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Back from the dead: CMSI “L”ambretta?

November 20, 2006

Steve at The Scooter Scoop reports that CMSI (parent company of TNG scooters) had a prototype “Lambretta” on display in Milan. Not big news if it was the same Lambretta prototype they’ve been showing off for years, but it looks to be a new prototype (comments appreciated). You may remember that CMSI, losing a major investor and finding themselves unable to use the Lambretta name, but teaming up with PM Tuning and looking at a more global market, abandoned the name Lambretta USA and were marketing the scooter as “Scomadi” for a while, but the Scomadi site now features an “L-Series” logo and “coming soon.” Hope springs eternal…

Follow-up: Looking at the photos from the 2005 debut of the Lambretta prototype, the scooter in Milan is pretty vastly different. It appears to be more orange than red, (or poorly color-balanced) and the speedometer, rear turn signals, and glovebox, among other details, would indicate that this is either an entirely new prototype, or the old one was heavily modified. Any engine nerds want to take a stab at what’s inside?

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7 Responses to “Back from the dead: CMSI “L”ambretta?”

  1. Those Darn McCabesNo Gravatar on November 20th, 2006 11:37am

    Boring! What about the Peg Pergo display in the background of one of Steve’s photos!

    Viva the Chicco Scooter Club!

  2. mattyNo Gravatar on November 20th, 2006 11:52am

    How much money are they going to throw away before they realize it’s not such a great idea? Nice turn signal indicators..

  3. illnoiseNo Gravatar on November 20th, 2006 12:04pm

    I have no idea where the money is coming from, but hooray for their dream. I think their decision to focus on an international market was a smart move, they didn’t stand a chance in the U.S. alone. Not being able to use the Lambretta name may hurt them some, but Stella did allright, even competing against similar Vespa-branded scooters on the market, a problem CMSI will not have. Then again, Stellas had a cost advantage that the L-series will probably not have.

  4. BrookeNo Gravatar on November 20th, 2006 12:58pm

    It’s still got the piaggio motor inside. but it looks like the formerly just widened center piece of the rear part of the chassis has been resculpted to make some more room on the inside. The headset now has the modern switches and the speedometer is very similar to the ones found on the TnG Baja and Sachs Madass. They all are not identical but I’d be willing to bet they come from the same place and have the same base model inside (not the best quality in my experience). The glovebox is bigger and probably has a good bit of the electronics and extras that formerly resided in the well-stuffed rear of the original prototype as well as probably a bigger or more well ventilated cooling system. The part I like best about this scooter, if it ever becomes a production reality is that will be way easier to work on than the other scooters with that motor in them.

  5. illnoiseNo Gravatar on November 20th, 2006 2:07pm

    Thanks, Brooke! that’s what I was looking for. A+

  6. stephenNo Gravatar on November 21st, 2006 12:53am

    lambrettainnovation.co.uk the people that are making the “series 4″ and “series 5″ lambrettas are the ones that are working on it. They have some additional photos and info at their website. I wouldn’t mind putting a Kymco 250cc motor that is lying around into one of those frames…

  7. scooterfoxNo Gravatar on November 21st, 2006 9:17am

    yea, according to lambrettainnovation.. thats the 2nd prototype — see
    http://www.lambrettainnovation.co.uk/view_page.php?pid=55

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