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During my recent visit to the SIP Scootershop 2018 open day as expected I came across many exceptional looking scooters, tuned street racers, original patina bikes, restos and a handful of preserved custom scoots from the 1980s/1990s to name just a few. There were, of course, a few standouts; one of which was ‘Pogue Mahone’, a stunning 1967 customised Lambretta SX150…

Christian Albrecht of Salem Speed had driven down to Bavaria from Lübeckin northern Germany with a couple of scooters for the open day; his own Jet 200 (winner of best Lambretta at Scooterist Meltdown earlier this year in Kalkar) and ‘Pogue Mahone’, belonging to a good friend, Jens Kruse.

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A self-employed technical engineer with his own business specializing in CNC machining; Jens works closely with Christian at Salem Speed and Wolle at Scooter & Service, producing specialist parts and components for both outfits. A scooterist since late 1987, Jens was never into the Mod scene; always considering himself an out & out scooterboy, with a love of classic customs, cutdowns and pretty much everything modified.

Kiss my arse

‘Pogue Mahone’ references Jens’ favourite band, The Pogues. Recorded in 1995 and released in February the following year, ‘Pogue Mahone’ is the title of the band’s seventh and final album; a variant of Irish phrase póg mo thóin, meaning “kiss my arse”. The styling of Jens’ creation also takes inspiration from his liking of the two-tone paint schemes often seen on scooters from the early 80s and late 70s.

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Getting to specifics; beginning with a 1967 Italian SX150 purchased in 2005, Jens completed all the fabrication himself. Frame mods include shortened headstock, horncast, legshields and fork, plus removable frame loop. A lot of his own one-off parts have been used; namely, a complete front radial disc produced for Salem Speed, gear linkage, cable adjuster and muffler, also for Salem Speed.

All the right parts

The deep, intensely rich candy apple red and green paint with pinstriping and silver micro flake, were expertly applied by Danny Schramm at Schrammwerk Hamburg. Chroming is by Böge Hamburg; subtle while not overpowering and perfectly complementing Danny’s beautiful paintwork. Power is delivered through a 225 TS1 unit with LTH clutch, 34 Amal carb and TSR Exhaust (S+S muffler), giving a top speed of 120kmh (75mph) and producing 22 bhp. Among the finishing accessories are a SIP speedo, coloured cable wrap, re-upholstered original Kegra racing seat and BGM dampers.

Causing Jens the most grief were the brake design/construction, not scratching the paint, as well as the work required to shorten the front end. As with many custom builders, Jens strongly advises a dry build being essential to a successful project and outcome. As for recommendations, Jens unsurprisingly is a strong advocate of Salem Speed and Scooter & Service; given he is the producer/co-engineer of their specialist parts – fair play!

Hailing from Mölln, just south of Lübeck, Jens is a member of scooter club Vandalisierende Sabberköppe Ostholstein RC. Not one to sit still, he tends to build a custom scoot every one or two years; mostly classic customs. Currently Jens is the owner of four custom scoots, all built by himself – the aforementioned Pogue Mahone cutdown, an SX200 skelly (inspired by the Fine Young Cannibals ‘Good Thing’ video), a classic Vespa P200 cutdown with engraving (pure 80s) and a P200E racer with complete Scooter & Service technique package and packing a lot of horsepower!

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Credits and info

Next up from Jens is a Lambretta LiS 125 chopper with motorcycle forks, (due to be finished in 2019) watch this space… Finally, Jens credits Christian from Salem Speed, his mate Peter (Isi) Iseringhausen, and his girls Jessy and Emma for their patience!

Talking of credit, I couldn’t have written this feature, or taken the photos you see were it not for the considerable help of Christian Albrecht. Therefore, it only seems polite and fair to mention a few words about him.

Like Jens, Christian started out on scooters in 1987, on a Vespa PX80 EFL Elestart, then immediately ordered a considerable amount of bolt-on Mod style chrome parts from Rollershop. His first outing was the Welfen Run Braunschweig in 1988. Christian continued his scootering through the ‘90s, owning three scooters before taking a break at the Millennium. Rekindling his love affair in 2005 he acquired a T5 and attended the 2008 Euro Lambretta in Sweden; a few days later buying a yellow ochre Jet 200 that you can see on his Facebook profile picture.

In 2006 from his garage at home, he began undertaking scooter restorations before going on to start Salem Speed in 2012. In 2016 Christian quit the day job and moved to a house with a bigger workshop where he could better sell his parts and service/restore vintage scooters. In cooperation with Jens he now develops specialist CNC parts for his favourite Lambretta scooters.

Salem Speed carries a lot of parts in stock which you can see on the Salem Speed Facebook page and are also stocked by SIP. As well as walking away with best Lambretta at Kalkar, Christian was attending Scooterist Meltdown to showcase the complete range of Salem Speed parts, many of which were fitted to his orange and white Salem Speed Jet 200 (see SLUK SIP 2018 open day report). 2018 sees Salem Speed come out with a new front disc brake and tubeless rim, produced entirely from CNC parts in inox stainless steel. Check out the Salem Speed FB page – here

Words and photos: Paul Hart (Vespamore photography)

Rallery by Paul Hart – Vespamore Photography

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