THE DAMAGE JOHN? In hindsight this could've been a lot
worse. As can be seen the main damage was to the leg
shields. However the trim, bulbs and light rim were also damaged,
along with some paint gouged off of the bottom of the
headset. I was gutted when I dismantled the crate and saw the
scoot in this state, especially after waiting so long!
Nevertheless it started and rode OK, but I was so pissed off I
didn't really use it on the road until June after I'd fitted the
new leg shields.
Whilst it was off the road I stripped the engine down to sort
out an oil leak that was affecting the rear brake and also to generally check the
engine out. Engine studs and bearing inserts had been repaired to
a high standard and apart from a rather dodgy collar on
the lay shaft which I replaced I've seen a lot worse.
Everything else chain, clutch, gearbox etc. were in good
condition. The oil leak turned out to be caused by a small
chip on the inside rear axle bearing insert which I fixed with
some metal filler. I also had a persistent oil leak from
the crankcase cover which took some fiddling around to fix. I never took the top end off as
I never had any problems and I had a new Mazzuchelli crankshaft fitted in
addition to the normal new piston, rings, rebore etc. However I
did swap the carb and manifold (junk as Randall had already
mentioned) with a GP200 Dellorto 22mm and a big bore
Indian exhaust both of which I had lying around. One thing I noticed and
should've changed when I stripped the gearbox down the first
time where the gear selector guides that sit in the groove of the
sliding dog leg used to change gear. These eventually
disintegrated and I couldn't change gear at all (just before one
of the Seattle 2000 rallies) This involved another complete strip
down of the gearbox in which I also swapped the lay shaft and
endplate with ones I'd picked up at a UK scooter parts fair.
Other things I've done include:
Replaced all nuts n'bolts with
stainless. Some of the original ones seemed to be hand made!
centre stand as this was badly welded.
Replaced the stand feet and handlebar grips.
cylinder and flywheel shrouds with powder coated versions.
speedo face (still not satisified with this - need original)
cable inners and complete clutch
rode the SX around Oregon on trip permits but didn't get it registered
until August/September 2000. I then had the SX crated up along
with my other scoots using Dealer Transport in Salem Oregon
(503-378-1319) and shipped from Seattle using Overseas Relocation
(425-251-3390) back to the UK.
This particular scooters done quite
a few (shipping) miles to date, from Italy to Vietnam, then to
Portland, Oregon back to the UK. As
mentioned on the previous page don't be put off by the above
pictures. I don't regret buying this scooter from ScootRS in
Vietnam (you try finding an SX200 like this in the USA for the
same $$$) and Randall is a great guy to do business with. The
scoot is great and is the only one of my 3 currently running, only
took a few kicks after it had been in a shipping crate from US to
UK for 6 weeks to fire up again.
This was posted by me on the International
BBS on June 05, 2000.
Just thought I'd post some positive feedback on the Lambretta
SX200 I received from ScootRS 6 months ago.
The SX200 arrived in Portland, Oregon just before Xmas 1999. It
took around 4 weeks to get here at a cost of $390 for shipping.
U.S. Customs were no problem ($8); in fact dealing with the
freight forwarders was more hassle. Visually inspected the crate
loaded it up and took it home. However when I opened it up I found
some damage had occurred to the leg shields. The wooden crate was
well made but had obviously been dropped from a height onto one
side during transit. Both sides of the leg shields were bent and
twisted. However despite this I filled it up with gearbox oil and
petrol and it started second kick!!
Obviously the shippers denied all responsibility and as I didn't
have shipping insurance I had no luck with any claim against them.
So I contacted Randall and to cut a long story short he shipped me
free of charge another complete set of leg shields. Now when I say
"complete" I mean completely resprayed the same colour
with all badges and trim fitted. He'd even fitted a leg shield
toolbox (nice job!)
It took a while to get the leg shields here as he shipped them
with another consignment to ScooterMD in Vancouver, B.C. I picked
them up recently, fitted them and it looks great. The scooter is a
first time starter and runs superbly, very smooth.
I've been riding (and repairing) Lambrettas for 20 years now and
this is one of the nicest I've ever owned. It's been a pleasure
dealing with Randall and ScootRS from start to finish. He replies
to email promptly and is keen to make his customers happy. I would
recommend dealing with him to anyone.
Click here for pictures of the shipping
crate - WARNING these images are large (40K) & not very interesting!