a Guide to

SCOOTER Servicing & repairs

Retrospective Scooters are probably the UK’s leading experts in servicing and repair of vintage metal bodied scooters. This expertise extends all the way back to early 1960’s models of both Vespa and Lambretta scooters.

VINTAGE Scooter Servicing

All classic scooters require regular servicing to keep them running reliably and efficiently and at Retrospective we only work on classic Vespa and Lambretta scooters so we are able to undertake routine services quickly, efficiently and offer great value for money. Whatever model, whatever age, so long as it is a retro geared scooter, we have scooter mechanics ready to help you. We will give you an estimate for the work required and, unless you approve otherwise, we will stick to that estimate.

what may be required during a routine service

  • Gearbox oil change
  • Clean air filter
  • Clean carburettor & filter
  • New spark plugs
  • Lighting and bulbs checked (replaced if required)
  • Cables checked and replaced/oiled if required
  • Battery top-up and charge (where fitted)
  • Tyre tread and pressure check
  • Brakes adjusted (pads/shoes replace if required)
  • Check all key areas prone to wear (note any issues)
  • Brakes adjusted (pads/shoes replace if required)
  • Test ride and check
For your peace of mind, we always keep old parts for your inspection when you collect your scooter.‍

VINTAGE Scooter Repairs

When it comes to classic Vespa or Lambretta repairs and maintenance, sometimes you need more than just a service. Our scooter mechanics are able to quickly diagnose and recommend the mechanical repair work required in order to repair your cherished scooter.

Our workshop in East London is full of thousands of spare parts, both new and vintage and we are often able to perform miracles on even a bike you may have thought was a lost cause.

We love Vespas and Lambrettas and we know their true value and that, treated with care, they will last almost forever. This means we are rarely stumped by a problem and can almost always find a way to fix it for you.

Typical scooter repairs we undertake include

  • ‍Diagnose and repair electrical faults
  • Cold/hot starting issues
  • Low compression and poor performance
  • Poor gear change and transmission noise
  • Suspension failure
  • Brake repairs & retro fitting disk brake units
  • Carburettor servicing and re-jetting
  • Engine gasket replacements
  • Rough acceleration and low power
  • Spark plug fouling investigations
  • Poor handling and road holding
  • Engine rebuilds or replacements
On top of this, we have a dedicated bodywork and respray team who can renovate, replace or fabricate pretty much any body panel which can then be custom painted to your requirements.

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