With scooters becoming more and more popular at the moment, I have noticed a number of new scooter shops popping up around Sydney. Will this trend last? lets wait and see. The point I would like to make is this, are these new, and some established scooter shops qualified to service and repair your old Vespa or Lambretta? True, their service department may be capable of looking after a chinese twist and go machine that has a 100 km on the clock, but when it comes down to it the workings of a classic from Italy it just may be a little more difficult to 'get right'. I guess it boils down to trial and error, but that tends to drain your hip pocket and most of all your time. To be honest I am yet to find that traditional Vespa mechanic in Sydney. Someone who shares my passion and desire to make things right. I have tried a couple of the so called better Vespa mechanics in Sydney, but to me they did not come up to scratch. Great to change the gear box oil and change the plug, but nothing much else (yes I do service my own scooter, at least the basics). Now I head south west to Canberra if anything major needs doing on my Vespa, yes it is a pain, a 3 hour drive with trailer, but at least I know the owner shares the same passion I do, and does not charge inflated Sydney labour prices. Would like to hear from people who might share the same thoughts, or have a service centre they could recommend. I just hate people who think they can take you for a ride (sorry) because scooters are the new thing. My advice, don't trust everyone because they sell scooters, ask questions, and ask about qualifications. For all you know the person servicing your pride and joy could be an expert on lawn mowers.