The first February weekend of the year is an absolute must for everyone Real Scooterist at. The Scooterist Meltdown in Kalkar is an all-inclusive weekender in a class of its own. Depending on the package you book, it ranges from five days to just one nighter or the big custom and dealer show on Saturday.

The program is designed in the best Scooterist tradition. The nighter starts on Friday at 20 p.m. and Saturday at 19 p.m. In 3 locations (Main Room, Indie Room & Ska Bar) you can dance to the finest Northern Soul, R'n'B, Ska, Reggae, Madchester & Brit Pop and alternative tunes until 3.00 a.m. You can also chill out or bowl in the hotel bar.

Live bands on both Friday and Saturday round off the program.

 

On Saturday there is traditionally the big custom and trade show during the day. And this year it completely broke the mold with 70 exhibitors from all over Europe. There has never been so much going on and we can judge it quite well, as we were able to be there with our SC stand at nine out of ten Meltdowns.

We were able to exchange the hottest news and the latest gossip in the scene with around 2.000 visitors, customers and friends throughout the day. And one thing is already certain: next year is definitely booked!

 

Thank you very much and congratulations to the Scooterist of 84 crew on turning ten! 

Meltdown 2024

One of the most important scooter celebrations on this side of the planet will take place in Kalkar from February 1 to 5, 2024, an event celebrating its 10th year and as usual, Scooter Center will be present with a stand and great prizes.

PROGRAM:
The tenth episode of this legendary scooterist weekender in the surreal setting of a former nuclear power plant will be very special – watch this space!
For now, here is some key info:
• 3 TOP live bands from the UK
• 3 niters, 4 floors (Traditional Scooter Sounds, Indie, Live Music Area, Ska Bar)
• International top DJs
• Large Dealers Market & Custom Show
• Horse Power Shoot out
• On-site facilities like bowling alleys, pool tables, bar mile and more!

The weekend package is sold out since month, BUT you can join the show on Saturday for the massive Trade & Customshow and / or the Nighters (without booking the hotel). All details you can find here

The International Custom Show is another highlight! It also takes place on Saturday and the best custom creation will be judged by an International Jury.

This is the link where all your questions will be answered, or at least most: 

Specials at our stand

signing books at Scooter Center Condition

The Complete Spanner's Manual: Vespa Wideframe Engines

By Martin 'Sticky' Round

This will be the first opportunity anyone has to get a copy in the hand. Tracy and Sticky will sign on Friday 3rd at 11am.

Shortfacts -World Premiere at Scooterist Meltdown:

Where?        Scooterist Meltdown at Scooter Center stalls
When?          Saturday 3rd February 2024 – 11 a.m. – 12 p.m

What?           World premiere, signing and selling of the limited hardcover.

Half past the bar

We will have our merchandising to raise for the cause of “at half an hour at the bar”

See you on Saturday the 3rdrd of February for the ultimate MELTDOWN!

The 10th anniversary of the Scooterist Meltdown in Kalkar will bring exciting news to the Vespa world. Sticky will present on Saturday the 3rdrd of February to the world public brand new The Complete Spanner's Manual for Vespa Wideframe Engines

 

The day before -Friday, 2nd of February- there will be the exclusive chance to meet Sticky & Tracy for a sneak preview of the book at Scooter Center. Between 10 and 12 h you have the chance to buy one of the strictly limited hard back covers and have them signed in the shop.

Here you will find all the information of the game changer in the world of Lambretta and now finally Vespa manuals. 

Short Facts –Sneak preview @Scooter Center:

Where?        Scooter Center
When?          Friday 2nd February of 2024 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m

What?           Sneak preview, signing and selling of the limited hardcover.

Short Facts –World Premiere at Scooterist Meltdown:

Where?        Scooterist Meltdown at Scooter Center stalls
When?          Saturday 3rd February of 2024 – 11 a.m. – 12 p.m

What?           World premiere, signing and selling of the limited hardcover.

The Complete Spanner's Manual: Vespa Wideframe Engines

By Martin 'Sticky' Round

The book contains 210 pages of instructions on how to run, service and repair Wideframes built in Italy (Piaggio), Spain (MotoVespa), France (ACMA), Germany (Hoffmann and Messerschmitt), England (Douglas), Belgium (MISA) and even the illicit copies made in Russia (Vjatka).

Now, with more Wideframe engine parts than ever being remade, and this book in hand, there has never been a better time to revive that old Vespa.

Rhine Switch Old Switch Event

A good friend of the house: Rhine counter VC Cologne  celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2024 and Kris, the president, invites us to a big event!

In 2014, three Vespisti from the Rhineland in the Alps were sitting in their van at night on the way home from the Vespa World Days in Mantova, Italy, and were so enthusiastic about the huge Vespa meeting that they quickly launched a new Vespa Club - the Vespa -Club RheinSchaler Cologne! A club for Vespa enthusiasts from Cologne and the surrounding area. 

