‘I came up with automatic lubrication thanks to a girl I was seeing’
Fraser Scott is the inventor of the world famous chain-prolonging Scottoiler system
“I first came up with the idea of an automatic lubrication system thanks to a girl I was seeing in Manchester.
“Back in 1977 (I’m 81 now) I used to ride from Glasgow to Manchester every weekend on my Suzuki 750 just to see her. I was forever cleaning the chain and washing it in a bath of grease. I was actually alternating between three chains because of the amount of cleaning. I thought to myself, ‘there has to be a better way’ and that’s when I started looking into vacuum valve technology.
“It took five years; I started by selling the product in my living room and pretty much went broke in the process. It was officially launched at the end of ’84 and started off by word of mouth, then dealers before going international to over 40 markets and becoming an official BMW accessory.
“So far we’ve helped numerous personal and professional projects; helping motorcyclists to ride around the world and to the Everest base camp. We also supported the Phase One Endurance Team and the oldest rider to finish the Dakar Rally.
“We’re still a family-run business and focus on making motorcycling better for those involved and getting more people on two wheels, whether or not they’re powered by an engine or pedal power. We’ve sold around 450,000 units since ’84 and I like to think we’ve helped the odd chap on their own Glasgow to Manchester run!
“I’m now really into cycling and am supporting the company in the latest expansion into the bicycle market. So, I’m still either motorcycling or cycling into work everyday with my next big idea.”
‘I was forever cleaning the chain and washing it in a bath of grease’
Eighty-one years old and still riding every day, meet the lubrication king
of Fraser has extended the life chains around the biking world