Sunday, December 27, 2009
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Scooters for girls
Thursday, December 24, 2009
It’s interesting that all this nostalgia is spilling now, a few years after the Chetak was discontinued, simply because Rajiv Bajaj chose to make a big deal about the demise of the uninspired Kristal. It almost seems like the whole brouhaha was calculated to spite his father. No one will really miss the Kristal, but the decision is important on a symbolic level, and it seems strange to absolutely rule out future scooter production. Which makes me even more positive that a retro Chetak is imminent, ha. Then again, LML has that market pretty well covered now. - 2strokebuzz
Monday, December 14, 2009
Many can still recall the days when waiting lists for Bajaj stretched into years, with people willing to pay a premium equal to the original cost to get hold of one. The sturdy vehicles were much sought after as wedding gifts; strings were often pulled and quotas invoked to speed up the allotment. Once the world’s biggest player in scooters, selling over a lakh units monthly in its heyday, Bajaj’s long-running advertising campaign described ‘hamara Bajaj’ as the symbol of a resurgent India.
But rather than look into the rearview mirror, Bajaj Auto is focusing on the road ahead. Bajaj Auto managing director Rajiv Bajaj announced on Wednesday that the company was all set to bid adieu to the segment as it concentrates on motorcycles, in line with its ambitions of emerging as the world’s biggest bikemaker ahead of . ‘‘We have an opportunity to shoot for something... to be the largest motorcycle maker in the world,’’ Bajaj said as he announced growth plans for the motorcycle segment.
While the greater potential in the motorcycle segment may be one of the reasons prompting Bajaj to exit the scooter market, the company’s listless performance in scooters would certainly be among the other compelling reasons behind the withdrawal, expected by the end of this fiscal.
Bajaj has seen its scooter volumes drop to barely a couple of hundreds per month. The company, which dominated the scooter market with geared brands like Chetak and Super, suffered in the 1990s with the coming of motorcycles in the market that were not only more stylish and appealing but they also offered greater mileage.
“We want to become a motorcycle specialist and do not want to distract ourselves by scooters and mopeds... we cannot get greedy and try to do everything,” Bajaj said. “We are not developing scooters. We have no scooter on the drawing board.”
Thursday, December 10, 2009
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Within each retail location, as well as our online store, you can find mopeds, parts and accessories. Our retail stores offer service on vintage and new mopeds. We can work with you to build custom bikes from the ground up, and are always available for consultations. Everyone employed with our company owns a moped and has a great deal of experience on the road as well as on the shop floor.
1977 MopedssfPacking up their house and dogs, Kastner headed to San Francisco with his wife, leaving Turner to hold down the Midwest shops. Starting out with a warehouse for the online store, plans for a retail location quickly developed. The youngest of all the retail locations, 1977mopedsf opened July of 2008. Nestled in the heart of the Mission District of San Francisco, this location truly highlights how moped culture has grown and transformed throughout the resurgence of these 2-stroke vehicles we all love. The steep hills of SF can’t slow us down!
San Francisco, California
Kalamazoo, MichiganOnce you ride a moped, you quickly find yourself obsessed. After riding a moped for the first time, Dan Kastner’s life quickly became engulfed with mopeds. After founding the Moped Army and the local branch The Decepticons with Simon King and Brennan Sang, there quickly became a need to get a hold of more mopeds and more parts. 1977mopeds, the flagship store opened in 2003, still holds it down in the small town of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Being quite the optimist, Dan opened this shop in an old building with four guys living in the back of the shop in a two-bedroom apartment. Things could only go up from here! In 2005 it was a huge leap to move to the current location on the Downtown Walking Mall in Kalamazoo. It was here where the online store was also launched. We consider this shop the roots of what is now the flourishing ‘77 family.
Seattle, WashingtonWith dreams to venture the company westward, Seattle Mopeds was a perfect fit for the Kalamazoo and Chicago retail locations. Opened in 2006 by Kevin Barrans, founder of the Mosquito Fleet branch of the Moped Army, Seattle Mopeds joined the ‘77 team in 2007. Residing in the Wallingford neighborhood of the Emerald City, Seattle Mopeds is a perfect and cheerful breath of fresh air in this city by the sea.
