Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lambretta Motorcycles


Lambretta MotorcyclesLambrettas have attracted an eclectic following of “revival” Mods, collectors, scooterists, cutdown enthusiasts, and even racers. Lambrettas had 3 or 4 gears and two-stroke engines with capacities ranging from 49 cc to 198 cc.

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Lambretta was a line of motor scooters originally manufactured in Milan, Italy by Innocenti but also manufactured under licence by Société Industrielle de Troyes (S.I.T.) in France, NSU in Germany, Serveta in Spain, API in India, Pasco in Brazil, Auteca in Colombia and Siambretta in Argentina. In 1972, the Indian government bought the Milanese factory and the rights to the Lambretta name, creating Scooters India Limited (SIL). Today, the Innocenti brand name rights are owned by Fiat whereas the oldest Lambretta and Lambro trademark registrations worldwide are owned by Scooters India Limited (SIL).

Scooters India in 2003 licensed Khurana Group USA LLC to manufacture and distribute scooters in the United States under the Lambretta brand. The first release in 2008 are rebadged Adly scoooters [8] of contemporary design, including a 49 cc DUE50, a 49 cc UNO50 and a 150 cc UNO150

There are still clubs across Europe and the UK, both national and local clubs, devoted to the Lambretta scooter. The clubs still participate and organize ride outs and rallies which regularly take place during weekends over the summer months and have high attendance, some rallies achieve 2,500 paying rally goers. Across the UK there are many privately owned scooter shops which deal with everything Lambretta, from sales, services, parts, tuning, performance and complete nut and bolt restorations.

The Lambretta scooter is constantly growing in value; their rarity and increased demand means that a standard LI 150 series 3 (known as the standard scooter) in good condition will fetch over £3,000 ($5,950) whereas the rarer models of Lambretta e.g. the TV200 in mint condition has been sold for sums of up to £12,000 ($23,750).

In Brazil, “lambreta” is used as a synonym for “scooter”, being listed at the Novo Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa, one of the country’s main dictionaries, as a noum/substantive.

The small village of Rodano, near Milan, hosts the biggest Lambretta museum in Europe and the Innocenti archives. In the collection are also several non-Lambretta scooters, including some first models from the 1910s and US Army scooters parachuted over Normandy in 1944. In Weston-super-Mare, England, there is a Lambretta Scooter Museum which houses a total of 61 Lambretta models – at least one from each year between October 1947 through to May 1971. It also houses a large amount of Lambretta memorabilia. This museum and collection was sold in early 2007 and re-opened on 8 August 2008 following refurbishment.

In 2010, the Lambretta name will make its return to World Championship Grand Prix racing and enter the MotoGP 125cc class with a bike to be ridden by Marco Ravaioli and a yet-to-be named team mate.

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