After ten years The three boys have now become over 100 Vespisti and Scooterists. Colorful, diverse, open, crazy and Rhenish-friendly, people have been meeting on Sundays at 16 p.m. on Cologne's Rudolfplatz since the beginning to chat and plan trips.

Rhine switch DGR 2021

Vespa Babbo Rhine switch

Every year at least one longer tour is undertaken together and since the beginning the annual organization of the pre-Christmas Vespa charity campaign has been “Vespa Babbo” has now become a Cologne tradition and is known beyond the city limits.

Vespa Babbo

10 year club anniversary

In 2024 the club will look back on many wonderful years with many tours, meetings and activities and will celebrate this from 24.-26. May 2024 in cooperation with the Motorworld Rhineland at the big anniversary meeting at the historic Butzweilerhof Airport with:

  • exits
  • Make decisions
  • Party
  • SlowMo Race
  • Raffle
  • and come-together!
Distinguished gentleman ride at Motorworld

The Rhine Switches invite all scooter drivers to attend.

For more information visit www.rheinschneider.de/alterschneider

Kris

Vespa joy straubig

When it comes to a good cause, celebrations in December have a special meaning, and that's how they met Vespa friends Straubig to the mulled wine regulars' table and Harald talks about it

On November 25.11.2023th, XNUMX they met Vespa friends Straubing in the Hubertushalle in Straubing for our mulled wine get-together.

The occasion was perfect because Raphael Knespel was holding the Vespa parts market in the Hubertushalle at the same time.

After the Vespa parts market, we started with our annual mulled wine get-together for the benefit of the Bettina Bräu Foundation 

Around 40 accompanied members helped to make the event a complete success.

In terms of culinary delights, there were plenty of donated Käsekrainer, veal sausages and Iberico pork neck in a roll.

In advance there was of course thematically, mulled wine, punch and mulled wine with a shot.

 

The remaining excellent catering service took over Stefan Bauer from the Hubertus Hall.

Auction Vespa Friends Straubig

A big highlight of the evening was the auction. Here everyone was waiting for the highlight from SC. Leg protection against the cold was particularly popular.

Markus Tom Rösner emerged as the winner from the bidding battle. Tom was very happy.

The net proceeds from the event are included 750€.

This sum will be transferred to the foundation.

 

I thank the house Scooter Center for this great commitment.

GLG from Harald

Moped tour Leverkusen

We had the opportunity to be part of the Moped XMas Tour 2023 of Piaggio Club Leverkusen and contribute with prizes for the winners.

It was a complete success, but it's better to say it in the words of the organizers:

Our Xmas Tour 2023 was again a great success. At the Leverkusen Clinic we have St. Nicholas gifts for the children's ward, which were donated by the Piaggio Center Roock. In the end, we collected a whopping €2180 at the Christmas market for the Leverkusen Project Sterntaler Bürgenstiftung. We would like to thank everyone who took part in the tour and of course the audience who stood on the side of the road and celebrated us. Thanks to everyone involved and the Leverkusen police who accompanied us. It was once again a complete success.

Gallery Moped XMas Tour 2023

Rumors had been circulating for some time that the Green Onions would return to Elba in 2024! In mid-November the time had come and it was finally official! The international Rally will take place on the beach of Morcone near Capoliveri on the first weekend of May. Below is the official information from our friend Gegio from Scooterismo.it, including recommendations for accommodation.

Here is a small picture gallery from 2007 from the Scooter Center archives. Including the presentation of the first bgm products and the back as new Lambretta catalog. 

Scooter Rally Toscano 2024

Morcone Bay – Isle of Elba – 3/5 May 2024 – Back with a bang!

For the people involved into classic scooters during the last 20 years the name Scooter Rally Toscano stands for one of the most important events in Europe! The youngest ones meanwhile can only dream about it hearing the tales from the veterans….

However, for everyone the wait is finally over! The Original Scooter Rally Toscano Organized by Green Onions Scooter Club with a little partnership from Scooterismo.it is back with a bang!

When? From 3 to 5 May 2024!

Where? @ Mandel Club – Morcone Bay – Capoliveri – Isle of Elba (LI)ud.it

 

Imagine the daily ferries to the Isle of Elba from Piombino overwhelmed by hundreds Scooterists from all over Europe, hundreds of Vespa and Lambretta parked towards the beach of Morcone or buzzing around the breathtaking streets around Capoliveri!

Beers and food stalls directly on the rally site, all-day long beach dj set + 2 All-Nighters @ Mandel Club with the best Italian Selecters in Soul, Jamaican and Scooterist's finest sounds, market area with records, spare parts, vintage and classic streetwear clothes & accessories.

custom show for the best scooters and massive prizes for the winners, a raffle and The Cleopatras live concert on the beach!

