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Scootering - - Soulsation -

Name of scooter: Soul­sa­tion Model: Lam­bretta TV200 In­spi­ra­tion: My love of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5.

Time to build: By the boys at RLC over a 12 month pe­riod.

Spe­cialised parts: All the Ulma ac­ces­sories are orig­i­nals. The rear bumper and foot­board ex­ten­sions came via a time-warp scooter that was last on the road in 1974. Orig­i­nal Pe­ga­sus seat was sourced in the UK, as were the funky Florida bars. All the bars were re­stored and heav­ily mod­i­fied so they all sit su­per-flush to the scooter’s body­work. The legshield tool­box is from a Vespa GS160 which was then cut and shut. The Lu­cas rear light unit and match­ing num­ber plate holder came from Canada. None of th­ese parts were sim­ply ‘fit­ted as found’, they all re­quired hours of labour and care to get them right. Strange panel han­dles with raised square sec­tions from un­known scooter, adapted to Lam­bretta pan­els and then dis­patched to Yann @ Carte Blanche in France to be en­graved. He also made the one-off horn­cover badge. The one-off ‘Tamla Motown’ panel badges and ‘TV225’ rear frame badge were fab­ri­cated by Max Dc­stl. Dou­ble thick­ness head­light rim is off a Brazil­ian Lam­bretta.

En­gine: NOS In­no­centi cas­ing (the orig­i­nal had a bro­ken lug), NOS fly­wheel flange, NOS side-cas­ing, cast-iron 225cc con­ver­sion, Cy­clone 5 Speed gear­box, RLC GP crank, six-plate clutch, 24mm SH2 Dell’Orto carb, Ralph Sax­elby 42mm ex­haust, 180W 12v Du­cati (points) electrics, SX200 kick­start lever. Top speed: I’m in no rush!

Is the scooter re­li­able: So far, yes, very. Paint­work: Rob­bie the Rocker, RLC’s paint­work spe­cial­ist.

Chrome: Ini­tially some was done through S&T in Bris­tol and the rest through RLC’s cur­rent Ital­ian chromers.

Ad­vice for any­one start­ing a project: Work­ing in a scooter shop can have its ad­van­tages…

Thanks: To all my boys at RLC. Also a mas­sive ‘Ciao!’ to all my friends on the Ital­ian scooter­ist scene and the ‘Casa Lam­bretta Rac­ing Team’!

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