Chicago, IllinoisIn 2005 Patrick Turner, a Kalamazoo native who moved to Chicago in 1998, became co-owner of 1977mopeds. Joining forces with Kastner, they together crafted big plans for a retail location in the Windy City. Turner already had such feats under his belt such as co-founding Peddy Cash, the Chicago branch of the Moped Army, and single-handedly inventing the Magnum Rigid. Creating the perfect shop for Chicago was the natural “next step” for Turner. You will find Milwaukee Avenue buzzing with custom, vintage, and new mopeds.
Source - Moped Army
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Saturday, November 7, 2009
LML Italia presenta in anteprima la Star 4T che verrà svelata al prossimo Eicma 2009 -Salone Internazionale del Motociclo di Milano la settimana prossima. Due le versioni per la STAR 4 Tempi, lo scooter che rivoluziona il mondo delle due ruote coniugando innovazione e tradizione, un 125 cc ed un 150 cc.
Il nuovo 4 Tempi, che affianca alla STAR 2 Tempi, si posiziona tra i veicoli più ecologici al mondo grazie alle basse emissioni inquinanti e ai ridotti consumi. STAR 4 Tempi percosse fino a 60 km con un litro di benzina.
Oltre al nuovo motore, LML Star 4 Tempi ha una nuova scocca/telaio che migliora la sicurezza ed il comfort consentendo di affrontare il traffico cittadino in modo più disinvolto e fluido. Lo stile retrò inconfondibile in contrapposizione alla modernità della sua nuova struttura, fa di STAR un veicolo unico e un oggetto di desiderio.
E’ stata infatti ideata un’inedita struttura in tubi di acciaio elettrosaldati che va a rafforzare la preesistente configurazione monoscocca, con miglioramento delle rigidità (700 volte superiore ad un classico telaio monoscocca), possibilità di alloggiare il motore in posizione più centrale, uso di un supporto motore dotato di silent-block come collegamento telaio/motore, potenza freno maggiorata e nuova taratura delle sospensioni.
La STAR ha un rivoluzionario motore 4 tempi monocilindrico orizzontale monoalbero con due valvole, un sistema di raffreddamento ad aria forzata ed un cambio manuale a 4 marce con avviamento elettronico e a pedale. Importanti le prestazioni due nuovi motori con una potenza massima di 6.75 Kw a 6250 giri per la variante 150cc e 5.84 Kw a 6000 giri per la variante 125. Entrambi sono Euro 3 a bassa emissione di CO2.
LML ha voluto dedicare una particolare attenzione all’eco-compatibilità. Con la nuova STAR 4 tempi, LML ha ridotto emissioni (STAR 125cc, CO = 1.66 gms/km – HC = 0.21 gms/km) e consumi con dati record (con un solo litro di benzina percorre fino 60 Km).
Da sempre LML dedica grande attenzione nella cura dei dettagli: la STAR 4 tempi è arricchita da un inedito mozzo anteriore a 5 razze, una presa d’aria ricavata nella scocca destra, una ruota di scorta, nuova strumentazione in doppia scala (Km e Mph) e una nuova sella rinnovata nello stile e nel comfort.
Ampia e variegata la nuova gamma colori per la versione 4 tempi; 3 le linee proposte che soddisfano i gusti e le personalità della propria clientela.
Fino al 31 Dicembre 2009, in Italia il prezzo lancio della STAR 4 tempi è: STAR 125cc - € 2.660,00 ( € 2.290,00 per il resto d’Europa, tasse escluse) F.C; STAR 150cc - € 2.860,00 ( € 2.380,00 per il resto d’Europa, tasse escluse) F.C. Inclusi due anni di garanzia e un anno di soccorso stradale.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Think Vespa, and images of Audrey Hepburn and rides down cobble-stoned streets immediately come to mind. How about families of four riding precariously on the choked streets of Mumbai or Delhi?