Choose between more then 10 accommodation facilities with special prices: hotel, camping, bungalow, B&B or apartments (see the list below and ask for Scooter Rally Toscano Discount)!

Plus Saturday massive scooter run, free ride-out and partner restaurants for your best Scooter Rally Toscano experience!

IMPORTANT! Pre-Registration will be available very soon and until 31 March 2024 on the official website: www.scooterrallytoscano.it !

It includes the complete Scooter Rally Toscano package at a discounted price, only 30€ instead of 33€, and the exclusive features are:

Friday and Saturday all-nighter tickets, Official rally patch, Weekend wristband for rally site entrance, Saturday scooter run and will give access to special prices for ferry's tickets!

Then, no worries, it is possible to subscribe directly on the Rally site with standard prices!

 

More info TBA!

FB: Green Onions Scooter Club

Email: 🇮🇹 🇬🇧 info@scooterrallytoscano.it

Website: www.scooterrallytoscano.it

Selected accommodation facilities are:

Eugenio Degli Innocenti
Boss ▪︎ Scooterismo.it – Distretto Ruote Piccole

Vespababbo Rhine switch

 The has been organizing since 2014 Vespa Club RheinSchalter Cologne the so-called Vespa Babbo. A tradition from Italy in which Vespisti dress up in Christmas outfits and with decorated Vespas to spread Christmas magic in cities and towns while also handing out small gifts and collecting donations for charitable causes.

This year the Cologne VespaBabbo took place for the 10th time. At the same time, this year's VespaBabbo anniversary heralds the club's anniversary in 2024. The Vespa Club Rhein Schalter was founded in 2014 by three friends on their way back through the Alps from the Vespa World Days in Mantova (IT) and now has around 100 members in Cologne and the surrounding area.

VespaBabbo prices

 For a donation there was a Christmas package consisting of a bag, chocolate lice, SC stickers and a ticket for the raffle. You had the chance to win one of 23 prizes, which were awarded by, among others Scooter Center, Cologne Industries, Cologne schnapps from jörg's wine shop and some club members were sponsored.

In addition, there were 3 special prizes awarded by the club's executive committee:
1. For the most beautifully decorated Vespa
2. For the most unusual costume.
3. For the best combination (best costume and most beautiful Vespa)

Most creative costume and best combination 

And since we sell accessories, we decided to stay true to that concept and dress up as Christmas accessories, which earned us the Best Costume award. ;)

Best decorated scooter

This Vespa, which, judging by its license plate, came from Monschau, was the sensation of the whole event and understandably won the prize for the most beautifully decorated Vespa.

Donate

The Cologne VespaBabbo collected around 1.000 EUR for all participants, this time from the Cologne club Association for bittersweet Cologne eV., will benefit. Zartbitter campaigns against sexual abuse of boys and girls.

Have fun and spread pre-Christmas cheer in the city!

Around 80 classic scooters took part in this Switch Edition tour, including two Apes who accompanied us. The route was organized so that the group covered the most important Christmas markets. And thanks to the donation, each Vespa received a bag of chocolate Santas to spread sweet Christmas cheer along the route.

We would like to thank the VC Rheinwechsel for allowing us to be part of this fun and great campaign.
St. Nicholas Day trips like this have inspired many clubs and we look forward to taking part in the “Moped X-Mas Tour” to participate.

Info: Piaggio Club Leverkusen

Moped X-Mas Tour

Now New!

There are only two original ignitions for the Lambretta lui and Junior series: one for all models with 50 cc displacement 4-pin ignition system from Dansi and for the models with more displacement (lui 75 and J100-125) one 6-pin Ducati ignition.

The power output of both ignitions is very manageable: the Dansi ignition is included 6V / 18 watts and the Ducati version at least with it 6 V / 33 W .

The 50s models have - in a negative sense - absolutely minimal electrics, which usually don't even have a brake light. An upgrade is impossible due to the non-existent performance of this Lambretta alternator.

Comparison of the power output of the ignition systems

Ignition Ducati 6-pin J 100, J 125                  6V / 33W

Ignition Ducati 6-pin lui 75                        6V / 33W

Ignition Dansi 4-pin J 50, lui 50                  6V / 18W

Ignition Vape lui 50-75, J 50-125           12 V / 110 W

vape 80 watts, consider 2.000 U / min

vape 110 watts, consider 6.000 U / min

This means that the new lui and Junior Vape ignition is a more than contemporary update 12V and 110 watts Perfomance. In addition, there is the unbeatable advantage of everyone electronic ignition: There are neither capacitors that burn out nor breakers that are subject to wear. Maintenance work and a weak ignition spark are a thing of the past.
Due to the very high ignition energy at low starting speeds, the vape ignition offers better starting behavior. The CDI is suitable for all original and tuned engines with a static ignition timing.

