There are many
Scooters available from Asia- who should I buy from?
There are lots of
companies restoring scooters; there are also hugely differing
standards. Here is a check list when considering who to buy a
classic scooter from.
1. Is the vendor
an in house restoration company or merely an agent?
Many so called
restorers are in fact agents who buy from local restoration shops.
This area is mine fields as a lot of the scooters are restored using
either worn second hand parts, or cheap reproduction items (not to
mention the use of Honda headlights/brake switches etc. The scooters
are generally restored to a cost - not a standard.
2. How are the
bikes prepared and painted?
between an expensive quality paint job and a cheap shiny looking
paintjob - may not be initially apparent. However, a properly
prepared then etch primed frame followed by a labor intensive and
expensive process of painting using imported quality products will
give you a scooter that’s looks last for many years (ICI tests have
proven up to 30 years!). A Standard 05 Steps Process is:
2K ICI ACID ETCH PRIMER!!
ZINC PRIMER (ANTI RUST TREATMENT)
2K ICI HIGH BUILD PRIMER
2K ICI ACRYLIC COLOR
(quite a process but
the end result is an absolutely perfect finish that lasts for many
years, in fact ICI research quotes a 30 year life expectancy of
A scooter that is
repainted using a coat of single part putty sun dried on bare metal
followed by thin coats of cellulose primer and top coat- will last
at worst 12 months at best 4 years. Most of the scooters restored in
Asia use the later. Please check our
Restoration Process for
3. Are the scooters
road tested and adjusted?
restoration, there is a running-in period required (100 miles+). Cables stretch a
little, brakes and clutches bed in, points need adjusting, carbs
need adjusting, brakes, clutches etc all need a little fettling. All
very simple to do when you know how! Make sure all of this work is
done before the scooter is shipped to you. Many companies assemble,
then polish and put on the first boat out of here....
restoration company import parts?
A lot of parts for a
quality restoration do need to be imported- Most companies do not do
this. This could make a big difference to both the scooters
reliability and ease of servicing. Avalon Scooters imports parts from
ISO-9001 manufacturers in Taiwan, India, China and Italy. We also
make Stainless steel parts ourselves.
5. Does the vendor
come from a restoration background?
Does he know the
standards required in the West, or is he led by Local
knowledge - (which generally is get it looking right for as little
money as possible).
6. Is there an
after sales service/support?
Does the vendor
supply help, and advice, is there a phone number to call- or
somebody who can return your call request. Is there somebody with
experience and knowledge of scooters who can properly satisfy any
queries or issues?
We typically respond
within 12 hours ( time difference) for email and 24/24 for phone calls.
7. Is there a
guarantee on your purchase?
Is any form of
guarantee offered or is it a case of buy it deal with it!
Please see this in
the light that it’s meant - This is not meant to scare anybody, there
ARE good companies out here in Vietnam restoring quality scooters to
western standards, there are also many more companies whose
restorations make me cringe....
A properly restored
scooter is reliable, enjoyable and a great investment. A badly
restored scooter is the exact opposite!!!
fully-restored scooters come with a 90 day Limited warrantee from
Avalon Scooters. The 90 days commences from the date of pick up
(please note that if there is any wrong delivery/missing/damage of
the scooter, the customer needs to fill in a complaint form with the
forwarder immediately before they take the scooter home otherwise, we will not
be responsible for any refund or compensation). We
will replace any "New" part (not rebuilt parts) that ceases
to function properly within 90 days of purchase Free of Charge.
Refer to our
Parts List to determine if
the part in question is new or reconditioned. Labor is not included.
If any replaced component breaks, all you have to do is SIMPLY
take a picture and send to us ( We're different from some other
shops that we DON'T need the faulty parts to be
returned to us in exchange for the replacement). Call or notify
us by emails and we will replace the item and send complete
instructions on how to replace the item. Customer Satisfaction is
our TOP priority. Please note the warrantee covers normal use
conditions, not neglect or abuse or use as a rental scooter.
We replace most of the parts when restoring the scooter and we are
confident our scooters are reliable. Please see our
Quality and visit our
Inventory pages for
details. Besides, our
Online Support&Phone Support
staff are always available for every questions related to Vespa/Lambretta
as well as operating it.