Piaggio, the Italian vehicle maker that has made the Vespa since just after World War II, has made a big success of its three-wheeler auto rickshaws and commercial vehicles in India, and intends to relaunch the iconic brand here soon.
Why now, when vehicle sales are sluggish, at best? Why now, when the two-wheeler market has moved pretty much decisively to motorbikes? Why now, when a certain low-cost car is close to actually rolling into homes of a lucky 100,000?
But not so long ago, which middle-class Indian family didn’t aspire for — and wait months for — a Bajaj Chetak?
Now, despite gravity-defying motorbikes endorsed by the likes of Hrithik Roshan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, scooter sales are slowly but surely ticking up.
Sure, many of these are the gentle, gearless variety so popular with the ladies. And yes, they cannot hope to match the numbers of their more macho cousins.
But scooters are also enjoying a bit of a comeback in the west, particularly among college goers, celebs and eco-warriors, because of high fuel prices and the downturn, and a nostalgia that has revived such icons as Volkswagen’s Beetle or Fiat’s Cinquecento.
In India too, scooter sales are ticking up as Honda, Bajaj and TVS explore new, stylish and more fuel-efficient options.
Vespa — Italian for wasp, and named some say because of the high-pitched noise of its two-stroke engine or because of its shape — is no stranger to the Indian market: it was made by Piaggio and then LML in past years.
Now, Piaggio’s wholly owned subsidiary will undertake the task of wooing the Indian masses with the Italian classic.
Who would be our own Hepburn and Peck?
Source - Reuters
Thursday, September 17, 2009
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Geared scooters are back in business, and first off the line in this revival is LML's NV 4-Stroke which was recently introduced in Delhi and Faridabad.
Rewind twenty years, to a scene on a typical Indian street. The eighties are roaring, and the new liberated mantra for personal mobility is reverse engineered Italian style-icons, known to the world as scooters. In all likelihood, seven out of ten vehicles you would have encountered would have been puttering two-stroke scooters. Of course, the age of Japanese 4-stroke motorcycles rang the death knell for the 2-strokers in India, but their charm and real world practicality has seen them thrive internationally.
LML has been one of the major players in the erstwhile scooter-happy market, and the company now has plans of reviving the trend of convenient geared scooters in the country. The scooter manufacturer has been in business exporting its products offshore, but has recently returned to its roots by launching its first product in India after many years in the form of the LML NV 4-Stroke.
Source - Zigwheels
Friday, August 14, 2009
The LML Star is a vintage-style scooter imported by AK International (I&E) Ltd. This scooter is based on the design of the legendary Vespa PX range, which ceased production in October 2007. Prices have gone up dramatically for a used Vespa PX but now you can purchase a new, nearly identical scooter for only £1800.
Star is manufactured by the LML company located in Kanpur, India, originally in collaboration with Vespa Piaggio Italy which produced the range previously. The LML Star DeLuxe is a classically styled steel-bodied scooter with twist-shift 4-speed manual transmission and a 125cc two-stroke reed valve engine. Euro III Approved. Retails for around £1800.
Source - ScooteringUsa
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Lohia Motors India Limited, the company whose identity was almost forgotten by Indians although it had some good product to its credit including LML Vespa resurfaced in the domestic market with re-engineered scooters in the scooter segment with new LML NV 150cc.
There is an increasing demand of scooters in the Indian market and LML rightfully wanted to cash in on the demand and consolidate its position yet again in the scooter segment, but this time in collaboration with a Korean company Daelim in select markets of Ghaziabad and Delhi. The scooters from the anvils of LML are known for speed, stability, power and pickup, let us review if this will be the same with the new 150CC LML NV.
Looks wise the new LML 150cc scooter comes with excellent body graphics, cushioned backrest for better ergonomics and a big taillight for attractive appeal. The new handle bar design reflects new style, and there is improved speedometer with utility box. The seat saddle is spacious providing satisfying riding experience.
LML NV 150cc scooter will be available in two models, the base model and the upgraded deluxe variant. The new LML 4-stroke scooter runs on air-cooled single cylinder engine, displacing 150cc and will generate maximum power output of 8bhp@5500 rpm with a three-port technology.