Thanks to the 12 magnets in the magnet wheel and the 9 coils on the ignition base plate, a high current output is available even at low speeds and the flickering of the light when idling is no longer present. The maximum output of the alternator is 110 watts.

This means that the models with 50 cc displacement can also be perfectly upgraded to the features of the larger models such as high and low beams and a brake light. Additional consumers (USB socket, exhaust gas temperature and the like) are of course no problem either.

The ignition magnet wheel is one-piece, manufactured to a high quality and balanced. The fan blades are CNC milled. The design of the fifteen fan blades has been optimized for higher cooling performance. The weight of the magnet wheel with fan blades is 1,2 kg.

Weight of the pole wheels in comparison

Flywheel Ducati 6-pole (Innocent number 00840134) J 100, J 125 1,35 kg

Polrad Ducati 6-pole (Innocenti number 00860038) lui 75 1,35 kg

Polrad Dansi 4-pole (Innocenti number 00860030) J 50, lui 50 1,4 kg

Polrad Vape with CNC milled fan blades lui 50-75, J 50-125 1,2 kg

Here we have put together the essential components - in addition to the ignition - for converting the on-board electrical system from J 50 to J 100 / J125:

A special feature of the J50 models is the limited space available with the original 50 rear light. A flat LED universal rear light can be the solution here.

When upgrading the lui 50 to lui 75 electrics it looks like this:

The lui 75 terminal board is - so far - only available for the original contact ignitions. When converting to electronic ignitions, all plug connections should be bridged together so that regulated 12 V is available across all of them.

Only green must not be combined with the other colors; here the engine is switched on and off.

The 6 volt horns/buzzers can be retained on all models. However, it is important to avoid honking in the future, otherwise the component will be damaged.

Lui and Junior Vape Ignition:

Holding plates:

Novegro 2023 parts market

It's the end of October and in just a few days it will be ready Parts market in Novegro 2023, Milan. Always a nice trip to look for parts and scooters.

Audacity loses!

A week before, an unpleasant report made the rounds on Facebook and in some Whatsapp groups.

In the Bologna area, two Lambretta lui 50s are stolen from Roberta and Simone. Pictures and the frame numbers of the white and turquoise Lambretta are doing the rounds.

After heavy rain from Thursday to Friday November 3rd, the gates to a well-soaked Novegro area opened. Suddenly there is a bit of a hustle and bustle between the usual suspects: Lambretta nuts. It quickly turns out that a delivery truck with several Lambretta scooters was also loading Roberta and Simone's lui scooters in the parking lot. Sam from Lambrettafinder, Marco from Rimini Lambretta Center, Carlos from Swiss Tony Scooter Spares, Jon Gilbert from JG Scooters, our friend Dean Orton and a few others clarify the situation and inform the rightful owners, Novegro security personnel and the police. 

In addition to the lui scooters, the corresponding bags, license plates and keys were also found in the B*****'s delivery van. So if that's not enough, another stolen Lambretta turns up in the form of a Model D.

Happy end! Scooters are back and hopefully the brazen idiot will get the appropriate punishment!

Unclear ownership number two

Some people have noticed a yellow lui 50 on the market. A color reserved for the Innocenti family's vehicles. On the steering head the sticker from Vittorio Tessera's Casa Lambretta. Most people thought nothing of it or thought the Lambretta was a reproduction, fake or whatever.

It later turns out that the scooter actually comes from Vittorio's Museo Scooters & Lambretta comes from. Vittorio loaned the lui for an exhibition to a friend who died in the meantime and his widow sold the lui without knowing the ownership structure.

But here too, a happy ending is in prospect. The buyer and Vittorio are in contact with each other and last week Vittorio bought a perfectly preserved lui 50 in orange to swap.

Here are a few more impressions from Novegro!

Gallery Novegro 2023

“210.000 km and 100 countries made (by now) by VESPA since September 2017 NON STOP”. This is how the social media of Ilario Lavarra welcomes all the Vespa fanatics who dream of long-distance trips. But long-distance here gets another huge meaning, briefly explained: The entire world!!!

He celebrated the 100th country of his journey on October 2023, and sent us this beautiful postcard, so we wanted to pay tribute to him by telling a little of the story of a #RealScooterist, in this case: the traveler! ;)

“To my friends from SC, who are supporting this Grand Tour around the world on a Vespa! A big hug from this incredible country, my #100 non-stop”

Ilario Lavarra

"First" long trip

"21 Americhe" - solo trip on an old vespa-

How do we meet Ilario?

As thousands of kilometers turn out to be thousands of friends, and I was one of the lucky ones to cross his path :)

Back in 2010, when he was on the middle of his journey: “21 Americans” on a 40-year-old Vespa (Fast Sprint), 82.000 kilometers from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back (here the video). He entered Colombian territory, and for us, he was one of the first travelers that visited us. As it usually happens, we all gathered to hear the countless stories that he accumulated along with his kilometers and our friendship was set.

