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Post  Stabs on Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:18 pm

Hello All,

I've had scooters for the past 23 years, having bought my first on my 17th birthday from Kegra in Southend. I moved out to Australia a few years ago and have been trying to get my scooter out here. I have just picked up a barn-fresh Cometa SL this morning, and to my amazement, it started first kick. It didn't stay alive for too long, but it did start! I've had the carb off and flushed everything through and give it a good clean, but it still won't idle without the choke on full. I can't see any blockage and it's got me scratching my head. It needs a bit of TLC and time, and I've got plenty of that so I hope to have it looking decent in a short while.


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Post  siobhanellis on Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:15 am

Hey there.

Where in Oz?

How you manage to get the Cometa?

I'm doing a Vega. I'm in Sydney.

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Re: New here from Australia

Post  Stabs on Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:31 am

Hey Siobhan

I'm in Brisbane. Got the Cometa from my father-in-laws brother. They are from Sicily but I'm not certain it was brought over by them. I am trying to get some more information. Think they might have bought it here.

I'd love to see some pics of your Vega

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Post  siobhanellis on Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:46 am

Stabs (What's your name?)

It's an Australian machine. Indicators were unique to Oz, except a few that slipped into the UK when Lambretta Concessionaires closed up shop here.

Here's some pics of mine. It has moved on a bit since these were taken. Been a long time.

Slideshow of Siobhan's Vega

Tony Liney, of Carz and Scootz in Brissie, is doing a Vega.

You should also look at joining the Lambretta Club of Australia

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Re: New here from Australia

Post  Scooter Paul on Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:45 am

Welcome Stabs. There's folk on here that know stuff so feel free to 'pick brains' We're a small but select group and don't be put off if the forum goes quiet for a while it always picks up again. Re your new find it's almost certainly the pilot or starter jet got some crud in it. It doesn't take more than a speck. Worth finding an ultrasound cleaner. Not a bad thing to have in the workshop and useful for other jobs as well as cleaning jets.
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Re: New here from Australia

Post  Thackers on Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:06 am

Hi Stabs, yes welcome aboard. Nice Cometa there lots of patina deffo ride "as is" in my view. With the non tick over problem make sure the air filter is useable and not restricting air flow also check the tick over adjuster isn't too far out. I take it you did put fresh petrol in there from the barn find ????
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Re: New here from Australia

Post  Stabs on Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:16 am

Thanks for the replies everyone.

I shall get into the carb again and have a good poke around. Dare I say it, I am more used to Vespas, so this is all pretty new to me! The choke has what looks like a grenade pin on it, and as long as this is 'up' then no problems. That just ain't right though? Right? The air filter is in a Myer bag along with a load of other bits and bobs (indicators etc) that came with the bike. Would that have an effect on the idle if not currently fitted?

Thanks for the info on the Brisbane Vega Siobhan. I am going to look into that, and the LCofA

Ultrasound cleaner....first I've heard of those. Where would I find one of those?

My name is Richard but no-one calls me that!

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Post  Stabs on Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:20 am

Siobhan...your bike looks fantastic!

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Re: New here from Australia

Post  siobhanellis on Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:23 am

the grenade pin is the choke, which lets in extra fuel. So that tells me that you aren't getting enough fuel.

How many indicators do you have? You certainly have a broken one. Good news is that you can get new lenses. Indicator bodies, not so easy. Switch - bloody impossible!

Will help you track down parts.

Your seat is wrong, but you can get a new cover.

Be interesting to see the rest close up.
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Re: New here from Australia

Post  Stabs on Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:29 am

Siobhan...just been and checked the indicators in the garage. There is one that matches the ones at the front, and three more bulbous rounded ones.

So if the choke is up and she runs fine, then there's enough fuel getting to the carb, but something is blocking it when the choke is down?

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Re: New here from Australia

Post  Thackers on Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:35 am

Also worth checking that the plug gap is ok and you're getting a healthy spark. What oil/petrol ratio are you on? I use 3% fully synth
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Post  siobhanellis on Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:35 am

So you are missing an original style indicator and a single lens?

Yep, enough fuel to the carb. Clean all the jets out. Indeed, clean the entire carb.

There is a mix screw on the side of the carb. That should be at 1.5 turns.

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Re: New here from Australia

Post  Stabs on Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:42 am

Thackers...I just put oil in the 'lubematic' tank at the back. Am I doing something wrong there?

Siobhan, as far as I can tell, I need a new bulb on the left hand side front, and a lense, but I have a spare complete front indicator in the Myer bag so I can just chuck that on there.
Would the more rounded indicators be for the rear?

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Post  siobhanellis on Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:46 am

no, all the indicators should be the same, so you are missing one and a lens.

Concentrate on the mechanics, I may be able to help you with the indicators (Wont be cheap as I have to replace them, but I only charge what they cost me).

Do you have the rear number plate brackets and rear light?

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Re: New here from Australia

Post  Stabs on Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:48 am

No Siobhan...no rear light, no brackets.

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Post  Thackers on Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:56 am

You're right with the Lubematic, I removed mine as I like to be sure the oil's in there lubricating the crank and piston. Petrol and oil have advanced so much since the lubematic was developed making ignition timing to be considered (retarded I think) plus the modern oils burn cleaner and coat moving parts better
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Post  siobhanellis on Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:59 am

OK, I have the bracket (the one for indicators) and I have spare rear light.

be good to get a number of photos all over the scoot so we can see what's missing, etc.

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Re: New here from Australia

Post  Stabs on Sun Feb 23, 2014 4:14 am

I will get some more photos when I get a second and post them up....hopefully there's not too much missing!

The clutch needs some attention as the bike stalls when I put it into gear, even with the clutch in. New cables needed too, and I've been browsing Lambretta.co.uk for bits and bobs.

Thanks for all of the feedback everyone!

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Re: New here from Australia

Post  siobhanellis on Sun Feb 23, 2014 4:56 am

Try casalambretta.com.au

Ron De Pannone in Perth, he has some cables, etc for Vega.

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