Beat the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) – Go ELECTRIC!
If you’re in London this weekend, get yourself down to our Retrospective Scooters workshop/showroom in Walthamstow for their open day. The focus of the day is the forthcoming London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and how you can get around paying the £12.50 a day that you’ll get charged for riding your nasty dirty old ‘non-compliant’ scooter. One of the options is to convert your classic Lambretta (or Vespa) to an electric one – I featured the kit in a post, here, a little while ago. They’ll have lots of electric scoots charged up and ready to test ride.
On the day there’s;
Test ride one of the many electric Vespa’s and Niu scooters.
Get advice from the Retrospective Scooters team of experts – ask how to convert your classic Lambretta with a custom conversion kit
Freshly cooked food from local stalls
Craft beer from a neighbouring brewery
Listen to DJs spinning the decks all afternoon
So get yourself down to Unit 1, Lockwood Way, Walthamstow, London E17 5RB from 1pm this Saturday.
While we’re on the subject of Electric Vehicles, rumours are reaching Lambrettista Towers that the new Electric Lambretta Vendetta, (as well as a very exciting sounding 325cc petrol variant) is due to come to market shortly. Stay tuned. When I hear more, you’ll hear more. That’s a promise.
One of my readers, Dan, had an unfortunate Christmas present over the holidays, with a van driver reversing into his Lambretta LN125. He’s having trouble sourcing a new front cowling to repair it… can you help? If you can, drop him a line to firstname.lastname@example.org He’s in London, but happy to have it shipped from anybody in the UK. Any dealers out there that can help with this?
Scooter Fix! is owned and operated by my online pal Corey Fraser. Having owned vintage scooters since the mid-1980’s, Corey has an intimate knowledge of Lambrettas, Servetas, and some Vespa models. Scooter Fix! is Canada’s only full-time shop specializing in vintage Lambretta scooter parts. They supply quality Scootopia, MB Developments, BGM, and Casa Lambretta parts. Scooter Fix! stock most parts for Lambrettas made from 1958 through to the end of their production. We can even get many pre-1958 parts by special order. As the shop is JUST starting up, not all the inventory is on the site yet. They also have a large selection of good used parts, so if you’re after something in particular, give them a bell.
They also have a limited supply of vintage Vespa parts on hand, but can get most parts needed for them from our suppliers in Italy, the UK, and Germany.
Fargo Village in Coventry is an eclectic mix of creative businesses – (think Brick Lane / Camden Market) and has been joined by an emporium for local scooter enthusiasts… Fargo Scooters. The shop is stones throw from the Hand & Heart pub, a frequent haunt of Coventry’s famous 2Tone bands The Selecter & The Specials in the 70’s. As well as having workshops to repair and restore scooters the shop is ositioning itself as an emporium for vintage and new clothes… it’s also a cool place to just hang out. If you’re in the area, I’d say it’s worth a visit… Via The Coventry Telegraph
Ok, so I’ve been a little busy… (hence the lack of recent updates on here) but I have kept my eye on the happenings in the Lambretta world. Don’t quite know how I missed this (Although to be fair I did flag it up in November).
But it looks like the good people behind the new Lambretta LN have snuck out a couple of new models without telling me. From what I can gather there is three new models… the LS50 (Top pic,green flashes on the sidepanels)… which sneaks in at just under £3k (ouch!) and the (slightly) more affordable LT (middle pic – the red one) and LJ (last pic, headlight on the horncasting)… which come in at just under £2k. All three look like they will be available form February or March next year, but orders are being taken now. More facts, figures, roadtests etc.when I get them.
They are available from Eddy Bullet and other good scooter dealers. (If you’re a dealer, and you are stocking them, know any more, or even want to let me have a test ride so I can write about them, get in touch and I’ll link to you).