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.
As we’ve posted previously, 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Arthur Francis (aka AF) S-type dealer special Lambretta scooters.
As a result of said posts published on Scooternova, Chris Wylde contacted us to tell us a little about the original 250cc S-type he bought back in 1967; a certain TJH 25D.
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
Today Japanese manufacturing giant Honda are known for cars, twist & go plastic scooters, and motorcycles – one of which has just powered MotoGP ride Marc Marquez to another championship winning season.
But back in 1954 the fledgling company produced its first scooter, Juno K-Type.
Iso Rivolta began before World War 2 Isothermos as a manufacturer of refrigeration units. Post war however, they joined numerous other Italian companies in mobilising the masses. Continue reading