1967 – What type of scooterist are you?

We found this in an old scooter magazine form the 1960s and saw a number of similarities to riders today.

So, what type of scooterist are you then?

Mod? Wobbler? Commuter? Or A. N. Other?

Drop us a line and let us know!

Redex advert 1967.

Redex advert 1967.

Prototype Scomadi 300 undergoing UK tests

Here’s a video of the new Scomadi 300cc scooter on the dyno undergoing further testing and pre-launch checks at  PM Tuning Racing Products Ltd Scomadi HQ.

For expected launch dates of the Scomadi range see our story from December 2013.

New Scomadi Scooters – Prices and dates for 2014? Not yet.

There have been a lost of posts on the internet regarding the forthcoming Scomadi scooters, and indeed we’ve blogged about Scomadi a few times here and here.

Scomadi 50 prototype.

Scomadi 50 prototype.

There’s certainly been plenty of excitement about the scooters and of course the big question on everyone’s lips has been the retail price. How expensive (or cheap) will they be? Continue reading

Classic British scooter for sale – Swallow that pre-dates Lambretta (and with a Jaguar car link!)

Spotted on ebay earlier, this 1960 British Swallow Gadabout scooter for sale, all up and running.

1950 Swallow Gadabout

1950 Swallow Gadabout

The Swallow Sidecar Company was formed in the 1920s, producing (as their name suggests) motorcycle sidecars, as well as specialising in coachworks. In the 1930s they branched into the car market as SS Cars Ltd, although after World War 2 they decided to rebrand as Jaguar Cars Ltd for obvious reasons.
In 1946, the Swallow Coachbuilding Company launched the Swallow Gadabout scooter which was the same year as the first Vespa 98, and pre-dated the Lambretta by a year.

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New Vespa GTS For 2014 – air-cooled scooter for local Asian market

Vietnamese made Vespa GTS Super & Vespa Primavera scooters, produced for the local market.

Vietnamese made Vespa GTS Super & Vespa Primavera scooters, produced for the local market.

Mid-November 2013 and Piaggio Vietnam launched a new Vespa GTS on the local market. This is a locally produced scooter in their Vietnamese factory and specifically for their local market (European, American, Australian, NZ Vespas for example are produced in Italy) and as well as taking advantage of cheaper labour rates and presumably more competitively sourced components, it also uses a locally produced 125cc 3-valve air-cooled engine that the Vietnamese factory produce for their Vespa LX and new Primavera range (also only for the local market).

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Invisible bike helmet

Okay, so yes, this is news relating to bicycle helmets and we’re not sure the technology could be applied in the (near) future (at least) for motorcycle and scooter riders, but it’s pretty impressive stuff nevertheless.

Image from jalopnik.com

Image from jalopnik.com

We found this story over at Jalopnik.com who reported on this invention by two Swedish women. We like the concept and raise a glass or three to the success of this product because if it encourages a few more cyclists to wear a (n invisible) bike helmet, then well done everyone.

For the full story, including a video of the background and how it all works (believe us, it is very intriguing and no, it does not appear to be a hoax either!)  follow this link.

Customize your head – Vintage (70s) crash helmets

70s helmets

70s helmets

Found in Milan, this sparkling collection of crash helmets by 70’s couldn’t help but catch eyes.
 
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Return of Django? Peugeot scooter launch in Milan

Peugeot Django

Peugeot Django

Peugeot Motorcycles went back to their scooter roots in Milan and announced the launch of their new Django scooter to the public, adding that they did make a few scooters back in the 1960s by displaying an old S57 scooter too.
 
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New Scomadi 50 & 125cc scooter launched in Milan

The Scomadi brand name arrived a few years ago as a result of research and development into creating a modern scooter that was influenced by 1960s Lambretta scooters.

Scomadi 300

Scomadi 300

The first scooters were hand-built, limited edition carbon fibre bodied scooters powered by 250cc and then 300cc Piaggio 4-stroke auto engines, as used in the Vespa GTS range. These were produced by PM Tuning and Scooter Innovations in Lancashire and a couple of these were on display in Milan.

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Pictures of new Vespa Primavera 2014 at Milan Show

Well we posted the leaked photos a while back and now here is the scooter in question, the new Vespa Primavera from Piaggio on display on their stand at the Milan Motorcycle Show, aka EICMA.

Vespa Primavera 2014

Vespa Primavera 2014

As predicted it is based around their limited edition 946 model which means the 125cc 4-stroke automatic engine has 3 valves and is relatively frugal while still able to sit at 60-something mph.
 
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