AM

Well Done ScootRS A recent Scooterist Scene Magazine entry, Spring 2007 issue, is entitled “Well Done ScootRS” and begins:

I recently received a scooter I ordered from scootRS and it's better than I imagined - first class resto on everything. [...] I got exactly what they said I would.

Read the full item and see more photos of this beautiful award-winning scooter.


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Vespa Rally 200 with 7 original miles!
Sep. 6, 2007, 7:21 AM

It's not often you see a scooter like this. It's a 1974, so not ancient and has hideous turn signals, but only 7 original miles on a Rally 200 is quite amazing.

And now it is up for auction to the highest bidder. We'll bet it doesn't actually go for all that much, but we'll find out Sept. 9th.


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The new Lambretta Swan
Sep. 4, 2007, 7:50 AM

If the never-ending dream of a new Lambretta produces nothing else, well, at least we'll have this beautiful ad over at Lambretta.com for the elegant “new” Lambretta Swan.

(Btw, that's “new” as in “doesn't exist but wouldn't it be cool if...”)


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Scooter chase video
Sep. 2, 2007, 12:34 PM

If you've yet to see it, go and check out the well done scooter chase video that da boyz over at BrooklynBretta have done.

A police Lambretta chases a speeder on another Lambretta over roads that look worse than anything here in HCMC. But does he really escape to Manhattan? We'll find out in part 2 apparently...


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Silver Vespa VLB Sprint for $3,099
Sep. 1, 2007, 2:59 PM

Vespa VLB Sprint 5-port reed-valve We finally added some photos of the silver Vespa VLB Sprint we have ready-to-go except for doing the new 5-port reed-valve engine. You can still make a few changes if you like.

At only $3,099 with that engine, done inhouse by us, it's a tremendous deal compared to all the outsourced and/or outright bodged Vietnam/India scooters out there. And currently it's the only one we have that will let you leapfrog our scooter restoration wait a bit, so don't wait yourself if interested.


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