March 10th, 2007


On Vox: Lambretta Rally

Today was an all vintage Lambretta rally in San Francisco. That's the great thing about this place - you get your first Lambretta, and a couple weeks later someone's throwing a Lambretta rally. Yay! This is pretty much the only place in the U.S. you could expect a Lambretta rally to happen. This was the third year for it and a shit ton of bikes showed up! I didn't count, but my guess is between 60 and 70.

As expected, we were delayed within seconds of leaving the starting point, when the leader's bike broke down. We lost a few more good men over the course of the day, but overall it was a really fun ride that took us around the city and the Marin Headlands. My bike did really well until about the last half mile of the ride when it started flooding and bogging. It wouldn't idle and I had to keep it revving to keep from stalling. I made it to the end, though, and then I limped it home. I think a quick carburetor rebuild will remedy that bike. Probably just a sticky float or worn needle.

Before it started acting up, the bike was running really well. It was quick up the hills and in the higher RPMs it hauled ass. I can see how people can get in to Lambrettas. When they run, they're pretty tight. More pictures in the collection.


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