8. WHY such a good
price? - Surely it’s worth more?
We restore many
scooters- we make a modest profit on each- but we sell a lot to all
corners of the globe we are in a constant stage of expansion with
our aim to be restoring 40 scooters per month.
We actively encourage
people to re-sell, we have lots of knowledge and experience in
selling in abroad and other markets for that matter, we are more
than happy to advise on how to achieve a good price, and how to
market successfully. A concourse vespa like this is worth between
£3500-£4000 if sold in the right place. Art galleries, fashion
shops, surf shops, cafes etc are all good places to get sales. Also
scooter rallies, car shows and even re-listing on eBay.
9. Is it as good as
Absolutely! I am an
enthusiast with a very critical eye. All of our products are of the
restorers sometimes put in new Indian built engines. This is the
cheap and quick option- but ultimately it devalues a classic
scooter. Also the quality is dubious. We always properly rebuild the
original engines with all new quality parts. Our attention to detail
We have a large team
of 28 enthusiasts working with us- each scooter takes between 3-4
weeks to restore to our standards. That’s why (even if I do say so
myself!) Our scooters are the best available!!- compare our prices
and compare our restoration standards.
10. Can I
Absolutely! We offer
a range of options- everything from our own: performance stainless
exhaust, through to different seats, mirrors, luggage racks etc-
please email us for more details.
11. I have never
ridden a scooter before, is it difficult to use and being old will
it break down all the time?
Simply put- Vespa
have built their fantastic reputation on reliability and the fact
anyone can jump on and ride! They are easy to ride, great fun and
12. Can I call to
No problem- please
call (84) 965021931 but please bear in mind the
time difference. Alternatively if you would like to chat about this
scooter or having one restored to your spec- email me your phone
number and we will call you- please just bear in mind we are 7hrs
ahead of you lot. Or you can use our
Online Support function.
13. Parts Used&Are
the Parts original?
scooter engine and body are original. We replace the parts that need
to be replaced on a 30+ year old scooter. We use a great deal of new
quality OEM branded parts from ISO-9001 manufacturers. See the
Parts List for a
comprehensive list of the parts used.
14. Is the paperwork included with the bike?
all the necessary paperwork is legal and included with the bike. The paperwork
is shipped out by FedEx or UPS after final payment has been received. Besides,
have complete Parts Manual, Owners Manual and Service Manual for the Motor
Scooter we sell too.
15. Where can the bike shipped to?
Can they be delivered to my house?
We can ship the bike to every major
ports in the world. We also can deliver the bike to your house with
an extra cost. See our
Shipping section for more
16. What models of
scooter are we specialiazed in?
We specialize in
Vespa VBB (mfg.1960-1967), VBC (mfg. 1965-1979), VLB (mfg.
1965-1974) and Lambretta LI150 (mfg. 1962-1967), LI150 Special (mfg.
1963-1966), TV3 (mfg. 1962-1965) models. All of our bikes were
originally manufactured by Piaggio and Innocenti, Italy and were
imported directly into Viet Nam a long time ago. See our
Models section for more
information. In case for some reasons, we couldn't find your
interested model, we will change to the model nearest to its
cubicmetre for you.
17. Can I have
dimensions of the wooden crate when shipping?
crate is 72 x 49 x 26 inches. Each crate weighs about 320 pounds
(200+ for the scooter alone) and is really dependent on the model
selected and all the options ordered. For example: more Stainless
Steel options will add more weight. Since shipping costs are based
primarily on dimension weight and since we control that overall
dimension factor your shipping cost is usually constant.
18. I love this color(s)/color scheme, can you personalize it?
Custom Orders you can choose from any of the standard car colors
offered from BMW, Mercedes or Porsche. See our full list of the
General colors to choose from
Here. For Custom color
scheme, simply send us photos then we can personalize for you.
Please note that it's FREE OF CHARGE for custom colors.
19. Fine, so how long from the date
of purchase the bike can be at my doorstep?
Upon receipt deposit from you, we need
around 12 days to restore a Vespa and around 14 days for a Lambretta.
Shipping from Viet Nam ports to major ports takes around 32 days
then you will need around 5 days to
clear the Customs.
Eh, still unsure?!
We're very glad to talk with you and to be of your help. Please
Contact us for more