Name of scooter: The Modrod. Model: Lambretta Li Series 2. Date purchased: Bought in 2002 for $1700. Time to build: Steadily built over a period of two years.
Mugello 186 smallblock kit, 28mm Dellorto, BGM crank and flywheel, BGM electronic ignition, Casa Lambretta dual-tip Clubman exhaust, Rimini five-speed Cyclone gearbox and AF Rayspeed tubeless rims. Cruising speed: 60-65mph. Paintwork: Duffy’s Auto Body, Chelmsford, MA. Pinstriping: Charlie Decker of One Arm Bandit Pinstriping, Hartford CT. Specialised parts: Custom engraved ‘5’ shifter by Carte Blanche, an original Super Catalux rear taillight lens, modified Rallymaster instrument panel with Smiths clocks, and all the one-off parts too! Chrome: Charles Sihilling of Sihilling Polishing & Plating, Santa Ana, CA. Overall cost: To be honest, I’ve almost lost count and I don’t charge myself for all the pieces I create. Hardest part of the project: Patience to wait for things and to push through the frustrations, such as sorting out all the wiring work, etc. Advice for anyone starting a project: Lots of patience, dry build like crazy first, and always use tape/ bumpers when rebuilding and don’t force anything to fit. Favourite dealer: Rimini Lambretta Centre, they are the standard.
Aside from once again thanking Aaron Hecker of Hubspeed, I also need to thank Dean Orton of Rimini Lambretta Centre for helping me acquire certain rare parts and pieces. Also Mark Duffy, my gracious painter for his patience and excellent paintwork, and most of all my wife Diane for her encouragement and support with my passion for the hobby!