Tooled up. Whilst the second Innocenti SX200 Twin ‘Bicilindrico’ prototype is currently under the spanners for a full conserved restoration, we took the opportunity to get a mold made up of this stunning inside legshield toolbox from the first Twin. This toolbox is absolutely stunning. A unique, one-off item made by the R&D department at Innocenti but never put into production. The amazing thing about this toolbox is that it does NOT ruin or alter the scooters lines. Looking directly side-on at the scooter this toolbox is totally invisible. Now we have taken the mold of the toolbox, Fabri RLC’s gifted fabricator, has been given the job of simplifying the original mounting brackets. As soon as these are done we’ll get these into production right away. More news both here on the shops website and on the shops FB page as we progress :
RLC 20th ANNIVERSARY OPEN DAY : 25th April 2015. This is just to advise that the date for the RLC Open Day is 25th April 2015. We have moved it forward by a week due to a request from the local council, so this date will be definitive. We have lots lined up with several ‘interesting’ scooters available to see and also try on Saturday 25th, an evening do and then to top it all off, a scooter run on Sunday 26th April in collaboration with the ‘Teste Cromate S.C.’ crew. Full event details, along with a list of recommended hotels, will be published soon both on FB and here in the ‘News’ section of the shop’s website.
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