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    Saint Paul, MN
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    Really? It's the LCUSA so yeah, my interests are in Lambrettas but more specifically in bastard Lambrettas made under license (except NSU's; NSU's can suck it)
  • Currently Owned Lambrettas
    1955 D150
    1959 Series 1 LI150
    1960 API S2
    1974 Vijai Super
    1975 Serveta "El Toro"

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  1. I have to update it every few weeks and the one yesterday must have been pretty fancy! Honestly it just tells me to do it and I log in and hit a few buttons. No idea how it really works as I'm not a computer guy, I just chicken peck my way through it when I have to.
  2. Every few months somebody posts one of these scooters on the interwebs and people are immediately confused and some even go so far as to call them bodges. The reality is, these are extremely rare machines and only sold in the US and a handful of other countries. The primary reason for this is the original square headlight found on Indian and Italian Lambrettas did not meet the updated DOT standards during the 1970's as the headlight could not be aimed left to right. SIL's solution to this issue was very similar to what Serveta did with the use of an SX style headset that they fitted with an ad
  3. Non-US Market SIL GP's are for most intents and purposes the same as the Italian GP/DL models they are related to. Things get very grey with these in the US as a lot of them are rebadged Vijai Super models that were "restored" in India to look like the original SIL non-US market export model. If you have a square headlight SIL GP in the United States that is badged as a Lambretta, than it most likely was never originally sold in the US. The only exception to this rule is due to tastes and preferences, it is common for actual US model SIL GP's to have the SX/Serveta style headlight to be s
  4. Changing the gearbox oil is very straight forward. Although some people recommend measuring the oil you put in, using the oil level plug is the easiest since that is what it is there for. The first thing you want to do is go for a ride to heat up the existing gearbox oil. This will insure you get the most of the old oil out when you remove the drain plug. Heating the oil thins it so that is what you are trying to do here. No need to thrash it, just go for a cruise for 5 or 10 minutes. Once that is done, go ahead and put it on the center stand and put a drain pan below the rear allen
  5. Gearbox oil can be a contentious topic between Lambrettas owners as everyone has a favorite. Original service manuals suggest SAE 90 gearbox oil and if you can find it, that's great. Here are a few key things to consider when choosing a gearbox oil. Hypoid vs non-hypoid Hypoid gear oil is designed for automotive differentials and is not suited for a Lambretta. Basically it is corrosive to yellow metals (ie bushings)so that is all you really need to know since Lambrettas use those. Get non-hypoid gear oil. Multi-grade vs straight weight Multi grade oils were not available wh
  6. Box type of performance exhausts are all the rage right now due to the increase in performance with stock looks. Here is a list of the basic ones currently available and what to expect from them: AF Rayspeed/UNI/KBA Clubman/SIL Big Bore This is the most common and oldest box pipe on the market and for many years, it was the only option for those who wanted to retain the stock look and sound with an increase in performance. Fitment on these is all over the place. Some fit really well and some fit terrible. Prices vary between the AF and the Indian versions but they are all made
  7. Series 1 Lambretta LI125 models are identified by the use of metal floor rails instead of rails with rubber inserts and end caps as found on LI150 models. They came with saddle seats from the factory and a bunch of other stuff I am not aware of
  8. The most well known API models are the Series 2's mostly because they were produced for the longest period of time. All of these models came with a 150cc engine except the MAC 175, which was based on the TV175 engine. There were many revisions to this model but the basics are in 2 categories: Pre-SIL and Post-SIL Pre-SIL API's are identified by the use of the Lambretta name on legshield and horncast badges. The earliest of these models looks identical to their Italian counterpart and are mostly made out of Italian parts. General guidelines for identifying these are the frame num
  9. The earliest "Series" Lambrettas assembled in India by API were actually Series 1 models. These were made entirely from Italian parts and assembled in India. Unfortunately these are extremely rare in India as many of them were converted to Series 2 models after those came out. Since Series 2 models were new at the time, this was often performed to update the outdated looks of the series 1 and increase desirability and resale value.
  10. Very little is known about the earliest API Lambrettas. It is known that they started by importing and assembling shaft driven models from entirely from Italian parts.
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