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Old 4th June 2009, 20:11   #16
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Now only if they can get a good gearless scooter in place, with good distribution.

While many non-owners were vary of LML products, I for one know they were sturdy and reliable. I have had CBZ owners thrash my 100CC and still compliment its handling capacity.

My dad used to tell me how LML broke the Bajaj monopoly in the scooter market.

Let's hope they make a quick comeback.
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Old 4th June 2009, 21:03   #17
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Thanks friends for reviving the thread- did not even remember I started the discussions.
Though the Vespas from LML were among the best suited scooters for our markets, the LML- Vespa break-up ruined LML I believe. Vespa still has a whole line up of models with contemporary looks and features.
Recently saw the film "Bacchna E Hasino". I was quite fascinated to see a new Vespa GTV 250 - a retro styled Vespa with chrome mirrors and all the classic hues, while viewing the new Bollywood film "Bacchna E Hasino" - there's a scene where the hero and heroine (Ranbir Kapoor and Minisha Lamba) move around in Switzerland on this scooter with a killer design- one of the best retro looking designs I've come across in the recent years. Its vintage Piaggio styling and I looked up the net and discovered this Italian beauty on two wheels- Great to look at!!!!
Tech Specs
Engine 259cc Four stroke 4 valve single cylinder,auto transmission twist and go front and rear 220mm disc brakes tubeless front and rear tyres 120/70-12" and 130/70-12"respectively
Seat height 790mm
Kerb Weight 144 and 146 Kg
Features from the official website
Chrome-plated handlebars, twin sprung seat in real leather, retro instrumentation, headlight on the front mudguard, chrome rear rack. The Vespa GTV is equipped with all the features with have made it a legend.
LIST PRICES:
GTV250
UK Pounds 4049 in U.K. which will cost a fortune here with our tax structure
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I want to make a point that Vespa has a slew of new and excellent models that can give the Activas, Dios, Pleasures and Accesses some tougher times.Only if LML could patch up and restart.

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Quite an odd looking seat on those scooters,IMO. But they sure are a lot of fun to ride around!
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We have a LML Vespa from the mid eighties, a two seater option.
Not sure how many recollect the radio jingle that used to go "drive LML vespa, just drive once and see... ilamila vespa 150... ilamila vespa 150... "
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IIRC LML stands for Lohia Machine Works
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Not sure how many recollect the radio jingle that used to go "drive LML vespa, just drive once and see... ilamila vespa 150... ilamila vespa 150... "
Didnt they have another ad jingle where they blatantly copied Enigma or someone like that??
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yes LML stands for Lohia Machinery Limited.

It would be great if they can bring in something like in the pics above. I am sure the 2-stroke engine is more fun to drive and suitable.
and they DEFINITELY need a gearless scooter to survive.
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We have a LML Vespa from the mid eighties, a two seater option.
Not sure how many recollect the radio jingle that used to go "drive LML vespa, just drive once and see... ilamila vespa 150... ilamila vespa 150... "
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Didnt they have another ad jingle where they blatantly copied Enigma or someone like that??
Was that on TV?

The one I am talking about was on radio each morning while I was getting ready for school, almost 20-25 years back
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Which would be a right model in the Indian market for LML?
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If I can remember it right, LML had acquired the license from Piaggio before they split, to manufacture and sell a 125cc 4 stroke scooter called 'Clipper'.
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It's quite a looker even on todays date. I also remember reading that the Clipper could have been made available in both - geared/non geared versions.

Wonder what happened to it? May be it might still revive the market for LML if launched.

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And who manufacturred the tiny Vespa PL170 if anyone remembers that scooter, dont know why they put this 170 even though it was 100 CC.
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LML is very much active ateast in Australia. Recently, they have launched a trike(two wheels in front and one wheel at the rear) there. I took pics of them. Will update this thread with the pics soon.

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And who manufacturred the tiny Vespa PL170 if anyone remembers that scooter, dont know why they put this 170 even though it was 100 CC.
Hey Ajay, see post#81 onwards for pics/info about PL170 and also about some inputs about why it is called PL170
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/post-1...tenance-6.html
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Its good timing for LML to come back. Honda recently announced the they will stop production of the Eterno. SO the geared scoot segment is all for LML to keep.

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Was that on TV?

The one I am talking about was on radio each morning while I was getting ready for school, almost 20-25 years back
Yup, it used to go like this. "its got the power....its got the style"
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Last page of Hindustan Times newspaper gave me this surprize

Whoa LML? Whither LML?-lmlad.jpg

Nice to see this company coming back in market.
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the website is not up yet though.
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Last page of Hindustan Times newspaper gave me this surprize

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Nice to see this company coming back in market.
Thats cool.They are keen on reviving the company. But they still proclaim that they are the "largest exporter _______", when the assembly line is in the sleep mode.
But still their efforts to give a new synergy to their business is praiseworthy.
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