When we wrote about the booming scooter restoration business going on in SE Asia, particularly Vietnam, many comments from scooter enthusiasts warned of the dangers of buying these rebuilds but I was careful to point out that just because some were bad it didn't prove they all were.
We used Huy's Scooters as an example of one of these rebuild shops and a comment we received last night is from a customer of Huy's Scooters, telling of his troubles with the Lambretta he purchased. He started a website that addresses Vietnamese restorations and the photos from his purchase don't look very good. From the minor dings and dents to a misaligned frame and the major rust and corrosion plus bad welds and lots of body filler, it looks a lot like the scooter he received confirms the warnings from the scooter crowd.
This is disappointing to say the least. I'll be contacting both of the parties involved to find out more of the background to this story. It's impossible to make any general conclusions here however this particular scooter is a horrible example of workmanship and if it is typical of what is turned out, it's also a warning to proceed with caution.
Stay tuned ...