ScooterNova at the VMSC Show

As we do most years, this weekend we’ll be riding to Coventry for the Vintage Motor Scooter Club’s annual Extravaganza, an event that hosts a veritable selection of Continue reading

Whitby Scooter Rally – stickers and subscriptions!

There have been plenty of mutterings of late regarding how long the recent winter has lasted, but fear not dear reader for Easter is almost upon us! Continue reading

Pete McKee – This Class Works

If you enjoyed our article in the current edition of ScooterNova magazine (6) with artist Pete McKee, then you might be interested to learn he announced the dates of his next exhibition recently.

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AF Rayspeed Clo5e Ratio gearbox – important product information

While ScooterNova magazine were at Mallory Park race circuit yesterday to watch the BSSO riders during their pre-season testing, we were made aware of an issue a couple of riders had their with AF Rayspeed Clo5e Ratio gearboxes.

Subsequently, AF Rayspeed have issued a statement concerning this, stating the part in question is being examined and until anything conclusive is discovered, sales of the product have been suspended. The full statement from AF Rayspeed is as below:

“Dear Customer,
“I am sorry to contact you out of the blue but I wished to provide you with some information regarding our New Clo5e Ratio gearboxes.
“On Friday, at the Mallory Race track two Group 6 race bikes managed to break their gear selectors. A selector failure is a serious issue and we are currently looking in to the mode of failure and speaking with the manufacturer. We are taking this issue very seriously and will provide updates as we have them. 
“Both of the bikes concerned are in the 40-45bhp region and were on the track when the failures occurred.
“Subject to the assessment of the parts and if indeed the gear selector is inadequate for the task it was designed for then a new version of the selector will be produced as soon as possible.  In the meantime we will not be supplying any new Clo5e Ratio gearboxes until we have had chance to asses the failures.
“Our product testing had involved a seasons racing in a slightly lower powered group 6 engine (approx 35bhp) and a 4,500 mile hard road test in a 28bhp engine, plus several unusual event tests (slamming the bike into 1st gear at 50 and 80mph etc.)
“Based on that experience, I do not believe that fast road use in 30bhp engines would be likely to result in a failure.  (One of the group 6 race riders is still running a Clo5e Ratio in his RB25 road bike and is 3000 miles in).  I plan to continue to run the Clo5e ratio boxes we have in our own bikes.  However everyone has to judge their own acceptable level of risk.  Anyone who wishes to return their gearbox will of course be given a full refund.  “Equally if we experience any failures in lower powered / road engines I will provide another update and immediately issue a warning.
“Sorry for placing doubt in your mind, but I believe it is only correct to provide you with what information I have.  We are working on this at the moment and will let you know what we find.”

Note that at the time of writing, nothing has been officially recalled and only one component has been reported as failing, and only in two high-powered race scooters. Until it has been investigated we will not know the actual cause of failure and no doubt AF Rayspeed will announce in due course their findings and any further action that they will take.
With a number of AF Clo5e Ratio gearboxes already sold, and indeed one also fitted to one of our scooters for this year’s rallies and events, we will keep you informed as and when we receive further information from AF Rayspeed.
If anyone has any concerns you can contact AF Raypseed via Tel: (01944) 710693, fax: (01944) 710081 or email: rayspeedstype@gmail.com

The devil’s in the detail

As we get closer to Easter, scooter projects across the globe get nearer to completion. But how many of those little finishing touches have you still to get? Continue reading

A closer look at the Dystopian Project

There are those who ‘fettle’ in their sheds, some simply ‘maintain’. There are a few however with the ability to ‘create’ and the Dystopian Project scooter is the result of Continue reading

Snow Ride

We’ve been following the marvellous idiaridellalambretta blog for a few years now.

Written and beautifully illustrated by Silvia Bes there are some interesting articles and travel stories to enjoy.  The latest interview features Ryo Mochizuki’s winter ride in snowy Japan.  Impressive scooter riding!

idiaridellalambretta : Ryo’s Snow Ride

 

idiaridellalambretta : Hokkaido Lambretta road trip illustrated map

 

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New edition of Scooter Nova magazine is out now. 

Featuring classic scooters from Zundapp and Vespa, a shed built liquid cooled Lambretta, archive nostalgia, show winning customs and a couple of inspiring scooter touring tales.

Antwerp Custom Show & ScooterNova magazine

As our 2018 Casa Lambretta calendar flips over to March, we’ve got an Innocenti Lambro promotional photo to admire for the rest of the month.

Innocenti Lambro on Casa Lambretta Calendar – March 2018

Coincidentally, this weekend sees the Antwerp Custom Show taking place and their ‘theme’ for this year’s event is “3-wheeled scooters, sidecars, Apes & Lambros.”

ScooterNova magazine will also have a presence at the Antwerp Show this weekend, courtesy of the Lambro Club UK. The Club will have a fine display of three-wheelers in Belgium, including the rare and fabulous FB ‘Gelati’ 3-wheeler, as featured in edition 2 of ScooterNova magazine.

Our friends Scott and Jackie of the Lambro Club will have copies of all editions of ScooterNova for sale (including the brand new number 6), along with a limited range of merchandise including T-shirts and hoodies, so be sure to pop along and see them while at the show this weekend!

The new ScooterNova magazine has landed*

While snow is falling around western Europe possibly in amounts only our Scandinavian readers are prepared for, brave postal delivery people are making sure that the sound of the new ScooterNova magazine falling onto door mats across the nation cheers people up in these cold months! Continue reading

Burton Brewers Custom Show

ScooterNova magazine will be heading to this year’s first UK scooter club custom show,  hosted by Burton Brewers Scooter Club this weekend. We’ll have all five issues of ScooterNova magazine available on our stall so if you’re missing any from your collection Continue reading