ScooterBoys, the Stone Roses and Record Store Day

This Saturday, 21 April, is Record Store. It’s a day created to encourage people to visit their local, independent record store and buy some vinyl, just as we did in the olden days!
Celebrated by bands and musicians from all over the land, it has subsequently become a Continue reading

1980s Scooter Boys, Record Store Day & the Stone Roses

This Saturday, 21 April, is Record Store. It’s a day created to encourage people to visit their local, independent record store and buy some vinyl, just as we did in the olden days!
Celebrated by bands and musicians from all over the land, it has subsequently become a Continue reading

Stickers & magazines at Teignmouth

ScooterNova magazine will be at Teignmouth scooter rally this weekend, and we look forward to seeing you there too!
Taking place at the Devon Valley Holiday Village, the ‘traders market’ is open on Saturday and you will find us with the South West Scooter Clubs rally merchandise with the friendly folks from Scooter Products selling ScooterNova magazine, ably assisted by our chums Scott and Jackie from the Lambro Club, and the amazing mobile magazine seller, Serena!
As well as purchasing the latest edition of the magazine, you will also be able to pick up one of our first anniversary ScooterNova stickers and postcards, as well as renew (or buy your first) magazine subscription.
The Scooter Custom Show takes place on site from 11am to midday and there is live music Saturday afternoon and evening for your entertainment.
Have a safe ride, and have lots of fun!

**ScooterNova is an independent scooter magazine, launched in 2017. By scooterists for scooterists, ScooterNova is published bi-monthly, produced on quality paper and offered thorough and credible articles written by genuine scooter enthusiasts.
ScooterNova magazine is available from all good scooter shops, many scooter rallies and events, or online via the magazine’s web-shop here.

The Taffspeed Interview – only in ScooterNova magazine

If you’ve even but a passing interest in the story of scooter tuning from the 1970s until the present day, then you’ll enjoy the exclusive interview we have in the current edition of ScooterNova magazine with Ian Frankland of Taffspeed. Continue reading

Clo5e Ratio gearbox update from AF Rayspeed

Here at ScooterNova magazine we have just received the press release as below from AF Rayspeed, in which they suggest that road going scooters should not be affected by any problems with the current gear selector. However, it does also detail a replacement component that is being produced. Continue reading

ScooterNova at the VMSC Show

As we do most years, this weekend we’ll be riding to Coventry for the Vintage Motor Scooter Club’s annual Extravaganza, an event that hosts a veritable selection of Continue reading

Whitby Scooter Rally – stickers and subscriptions!

There have been plenty of mutterings of late regarding how long the recent winter has lasted, but fear not dear reader for Easter is almost upon us! Continue reading

Pete McKee – This Class Works

If you enjoyed our article in the current edition of ScooterNova magazine (6) with artist Pete McKee, then you might be interested to learn he announced the dates of his next exhibition recently.

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AF Rayspeed Clo5e Ratio gearbox – important product information

While ScooterNova magazine were at Mallory Park race circuit yesterday to watch the BSSO riders during their pre-season testing, we were made aware of an issue a couple of riders had their with AF Rayspeed Clo5e Ratio gearboxes.

Subsequently, AF Rayspeed have issued a statement concerning this, stating the part in question is being examined and until anything conclusive is discovered, sales of the product have been suspended. The full statement from AF Rayspeed is as below:

“Dear Customer,
“I am sorry to contact you out of the blue but I wished to provide you with some information regarding our New Clo5e Ratio gearboxes.
“On Friday, at the Mallory Race track two Group 6 race bikes managed to break their gear selectors. A selector failure is a serious issue and we are currently looking in to the mode of failure and speaking with the manufacturer. We are taking this issue very seriously and will provide updates as we have them. 
“Both of the bikes concerned are in the 40-45bhp region and were on the track when the failures occurred.
“Subject to the assessment of the parts and if indeed the gear selector is inadequate for the task it was designed for then a new version of the selector will be produced as soon as possible.  In the meantime we will not be supplying any new Clo5e Ratio gearboxes until we have had chance to asses the failures.
“Our product testing had involved a seasons racing in a slightly lower powered group 6 engine (approx 35bhp) and a 4,500 mile hard road test in a 28bhp engine, plus several unusual event tests (slamming the bike into 1st gear at 50 and 80mph etc.)
“Based on that experience, I do not believe that fast road use in 30bhp engines would be likely to result in a failure.  (One of the group 6 race riders is still running a Clo5e Ratio in his RB25 road bike and is 3000 miles in).  I plan to continue to run the Clo5e ratio boxes we have in our own bikes.  However everyone has to judge their own acceptable level of risk.  Anyone who wishes to return their gearbox will of course be given a full refund.  “Equally if we experience any failures in lower powered / road engines I will provide another update and immediately issue a warning.
“Sorry for placing doubt in your mind, but I believe it is only correct to provide you with what information I have.  We are working on this at the moment and will let you know what we find.”

Note that at the time of writing, nothing has been officially recalled and only one component has been reported as failing, and only in two high-powered race scooters. Until it has been investigated we will not know the actual cause of failure and no doubt AF Rayspeed will announce in due course their findings and any further action that they will take.
With a number of AF Clo5e Ratio gearboxes already sold, and indeed one also fitted to one of our scooters for this year’s rallies and events, we will keep you informed as and when we receive further information from AF Rayspeed.
If anyone has any concerns you can contact AF Raypseed via Tel: (01944) 710693, fax: (01944) 710081 or email: rayspeedstype@gmail.com

The devil’s in the detail

As we get closer to Easter, scooter projects across the globe get nearer to completion. But how many of those little finishing touches have you still to get? Continue reading