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Vespa SS180 project

Vespa SS180 project

The Super Sport, or S.S., was the successor to the G.S. 160 and was built from 1964 to 1968. With the exception of the increase in cc’s, the motor and suspension design are very similar on the two scooters. On the other hand, the styling of the S.S. was totally new. The

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Douglas 42L2 update 4

Douglas 42L2 update 4

All through this project the aim was to just get this back on the road and to retain the character of the scooter as it was when I first purchased it. As time has gone by the floor area has been a bit of a concern in how it looks and

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Douglas 42L2 update 3

Douglas 42L2 update 3

The original 8″ wheels on this have now been upgraded to 10″ with the standard PX wheel on the back and a ScootRS, atomic branded, GS150 replica conversion rim on the front. The front wheel has plenty of clearance from the guard and with the new Gabriel spring and shock absorber

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Douglas 42L2 update 2

Douglas 42L2 update 2

The PX motor installation has provided some challenges although I never thought this would be easy.

Basically it seems there are 3 brackets available for changing the original Douglas 125 engine for a PX – two specifically for the PX200 and another for a PX150 or a standard VBB or Super

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Douglas 42L2 update 1

Douglas 42L2 update 1

Scooters made in the 1950’s had different frame styles and engines than the more recent scooters.

50’s scooter attributes Engine side cowl has a bump that cuts into the frame. There is a small door below the choke and fuel levers which hinges toward the headset. For models with 8″ wheels

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Douglas Vespa Wideframe project

Douglas Vespa Wideframe project

Scooters made in the 1950’s had different frame styles and engines than the more recent scooters. To differentiate them from 60’s and later era machines they have the following physical attributes:

Engine side cowl has a bump that cuts into the frame. There is a small door below the choke and fuel

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Vespa SS90 project

This 1970 Vespa SS 90 scooter came with some other bits and pieces from a local Invercargill man called Rex. He had advertised on Trade Me looking for a cash sale – not an auction, for his cack (thats scooter stuff mum) and had some photo’s of the scooters and parts.

Everything had been in a

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Bajaj scooter update 16

So its now into a new year and we are a bit closer to the next Moto TT. From the last post I had done some re-cabling and purchased some bits and pieces from SIP for the Bajaj. The checklist from the last post was:

Working 12v LED indicators A working front brake switch A

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Bajaj scooter update 15

It’s the change of season here in the deep south right now so one day you could be mowing your lawns in relative comfort and the next its howling a gale and wet. Today has been howling and wet, so after a couple of days in the shed once the jobs have been done has

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Bajaj scooter update 14

Bajaj scooter update 14

Sante has come early in the Southern Scoot workshop with new parts for the Black Roughie and some other projects on the go. Hopefully, the Bajaj will be the next scoot to complete next years MotoTT (which most scooterists still call the Mille) and its time for some new bits and

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Sally the Skelly

Sally the Skelly

The skeleton (from Greek σκελετός, skeletós “dried up”) is the body part that forms the supporting structure of an organism.

Sally the Skelly is the current pilot for Elsie the Lambretta scooter and has been keen to get out and ride but alas, she has no eyes to see where she is

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Mrs JC update 2

Mrs JC update 2

The last time I rode the super it went well but near the end of the ride it was right down on power and just didn’t want to run. It would start and idle fine but would just die in top gear and I eventually had to ride it home, thankfully

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Bajaj scooter update 13

Bajaj scooter update 13

The Bajaj has had quite a few additions as it has evolved from Barry the Bajaj into The Black Roughie. In effect the Bajaj has become the test bed for all things scooter and will continue to be “adjusted” as time permits. It has been a great learning tool as I

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Bajaj scooter update 12

Bajaj scooter update 12

Its funny the things you learn as you pull your scooter to pieces and then put it back together again.

I am not a vespa expert by any means but have acquired a pretty good knowledge about scooter engines, wiring, exhausts, tyres, forks, wheels, carburetors, stands, bodywork, painting, seats and pretty

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Elsie the Lambretta update 3

Elsie the Lambretta update 3 The lambretta 125LC Was produced in Italy between 1950 and 1951 with a total of 42500 units. With 125 cc it has a Bore/Stroke of 52×58 mm and a carburetor Dellorto MA16. This model has 3 gears and 4.3 horse power, going up to 65-70 km/h with a consumption of

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Bajaj scooter update 11

Bajaj scooter update 11

So the Bajaj had another stock 150 motor with the “sporty note exhaust system” and just needed rewired….

The newish motor started and went well but needed some more go as carting me around was OK but not very fast and the 8″ wheels at any speed are a little scary,

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Elsie the Lambretta update 2

Elsie the Lambretta update 2

After a bit of wire bushing and a bit of a clean Elsie is ready to go outside to the paint booth for painting. Good old matt black and silver should look OK. I masked everything up with some paper out of the printer as it was all I had

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Elsie the Lambretta update 1

Elsie the Lambretta update 1

I managed to source a L/H side panel off ebay for the LC125 Lambretta frame I got from a local guy.

It came from a very helpful German trader and is actually off an NSU Lambretta. Nick, one of the scooterists in the know, had said that this may be

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1952 Lambretta LC 125

1952 Lambretta LC 125 Was produced in Italy between 1950 and 1951 with a total of 42500 units. With 125 cc it has a Bore/Stroke of 52×58 mm and a carburetor Dellorto MA16. This model has 3 gears and 4.3 horse power, going up to 65-70 km/h with a consumption of 50 km/l. The lambretta

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Bajaj scooter update 10

Bajaj scooter update 10

The Bajaj Super was a two-stroke 150 cc motor scooter produced in India by Bajaj Auto between 1976 and 2006.

Early models were a licensed reproduction of the Italian-made eight-inch-wheeled Vespa Super. Production continued even after the licence agreement with Vespa expired in 1977. In response, Vespa’s parent company Piaggio filed

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