The best part of the new LML 150cc scooter is how the engine produces so much power, making riding experience smooth and also fun filled. The engine of LML NV is comes with electronic ignition system. And, there is a 4-speed gearbox which is a compact unit, and it uses two cables. The clutch system is smooth but the new LML NV 150 cc scooter lacks the auto lubrication system which is almost a norm in today's 4-stroke scooters. The LML NV comes with drum brakes both front and rear and the wheelbase larger at 1235mm provide greater stability to the rider. The fuel tank capacity is about 8 liters and thats huge.
LML claims that both the variants of scooters deliver fuel efficiency of 55km/litre. The base version is expected to be available at ex-showroom price of Rs. 39,897 in Delhi for the base model and the other upgraded variant will be available Rs.40,800-00.
Currently, LML has limited presence in the Indian market, but with its new product launch it is expected to expand its market share in eastern India.
Those who thought that LML is dead, wake up, because the desi scooter maker and Indiaâ€™s largest scooter exporter, is now back with a bang and consumers will have more choice for the geared scooters.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
April 29th, 2009 - 2Strokebuzz reported yesterday that the new LML Star (known as the Genuine Stella in the USA) was finally announced to European markets. One could only assume that a US version isn't very far behind. Most interesting about the Star are its specs. Emissions requirements seemed to have taken quite a toll on the modernized engine as its only able to put out 7.7bhp. Many Chinese 150s put out at least this most power. While 7.7bhp isn't a bad starting point, the new motor is going to be much harder and more expensive to extract extra power out of the bike.
TECHNICAL SPECS Star Deluxe 150 3
Length 69 inches
Width 26 inches
Wheelbase 46 inches
Seat height 31 inches
Weight 229 lbs
Engineering two-stroke configuration, Euro 3, air-cooled
Displacement 150 cc
Bore 57.8 mm
Maximum power 5.8 kW (7.7 bhp) at 5500 rpm
Injection system cdi
Starting Electric and Mechanical
Fuel tank capacity 2.5 gallons including 1.06 quart reserve
1.06 quart oil tank
Manual Gearbox 4-speed transmission
Steel shell configuration
A front suspension swinging arm, coil spring and hydraulic shock double
Carter engine rear suspension according to the oscillating hydraulic shock double
Configuring Front: disc in stainless steel 200 mm - Rear: 150 mm drum
Tires 3.50 - 10
Beacon lamp 12 volt - 35/35 watt
Arrows lamp 12 volt - 5 volt watt/12 - 10 watts
12 volt battery - 9 Ah
Fuse 8 amp
Top speed 85 + / -5 in fourth gear
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Italian auto company Piaggio, manufacturer of the iconic Vespa scooter, is to start production in India as part of plans to expand its operations. Piaggio has roughly 40% of the Indian market share for three wheelers, whereas it lags behind giant Tata Motors (TTM) with a 6% share in four-wheel light commercial vehicles market.
Piaggio Group now operates manufacturing facilities in Italy, Spain, India, China and Vietnam. In India, after calling off its joint venture with the Kanpur-based LML, Piaggio has restricted its operations in the country to light commercial vehicles. However, the Italian group is said to be considering re-launching Vespa scooters in India by 2011-12. The group said it planned to increase its turnover by 20 per cent by 2012.
Piaggio Vehicles Private Ltd. (PVPL)- is headquartered at Pune and has a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Baramati, Maharashtra, where three-wheelers are currently being made. Though the company has not announced it officially, industry sources reckon that its proposed scooters would be manufactured in the premises of its existing plant.
Piaggio has already established its numero-uno position in India's 3 wheeler market in cargo as well as passenger segments. Right from the time of its launch in 1999, Piaggio has consistently delivered exceptional standards and commitment to its customers across India. The service orientation of the company has resulted in Piaggio garnering a customer base of over 700,000 satisfied customers across India.
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Another Link - http://www.jimandaz.com/13/lml_introduces_new_version_nv_brand_scooters.htm