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Old 2nd October 2017, 12:23 PM
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Nice job whatever you call it
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Old 10th October 2017, 12:25 AM
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Old 10th October 2017, 01:38 AM
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Looks a rare enough model, tell us more m'lad
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Old 10th October 2017, 03:10 AM
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My Motorcycle Pics Motorbike: lambrettas and a jap bike
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She's a 1959 Li150 series 1.
The first of the chain driven lambrettas and the basic engine layout for all subsequent large frame lambrettas. They aren't particularly rare but most of us turned our noses up at the fat series 1s and 2s in favour of the later slimstyle models when we were younger.
They still don't go for the daft money that Italian SX and GP models fetch but they're becoming more popular amongst scooterists.
This scooter came up for sale without any paperwork but I liked the numberplate so took a punt. Luckily it's a Cumbrian registration number and they still have the archives, a request was sent for the relevant page and happily both the frame and engine numbers were a match.
If I hadn't been able to prove that the frame and registration plate were linked then the scooter's identity would've been lost forever.
The bike was first registered on June 16th 1959 by a shop in Whitehaven to a Joseph McGill with an address in Daisy Hill, Newry.
Apart from being discovered in a shed in Co.Down a couple of years ago I don't know any more of its history but I fully intend to give it an exciting future.
Almost all of the bodywork has been salvaged with a useful glovebox, spotlight, phone charger and long range tank added. The engine has been modernised with electronic ignition a 186 reed valve conversion kit, 30mm phbh dellorto, JL3 expansion chamber along with a later type crank and clutch to cope with the expected 200% increase in power.
She's also got a digital speedo with rev counter and plug temperature guage.
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Old 10th October 2017, 09:27 AM
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Great looking bike - I love the colour!
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Old 11th October 2017, 01:00 PM
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Added some accessories

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Old 11th October 2017, 08:24 PM
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That looks class Marty!
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