I must apologise to fellow Lambretta Series 1 owners. We’ve been badgered for the last three years about making a screen for what is probably the best Lambretta model in the world (cue angry excrement covered postcards and letters* from disgruntled TV/GP/SX… Cento owners).
Our usual vacuum formed products aren’t quite right for the S1 though but recently we’ve started to delve into another form of plastic surgery. This aged technique is known as draping, which basically means plastic is heat bent over a shape and it also means you can use optically clear (or tinted) plastic, rather than just coloured ABS.
*Angry letters to: Scootering at PO BOX 74, Horncastle, Lincs.
The Shorty Screen
Our artisan craftsman, Nigel was given a brief to make something cool looking and easy to fit, using period accessories from the 1950s and ’60s as inspiration. A few days locked in his workshop and he’d created the Series 1 Shorty Screen.
The SLUK Shorty Screen comes in black, tinted and clear. It has laser finished edges, a discreet laser etched SLUK Atomic logo and stainless steel fittings. It’s all hand made in the UK. We don’t ship any parts in, or outsource to China or India for our SLUK Plastics™. It’s more expensive to manufacture in the UK but with the carbon we’ve offset, we can ride tuned two strokes for fun with a clear conscience. It’s a win, win…
It takes literally less than five minutes to fit one of these (see video above).
- Firstly you need to remove the two screws that hold the headset together. Replace those with the two stainless bolts we supply.
- Fit the brackets to the screen (as shown in the video above) with the ‘forked’ end of the ‘L-shaped’ brackets left exposed. Use the rubber-backed washers either side of the screen to protect it and two nyloc nuts to secure it.
- Once the brackets are in place, offer the screen up to the scooter, slide the ends of the brackets over the two bolts and tighten loosely using the nyloc nuts.
- Align the screen (it can be moved up/down, in/out) then tighten properly.
Price and availability
The Series 1 Shorty screen is available now. It comes with everything you need to fit it. The stainless brackets are polished on one side but can easily be mirror polished on both sides if you want a bit of bling.
The screens cost £75 each and can be bought by clicking this link.
Don’t call me Shorty?
We’re also developing a shorty screen for the Lambretta Series 2, that should be ready by December 10th. We already have a Vega/Lui screen (albeit not so short) and a Shorty for the Vespa GTS. The full range of SLUK screens can be seen here and the rest of our SLUK Plastics™ here.