‘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

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“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

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