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Vintage Vespas... from Vietnam?!


ScootRS restores classic 1960s Vespa and Lambretta scooters to showroom condition. The Saigon, Vietnam company was started fifteen years ago by a Canadian ex-pat. They apparently do nice work, to the point that these rebuilt scoots are often offered for sale in Western bike shops.

They offer an inventory of unfinished scooters in stock, ready to finish to the customer's requirements. The ScootRS website allows you to pick and choose from popular options to create the retro ride of your dreams. Base prices start at about $2,500, although you should expect to pay around $4,000 for a decently tricked out bike. Once finished, the finished bike is crated and shipped by sea. I was quoted just under $300 for delivery.

Here's their description of the rebuild process:

"The body itself is first dry-built to fit body parts exactly. Any damaged metal - e.g., often in the Vespa floorboard area or Lambretta rear license plate area - is fixed properly by welding in new metal, then any dings are fixed by hand, by hammer and dolly. The body is then disassembled again, stripped to bare metal, primered, painted, and finished with a protective gloss coat. (With our GP200, you also get some new body pieces!) External items are chromed, zinc plated, or re-polished. The seat is re-sprung and re-covered. A spare-wheel unit is included.

Once reassembled, the scooter is properly broken in: warmed up the first few times, then given a short test drive, then longer and longer test drives, with any needed adjustments made in between. We will probably put 75km on the motor while testing it." [thanks, Jordan!]

ScootRS: Lambretta & Vespa vintage scooters


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