Roadkill: September 2008

Stainless steel GS160/SS180 Abarth-style retro exhaust
Sep. 27, 2008, 9:25 AM

Abarth repro GS160 exhaust Abarth repro SS180 exhaust Someone recently asked how far our stainless steel GS160/SS180 Abarth-style retro exhaust sticks out so we dug out a couple old scooters to take a photo.

As you can see, the fit is quite good on both. The stand will touch however, so read the product page first. We generally say performance is not the reason to get this exhaust, the great style is, but as one US customer wrote:

Very nice construction and much better performance than stock.

Or to quote someone else in general about this style exhaust:

I have one on my VL1 (updated 5 port 150cc engine). Have had it for over two years - love it. Can't recommend it if pure performance is your goal (I would go for their tuned exhaust instead), however it does what it should and it looks killer, sounds great.

I also have a friend who uses the same ScootRS double barrel exhaust on his GS150 (VS5) and he has said that he felt a jump in accelerating. He's had it on for over a year and likes it a lot. Hope that helps.


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Original style high-quality Lambretta seat covers
Sep. 25, 2008, 9:40 AM

Original style Lambretta seat covers Same as Italian but half the price? We keep repeating that because it is true and a great deal for you.

Starting with Lambretta double seats and the LD front seat and LD rear seat, we have remade our seat covers to be exactly like Italian ones from the original suppliers to Innocenti with high-quality heavy rubber backing in joined sections, foam-injection inserts at the back (on double seats), stainless rivets, zinc-plated tabs, rear seat badge, etc. - and of course the classic shape!

But we've also improved the original: we include a separate foam padding for you to put over your seat frame first to make the original more comfortable!

For now we are still offering our cheaper covers if you're on a budget - no hard rubber backing, different construction - but these new ones are much heavier and better quality. And at only $59 and $39, they are about half the price elsewhere for this quality!


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Vespa LX150 accessories photo
Sep. 23, 2008, 4:24 PM

Vespa LX side panels

Here's a new photo of some of our new Vespa LX150 accessories (and of course for LX125 and LX50 too) mounted on the scooter.

This photo features our side panels and other high-quality items made from stainless steel (as opposed to cheap chromed plastic).

Absolutely stunning! And functional too: if ever scratched, you just sand them a little and buff back to a brilliant shine again.


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Modern Vespa LX150 parts
Sep. 20, 2008, 3:45 PM

Vespa LX150 crashbars

As you might have noticed already, scootRS is now offering parts for modern Vespas! Much of what is available for these scooters is mediocre quality and/or badly overpriced but we'll bring the same great quality, unique items and unbeatable prices to these scooters that we do to classic Lambrettas and Vespas.

If you own a modern Vespa expect your cost of fun to go way down because the days of outrageous $99 bumpers and such are coming to an end. Mark our words, we're going to shake this market up for your benefit! As one of our typical classic scooter parts customers posted:

I would like to express through these pages the excellent products scootRS have for sale. I received today my shipment, taking into account 2 public holidays, just 4 days after being dispatched [to the UK]. The quality is fantastic and is matched by the prices. Each item individually wrapped ensuring no travel problems. I can't recommend them enough, you can even track your order during shipping. A first class operation.

For the Vespa LX150 models (also LX125 and LX50) we already have a series of high-quality stainless steel parts that you simply cannot find anywhere else. Either no one else in the world makes them or the best you can get are poor chrome plastic pieces that still cost much more.

Vespa LX150 rear panels For example, at the top you can see the 3-piece Vespa LX150 stainless steel crashbar set we offer for only $125 which, if even available elsewhere, would cost many hundreds of dollars more just for chrome items that chip and rust. And then there are unique items like our very beautiful Vespa LX series stainless steel rear panels that are only made by scootRS and just $79 a pair!

There's more to come, which we'll discuss later, but for now take a look at all our current Vespa LX150 accessories.

You might also have noticed that we have new RSS feeds set up to keep you updated. If not, check the menu on the left.


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Shipping scooter parts to you
Sep. 16, 2008, 11:34 AM

A funny email from the US today:

I just received another big box of parts - everything was as good or better than expected. My only confusion is that when I order parts from you and 2 U.S. shops on the same day, your parts get here first! How is that possible?