7 years later, was my turn to make a bigger Vespa trip, unfortunately not in my Vespertine (my PX over there). But thanks to him, we rode through Modena, Bologna, Verona, and Rome. That's how I knew his plans for a new trip, but this time a “little farther”…

Current trip

"Le Grand Tour'" - The longest journey ever on a Vespa

“Le Grand Tour" was the name given to the educational journey that became fashionable in the late 17th century. An excellent name if you ask me, because there is no better way to know the world but to experience it! and he describes it perfectly like this:

“It is a personal journey of knowledge across cultures and latitudes. And this knowledge makes me happy.”

He is now in the 2/3 part of the trip. Europe and Africa is already done! and now he finds in Bhutan, the country number 100 as part of the Asia and Oceania phase, later he will repeat America.

The Vespa chosen could not be another of course that a Granturismo, the GT 1968  with the name: Ardimentosa

The first 100.000 km

and as in a small summary of his 100 thousand km, ilario tells us the wonders he has seen:

“I love this Vespa, called Ardimentosa, which is gliding over the world meter by meter. Slowly, joyfully. And me with her. On the icy Scandinavian tundra with the aurora borealis lights. On the autumn warmth of the African deserts of Western Saharan. On the dirt roads of Bissau and Conakry. On the Atlantic coast to Nigeria. On the Cameroon war and the rainforests of Gabon and the two Congos. On the colors of Namibia's deserts and on the reefs of South Africa. On the burned savannahs of the eastern part, on the villages of huts and on the banana plantations of the thousand hills. On the warm silences of lava stone of the Horn of Africa, on the Coptic monasteries, on the pyramids. On the fairy chimneys and on the peaks to almost 5000 meters of Central Asia. On the snow of the kingdom of Persia and now on the gulf in front of the Arabian peninsula. One hundred thousand kilometers. Ole!”

Hilary

A new chapter - INDIA

At that time, in India, Ilario was informed that Scooter Center was there some time ago making some buying for his ONGOING section and when some engine problems arose, he did not doubt to reach us. But what a surprise for both of us when I received his email, because he didn't know that I work here.

He has a philosophy of no sponsors, so he can travel free, but we responded, not as sponsors, but as partners, and the best way we can contribute to fulfilling his dream is with the parts he needs.

In the middle of the Indian jungle he sends me a message, tired of the hard trip:

“I am preparing to cross Tibet, I will leave from Nepal to get to Laos. As Tibet is a Chinese problem area, it will take me some time to get my visa.
In Tibet I will be driving for a week at about 5000m altitude, probably October/November.
The Chinese authorities want winter tires, compulsory in winter in Tibet.”

So we send him some other parts in need:

And believe me, India is not big, it is huge!!! INDIA IS A WORLD, the country with such a diversity and density of cultural, religious, ethnic, geographical aspects, etc. which in another country is IMPOSSIBLE to find. From Ladakh in the heart of the Himalayas at 8000m high, to the Buddhist Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim so close to Tibet, East India and its tribals with bamboo villages among mountains difficult to reach (that already seems to be in East Asia), to the Sickh Punjab and the infinite super populated plain of the Ganges, to the rural and the fascinating rural Hindu States of central India, and then the Muslim majority regions near Pakistan or Bangladesh, up to the high tea plantations of the Christian Kerala, to finally jump into the southern apex which is Kanyakumari. An infinite puzzle with billions of pieces different from each other, to enjoy one by one. Slowly.

We wish him the best of luck, although we know that he is surrounded by it thanks to the magic of the Vespa, his charisma and his wonderful story.

He will keep us updated on his journey. In the meantime you can catch up on his story with his videos and posts, which are not only amazing, but also entertaining.

you'll find the latest news of his trip on his website: Vespanda.com

and his Instagram: @vespanda_ilario.lavarra
and facebook: wasp

While news for the more modern scooters is currently being presented at the EICMA, last weekend at the Mostra Scambio (November 3rd - 5th, 2023) there was long-awaited news for many Lambretta friends.

The lui 75 is by far the most complex Lambretta exhaust to produce, but also by far the one that works best on the lui models. (Resonance systems are left out.)

Lambretta lui exhaust – the structure:

And here again in a beautiful drawing from the classic:

In addition to the complicated interior, there are two heat shields screwed onto the outside and a chrome finish on the exhaust itself. An effort that is second to none and really makes reproduction a challenge.

Our surprise in Novegro was all the greater that two Italian manufacturers presented the exhaust as a reproduction.

The structure looks plausible:

We have ordered the systems and as soon as they have received their chrome bath, they will come to us and will be available in the shop.

The competing product from Tutto Lambretta was available for purchase and our exhaust is currently still in Dortmund. (Thanks Corina & Marco for the transport.)

As soon as the others are here, it will be put to the test.

