So how many of you have a Bertone-designed Lambretta dl/ Grand Prix scooter or one of its derivatives? And do you really know everything about this classic Italian model?Continue reading
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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.
As they say, watch this space.
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.
In this our year of the 70th anniversary of Vespa, the Guardian newspaper report that the Vespa is under threat in the very city of its inception.
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.
The great smallframe scooter battle between Lambretta and Vespa took place in the mid-1960s, which Vespa eventually won. However… Continue reading
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Milano though, a pilgrimage to the old Innocenti factory Continue reading
The city of Milan has finally recognised the Lambretta which was produced there from 1947 until 1971, and on 13 December 2014 a monument to this humble motor-scooter was unveiled. Continue reading
The lesser known scooter from Milan, like their local rivals Innocenti (producers of the Lambretta), ISO also had small cars and commercial vehicles rolling off their production lines. Also like Innocenti, before WW2 ISO were not involved in the automotive industry either, in their case it was refrigerators (as Isothermos).
Arguable one of the prettiest alternatives to a Lambretta or Vespa, this ISO (there were earlier models) was visually a bit of a mixture of both, its 4-speed 150cc engine pretty good too, but sadly the ISO scooters didn’t last the distance and eventually the company gave up on two-wheelers.
Ironically, the ISO Grifo sports car was later imported into the UK by Lambretta Concessionaires, although the scooters in 1960 were imported by Stuart & Payne Ltd of London, EC2.