Adventures of a Scooter Newbie - Luci (the Li150) and me Pt1

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britcay
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Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:00 am

This is just a short series of posts highlighting my little Scooter Odyssey in the hope it can give some pointers to others.

So my very first scooter. I knew I wanted a Lambretta, I just didn't know which one, except I preferred 60's Italian style. I'm not a mechanic, but I've tinkered with old VWs before, so I enjoy messing around with vehicles. That engine is just so.... accessible!

Buying
I trawled the ad sites (avoid the Trade-IT ones!) and found lots of scams (if it looks too good to be true...) but persevered and unearthed a couple af decent-priced nice ones. I asked a few questions on here and found the people very accommodating to my bleatings (thanks esp to Chris aka Bristolmod!). Newsnow classifieds (www.newsnow.co.uk) is a good aggregator, but typically ebay and to a lesser degree, gumtree plus this nice little facebook group; https://www.facebook.com/LambrettaScoot ... le?fref=ts which pulls all the adverts together with the added bonus of a couple of comments from those "in the know" so as to speak (just qualifies that the adverts appear true).

Was lucky enough to hit jackpot with a nice Li150 not too far away from me. It was on eBay and I really didn't want to get into a bidding war, so I called the guy up and offered. I asked him to send me some high res pics of the areas pointed out on this forum and others and again had some great advice. All the numbers matched, I was going in for this one!
Even if the auction is still running, show willing and offer over the phone - then just turn up with the readies. Few people will want the hassles of continuing an auction versus a buyer with cash at their front door. Offer accepted I legged it down there and did the deal before he could see that ebay price creeping too high!
Do take full advantage of the expertise on offer on this forum. There are a lot of people on here who will gladly (and freely!) help guide you through the ins and outs of what's right and what's not.

One word of warning: There are a LOT of scams out there and nobody is giving anything away. If something does not feel right and the seller does not want to meet you face-to-face at their address (with all the documents) then walk.

The Legal Stuff
Two weeks later and a nice new MOT is in place together with my CBT (I should have done my bike test years ago, but there you go). As I mentioned I am a total newb to scooters, but I did have a geared bike as a teenager. I was totally underwhelmed by the CBT on the day, (mainly because the bloke taking it was a complete tool) I didn't learn much, but it's done. My insurance is with Adrian Flux (I used them with my old VWs) on a 2000-mile pa policy @ £85 including a no-proof needed agreed valuation with salvage buy-back. Happy with that and the free tax.

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Riding
My old bike was the traditional foot-operated gears, what on earth is all this "passing through neutral" thing all about with the left hand?
Actually its a lot easier than I thought. I "practiced" the somewhat alien grip-mounted gear shifts in a quiet area of business-park-type streets, early evening (I did some youtube research and found some great pointers for beginners which probably saved my clutch cable!). Once I'd sorted my rev-happy engine at idle, things were sweet.
Hand signalling however has been a bit trickier to master (I had forgotten all about lack of indicators!). Not least because the time you can safely take your mitts off the handlebars is massively limited (by braking, throttling, gear shifting or just keeping an even keel!). I've found turning right on a roundabout to be the trickiest, as you need your right hand to throttle up slightly when entering the roundabout, but need to signal right at the same time!
At least my balance is improving. I've clocked up over 150 miles in my first week or so. Feeling like a little kid again.

More to come...
Andy
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Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:26 am

Nice one Andy- glad its all going well.

Don't forget that ALL Lambrettas come with an extra that was never advertised by the factory or the Concessionaires, and thats the "Invisibility Cloak" that automatically starts as you set off- bear that in mind and you should be OK, and by that I mean assume ALL other drivers haven't seen you at all............. :shock:

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Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:51 pm

Welcome to the wonderful world of Lambrettas, don't forget to carry lots of tools, spare cables etc.....and never think or say out loud that the scoot is running really well.... :lol: .....oh and start saving for the new engine kit, exhaust larger carb etc.....you'll soon be doing over 2,000 miles but as the speedo is likely to break it won't effect your insurance.... ;)......ps nice looking scoot..

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Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:58 pm

Thanks Chris & Timbo. My toolkit has been amended to include everything in the handbook and then some.

I'm used to a defensive driving nature having had old VWs but yep this is something else!

I'm really enjoying it all so far, the engine feels underpowered and I have a little vibration but all things to iron out in the winter.

Chris, I'll get the kettle on when you're back from hols, I feel a tune up session coming on! ;)


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Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:15 pm

britcay wrote:
Chris, I'll get the beers ready when you're back from hols, I feel a session coming on! [WINKING FACE]


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That's more like it ;)

Btw.... nice lammy

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Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:23 pm

Hah true enough!

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Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:16 pm

CBT for a 150??

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Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:21 am

It's registered as a 125 and has a 125 top end on. I've spoken with both DVLA & my insurance co about it and their surprising response was both; "It doesn't matter what's on the badges, or the frame/engine # what does it say on the V5?" I have a set of 125 badges but can't bring myself to pry off the 150s. Once my test is sorted I will return it to an original 150 top end, or maybe a bit more.


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Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:26 pm

Phew, glad to hear it's all covered... Happy riding, and doing the test is Deffo a good thing to do. It's taken me from a 125 to a now 240 on the Lammy and even got myself a 600 bike to commute on... Well worth the time and investment..

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Thu Jul 23, 2015 7:06 am

Great info and nice scoot :D
As my Dad used to say "Each to their own lad"

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