A tale of two Kings. Today was magical day here at RLC in that we started the SECOND Innocenti prototype SX200 twin for the first time! We recently completed the complete ‘conserved resto’ of the first one and Vittorio was suitably impressed with the outcome to ask us to do the same work on his other Twin, which is the very same scooter he had used quite extensively during the 90’s for various rallies and Lambretta Club events. This was supposed to be “running” but probably hadn’t actually done so for over a decade and consequently both the tank and carbs were absolutely full of muck and sludge.
Before we were to start the complete conserved resto’ on No.2, we wanted to hear it sing so we set about stripping everything out, cleaning it all up and sealing the (unique) petrol tank internally. Now done, today we added some juice and second kick she fired up! Magical! Tomorrow we’ll film both Twins up and running and post the video up both here on FB and on the shop’s YouTube channel :https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS5BOs_sjJUNIIlWqnJ-G9Q
Whilst we’re on the subject of the Twins, the photo accompanying this 'News' shows two head cowlings. One original, one not. Over the years one of these unique parts has been ‘misplaced’ and subsequently one Twin was destined to go without. Not wishing to do anything by half, we gave the only remaining cowling (in the World!) to the panel-beater at RLC’s paintwork bodyshop, who specialise in ‘conserved’ paintwork for Porsches and the like, and gave him the instructions to “copy that – and don’t lose it”. 24 hours later we were presented with cowling number two. It was hand-made from a single sheet of metal , primed, painted and then scratched up to ‘age’ it before the paint had set hard. And guess what? It fits better than the hand-made Innocenti original. Sorted and the jobs a good ‘un
Two of the BSG boys, Fabio e Stefano, came into RLC yesterday to check on work in progress for the new ‘BSG Casa Lambretta’ 305cc engines. Working together we have concluded that the engine mounts position section will be altered, to allow better access to the crankcase fed reed-valve. The genius of this casing is that as with all BSG produced engines, each main area of the engine casing is a separate section that can simply be bolted, or unbolted, in a matter of seconds. Therefore changing the design of the engine mounting section and swopping them over will be a breeze. Other things we have decided on are the final carburettor exit and position, the modified fuel tank, carb type, the gearbox and final transmission. Other interesting news is that as the current front sprocket arrangement doesn’t have a cush spring set-up, Fabio will be studying a whole new 10 or 12 plate clutch with an integral, built in cush arrangement. This will fit inside the engine as it’s 1cm deeper compared to an Innocenti casing, in the that area.
As soon as we have the new mounting section (mid-January), we’ll then get the engine bolted into a frame (even THAT has a story to tell, as it’s a scooter that was used solely inside the Innocenti factory!!!) and we’ll be closer to getting the whole show up and running in a VERY short space of time.
More news to follow here on the shop’s website and on both the ‘RLC’ and ‘Casa Lambretta’ Facebook pages.
Vittorio has bene really busy with adding some great new products to the Casa range and these include a whole host of parts that have been problematic to find / restore. A couple of 'tasters' are the addition of the wide silentblock for TV175 Series 1 Lambretta's and the 'hook' type petrol flap for early Series 1 Lambretta's. At long last these are now available and this is just the tip of the iceberg as there's LOADS more interesting parts on their way! More info here as well : www.facebook.com/pages/Rimini-Lambretta-Centre/139409247900?ref=hl
Welcome to the all-new Rimini Lambretta Centre website! What we have tried to do is make it easier to navigate, easier to purchase items on line and more user-friendly. Over time we will add a LOT more technical info to help you with your scooters restoration / maintenance and all manner of things to make our site as interesting as possible. We have been stock-piling items and info to upload and these will all be added over the coming days. Apart from a huge stock of original accessories, we have loads of original NOS (‘new old stock’) parts and memorabilia to offer you. Coupled with just about every single item to be found in the current Casa Lambretta catalogue, this should al make for some really good, interesting navigation around the site.
CASA LAMBRETTA PARTS!
The Casa range of products is HUGE and we have spent a lot of time checking, detailing and photographing all the parts that were missing from our site – until now that is! The lion’s share of these products are for the early pre-’57 models (such as Model C, LC, D, LD, E, F and Lambrettino 48 moped) for which we have a great working knowledge. The massive stores in our new shop have finally enabled us to stock EVERYTHING that Casa produce and that means that you, the customer, will benefit from a higher percentage of available parts we now hold in-house.
THE RIGHT PARTS AT THE RIGHT PRICE!
Vittorio Tessera has been working non-stop on bettering the quality of Casa parts and also to complete the range with the addition of previously unavailable parts. His aim is to have ALL Lambretta parts available and this massive task shows the dedication he has to ensuring that the Casa Lambretta range is the most comprehensive on the market. The right parts at the right prices. Here at RLC, we have our pricing structure fixed to that shown in the Casa Lambretta Italian catalogue - which means that you gain from purchasing parts from us at competitive rates.
The new products in the ‘Casa Performance’ range look very promising and judging by the superb response we have received when these parts have been shown on line or at parts fairs, it would seem that there is certainly room on the market for high quality ultimate performance products. The new ‘Casa Performance’ section here on the site will hopefully satisfy those with a ‘need for speed’!
RLC OPEN DAY : MAY 2015!
We have been toying with the idea of an Open Day here at the new RLC premises and although the move has taken forever and a day, we are finally within reach of completing the process! We’d like to make the day (weekend?) a REALLY special event for our customers with several REALLY tasty additions planned and to make it worthwhile for everyone travelling especially for the event. A quick, sneak preview will be to have BOTH original Innocenti Twin cylinder SX200’s available to test ride on the day, a certain record-breaking Lambretta on display, a couple of demonstrators (one with a 305cc BSG Casa engine and the other being RLC’s 5 speed GP with the ‘Lydden Hill Replica’ SS225 kit) and to have an evening do as well. The date we have penciled in is over the 1st weekend of May 2015, so we’ll keep you posted as our plans unravel!
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