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I'm strongly considering purchasing this sexy motherfucker, despite the following facts:

  • It's a Lambretta. I've never owned one or worked on one. In fact, due to their reputation for being horribly unreliable (they are, in fact, Italian) and royal pains in the ass, I've avoided them like the plague for my entire scootering life.
  • It's another bike. I do not want more bikes. I want less bikes. I will get rid of at least one (but maybe two) bikes if and when I purchase this one.
  • It's too fucking nice. I will have to hire an armed scooter guard to watch over it so I can sleep at night.
Still, I don't think I can resist. The price is right and it's coming from a good friend and scooter club mate who has owned it for longer than I've known him, so I know it's been well-maintained and loved. I've gazed longingly upon this scooter at many rallies, and this particular model is the one that I've always said I would get, were I to get a Lambretta. Ladies and Gentlemen, the 1963 Lambretta TV175:

My friend is liquidating some of his collection and is selling this bike for a great price. Paul and I estimate that even if I didn't want to keep it, I could flip it for $500 - $1000 more than I'm gonna pay. Plus, the purchase will be mostly funded by the sale of my '65 Honda and another friend just happens to be heading down here from Seattle with an empty truck in a few weeks, so I really can't say no. I mean, JUST LOOK AT IT. So pretty.

I guess now I'm supposed to get a three-button suit, a mop top, and a coke habit.

Yay scooter!



Originally posted on pop.vox.com


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 31st, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
The Real Steve
Ain't you the guy who used to set the paces
Riding up in front of a hundred faces,
I don't suppose you would remember me,
But I used to follow you back in '63
Jan. 31st, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)

Dude, when one doesn't know how to work on Lambrettas or race them out (like I did *boom*) that's when they break down. Paul bought my GP, he should know!

That is a beautiful bike. Fear not.
Jan. 31st, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
nice! I think Theresa has the same bike.
Feb. 1st, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
So pretty
Feb. 3rd, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
I agree: fear not. Lammys are just as reliable once you know how to work on them, and you pretty much never have to take the motor out of the frame to do anything. And once you get used to riding one, you'll never go back. Well, *I* never went back, anyway.

Feb. 8th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
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