A big thank you also to Dottore Markus for his translation skills in Novegro!!!

Stay tuned!

On Saturday September 30th the Lambretta Club Modena at its annual event –Lambretta & Extra Oil - Chapter VIII recorded a record number of visitors: over 170 scooters!!

Luca had us during his visit Scooter Center We were told about this great event on the way to Lincoln, so we were immediately encouraged to take part.

We would like to thank Luca for the photos and wish you many more successful events in the future.

You can find more information here:  Facebook Lambretta Club Modena

VCLörrach

We congratulate that Vespa Club Loerrach Happy 70th anniversary! A club full of Vespa history and stories that has helped shape the German Vespa scene.

The club celebrated the festivities - how could it be otherwise - with an outing. On October 7th we drove over 1946 km through the beautiful and breathtaking Black Forest with tubular handlebar / Faro Basso models built between 1958 and 300

You can find more information here: Website VC Lörrach

We look forward to the next 7 decades!

Vespa Club Wiehengebirge

The Vespa Club Wiehengebirge celebrated its 5th anniversary and Marco Niehoff shared these great photos with us, which testify to the perfect organization of the event in Bissendorf,

“On July 08.07.2023th, 5, the Vespa Club Wiehengebirge eV celebrated its 100th anniversary with joyful company. Friends and keen Vespa enthusiasts from various clubs were warmly invited to this special occasion. The invitation was well received and more than 70 guests flocked to the event, over XNUMX of whom proudly arrived on their own Vespas.

For the first 50 scooters that arrived that day, there was an exclusive bag filled with attractive “Giveaways“. In order to have enough space for the event, we rented the DRK clubhouse in Bissendorf-Jeggen, which offered us generous space. An entertaining obstacle course for the fun games was set up in the parking lot. Here visitors were able to put their driving skills to the test and take advantage of the chance to win great prizes from our generous sponsors - including a high-quality Vespa helmet from the respected Schriewer company.

 

The obstacle course was given an additional pinch of excitement by a fully functional, old speed camera. After the visitors had completed the course, the speed camera offered the opportunity to take a souvenir photo if they exceeded a certain speed limit. For those who wanted even more snapshots of themselves and their Vespas, another flash unit was available that flashed along a marked route.

Another highlight was the Custom Show, in which each scooter was evaluated for its individual beauty and uniqueness. A homemade cell phone holder received the coveted trophy as an award at this show.

 

Of course, the physical well-being was also well taken care of. From bratwurst and delicious salads to tempting cakes and fragrant coffee – no one had to stay hungry. Given the scorching 35 degrees on this sunny day, our chilled soft drinks were particularly popular.

To live up to the spirit of Vespa, a refreshing 50 kilometer ride was organized at lunchtime. In case of emergency, a breakdown vehicle was available on the festival grounds, which fortunately was not needed.

After the exit, the winners were ceremoniously honored with generous prizes Prizes from our supporting sponsors. At this point we would like to thank all of our sponsors from the bottom of our hearts. You helped make this day an unforgettable event. Dallmann, Salon Dostal, The Village Shop, VGH, Small & Fine, Schriewer, Louis, SIP, Atelier Hartmann, Scooter Center.

A special thank you also goes to our valued visitors, the hard-working helpers, the speed camera collectors and the committed members of the DRK association. Without your support, this day would not have been able to shine in its full glory.

So this wonderful day, filled with lively petrol conversations and exciting activities, unfortunately came to an end far too quickly. Many thanks again to everyone who helped make this day an unforgettable experience.”

Facebook Vespa Club Wiehengebirge eV

The Vesparaba 2023 of the Vespa Club Vitoria took place on October 7th with great success. Fito shared with us this great experience on the beautiful streets of Vitoria-Gasteiz.

This year's Vesparaba 07.10.2023 outing took place in Vitoria-Gasteiz on Saturday October 2023th, XNUMX.

Held by the organizer Vespa Club Vitoria with the kind support of the municipality of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava province. As well as that Vespa Club Spain.

After meeting at the “Plaza de la Provincia” and having breakfast, we set off with just over 100 Vespas and Lambrettas.

The approximately 100km trip during which we felt like we crossed several weather zones, fog, rain and bright sunshine, in and around the area around Vitoria-Gasteiz was very beautiful.

After the exit, we had the opportunity to enjoy a delicious three-course menu in the Zapirón restaurant as well as the draw and distribution of trophies (most beautiful Lambretta and Vespa in original condition, furthest journey, etc.) as well as the merchandising items that we received from, among other things Scooter Center have received to distribute,

At this point we would like to thank you on behalf of the club Scooter Center thank you.

We are really looking forward to more beautiful trips

Many greetings and always have a good trip

Photos Vesparaba Vespa Club Vitoria

GP 200 electronic seat

Of the Lambretta dl 200 or called GP 200 in England there were roughly 9.400 units built. Unknown is the quantity of the dl and GP 200 electronics that left the factory.

