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Lambretta Series 80 200 cc, one of the last Lambretta manufactured in Spain
Lambretta Series 80 200 cc, one of the last Lambretta manufactured in Spain

During this week you have been able to enjoy the test that Morrillu has brought us on the new Lambretta LN 125. Today I come to bring you what we could call a counter-test, because if the perfect thing would have been compare the Lambretta LN 125 with an original Lambretta From the seventies / eighties, in the end this could not be due to infrastructure problems. But we are not going to miss the opportunity to tell you how one of these bikes that are already beginning to be classic is doing.

The unit that I am going to tell you about is my property, and it has also undergone a restoration process during the last two years. To be honest, he still has things and details to polish. But at present it is a Perfectly functional scooter that I use on a daily basis on my trips around the city and on some outing with my friends the Scooter Club Alicante.

Lambretta Series 80 200cc

The motorcycle itself is a model of those that does not appear in almost any catalog of the brand. It is a 200cc 80 Series Lambretta. This model is not very common because at the time it was manufactured in Spain, specifically in Lambretta Locomociones S.A. from Eibar (Guipuzcoa), the models did not change radically from one year to the next, but rather were a constant evolution that took advantage of the spare parts stored in the factory to complete the new models. For example, my motorcycle has the compartment (or glove box) under the seat that the Lambretta Jet used, while the front mudguard and the so-called nose that covers the horn is made of fiberglass as in the Lambretta Lince. All of this places it between a Lambretta Jet and a Lambretta Lince, which were the last to be made in Europe, 10 years after production ceased at the original factory in Italy.

The Scooter has been with me for several years, and from the first day I have been adjusting things, doing repairs and the necessary maintenance so that it works without many problems. Yes, I am not saying that it works perfectly, because there is always a little noise, or a screw that loosens, or a detail that tortures you until you make it perfect (or how you like it). Keep in mind that this Lambretta Series 80 is 24 years old behind his back, and running it on a daily basis means that there are always things to review / touch up or simply re-tighten.

Nor do I want to elaborate too much by telling the story of everything I have done to him, which is quite a lot. In short, the bike has been completely disassembled twice, the engine has been completely rebuilt and despite everything there is still work to be done.

Lambretta Serie 80 200cc, how's it going

The Lambretta, generally all those based on the third-series Li chassis, measures 1310 mm between axles, weighs about 110 kilos when empty and the 200cc engine in its heyday was capable of 9.75hp. The declared top speed of the model is 105 km / h. Something very similar to the performance that Morrillu has told us that the current Lambretta LN 125 gives us. But, there is always a but, in the case of this Lambretta Series 80 the responses and handling are different from those of the current motorcycle.

Lambretta Series 80 200cc

The Lambretta Series 80 is a bit lazy when it comes to accelerating, although once you go to cruising speed it maintains it without many complaints about its two-stroke engine and air cooling. Of course, if the day is hot, you will notice a heat in the part of the thighs that are near the side covers that reminds you that there is an engine running. When it comes to getting into a curvy road, we can apply ourselves as if it were a conventional motorcycle, even if we have one of the latest forks that were manufactured, it allows you to brake only with the front drum. Of course, if the pace rises or the road twists you will have to resort to the rear brake to be able to speed up that braking a little more.

Be careful, I'm not talking about entering a curve at illegal speeds or anything like that. With a Lambretta with its engine rebuilt to original specifications things happen at speeds that rarely exceed legality. Another thing is if you have a powered engine, there we enter the world of "the more sugar the better" and the performance figures are equal to those of the euros to be invested. The suspensions are the original ones, they do their job, but don't ask for much more. Although they are not perfect, they allow you to drive without problems. Here again enter the portfolio if you want to improve them, or you settle for what you have.

In the city, which we could consider its natural environment, moving between cars can be difficult if the gap is not wide. The wheelbase doesn't help much, although the wide handlebar It allows you to turn a lot, you have to keep in mind that there is a protruding fender at the front. The rear light also protrudes from the rear and the rear-view mirrors on the sides, which are not at the height of the handlebar but are attached to the shield, which widens the width of the Scooter.

We better not talk about the highwayOn the one hand, we have top speed, which does not allow you to defend yourself from the cars that come from behind at a faster speed than you. And if you can't run faster than 110 km / h, get ready for the other users to pass you by passing very close to you. If the one that overtakes you is a medium or large car it can give you a scare, but if the one that passes you is a truck and it does not move far enough it can even throw you in the wake of the wind that moves. In addition, with the slopes and the layout of a motorway, you will surely be asking the engine for performance that it cannot give and you are a good candidate for flu, with the consequences that this brings.

Finally, the passenger fits easily in the seat, which is flat and long enough to accommodate two people comfortably. The benefits are not limited in much, but as we have already discussed this Lambretta handles better in urban environments than on the open road.

Lambretta Series 80 200cc, final thoughts

Lambretta Series 80 200cc

This type of classic motorcycles (whether Scooter or not) ask that the driver be something special, since you have to know mechanics to keep it in good shape (or have a good wallet full of bills), and also you have to know well the limitations of what you are driving. Because if you try to drive it as if it were a modern motorcycle, you are a perfect candidate to have problems in a short time.

Ultimately one of these bikes is fine if you take good care of it, but don't expect it to run faster than the others that are standing with you at the traffic light unless you spend a fortune tricking it. Yes, at that traffic light if someone turns to look at a motorcycle it will surely be yours before the most modern. Because there are not many, not all of them sound like a two-stroke engine, nor have they been circulating in this world for more than twenty-four years.

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