In edition 16 of ScooterNova magazine we celebrate the Bertone-designed dl/Grand Prix model, which was the final new Lambretta to be produced in Italy before Innocenti closed their scooter division. You can read more about that here and buy the magazine here.
Our regular contributor and Innocenti archivist Vittorio Tessera has just uncovered a very interesting piece of paperwork that lists all the completed models of Lambretta scooter and three-wheeler that were in the factory on the closing date of 30 April 1971.
As you can see, they had stock of the pedal-assisted mopeds, versions of the final J50 scooter, a few Lui models and the latest dl in 125, 150 and 200cc variants, as well as 169 versions of the 200 Electronic. Cross-referencing these figures with previously published production dates suggests that either said dates can be corrected now this piece of information has come to light, or that there were plenty of unsold, small-capacity Lambrettas sitting around at the Innocenti factory gathering dust for a while.
Also interesting is that aforementioned production figures suggest that the Lambro 600 was assembled in January 1972, so maybe a later order was honoured using pre-produced parts to keep the workforce busy while Innocenti tried to find a buyer for their scooter plant and brands?
In the past I might have said here, “we’ll probably never know,” but there is of course every chance that Vittorio will find yet more revealing paperwork the deep he searches the archives!
**If the story of Innocenti and it’s scooter products interests you, then you’ll be pleased to learn that Vittorio Tessera writes regular articles for ScooterNova magazine. ScooterNova is an independent publication, produced by scooterists every two months. To find out more and to subscribe visit the magazine website here.
Rider communication experts Sena, had some tidy new products to show us in Milan, notably their new 30k intercom which uses their new ‘mesh’ system for networking up to 30 units!
It also utilises Bluetooth enabling mobile phone and satnav connection, and claimed range (depending on mode and connections) is up to 8km.
They also told us that their crash helmet range is finally due for launch in 2018. Produced with a composite fibre shell these feature integrated communications, noice reduction system and one version will also still include an integral action camera mounted on top. Very clever indeed.
Here at ScooterNova we already use Sena intercoms and camera while riding so we are very interested to see how these products develop.
We are in Milan for a couple of days at the Motorcycle Show here and the first new product to share with you is a full image of the new Davida Koura crash helmet we teased you with a couple of days ago.
The New Davida 94 FF Koura features an “Advanced ‘ orbital laminated’ GPR composite shell construction” and there will also be an optional shell made from T700 grade racing carbon fibre. Davida claim it has a compact and close fitting shell derived from their open face Davida Speedster V3 helmet and say that the shell shape is “designed to give optimal weight-balanced ergonomic performance, gradually sculptured upwards from front to rear to eliminate clothing interference.”
There are six chin air vents, the helmet will be supplied with a 3mm anti-fog ECER22-05 approved visor, it also features multi-density EPS shock liner, removable, washable, fast-drying, anti-bacterial fabric liner and interchangeable with after-market leather liner kits in five colours. Secured using traditional webbing strap and double D Ring the Koura will be available in the 20 Davida Core Colour Range as standard, two shell sizes and six helmet sizes from XS to XXL. SRP is expected to be £435 when launched in 2018.
Suzuki has unveiled a number of new concept models at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, two of which we think are of interest to scooterists.
The Concept GSX sports bike was “designed to highlight the potential and the future development of Suzuki’s GSX ranges, from GSX-R and Hayabusa to GSX-S.”
‘So what?’ You may ask. Well apart from stereotype sportsbike lines and powerful multi-cylinder engine, features include “a twist shifter…” Ring any bells amongst the Lambretta and Vespa riders out there?
Meanwhile the Hustler Scoot (pictured) is a concept model of a “rider-friendly, 50cc scooter with luggage space for diverse purposes.
“A conventional underseat luggage bay is complemented by a removable, carryable luggage case that mounts between the rider’s feet. There’s more room for luggage on the rear carrier and on the sides of the bodywork.”
For more details of Suzuki at the Tokyo Show click here.
With the Eicma show in Milan due to take place next month, we’re sure this won’t be the last new scooter design we see this year.