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Old 05-14-2013, 12:58 PM   #1
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Not sure where this belongs, a Ninja 250 and a Lambretta LD had a baby

I'm just about finished with this build (why I didn't start a build thread months ago is beyond me)but is anybody interested in seeing a build thread about my crazy project?

So, long story short I took a trashed 1996 Ninja 250
http://i.imgur.com/VOmJ3sW.jpg


And a pile for rusty 1955/57 Lambretta LD parts
http://i.imgur.com/FHOoQ8e.jpg

And make a sleeper scooter.
http://i.imgur.com/926PQUJ.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/So6pBzX.jpg

The guts
http://i.imgur.com/eVhYpAc.jpg
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:58 PM   #2
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:37 PM   #3
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Oh yes. Very nice.

Any more pictures?
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:30 PM   #4
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So, long story short I took a trashed 1996 Ninja 250


And a pile for rusty 1955/57 Lambretta LD parts


And make a sleeper scooter.




The guts
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:28 PM   #5
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Bike of the year ,my vote

I love it .
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:46 PM   #6
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:49 PM   #7
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dayum...

You don't see that everyday.
How's it perform/sound?


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Old 05-14-2013, 06:19 PM   #8
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I've got about 500 pics from the build, I'll start posting interesting ones from the beginning of the project tomorrow
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:20 PM   #9
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You don't see that everyday.
How's it perform/sound?


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Sounds great, I'm just finishing the build so I haven't had it out for too many rides yet.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:00 PM   #10
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I've been wondering if that engine could be made to fit in a Lammie frame. A few years ago Scoot! magazine had a feature about a builder who stuffed one into a Fuji Rabbit Superflow. I need to retire early so I have time do do that myself
Awesome job
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:30 AM   #11
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:54 AM   #12
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OH HECK YEA!! super nice


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Old 05-15-2013, 10:51 AM   #13
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In The Beginning...

Why did I want to build this?

I was deep in the throws of winter madness and needed something to do while I couldn't ride. Months earlier I was hanging out with some scooter riding friends (I've been on motorcycles only for 10+ years) that the only way I'd ride a scooter is if it had a motorcycle engine and a real gearbox. Browsing online I found a huge ebay auction for old rusty Lambretta parts not too far from me. Basically two full bikes worth of parts (some more some less) and a great way to get started. The seller had plans to come into my area that week so he dropped off everything at my front door for free, score!









Here are the best of the parts piled together to look kind of like a scooter



I then spent a week or two searching on craigslist for a suitable donor bike. I wanted to spend under $1k if I could. It didn't need to look good, just be able to run. I found a beat-to-hell-and-bike 1996 Ninja 250 one town over for much less than that. Big dents in the tank, rash on both sides, one handlebar broken, no salvageable plastics left on it; this was destined to be my bike.

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Old 05-15-2013, 10:57 AM   #14
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So March of last year I officially started with tearing the Ninja down to the engine and frame



I also made sure to label the wiring harness, thank god I did!


One guy at the garage dropped a Triumph seat and tank on it with a note begging me to reconsider my project for a less ambitious one. It does look good but that's not the fate of this bike.


I did I rough layout of how the engine and wheel will fit under the Lambretta panels. Some stretching is going to have to be done.


Time for some chopping!






I ended up using that much of the frame and swingarm in the final build.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:36 AM   #15
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OH! Nice!

The single curvy center tube frames are awesome in their simplicity.

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