Scooter Oddities

Scooter oddities includes a multitude of styles which are just a little bit different from the normal full-framed, two wheel scooters that we all know and love.  The oddities on this page are a mixture of trikes, trailers and unique pieces of engineering!

Vespa PX Batmobile custom scooter

So here goes, the best scooter oddities I’ve photographed over the last 35 years…

Scooter Oddities

The first one is from Newark in 1984.  I’m not actually sure what this is, so please do leave a comment at the bottom if you can enlighten me.  I think it’s from the 1950s but that’s all I can offer!

1950s scooter oddity

The next one is a Lambretta trike, pictured at the Isle Of Wight custom show.  Trikes are relatively rare on the scene and this one looks particularly radical.  I do admire the engineering that goes into fabricating something like this, when it started life looking similar to the blue scooter behind it!

Lambretta purple trike at the Isle of Wight custom show

Lambretta purple trike at the Isle of Wight custom show

Another scooter from the Isle Of Wight custom show is this copper-effect Vespa Primavera.  It’s really eye-catching and probably very tricky to keep shiny!

Vespa Primavera with a copper finish

This is one of the ultimate scooter oddities and I came across it at the Isle of Wight a couple of years ago.  It was conceived in Dorset, built by Garagista for a friend of a Hoodlum, but it has since been sold.  There’s a Vespa PX at its heart, but it owes more to Batman than Mr Piaggio!

It has the most insane riding position too, and I’d love to know how it handles, as it doesn’t look easy to manoeuvre.

Vespa Batmobile scooter oddity

This oddity was sent to me by owner Barry Eglen who built it over a period of nine months with his mate Neil.  Barry, from King’s Lynn in Norfolk, bought a frame which was already cut down, made the seat and and welded various parts himself.  He enlisted a grebo to weld the cobweb, and bought a Harley Davidson petrol tank, handle bars and silver skull from Ebay.

Orange Lambretta chopper with skull on the headset and retro-style chopper seat

Image courtesy of Barry Eglan

Rear view of orange custom Lambretta chopper scooter

Image courtesy of Barry Eglan

Other parts were bought from random websites, and the engine, which originally came from Wicksteed Parts Fair, was rebuilt by Barry.  The ape hanger handlebars give it a really retro look!
Orange Lambretta chopper scooter

Image courtesy of Barry Eglan

Close-up of front headlight and skull feature on an orange Lambretta chopper scooter

Image courtesy of Barry Eglan

If you like Barry’s chopper then you may also like my Lambretta choppers post featuring custom show winners from the 80s to the modern day.

Another one of my scooter oddites which I found on the green in Ryde is this old Lambretta, with a Castrol oil tank on the flatbed at the back.

Green Castrol oil Lambretta

Green Lambretta with oil tank on trailer

I’m not too sure what this is, except to say that it’s a modified 1950s Lambretta which has been made a bit more sporty with the drop handlebars and the mini front fairing.  Answers on a postcard please!

1950s Lambretta

This is a Vespa PX cutdown with a unique cooling system thanks to the holes in what is left of the side panels!

Vespa PX cutdown

This is an IWL Berlin scooter with a trailer.  It’s really long, and was made in post-war Germany in an attempt to compete with the popular Vespas and Lambrettas from Italy.

IWL Berlin scooter with trailer

IWL Berlin scooter on the Isle Of Wight scooter rally in Ryde on the green

This is a PK bicycle!  I think I took this photo in Woolacombe in 2001 and a young lad was riding around the site, pedalling furiously.  I’d never seen anything like it before and probably won’t for a long time either!

Vespa PK scooter bicycle

Some of my scooter oddities are functional and this is a fine example, a fully equipped Lambretta fire engine!

Lambretta from 1960 fire engine

 

 

Fire engine Lambretta scooter

Here’s another of my scooter oddities which we can’t actually identify!  It was taken at the Surrey Custom Show a number of years ago but I don’t think I’ve seen it since.  Please do comment below if you know what type of scooter(s) were used to make this hybrid oddity.

Vespa oddity

Here is another trike, this one is a Vespa P Range which I remember being ridden around the Isle Of Wight Smallbrook campsite a few years back.  Most trikes are made from one scooter with two wheels bolted on the back, but this has at least two PX frames welded together to create the back end.  It’s certainly a feat of engineering!

Vespa trike

Here is another functional oddity, this time it’s a Lambretta with a hearse trailer, to be used for a scooterist’s final journey…

Lambretta trike with hearse trailer

Here is an example from one of the most prolific builders of scooter oddities, Ferdy, of Insane Innovations.  He built Insanity in the early 2000s and then this came along fairly soon after.  Ferdy has a heap of technical know-how and manages to fabricate fast and streamlined scooters which us mere mortals can just scratch our heads about what it actually IS!

Lambretta scooter oddity built by Ferdy

This isn’t so much of an oddity, it’s a GTS with matching VW Camper style sidecar, owned by John Barnett from the A5 Scooter Club.  It always gets plenty of attention, not least when he blasts the Nolan Sisters from the sub woofer!  Or maybe he just does that when I’m around…

John Barnetts Vespa GTS with VW campervan sidecar

One of the best scooter oddities is this one which was customised by Sticky, of ‘Complete Spanner’s Manual’ fame.  There’s even an hilarious video on YouTube here and eBay description here.  Sticky raised money for Stoke Mandeville by selling the scooter so it was all for a good cause!

Russian Muravey built by Sticky

Here is another Lambretta trike, from the Isle Of Wight custom show again.

Lambretta trike at the Isle of Wight custom show

Now this is one of the best scooter oddities, and it is a full-blown custom Lambretta at that.  Its owner, Rob, demonstrates here how the back end lifts up, it’s amazing.

Menace Lambretta

 

Scooter riders at the Isle of Wight rideout as background to Crusader Promotions advert

Lambretta Menace back end being lifted up by the owner

Lambretta Menace custom scooter with rear end lifted up

Lambretta Menace hydrolic rear disc

From the sublime to the ridiculous!  A dragon Lambretta which even blows out smoke from its mouth!

Dragon Lambretta

Dragon Lambretta blowing smoke

I love a scooter with a theme, particularly when they follow it through.  Take this skeleton Lambretta, with a beating heart at its core!

Skeleton cutdown Lambretta

Lambretta cutdown with heart petrol tank

Here’s another Vespa PX trike, this one with extended forks takes it to another level.

Vespaholic Vespa Trike

This one is much less freaky and not really odd at all, but the trailer and rear storage make it stand out from the norm.

Lambretta TV175 with trailer

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If you’d like to read more then I have plenty more scooter blogs to cover all tastes.  From 80s Custom Scooters, to Mod Scooters, Pink Scooters and Lambretta Choppers.  There’s something for everyone!  And if you’re a lover of simple full-framed vintage scooters then check out this blog for some lovely, classic examples.

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2 Comments

    • AliRichards
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      May 11, 2018 / 7:24 pm

      Thanks! I like it when someone does something a bit different…

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