Lambretta Li150

Lambretta Li 150

This scooter was the start (and end!) of my 2 stoke tuning obsession. The stock 150 is pokey at best, so I thought I’d add some zip with tuning products that were just coming available in the early 2000’s.

Here’s what I did:


  • Deanspeed 185 kit
  • New Seals and Bearings
  • New clutch and clutch springs
  • New anti vibration motor mounts

Fuel and Exhaust System

  • High Flow Fuel Tap
  • Jetex 22mm carb
  • New leader pipe and stock pattern exhaust

Brakes and Suspension

  • New progressively wound front springs
  • New front dampeners
  • Slotted brake shoes
  • New rear hub (Indian)
  • Cheng Shing Tires (spare has a Michelin S83)

Electrical System

  • 12v Scooters Originali Electronic Ignition
  • Ducati CDI
  • 35 watt headlight
  • New 12 v bulbs
  • New handlebar switch (Indian)
  • New Headlamp rim and lens
  • New Taillight lens

The end result was a beautiful and exceedingly unreliable scooter. My kids would joke that we could go on a tour of North Shore and highlight the many places we broke down or lost parts on the side of the road. It was a lot of fun! It was a great tuning test bed. Eventually I got it sorted and sold it as I was moving into the 4 stroke scooter era with Heinkels and Modern Vespas.

The scooter now resides in the the Classics Cafe Museum: