LML – What does the future hold?

The story of LML scooters is a chequered one, probably more so than any other Italian scooter that ended up being produced in India. But what lies ahead for  the last manufacturer of geared scooters outside of Italy? By the way, when we say "last manufacturer of geared scooters" we are aware Piaggio recently ceased … Continue reading LML – What does the future hold?

Rumour Mill – a new Bajaj Chetak for 2017

Once a scooter with a waiting list measured in years, the Vespa derived Bajaj Chetak was a mainstay of the Indian nation for decades. And then one day, in  2006, Bajaj made the decision to cease scooter production, citing that in their opinion the Indian market was heading towards a two-wheeled sector that would be … Continue reading Rumour Mill – a new Bajaj Chetak for 2017

Lambretta Series 2 – Pedigree Shows!

Automobile Products of India Ltd (API) were the first company in India to produce Lambretta scooters there, beginning in the late 50s by assembling the D and LD models from CKD (complete knock down) parts sent by Innocenti from Italy, before progressing to full production of the Li Series 2 model. API continued producing this … Continue reading Lambretta Series 2 – Pedigree Shows!

Vespa & sidecar for sale – Buyer beware!

It was a combination of the £4,995 price tag and the headline of a '1965 Vespa PX 150' that caught our eye... and set alarm bells ringing! Of course having ridden Lambrettas and Vespas consistently since the 1980s and being what some may describe as 'scooter anoraks', these alarm bells may ring more easily for … Continue reading Vespa & sidecar for sale – Buyer beware!

New Vespa VX Elegante for India

Launching their second 'special edition' Vespa for the local market, the Elegante will hit the streets of India on 20 September 2014. Vespa India have announced the latest model in their Vespa range, a 'premium' version of their VX range there, which for European and American readers is pretty much like the old Vespa LX … Continue reading New Vespa VX Elegante for India

The Fantastic Vespa Ape – have you seen a bigger load?

Searching the internet earlier I came across this photo taken by Roy Prasad who had it posted on his Flickr acount, so I hope he doesn't mind it being shared. Whilst Roy's interest is apparently photography, ours here is of course the subject matter in this instance – a dramatically overloaded Piaggio Ape three-wheeled commercial … Continue reading The Fantastic Vespa Ape – have you seen a bigger load?

Bollywood Lambrettas, or is it Pakistan?

Although the title of this video on YouTube reads 'Bollywood Goes Lambretta', with my scooter anorak hood pulled fully up, I suspect this film was shot in Pakistan and not India. Why's that? Well in India, API first got the licence to produce Lambrettas in the late 1950s. To start with they assembled knock-down kits … Continue reading Bollywood Lambrettas, or is it Pakistan?