I know y’all are interested in Scomadi Ltd.’s upcoming Bertone-inspired scooters. There’s a new promo video, and some new developments regarding specification and pricing, all of which can be found after the jump.
Here’s the vid:
If you’ve just tuned in, for the last several years British company Scomadi, Ltd. has been developing a modern scooter powered by Piaggio CVT engines displacing 50, 125 and 300 cubic centimeters. The bikes are styled after the Bertone-designed bodywork featured on Innocenti Lambrettas of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and like those Lambrettas they have tubular steel frames.
Scomadi’s website recently added tentative prices for the various models: £1,995 for the 50, £2,495 for the 125, and £4,495 for the 300 (though this is the most tentative of the three). All of these prices are competitive in their U.K. market segments; the 300, which I’m guessing is the one most likely to come to the U.S., works out to almost $7,400 at the exchange rate in effect as this is written.
Scomadi has also released a detailed specification sheet for each model. Click on the thumbnail to see the full-size version.
I call your attention to the first line of the “Chassis” section, labeled “Frame.” “Space frame tubular chassis with ABS cladded bodywork.”
ABS is short for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene. It’s a type of, ahem, PLASTIC. In fact, it’s the stuff Lego bricks are made of.
I shall once again sound like a broken record and point out had plastics as we know them today existed in the 1940s, or even the 1960s, Lambrettas would’ve had plastic body panels. Plastics are easier to work with than steel, resistant to damage (in the case of ABS, highly so), and can be molded in color, which eliminates the need for painting.
And most importantly, reduces weight: The Scomadi 300’s unladen weight is listed as 130 kg. That’s 286 lbs., vs 326 for a GTS.
I’ve been attending scooter rallies for a long time, and I’ve always found it interesting that non-scooterist passers-by are drawn to Lambrettas. “What’s that?” It’s a Lambretta. “I love how it looks!” I’ve had lots of brief conversations like that.
While there are those who are even now gnashing their teeth and rending their garments, there’s something else worth repeating that those folks seem not to understand: That there have been so many attempts to revive Lambretta scooters speaks volumes about the strength and appeal of the Lambretta name. And the bikes.