Bon voyage – Dean comes with the BSG Corse bike to visit Scooter Center

Dean Orton, the main man behind Rimini Lambretta Centre, came to visit us for a couple of days. On his way from Italy to Venlo Scooter Run and afterwards to the for the race, he came to visit his old friends here. The reason for Dean’s days off from work was to give the BSG corse engine a proper test ride and thrash it as hard as possible.

BSG Corse Lambretta test riding

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The testing of the engine is done in the proper way, just the way it will be used by a common rider. First of all the scooter is packed with Dean’s mod tat and additionally with:

  • a second expansion chamber to be tested
  • a bag full of spares and
  • camping gear for Venlo.

Then the bike is thrashed about the motorways and country roads across Europe (Rimini, Italy – Austria – Germany – Venlo, Netherlands). His test ride also took him to Scooter Center Cologne and to the Harz ring for the ESC race.

80mph – restricted to 50hp

This is real testing over a long distance with sitting happily at 80 mph all day and plenty of throttle left to easily hit 95 mph and all this with a very short gear ratio of 4.9.

The 305 cc barrel on the CNC machined casings is restricted by the programmable ignition to 50 hp. Unrestricted it gave a 63 hp at the dyno.

Scooter Racing at the Harz ring

At the Harz ring this weekend there will be held the next ESC race. Dean met the racing team last night. Today the first testing of the Casa race bikes will take place and the last preparation before the races will be done. The race bikes feature the Casa Performance range as well as some BGM parts that are used on these bikes. We were happy to supply the front and rear shockers, the Silentblocks as well as our BGM Superstrong Lambretta clutches for the bikes.

Our first time!

Even if we know each other for decades and the shops were founded roughly at the same time, we haven’t managed to visit each other’s shops until the year 2015. dean-orton-lambretta-dean-orton-lambretta

On the 25th of April we were invited to the Open Day and shop opening of the new Rimini Lambretta Centre premises. This weekend was one of the best ever, with a stunning shop, loads of food and drinks and the test riding of scooters that made history –like both Innocenti twin cylinder prototypes- and bikes that probably will make history – like the BSG 305 cc one

Here is the video of Philipp riding the BSG Corse Lambretta

On Monday we finally had the pleasure to welcome Dean at our place! It was a pleasure every single second and a lot of piss taking has taken place. After a first tour through the shop on Monday and even some business talk we had dinner together and the stories never ended. While Dean quotes our Generation XI Smallframe Vespa as the most beautiful object in the universe, he can’t be stopped to let us know that the look of the BGM Lambretta Test Bike is the most shittiest Lambretta he ever came across. A theory we are confronted with from the first day Dean saw the Test Bike at the 2nd edition of the Riva del Garda Customshow in 2013. To stop this, we will send the Test Bike over to them to have the optics matched to the perfectly working engineering of it.

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On Tuesday Dean tested the bike in the rain on the beautiful routes around Cologne/Bergheim and came in for the traditional afternoon tea and some more stories and ideas about how to improve Lambretta parts.

On Wednesday the plans were to do another tour and take some pictures of how we proceed orders to show them at home. This has been missed though, because we wanted to see how the BSG engine performed on the dyno with the different pipes Dean had with him. Sadly we ran out of time and hadn’t the chance to put the Big Box on the 305, to modify an U-bend for the exhaust stub took too long and lunch was waiting and afterwards Dean had to leave.

We send our best regards to all the staff at Rimini Lambretta Centre and to Vittorio and his race team and keep our fingers crossed!

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