SX type forks with bolt-in buffers (L), GP type spot-welded boots (centre) and Scomadi seam-welded forks (R).

 

From SLUK – the online magazine that brings you all the scooter news first – and revealed the Lambretta Casing Wars, we can now bring you news of the latest 3-way head-to-head. This is in the arena of Lambretta forks.

 

PM Tuning/Scomadi were the first on the market to release replacement forks for Lambretta in versions to suit S2, S3, Serveta and GP. They can be obtained in mild steel or stainless as a cheap option to chroming. All types have straight butt-welded fork bottoms (boots) unlike original types which had overlapping halves. 

 

Original Innocenti fork drawings.
Original Innocenti fork drawings.

 

PM forks work fine – with a little fettling to the fork link clamp bolt cutaway in my experience – and cost £150 for mild steel versions or £230 for stainless steel.

 

However, anyone who wants to conduct a factory restoration would prefer forks manufactured the original spot-welded method.

 

Into this breach runs our first contestant Vittorio Tessera of Casa Lambretta who is instead following the drawing to make his forthcoming sets of Lambretta fork. Vittorio has access to many Innocenti drawings – including the forks – so the plan is to replicate forks in various lengths to the original specs to suit all Series 3 models. The estimated price is between £100-150 a pair.

 

Throwing a third hat into the ring however are UNI Auto of India – also one of the Casing Wars competitors – who we hear are in the process of making replacement Lambretta forks. Again, we expect these to be more like original production than the PM type.

 

Considering a few years ago there were no replacement forks available at all, you’d often find scooterists begging, bending and straightening old sets of forks. For us to have three options is actually a massive boost to keeping the scooters on the road.

 

Considering that the LCGB provided dating letters for 1000 scooters in the last 18 months, and they are not the only ones providing that service, there’s a lot of scooters going back on the road and you can bet a good number of them will need a straight pair of forks. 

 

We’ll keep you up to date with the 3 contenders as their products enter the ring…

 

Bent Lambretta forks - surprisingly common but a solution is finally in sight
Bent Lambretta forks – surprisingly common but a solution is finally in sight
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