In our history for every model, we can find this quote in the dl / GP model history section:

“But the ultimate improvement for the DL 200 was the introduction of an electronic ignition, which was developed in co-operation with Ducati. The DL 200 Electronic is easily recognized by a sticker on the legshields. The GP 200 electronic for the English market also has a specific seat. This newly shaped seat with its structured cover is a clear reminder of the 70s sports car interiors. Unfortunately no production numbers of the Electronic are known, as it was produced from 1970 onwards alongside the standard version with points ignition.”

Vittorio Tessera of CASA LAMBRETTA and MUSEO SCOOTER & LAMBRETTA fame takes a closer examination of the quantities of the dl and GP 200 electronic build in the brilliant: 

A must read for any Lambretta nut!

Our red bgm CDI unit was meant as a homage to the original electronic ignition. But the seats for the Lambretta GP 200 electronic had always been rare as hen's teeth.

With a growing demand, we started to look into having these seats remade. Easy was to source the company to do that. Whom else to trust than our Italian artisans to have them Handmade in Italy.

The hard task was to get the project started with one good sample. Luckily we find help from our friend Martin Robinson from England who dropped off on his way to the Milano-Taranto Race not one sample, but three original seat frames and two seat covers. Now the detective work in England, Italy and Germany started and we looked into sizes, measurements, angles and materials.

We are more than happy with the outcome and can offer complete seats and seat covers directly from the SC shelf. We had them made with the factory original black stitching and a vintage version with white stitching. The original black cotton lisle fades out over the decades. Something we looked into earlier in the SC blog: 

Available NOW OR SOON

Seat bgm PRO Lambretta GP 200 electronic

Black                                                  BGMGP200E

 

  Vintage black with white stitching                           BGMGP200EV

 Seat cover bgm PRO

Lambretta GP 200 electronic

Black           BGMGP201E

 Vintage black with white stitching                BGMGP201EV

Veybach is already a friend of the house, but they have a long history behind them: “For over 25 years, we have been passionately tinkering and tuning classic Piaggio mopeds”

Therefore, this custom paint Ciao, presented as a premiere at the #opendaysc, was not his first tuning.

We saw his work in action first hand Nörvenich moped race witnessed Frank, Roland and Maryza taking their Ciaos on a tour of the event. and with the adrenaline of seeing all these little ones doing their best, we didn't hesitate for a second when Veybach Racing Team needed spare parts to continue the race and we sacrificed the Ciao from Roland.

That's why we wanted to take a closer look at one of their new designs: the Custompaint Ciao. This is what Dirk tells us:

Moped race Nörvenich by Scooter Center and Veybach racing. #mopedtuning

“What started out as an idea turned out to be our most complex paint project to date. 

Only through the support of the entire team, my business partners:

Powder Design Gibesch 
HaPe bikes 
Scooter Center 
and my friend Rolf Bubmann
The project was finally able to get to the @scootercenter on time Open Day on March 23.09.23, XNUMX to get presented! 💪

I had the “ICE effect” when I visited HaPe Bikes Workshop on one of the competition bikes he had painted and was immediately impressed. After a short conversation with him, we decided to try something like this on a larger area, i.e. on a moped. 👍

I then completed all the preparatory work so that Rolf could completely paint the Ciao, including all add-on parts, in silver.
All parts then went to Hape, who applied the “ICE effect” and also all of our logos using a complex paint job. 🥰

In the first step, all parts that had previously been painted silver were sanded again so that the urea required for the effect would otherwise roll off on the clear coat and not achieve the desired effect. After it had dried and crystallized, Hape painted a layer of anthracite over it and washed everything off again after drying 🤣
The remains of anthracite remained in the “crystal structure”, which is then responsible for the desired effect. A total of 7 layers of purple glaze were then applied over this structure, which was sealed again with a layer of clear varnish!
Now it was time to sand again... So that the logos of everyone involved could then be painted on. For this purpose, Hape created special negative stencils using a plotter.
Then there were another 2 coats of clear varnish and lots of sanding and polishing work.

While painting the logos, René came up with the idea of ​​not using the 16″ 3-spoke “Avio” that he had already powdered in “Blackberry Candy” (and already fully assembled by me 😝), but one of my 17″ 5 -Spoke “Banana”… But then powder them in the shimmering “Rainbow” like the logos! So I'll get to it quickly @selog_brock
Ordered 2 Michelin Pilot Street and installed everything again... 🙄🤣

After I then on September 18.09th. all painted parts and on September 19.09th. After I got the rims back, I was able to start assembling them 😎
A little “screw marathon” with kid gloves then took place the next evenings, after my main work was over… 😴

An attempt was made to incorporate many details, such as color-matching end sleeves, Bowden cables and much more. Even the gearbox housing was painted in shimmering black.

