EICMA 2019 – Haters gonna hate: Lambretta G325 Special | OPINION
When we first started ScooterLab back in 2016 we had some tough decisions to make. We’re primarily Scooter Boys, love classic two strokes and enjoy making them go as fast and as far as possible. We also appreciate everything else on two wheels, we’re certainly not blinkered and have ridden pretty much everything worth riding. We’re in acceptance that the future won’t all smell of Putoline. Read on and let us know what you think…
Wheat and chaff
We knew lots of old Scooterists weren’t as tolerant as we are though so we decided to split the site into Retro and Modern, knowing we’d have a crossover of models like the GTS, Scomadi, Italjet Dragster etc. but meaning our less tolerant readers wouldn’t have to sift through loads of modern machinery and vice versa for our modern scooter riders.
We’ll fix it for you
Even so, there are some marques and machines that cross those boundaries, need to be on both sides of the Retro/Modern divide and provoke very strong feelings. The new Lambretta provokes more violent reactions than a Jimmy Saville fancy dress outfit at a kids party.
The new Lambretta brand is an iconic name brought back from the dead two years ago with the V-Special (or bought back as the case may be). It’s a brand lots of us (myself included) are very passionate about and one we’ve kept alive and flown the flag for, for over 60 years.
It’s been brought back to cater for modern scooter buyers looking for a familiar name in a sea of Chinese anonymity- IT’S NOT MEANT FOR ‘US’. They never expected to attract a long in the tooth 50-year-old scooter rider on to their new fandangled twist and goery. Lambretta is a brand trading on an iconic name from the past in the same way as Triumph, Norton, AJS, Brough Superior and many others do, all brought back from extinction, all doing a modern take on an old name. Catering mainly to riders who never owned an original.
As an outsider looking in, the Brough Superior is a stunning new motorcycle, I’m looking at it as a new machine though. If I was an original Brough owner and aficionado with a £425,000 bike in my private collection (yes that’s how much a basket case SS 100 sold for earlier this year at auction) I’d probably be spitting feathers at these young upstarts desecrating my favourite brand. Putting new technology on to a classic platform, stopping the oil leaks and improving reliability, handling, stopping and power output.
It’s hardly surprising but using the Lambretta brand name seems to bring out all the haters. Even so, we aren’t shy and will show you their latest flagship model. It may not look too much like our favourite Lambrettas of old (there are other popular retro brands that already do that) but this is still a Lambretta, by name at least. It’s also probably much closer to what a 2019 ‘real’ Lambretta would have looked like had Innocenti’s history been rosier than it actually was. We certainly wouldn’t be buying new two-stroke GP 200s, in the same way as we’re not buying Vespa GS 160s and car fans aren’t buying new Mark 1 Ford Escorts. It’s progression, like it or not.
Put yourself in the driving seat
Not all babies are cute, but let’s not offend the father too much.
It’s a simple choice, buy one or don’t. Some ScooterLab readers will look at this longingly, savouring the details. They’ll notice the clever way the front mudguard is used as a subtle cooling scoop for the radiator, and be impressed with the courtesy light projecting the familiar logo. I have to say, up close this is a completely different machine to the V-Special. It looks good, the finish is fantastic, it looks and feels like a quality machine, everything is substantial and it’s pretty much all-metal. This is a premium product.
The truth is most will be holding their heads in their hands and wishing it was all just a violent nightmare. Either way, this scooter has provoked more comments on the photos we’ve shown from EICMA 2019 and on our YouTube channel than anything else. That shows just how much passion true Lambretta fans have, but just typing “It’s shit” and comments of the sort isn’t very thought-provoking. Let us have some objective thoughts in the comments…
It’s usually just the haters who leave reviews or add their two penneth worth, we’d like to hear both sides of the story. Are you a modern scooter lover who yearns for technology? Does the G-325 tick boxes for you? Should this be melted down for scaffolding tubes?
What we know
- Engine? Unsure but may be Sym or Honda
- Bodywork? All steel, monocoque
- Panels? Side panels are removable
- Courtesy light? A first on a scooter
- Price? Too early to say
Other Lambretta news
Lambretta will be presenting their first ‘High power’ electric G-Special at the New Delhi Auto Show in February 2020 and are said to be investing in Hydrogen2 technology as well.
They’ve also added two new colours to the existing V-Special range, a GP turquoise and this year’s most popular colour, grey.
Lambretta G-325 Special gallery
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