Thanks, and keep up the good work!

It's an ancient Vietnamese secret, of course. Well, a lot of hard work to improve our stock system helps too.

On a related note, we forgot to mention the good and bad news about shipping recently. The bad news is, the Post Office added a fuel surcharge like all the courier companies have, so that shipping went up a bit.

The good news is, having the 2nd largest courier account in all of Vietnam (so they tell us), we managed to squeeze out a solid new discount on courier shipping. We don't add anything to the shipping cost, so that all goes to you. On top of that, they've added a big new plane, so slightly better service too.


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Wholesale scooters
Sep. 8, 2008, 1:10 PM

We get emails all the time like this one today from Europe:

Dear scootRS team:

I really like what you are doing and your reputation is excellent.

I am interested in buying/wholesaling your Vespas in xxxxxx. Do you already have a partner in xxxxxx? Could you please indicate if you're interested.

Thank you for the compliment but, just for the record, we don't wholesale scooters at all. We have never shipped containers of scooters. We do very few scooters, always direct to customers, and have a very long waiting list.

We'd also strongly recommend not buying containers of scooters from Vietnam. All those scooters are coming out of local shops and are generally awful. We often get people writing back, asking again, after endless problems from some shipment of scooters they bought, or asking why someone used bent nails to hold the rear wheels on. We've even had some asking us how to contact the police here. You're on your own there.


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More from the email bag
Sep. 6, 2008, 2:42 PM

We love intelligent feedback from customers! A couple emails today:

Just thought i would give you a little post view write-up on the ScootRS P200 expansion chamber. I'm running a Malossi 210 heavily ported, HRS high compression head, Mazz cut crank, Vortex 33, on an 8” VNA Allstate. I've clocked over 5000 miles on your pipe. I have rode slow and hammered this machine; raced through dry and wet streets. I took off the pipe this week and found zero breaks on the welds. Bracket is in perfect shape.

He also made one great suggestion about the paint which we'll look into.

Here's another about our Lambretta hydraulic disc brake kit where he kindly reported details on a difference with his original S2 support piece - we're already redoing that particular one to make it perfect - and added:

As for the quality of the caliper and disk like I said they all work top notch as far as I'm concerned.

Finally, someone else restoring a S2 requested a custom item which we'll do if we can and added:

You guys have really stepped up the quality.

Keep up the good work.

Of course we quoted the good parts, we're not going to give away all the good ideas we get, but the point is any intelligent feedback is strongly encouraged and listened to. We might not always be able to act on it, but we will if we can.


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Yo, Lambretta scooters in the casa!
Sep. 5, 2008, 11:22 AM

A nice email today, though we won't mention which country so as to protect the innocent:

Our Lambretta LIS 150 is absolutely gorgeous and a fabulous restoration was done by ScootRS even [xxxx] from Casa Lambretta was impressed and he used to say he would never work on Vietnam scooters but he said he would work on ours if need be.

Thanks for the update. When people actually see for themselves what we do, the feedback is overwhelmingly positive.


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UK shops, North American customers
Sep. 4, 2008, 1:01 PM

A nice email from a new UK wholesale customer today:

I am very pleased with the speed of delivery of your parts and also the quality of the parts you sell as i have been with another Vietnamese supplier and their quality was no way near as good as yours so i look forward to doing lots of business with you.

Great! We make most of our items inhouse, so good to hear.

We also got an update on a Vespa scooter from many years ago where the customer finally needs to make a repair - a replacement switch:

The bike has been WONDERFUL since the day I bought it. This is the first “problem” I've had with it in the 4 years since you sent it to me... it was even properly jetted when I got it. I've ridden it to Portland from Vancouver, Niagara Falls from Toronto, Montreal from Toronto and all over Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Minneapolis and Winnipeg. I've won tons of awards with it and it turns heads everywhere I go. So I'm very happy with it... but I would love to get it back on the road.

Awesome, thanks for the update. It was actually more than 5 years ago this scooter was done and that's a lot of scootering! Let's get that switch changed and get back on the road...


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