Prova stradlae per la SST265 e Casa 135!
This coming Sunday - or Monday - two of the RLC crew (along with Roberto Barone on his smallframe Vespa) will be riding back over to the UK once again. Why? No particular reason other than proper product testing. We have a few products to test including the finalised version of the box-type exhaust for the ‘Touring’ version of the SSR265 motors, i.e. the SST265. This is fitted to the shops silver Serveta and young Luke Salvin will be riding that. Dean gets the smallframe choice and will be riding a Lui (Vega) 75, fitted with a prototype ‘Casa 135’ kit. These are plug ‘n’ play kits designed to fit any 50, 75, 10 or 125cc smallframe Lambretta J range or Lui, Vega and Cometa. A rusty Italian market Lui 75 is being (re)built up as you read this, and hopefully will be done in time for the set-off. The frame was changed at the last minute for one that is already registered as a 150cc, so we can legally use the scooter on everything from country tracks, A and B roads, through to motorways.
The chosen route will take us across Italy, over the Alps near Mont Blanc, up through France where we’ll get a ferry across from Le Havre to Portsmouth. Then it’s over to Weston, followed by a motorway blast over to Southend. The return route will be via Belgium, Germany, Lichtenstein, Austria and finally back down through Italy which should give the scooters a test-run of about 4000km’s in total. We'll also be meeting up with Andy @ ScooterNova Magazine at some point, so he can road test both machines.
Once we’re back, we’re check the parts, make any necessary changes and then they go into production. Product testing at its finest?