Lambretta – carbon or steel?

Carbon-FibreWith the long-awaited winter-summer-autumn-winter rebuild of my Lambretta GP 200 finally getting into gear (sort of – I’ve got another scooter to strip down first!), I’ve found myself pondering whether to splash out on a few trick-looking parts as well as rewarding its loyal service of 15 years with a new coat of paint. The big question then – are a couple of carbon fibre parts a justifiable treat, or an extravagance not worth the money?

The engine is a fast 200 with a few tweaks (ahem) and capable of embarrassing a TS1 if I twist the throttle far enough. The planned repaint is to be done professionally so that A) it should last another 15 years or more, and B) it will look a lot better than my usual DIY job.

The dilemma therefore is, with a nice (albeit plain, single colour) paint job, then I should make the effort to at least begin with some nice looking parts to compliment the shiny new surface. This combined with a late night internet search led me to the website of PM Tuning. I already have one of their exhausts currently fitted to said Lambretta, and I am currently looking at an old carbon fibre sports mudguard of theirs on a shelf in my shed too, which was once fitted to a competitive Lambretta of mine in the past.


It is however PM Tuning’s head and flywheel cowlings that I have my eye on today. Neither of which will be blatantly obvious to passers-by when fitted to a full frame Lambretta, but I’m not after a ‘bling’ effect like that. I know that their individual costs far outweighs the purchase of new steel cowlings which I then pay to get painted (which would look good), or getting standard cowlings ‘wrapped’ in carbon-fibre effect stickers (which I think never looks right anyway).

There is though something very tempting about good-looking carbon fibre parts that are used subtly in the automotive industry, and so far – apart from the expense – I’ve yet to talk myself out of buying these two items.

Hmmm, what do you think…?


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