Lambretta & Scooter Rallies

DieHard

LE
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#1
I am looking for a Cheap Scooter to buy because after a very long time and a 2nd mid life crisis, I have decided I want to start going to some rallies again. The last one I went to was the isle of whight in 1984.
Are there any ARRSE Scooterist who have been to any recently? I know times change but I want to know is if its a lot more saner now and not full of mod skinhead rivalries and a north south divide that I remember from my youth.
So if you know of any cheap Scooters up for sale or can give me any info on rallies please post a reply
 
#5
What part of the country are you in?..
 
#7
Auto trader?

You wont pick up any more new Px150's and Px200s; due to emissions regs.Only 125' s available

I went to place in Guildford a few years ago, (shut down now) The owner was asking stupid money for a 125 in not very good nick and with hardly any compression.

good luck though. I remember Scooter Rallies; going insane mileage on 2 stroke T5. Build quality of Vespa scooter wasnt very good either. My T5's rev counter blew as did all of them, goodness knows why there wasnt a recall.
I went through many clutch cables and the spark plugs always fouled up.
 
#9

DieHard

LE
Book Reviewer
#10
Auto trader?

You wont pick up any more new Px150's and Px200s; due to emissions regs.Only 125' s available

I went to place in Guildford a few years ago, (shut down now) The owner was asking stupid money for a 125 in not very good nick and with hardly any compression.

good luck though. I remember Scooter Rallies; going insane mileage on 2 stroke T5. Build quality of Vespa scooter wasnt very good either. My T5's rev counter blew as did all of them, goodness knows why there wasnt a recall.
I went through many clutch cables and the spark plugs always fouled up.
That's why I'm interested in a lambretta I found them easier to work on and strip down.
One question I have though is how do they cope with the unleaded fuel? I remember having to put 2 stroke oil in my petrol tank.
I know that lambretta now make a 4 stroke Scooter but it does not look right and probably would not be as much fun.
I don't mind putting one together if its in parts and I reckon I might remember to put on the piston ring this time too
 
#11
Had a look at getting a Lambretta a few years ago as the wonky legs make the bikes a no no now.

Saw a TV175 for ……… £12,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeebus! I can remember buying them out of the local paper for a fiver when I was a kid to ride around the local wasteland.
 

Joker62

ADC
Book Reviewer
#13
Die Hard, PM me, I've got a Bretta that I'm looking at getting shot of. Not your run of the mill version either, loads of mods (pun intended).
 
#15
Try this site. Armed Forces Scooter Club
It used to be for the Armed Forces, but it appears to have branched out to the emergency services and friends and families of. They will probably be able to offer more adivice on where to purchase a decent second hand scoot. Personal experience has shown that lammies are fecking expensive and need constant TLC and spare or NOS (new old stock) is getting more pricey. Vespas are still available and there are a few good online shops that stock spares such as Scooter Center in Cologne and SIP in Munich. The scene in germany is still very much alive and the preferred scoot is the Vespa due to the availability and they tend to tune the feck out of 'em. The runs in UK are okay but the Nationals are becoming more of a Scooter Enthusiasts Weekend, with caravans, cars and vans filling the rally site and those that ride to rallies are becoming pissed off with it. The German scene is closer to old school where you pitch up in a field and an old barn or shed is converted to a makeshift gathering point to chew the fat, talk scoots and listen to some good music.
 
#16
Wouldnt say they need TLC more than a vespa a decently put together one should need next to nothing doing on it mines has been abused for years and I would say it just needs it's cables adjusting. As for NoS I wouldnt bother these days paying silly money for old hat when in most cases you can buy new or remade stuff which does a better job in most cases.
If your going down the vespa route I'd suggest the LML direct copy of the PX built under licence in India and has a better paint job heavy gauge steel frame and built better swap the speedo and badges and you cant tell the difference between that an an Itailan one. However Piaggio have noticed the LML sales and expect a new geared scooter from them soon.
 
#17
Have a google for Scooterotica.

Have a nose around. Some good people. Even one or two with a sense of humour.

Rallies are different now. Fat, bald, gurning munters everywhere. Avoid..
 
#18
Frank you forgot them wearing shite M1 bomber jkts cheery red DM's and combats and just because you once touched a PK in 1983 thinks it gives you the right to be an expert on the music policy at rallies based on their collection of £3 best Northen Soul/Ska/Mod CD out of Asda. Not forgetting them coming in cars with a shite modded up PX on the back of a trailer.... Still there is a few good rallies out there just avoid the ones in Pontins etc to avoid these irritating cnuts.
 
#20
Frank you forgot them wearing shite M1 bomber jkts cheery red DM's and combats and just because you once touched a PK in 1983 thinks it gives you the right to be an expert on the music policy at rallies based on their collection of £3 best Northen Soul/Ska/Mod CD out of Asda. Not forgetting them coming in cars with a shite modded up PX on the back of a trailer.... Still there is a few good rallies out there just avoid the ones in Pontins etc to avoid these irritating cnuts.
Just about sums it up
 
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