Posts Tagged ‘Lambretta’

Scooterists Assemble in Twin Cities for ‘Rattle My Bones’ Rally

August 16, 2009

Hundreds of scooterists from all over the Midwest assembled in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul Aug. 13-16 for the 2009 Rattle My Bones scooter rally.

RattleMyBones2The four-day event started with a meet-and-greet and scavenger hunt on the evening of Aug. 13; had participants assembling Aug. 14 for five ride possibilities, a “historic sites” ride and one ride each for geared scoots, automatic scoots, vintage scoots and for scooterists who have never been on a group ride before; continued Aug. 15 with a 70-mile, large group ride followed by dinner, a gymkhana, bike show and music; and wrapped up Aug. 16 with an organized breakfast, raffle prize giveaway, awards presentation and a final ride.

Sponsors included dealerships Scooterville, Blue Cat Motors and Leo’s South; as well as CF Moto; Scooterworks USA; Binetto/Shad; Aerostich; Bell Helmets; Corazzo; Scorpion EXO and Scoot! Magazine, among others.

As the logo suggests, the Rattle My Bones rally was named after a song by the defunct Twin Cities band The Suburbs.

As the logo suggests, the Rattle My Bones rally was named after a song by the defunct Twin Cities band The Suburbs.


Scooterists, Art Lovers Gather at Los Vesparados

June 14, 2009

Scooterists and art lovers from the Twin Cities and beyond gathered the evening of June 13 in Minneapolis to attend Los Vesparados, an event combining the cult following of scooters with a line up of local and international artists working in different styles and mediums to celebrate the spirit of the scooter.
The event featured more than 25 local and international artists showing a variety of art, from painting and print editions to metal and jewelry; a scooter exhibition in the parking lot; scooter memorabilia displayed by Michael & Eric Dregni, authors of many books on the subject; a DJ spinning mod tunes; a raffle to win a Genuine Buddy scooter; and projections of scooter movies and commercials.

Artists in attendance included: Adam Turman, Aleksandra Stancevic, Andre Knaebel, Andrea Horne, Angel Bomb, Brian Sago, Chank Diesel, Charles Youel, Dan Marshall, Emmy Lingscheit, Ethan Arnold, Greg Meyers, James Provost, Karin (more…)

Do the Lambretta Twist

June 9, 2009

OK, I love this ad for so many reasons. Here’s a few. First, who doesn’t like a Lambretta? I mean, much like the Triumph Bonneville, everybody used to have a Lambretta.

Secondly, this is one of those tunes that worms its way inside your brain like a parasite. I know I’ll be playing it over in my head all day. Thirdly (thirdly?), the ’60s motif is truly timeless. It holds up better than any other era’s style. Good god, I still don’t know how the ’80s snuck their way back into fashion. Can’t we let Crockett and Tubbs and sack-like dresses fade into the past?

And finally, this commercial reminds me about something missing from a lot of modern motorcycle/powersports advertising: riding two wheels is fun. I can’t understand a word they’re singing, but I know for damn sure that the product they’re pushing will put a big stupid grin on my face. I dare you to watch this ad and not think, “Damn, riding a Lambretta looks like fun.”

From most current adverts I get the feeling that bikes are:
b) Dark & Broody
c) For Lone Wolves

Me? I think they’re fun.

Monday Scoot alert!

December 1, 2008

A variety of scooter bits and pieces from across the Web world. As a former Mod and a lifetime scooterist, these stories are near and dear to my smartly-dressed heart, especially this one coming from the BBC regarding the scooter ridden by Jimmy (Phil Daniels) in Quadrophenia.

You killed me scooter, Mr. Postman!

You killed me scooter, Mr. Postman!

The auction house Bonhams announced that the Lambretta Li 150 Series 3 went for £36,000 at auction. (That’s about $54,000 in U.S. greenbacks.) It had a list price of £20,000 to £25,000 so that’s a pretty nice closing price I’d say. Turns out a guy named Paul Marsh rescued the scoot from somebody’s yard in Portsmouth, in the U.K.

From the BBC:

Earlier, Stephanie Connell, of Bonhams, said: “We have a few items from Quadrophenia come through the auction house but a scooter is very rare.

“It has been fully restored and is in great condition. We are expecting a lot of interest.


And in other scooter news there’s this … thing. Not even sure what to say about it other than, eh, yeah. Interesting. For every taste there’s a style or something like that. Anyway, be sure to check out the little opening video on the Web site for the company called CustomScooter or some such. It features a rider inexplicably cruising this scooter through an office with the Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker” playing in the background.

Uh, yeah.

Uh, yeah.