Have you just been in for the business from the outset or has there been any philosophy from which the whole SIP idea got started?
Alex: at this point, business was a completely marginal thing. At the beginning of the 1990s you simply had to have a 34 flat slide carburetor, a British exhaust such as the Kegra, Nordspeed or PSP, wide tires and an M handlebar mounted. These parts took months to deliver and came with a horrible price tag attached. Back then we have had some reputation as we showed up at a lot of runs and meeting with our Streetracers, e.g. at the Eurovespa San Marino, San Remo, Pordenone, Hamburg, ... People approached us asking where they could buy the SIP seat, they wanted to convert to wide tire kits and were looking for British exhausts. Well, we just started manufacturing, milling and laminating these parts for them.
Just like back then, scooter meetings are still quite expensive. Lots of gas, lots of drinks, lots of engine overhauls. At this point, SIP was basically about making money to cover these on-the-run expenses.