Lambretta AF S-Type TJH 25D – the history continues!

Practical Scooter & Moped, 1967

Practical Scooter & Moped, 1967

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? No, this is not a story about the A-Team, but the further history of a rather famous Lambretta S-Type from Arthur Francis Scooters Ltd in Continue reading

February 1960 – Snow & Lambretta holiday guide!

Power & Pedal, Feb 1960

Power & Pedal, Feb 1960

With snow falling in Great Britain in February 2015, it seemed the perfect time to share this cover from an old British magazine from 55 years ago, the Continue reading

Lambrettas and Vespas in Old Saigon

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Today restored scooters from Asian are often treated with suspicion by scooterists in the Western world, but we often forget these modern-day classics were once everyday commuters out there. A young Vietnamese architect has decided to demonstrate his love for Saigon by publishing a book featuring his own sketches of the city in the old times, which for Continue reading

Luton Vespa Club Scooter Hill Climb, 1964

The cold, winter months often mean less scooters on the road, but how many of you even think about using them socially? For enthusiasts of the 1960s it was second nature!

Hill Climb, 1964

Hill Climb, 1964

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Atomic retro scooter art

Possibly a bit late for Christmas presents this year – unless you’re one of our Canadian readers – we recently stumbled across these lovely pieces of artwork that may well flick your switch.

Mark Atomos Pilon

Mark ‘Atomos’ Pilon

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Where art meets Vespa (again)

Vespa Joyride by Richard Scott.

Vespa Joyride by Richard Scott.

The curvaceous lines of the Vespa scooter has long been seen as art themselves, which is probably why they have subsequently attracted the attention of artists looking for a new canvas upon which to display their talents. The latest is South African Richard Scott who recently collaborated with Vespa SA to create the Joyride exhibition. Continue reading

Hot Rod custom Vespas from Russia

Bender, by Butcher Garage.

Bender, by Butcher Garage.

Butcher Garage are in St Petersburg, Russia, and they caught our eye recently with a couple of stunning custom Vespa scooters.

Bender, by Butcher Garage.

Bender, by Butcher Garage.

First there’s Bender,  about which Butcher Garage state “at the core of this project is that what remained of the 1966 Vespa 150 Super after a Huey unloaded all of its firepower might on it!” 10644587_573049099466727_3832235950217852952_o

It has a Pinasco 177cc top end, Mazzuccheli HP race-crank, RD350 reed, RZ left hand erformance exhaust, 28mm Keihin carburettor and Vespatronic ignition. Making sure all of this handles and stops is YSS supension, a Grimeca master cylinder and disc brake system at the front with Malossi Whoop disc.

Invader, by Butcher Garage.

Invader, by Butcher Garage.

Next there is Invader, which was once a French ACMA Vespa before being modified to include a trick lifting rear end, in true hot rod style.

Invader, by Butcher Garage.

Invader, by Butcher Garage.

This engine has been treated to a Malossi 166 kit, with a 30mm Dellorto carb, Mazzuccheli crank, has Bitubo suspension and a semi-hydraulic Grimeca disc brake at the front.

Truly stunng scooters, we think you’ll agree, and you can find out more about Butcher Garagre and view more photographs by visiting the Butcher Garage Facebook page.

And if you like this, why not check out some of our earlier blogs featuring anything and everything scooter related, from 105mph 51hp Vespas, to South American Lambrettas, resto to custom scooters, nostalgia and more besides. CLICK HERE to see the most recent.

Classic Lambretta & Vespa pistons from Milan

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We’d guess that many of our readers ride classic scooters of some kind or another, and if they’re of a certain vintage then original spare parts are few and far between. Continue reading

Vespa & sidecar for sale – Buyer beware!

Vespa sidecar.

Vespa sidecar.

It was a combination of the £4,995 price tag and the headline of a ‘1965 Vespa PX 150’ that caught our eye… and set alarm bells ringing!

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Scooter Tyres – how safe are yours?

Dunlop tyre advert circa mid-60s

Dunlop tyre advert circa mid-60s

Now in our fourth decade of riding scooters without a break, I’d like to think that here at Scooternova we’ve learned a little about tyres. Gone are the days where cheap ‘n’ cheerful Ditchfinders were the choice simply by virtue of the fact that they cost less than the rest, now we appreciate that road holding, cornering, grip, use in wet weather and a whole host of other features take priority.

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