So where does it go now?

It's actually quite an exciting time to be getting into or be returning to Lambretta ownership. Though the Innocenti company died decades ago, the Lambretta on the other hand is very much alive and still kicking and screaming even louder than ever! With the recent release of some new Casa Lambretta kits and AF Rayspeed's RB range, things just got a whole lot more interesting for the Lambretta owner. Also if tuning isn't your thing then not to worry as more and more quality remade parts are being released all the time to help with that restoration. Safety is also being addressed with development of tubeless rims and better brakes coming along.

I have just bought one of these neat little air filters,as I was a bit fed up with the RamAir one I had. Like many others, I found that the elbow would become flooded with fuel after a heavy thrash and then my scoot wouldn't start. I ended up abandon it completely and running open with a small wire mesh. This was fine if I was running without panels, however far from ideal once I put the panels back on as it can get really dirty under there in a very short time. The answer is this neat little air filter kit from Italian race filter makers 'Marchald'. 

 

They make a kit the comes with various attachments to fit any carb you may be running. The cost around £25 and are being sold by the Scooter Centre in Germany. 

Beltdrive Lambretta

Word is that Tino is currently working on some new goodies as we speak including a new version of the the Mugello and this belt drive kit, so watch this space...

50BHP Lambrettas! 

Arguably one of the most interesting finds at the 2009 Isle of Wight rally was hidden within two unassuming GPs. With little to give the game away, you would be forgiven for walking right past and not giving them a second look. Only the hydraulic clutch and brake levers hinted on what lay hidden beneath the side panels.

 

Brothers, Andy and Chris Mullen, from Salisbury were out for their first proper shakedown of these two recently converted DacTek 283 equipped scooters. This conversion retains the bottom end of the Lambretta engine so is not simply a big motorcycle engine and wheel welded into a old frame. This conversion is quite a bit cleverer than that, using a KTM barrel and a Mukuni carb more commonly found in a jet ski. Running a Lambretta bottom end and employing an old motorsport trick of cooling a trusty LI150 gearbox in liquid nitrogen and then gently warming it to add strength.

These conversions were done by Norwich based company DacTek run by David Bishop, Andy Cooke and Chris Sad. This ongoing project was started about five years ago and has had it share of problems that needed solving. "We then came across a problem with the cranks. With a lack of 64mm webs on the market we decided to up the game by making our own crank which is based on a standard ktm 69.5mm. Whilst doing so we also re-designed the crank housing," explained David Bishop. 

Other clever engineering feats are incorporated such a heat sensor to cut the engine before things get too hot and programmable ECU complete with port to plug in a Laptop. "We designed our own electrics with a two stage mapping system, one for motorway use and one for round town. So, you have a high retard for motorway use and advance for town use to give more HP and more response.'' 

Though this is early days for the scooters they have been on a dyno to set them up and are pushing 50BHP!

I guess at this stage you are thinking 'right, I want one of those,' but there may be a few problems with that, namely price. Put it this way, if you have to ask believe me when I tell you, you cannot afford it! 

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