The engine, on the other hand, was kept quite classic.
A Polini Speedengine with a DR crankshaft and a 57cc AlfaErre cylinder from the 90s was installed. There was also a 13/13 Dellorto carburettor with a Malossi air filter and a LeoVinci Krul to properly release the exhaust gases 😉

As a team and also with the support of my employer, I was finally able to finish everything in time so that the presentation at the Open Day on September 23.09rd. nothing stood in the way anymore 💪

Thanks also to the whole team Scooter Center, who supported us with the parts supply and also the fantastic stand at the Open Day!”

Dirk Hövelmann (and team)
Veybach Racing

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Lambretta rear shocker

In 2008 –fifteen years ago- we released one of the very first bgm PRO Lambretta products our rear shocker.

Over the years it got some upgrades and refinements, like rubber bushes for the mounting points. And also some first off ever things like the very clever height adjustment. Copied by many others. The second version of the BGM7772 Black edition was introduced already in 2010 and was so good that we left it untouched until last year.

We had been in contact with Rob Gray of @kickbackgarage fame anyway, then and now. As he offered us his help on redefining the settings of our rear shockers, we did not hesitate one fraction of a second.

The combination of a Lambretta riding suspension technician was hardly to beat, so we provided samples, drawings and everything else he needed and Rob started his mission in improving the setup.

Some new shims and new rebound needle later…

… Rob was happy and did a back to back test against the previously favored rear shocker. And this is Rob's direct comparison:

This super-clever refinements of a real suspension professional lead to a strictly limited edition:

Rob Gray Kick Garage

“The other shock is good but the bgm sample I have followed the road better than it.

 The other is slightly overdamped and still skips and jumps on the road even when set up correctly as high speed compression is too harsh.

 The new bgm has gained some really nice mechanical grip with my mods.

 These are the highlights of the new shock:

  •   Can be set up quite firm without being harsh for faster engines or 2 up.
  •  Rebound control is not just better, but also easier to set up.
  •  The damper shaft might be thinner than on other dampers, but this is good because it doesn`t displace as much oil. This means the oil will not overheat and there is more space for more oil. (win win)
  •  Can be used on Series 1 and 2 and Series 3 without compromising on the stroke length.
  •  The use of more but thinner shims gives more control and the added bonus of pyramid shim stack is that they are progressive. This means that if you hit a hard square edge you automatically have firmer high-speed compression control. A faster movement on the shock gives more support through-out the shock stroke.
  •  We have cured the top-out issue! Yay! No funny noise and better rebound damping.
  •  Because of the shim stack configuration, we do not need to use progressive spring rates. This gives the illusion that the stroke is longer than it is and although we can use the full stroke, it doesn`t bottom out harshly.
  •  I recommend 15-20% say when setting up the shock, and I also recommend just 2-5 turns on the spring preload. 2 =75kg rider 5 =110kg rider. A spring always behaves better under less preload. I used 3 turns but backed it down to 2.5 (82kg with gear) I also have rebound set at 14 clicks from fully open.

Rob

At the time of writing five of these only are left and all of them come or came with this note from Rob:

“Thank you for purchasing, what I believe is the best off the shelf, rear shock for your classic Lambretta scooter.

I have combined my knowledge as a suspension technician and scooter rider to enhance and improve the overall ride characteristics.

Only after countless hours of real world, riding on some of the worst Scandinavian back roads was I happy with the final result.

The magic carpet ride quality is sporty but with fantastic small bump compliance.

This gives great mechanical grip, comfortable and confidence inspiring handling.

 

Enjoy and Happy Scootering.

Rob Gray

- Kick Garage

As the limited Series is gone or will be gone shortly we are happy to announce that this improved inners are available from now on in serial production:

For all the lui – vega – cometa afficinados, we offer the silver / chrome ones in a set with the reduction bushes by our friends from Casa Performance / Rimini Lambretta Center:

Rear shock absorber bgm PRO R12 V3
Silver Edition RGS 300-310mm - Lambretta LUI, VEGA, LUNA, COMETA 

VTC Kempen

The VTC Kempen or Vespa Touring Club Kempen celebrated its 40th anniversary last weekend. Much asphalt has passed under its tires since 1983 and this celebration could not be otherwise. 140 Vespas, both automatic and vintage, took part in the outing on Saturday, August 26th.

Surrounded by friends, helpers, supporters, family and committed club members, there was celebration in the Tiki Bar and at the night with live music.

VTC 40 years
other Domke

The festival was very successful and we were lucky with the weather, except for Friday morning.

We were at the exit on Saturday more than 140 scooters. Incredible.

Andre Domke

- VTC Kempen

Scooter Center Congratulations on being an integral part of the Vespa scene for 40 years and wish you many more years of commitment, partying and always a handful of asphalt under your tires!!