I've bought a second scoot.
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1972 Vespa GTR, 1963 Lambretta LI 125
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Thu May 16, 2019 11:19 am quote
You may not be happy as I've switched codes but always wanted one of each. Its going to be a slow burn project, well that's the idea. Chances are I'll pull some savings to rush it along. Its a 63 lambretta LI series 3. Its going to be fun and I'll post some pics up as it progresses if your interested.

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Thu May 16, 2019 1:35 pm quote
Nice! If you don't have it already, make sure to pick up a copy of Sticky's manual. Essential for owning a Lambretta.

Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Thu May 16, 2019 1:57 pm quote
Nice!

The one thing I remember from when I used to ride Lammies was that the ability to push them was key. Yeah old joke and I had a few 200's that I really wish I still had. Sold them for a song when I moved back from Canada after living in the US for a while.

Looking forward to seeing the restoration progress.

I look for them for sale once in a while here but the few times I've met the big vintage scooter club in Ontario that would be in the know I've been less than impressed with their attitude.
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Thu May 16, 2019 2:34 pm quote
Congrats! Nice scoot!
Molto Verboso
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Thu May 16, 2019 8:31 pm quote
Ooh... I'm jealous! I love those series 3's!
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Wed May 22, 2019 9:03 pm quote
just a second scooter?
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1978 MotoVespa 160GT, 2009 LML Star 150 2T (Stella), 1961 Lambretta S2, 1962 Lambretta S3, 1964 Lambretta J100
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Thu May 23, 2019 2:15 am quote
Nice Series 3!

You can never have too many scooters - I've got 4 Lambrettas, a Motovespa, an LML and a handful of old Hondas. Always something to do

Here's my LI150 S3:

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Thu May 23, 2019 4:46 am quote
Ive had a few li125s and loved them but this time I wanted something a little more reliable to go with the vespa so bought a royal alloy. Despite being chinese there quite well made and use a very generic engine so parts arent an issue.

Unlike the scomadis there solid metal as well



There wider than a 70s GP but head on apart from the height, youd be hard pressed to spot the different, other than the LED indicators
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Thu May 23, 2019 10:43 am quote
Neat!
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1972 Vespa GTR, 1963 Lambretta LI 125
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Thu May 23, 2019 1:21 pm quote
Norman, is that an original colour. Mine is white but under that is that baby blue. I don't think I'm going original colour as this scoot won't be original.

Webbaldo, my uncle has just bought a royal alloy as his first ever scoot. Red and white which does look nice.
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1972 Vespa GTR, 1963 Lambretta LI 125
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Thu May 23, 2019 1:25 pm quote
Bit of an update.

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All stripped and off to the bead blaster. Can't wait to get it back to start the rebuild.

Molto Verboso
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Thu May 23, 2019 5:25 pm quote
Nice - very exciting!
Molto Verboso
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Thu May 23, 2019 8:06 pm quote
I've always loved the look and sound of Lambrettas and have always wanted one. I'm a huge Vespa fan, have four of them, but I think that buying a Lambretta would ruin me financially.
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Vespa lxv 125 vie dell moda Chianti
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Thu May 23, 2019 9:48 pm quote
webbaldo wrote:
Ive had a few li125s and loved them but this time I wanted something a little more reliable to go with the vespa so bought a royal alloy. Despite being chinese there quite well made and use a very generic engine so parts arent an issue.

Unlike the scomadis there solid metal as well



There wider than a 70s GP but head on apart from the height, youd be hard pressed to spot the different, other than the LED indicators
how do you find it, lines looks cleaner than the scomadi, reliability was the reason why i went for the vespa lxv (also the retro look)
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Fri May 24, 2019 2:41 am quote
L4NFF wrote:
Norman, is that an original colour. Mine is white but under that is that baby blue. I don't think I'm going original colour as this scoot won't be original.
Not sure if it was an original colour or not, but it's certainly not the original paint on my scooter. It was already like that when I bought it.

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Fri May 24, 2019 2:49 am quote
Gasmk1 wrote:
webbaldo wrote:
Ive had a few li125s and loved them but this time I wanted something a little more reliable to go with the vespa so bought a royal alloy. Despite being chinese there quite well made and use a very generic engine so parts arent an issue.

