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  1. Our Vespa travel group has never been as mixed as this year. Austrian, French, Italian, Thai, German. We all have obviously 2-stroke oil running through our veins and a great passion for the old Vespa. We all love the sound of the Vespas as they leisurely pace the passes and coastal roads, we love the lush curves of the elderly ladies, the feeling when they start at the first kick and you can literally feel that they, too, feel like one fine journey with like-minded people.
    This time, our route takes us across the Italian Dolomites to Vicenza, along the western shore of Lake Garda to Meran and back to Landsberg via the Passo del Rombo.

    Pictures of our Vespa Tour 2018 can be found here:

    A large report of the tour with Google Maps Links etc. in our Blog:

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  2. Together with the cylinder and piston, the crankshaft represents the beating heart of any internal combustion engine. It is amongst the hardest working components and the conversion of the pistons stroke to a rotary movement places the highest demands on both quality and the care taken during construction.
    The crankshaft should also be well balanced to reduce any unwanted vibrations and the oscillating mass kept to a minimum to support an efficient delivery of the power created by the motor.
    The big-end bearing rotates at the same rate as the motors RPM, receives lubrication from the petrol/two-stroke oil gas mixture and must withstand two abrupt changes in direction of the piston for each motor revolution.
    The crank-pin, connecting both crankshaft webs with the con rod, has to be pressed into the webs with a certain clearance to the openings in the webs. If this connection is not strong enough the crankshaft can twist and the crankshaft webs become misaligned and seize.
    To ensure the big end bearing receives sufficient lubrication the big end of the con rod should be provided with slots to facilitate this.

    The SIP crankshafts:

    This all-new range of performance crankshafts are produced for SIP in Italy and satisfy all of the above listed demands. We have concentrated our efforts to provide the highest quality combined with tried and tested technological features. Each crankshaft is balanced specifically to suit the stroke, con rod length and model of scooter for which it is intended.
    The crankshafts available in this range can be split into two main types. The 'Premium' are equipped with a 'standard' high end con rod type, meaning that its surface finish remains unmodified. It is provided with lubrication slots and holes, for the big and small end bearings respectively.
    The 'Performance' crankshaft models include a con rod of extremely high quality and they are made more enduring with an intensive polishing procedure that provides a more stable molecular structure. The smooth polished flanks of the con rod also help reduce turbulence. The polished con rods also have been optimised with a reduction in weight. They possess a gas-flowed profile and been modified around the big end to improve the bearings lubrication.

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  3. Tranquil Landsberg is beautifully situated on the Lech river with a view of the Alps. Vespa and Lambretta are of course popular in the home of SIP. This stylish means of transport fits into the region where there is an appreciation of good things, from food to their choice of vehicle.

    Last Saturday though there was an end to the tranquillity and chilled cruising with elegant scooters from the 1960s for a few hours. The melody of racing engines over an industrial area to the north west of the town was audible from afar. The smell of high-performance two-stroke engines filled the air sweeter than the fragrance of Lech’s blossoming meadows and the atmosphere was charged with the sizzling excitement of the race.
    All caused by these classic scooters that you are happy to see in front of Landsberg’s ice cream parlours in the summer.

    It was showtime just outside the SIP Scootershop. “Tacho Karacho”, a drag race just for geared scooters, took place in the middle of Landsberg for the first time. The fastest scooters from the German-speaking region had travelled here for this. The race was a championship race for the German “Deutsche Blechroller Meisterschaft – DBM” so a date that was not to be missed for any self-respecting tuner.
    All the arrangements were made by the organisers to provide the right setting for the whole thing: the spectators were informed about the progress of the race and results by clearly audible presentation by Hannes Biechteler (Sport1) and large LED displays. The race was broadcast live on Facebook during the entire event and there were plenty of opportunities for riders and spectators to sit down for a pizza or drink in between. Some riders even used the opportunities of the SIP dynamometer, the record holder on the day was a Vespa with 62 PS

    Unfortunately, the only thing that didn’t care for the event was the weather. After weeks of sunshine, it had to rain again for the first time on precisely this Saturday. Despite the poor weather forecast, there were more than 500 visitors along the course. A really good number under these conditions. Unfortunately it rained lightly the whole morning until the race had to be interrupted for roughly half an hour in the early afternoon due to heavy rain. But then after the restart it remained dry until the end.

    Regrettably the damp conditions had had an impact on the number of riders. Only the experienced riders wanted to line up on the start line in the forecast continuous rain. Although this was enough for a very well filled starting field with good competitors, the organisers had hoped beforehand to be able to motivate lots of new starters to try their luck at the starting light.

    The conditions at the start of the race were then even a challenge for the riders’ skills. Many heats started with spectacular sliding or drifting. Luckily without any of the riders injuring themselves.

    At the end of the day, the riders and spectators had experienced a first-class and thrilling race. The accelerations achieved in the fast classes leave most sports bikes behind and a new German record was achieved with 6.7 seconds over 150 m. At the same time, the fastest speed after the short course was 132 km/h. Matthias Brugger took the crown that day.

    All pictures of SIP Tacho Karacho Quartermile can be found here on flickr:


    Class 1:
    Christoph Cramer
    Frank Schiemer
    Philippe Mittelberger

    Class 1a:
    Frank Schiemer
    Alex Bonald
    Gerhard Zsiga

    Class 1b:
    Matthias Dahl
    Alex Bonald
    Stephan Sippl

    Class 3:
    Tim Große-Brauckmann
    Nico Gnisci
    Marc-Oliver Neumann

    Class 4:
    Matthias Brugger
    Gerhard Zsiga
    Tim Große-Brauckmann

    Class 5:
    Gerhard Zsiga
    Jesco Schmidt
    Romeo Napoliello

    Class 6:

    Philippe Mittelberger
    Jered Fischer
    Thomas Lechner

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  4. Report and lots of pictures of our SIP Scootershop Joyride 2018 can be found here:

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    Save the Date Joyride 2019: Saturday July 6, 2019

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  5. Fenderlight Vespa feeling: after the "Trofeo della Baviera" last year, our customer Frank Henkel now held his 2nd Faro Basse Vespa tour, this time in the picturesque area around Garmisch-Partenkirchen, less than 80km away from the SIP headquarters. The tour was planned as "Audax", actually a cycling style of a uniform ride. In the Vespa scene, a modification has prevailed in which one has a fixed start time to return 6.5 hours later, trying to meet the personal time again as near as possible.
    Between these two measuring points, Frank once again planned a wonderful tour over small roads through the mountains, which made a lot of fun with the old Vespas. The road book, which each participant received, was perfect and such a "scavenger hunt for adults" is just big fun.
    About 80 Wideframe Vespas met at 8:30am at the Eibsee at the valley station of the new impressive gondola on the Zugspitze and there was breakfast, a lovingly hand-sewn goodie bag with a nice T-shirt and much more for everyone.
    The tour led from the Eibsee to Garmisch and Mittenwald to the picturesque village Krün, the place with the typical Upper Bavarian historic wallpainting that already impressed Barack Obama at the G7 summit. Next we rode along the deep blue Walchensee over a village called Vorderriß into the beautiful Engvalley high up to about 1200 meters altitude, where the checkpoint was placed. Somewhat below, directly at the brook, the pilots were able to fortify themselves with snacks and drinks and of course to discuss the experiences. Here in the so called Ahornboden are thousands of partly over 600 years old, gnarled maple trees scattered across the valley - an impressive backdrop.
    Partly via private toll roads to Mittenwald, Leutasch and back via Garmisch to the Eibsee. What a Ride!


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