Unlike the scomadis there solid metal as well



There wider than a 70s GP but head on apart from the height, youd be hard pressed to spot the different, other than the LED indicators
how do you find it, lines looks cleaner than the scomadi, reliability was the reason why i went for the vespa lxv (also the retro look)
Vespa will probably more reliable, apart from the speedos going funny ive not heard of any other major failings that other bikes wouldnt have.

Im de-badging mine to make it more subtle. When its out of warranty I fancy spraying it that nice lambretta mint pastel green.

The LXV looks sweet. My friend has a normal LX from 2006. Its been abused and covered in rust (previous owner kept it out in all weathers) but its still going strong.
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1972 Vespa GTR, 1963 Lambretta LI 125
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Location: Halifax, England
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:43 am quote
A bit more progress, back from the bead blaster, etch primed, primer, rubbed down, stone chip paint underneath. Left to dry. There are a lot of parts to a lambretta as opposed a vespa.

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So many parts, 32 in total.

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More work in this than i thought.

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Stone chip paint will be painted over in final colour of scoot.

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Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:51 pm quote

I like this pic, looks like a place where work gets done!
Your excessively multi parted scooter is looking good and is certainly getting proper prep for final finish .
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1972 Vespa GTR, 1963 Lambretta LI 125
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Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:12 am quote
Work certainly does get done. I'm lucky my uncle has given me his time experience and premises to work on the bodywork.
Molto Verboso
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Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:23 am quote
Very nice L4! I'm digging the pictures of the progress!
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1972 Vespa GTR, 1963 Lambretta LI 125
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Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:04 am quote
Here we go, painted just enough stuff to get me going and while the paint shop is shut.

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You gotta like that colour.

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Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:12 am quote
Here we go, painted just enough stuff to get me going and while the paint shop is shut.

When I get there in just going to convert to 12v and put the engine in and see what happens as all looks good on the bench.

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You gotta like that colour.

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Pearl metallic white.

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Back home to start adding things.

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Starting to look like a scoot again.

Molto Verboso
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Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:12 am quote
I could look at that color all day. I canít wait to see it completed.

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Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:21 pm quote
norman wrote:
Nice Series 3!

You can never have too many scooters - I've got 4 Lambrettas, a Motovespa, an LML and a handful of old Hondas. Always something to do

Here's my LI150 S3:
That is classy looking!
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Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:09 am quote
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Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:20 am quote
That is super cool to watch the restoration. I'm always impressed at how skilled some people are at this kind of stuff.

I was proud of myself for doing a coolant flush yesterday, I can't imagine undertaking this task.
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1972 Vespa GTR, 1963 Lambretta LI 125
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Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:36 am quote
If you have the right tools for the job it is generally quite easy. The thing is with these original oldies they have rusted in bolts and studs etc., so grinding, drilling, and tapping are required as is removing seized spindles and things. The right tools and a little bit of now how make it an enjoyable task. The rebuild is the best part and adding all the new bits you have bought. Not needing to get filthy is a bonus too as on the rebuild everything is either already cleaned or new.
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Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:38 am quote
L4NFF wrote:
If you have the right tools for the job it is generally quite easy. The thing is with these original oldies they have rusted in bolts and studs etc., so grinding, drilling, and tapping are required as is removing seized spindles and things. The right tools and a little bit of now how make it an enjoyable task. The rebuild is the best part and adding all the new bits you have bought. Not needing to get filthy is a bonus too as on the rebuild everything is either already cleaned or new.
And a good dose of patience when things don't quite go as expected - like threading a new loom in my 180SS.
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1972 Vespa GTR, 1963 Lambretta LI 125
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Location: Halifax, England
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:36 am quote
Ok so it's coming on slowly but things are happening in the background. A couple more pics of progress here.

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More prep work.

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A couple more things bolted on.

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Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:04 pm quote
Second scoot
Well I canít say it is my second scoot, but I can say it is my first Lambretta. I love my vintage vespas, but I thought it might be cool to have a vintage lambretta. I tried to get it running when I got it, but the crank seals were shot. So I had to replace the engine. Decided to do a few upgrades. Mugello 198 kit, with stroker crank, Varitronics ignition, 12volt, casa performance pipe, and a few other up grades. Runs great....
Iíll be honest the blue ďChinese LambrettaĒ is absolutely beautiful. Are those sold in the U.S. Are they expensive?
L4NFF your lambretta is coming out Awesome. Do you have an engine for it?

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1972 Vespa GTR, 1963 Lambretta LI 125
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Location: Halifax, England
Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:23 pm quote
Yes mate I have an engine for it. I'm upgrading to 12v and I'm going to try get it running. All being well it will and then I can save a bit of cash whilst riding it to strip, renew and upgrade or next summer. I should be in a position to try running it within the next month, as all parts should be sprayed up this week.
There us a lot more too it than my vespa, but really looking forward to having one of each to zip around on.
Nice scoot by the way and a similar colour scheme to what mine will be.
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1972 Vespa GTR, 1963 Lambretta LI 125
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Location: Halifax, England
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:46 pm quote
An update
Here we go and it's coming on nicely. I have not done anything with the engine apart from new oil and a 12V kit. I have had it up and down the road and all good apart from not being able to get 4th but I am sure that is just a cable problem. Side panels still to do but all the other bits are done and just need putting on the scoot. Rather pleased with myself.

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Just a few bits to do.

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Nice

Molto Verboso
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Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:49 pm quote
Wow! It's always nice when a plan comes together. The lammy is beautiful! Great job!
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Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:56 am quote
Very nice. Congratulations on a job well done.
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Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:21 am quote
Whoa! Beautiful job!
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Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:43 am quote
Nice work ... and your garage looks strangely familiar, with the yellow scoot, file cabinet, and spalling concrete floor. No lammy in mine though.
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1972 Vespa GTR, 1963 Lambretta LI 125
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Location: Halifax, England
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:12 am quote
So the Lambo is nearly ready and a few more hours in the garage and I will be able to send off to register it. I'll post the pics. It has been an interesting restore up to now and the differences between the Vespa and Lambo are quite dramatic. I always thought they were the same, just different body styling.

The Lambo had 38 pieces to blast, prep, prep some more and paint where as the Vespa only had around 10, so the work involved is much more. And dare I say it there are some things on the Lambo that are a bit more well built and thought out in my view, like the brakes and the simple adjusters and other bits and bobs.

Either way I am happy to have one of each now and the tug of love I will have when the sun is out and its time to go for a ride.

And dare I say it (certainly not in earshot of the missus) but I want to do another Vespa, maybe a smalie, but we will see what the new year brings in.

My uncle who has the spray shop has said he will build me a booth in his unit for me to do the scoots in if I wanted so I must admit it's a great thought. Any I do now though must be to sell on but we will see
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Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:25 pm quote
Ok so it's registered now and road legal. I have been for a short ride on it and it behaves quite a bit differently to the Vesp. Vibrates like mad and is not the quickest thing in the world. I think I need to re address the timing and mixture. I'm very happy with it and will now wait until the sunny days of summer to really enjoy it.

But let me tell you, so far it doesnt touch the vesp in comfort, ease of riding and handling. Maybe it's something I need to get used to.

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All done bar the side pannels.

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As it was in May.

Molto Verboso
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Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:27 pm quote
It came out looking fantastic!

...and yeah, a stock 150 Lammy is super slow. When mine was still a 150, I only took it on the motorway a couple times. Only once I installed a BGM 225 kit did it become a really useable scooter for me. Iíve had three series 3 Lammys and 4 difference engines (TS1 240, BGM 225, stage 4 200, stock LI150) and they all vibrated way more than any of my Vespas. Iím currently working on a couple more S3 engines, one is a reed valve Mugello 225, and the other one Iím not sure of just yet.

Nowadays there are so many tuning options for the Lambretta small block case, going with a 225 isnít mandatory anymore. A kitted smallblock Lammy with a 5 speed can be a very worthy high speed touring machine. But I still prefer my stock PX200. Auto lube, E start, and little to no vibrations are hard to beat for day in day out riding.
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Sat Oct 26, 2019 10:06 pm quote
Yeah mine is actually a 125. I know itís tired through age but I expected a bit more. Like you say there are many tuning options and Iíll have to do it. Thing is I like standard so Iíll run it like this until I canít bear changing down to second for the slightest hill anymore.
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