Scot­ting about

Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

I thor­oughly en­joyed the Scott ar­ti­cle in OBA 53; as a long-term Scott owner I have come to truly en­joy my capri­cious 1946 Fly­ing Squir­rel. Scotts can be tem­per­a­men­tal; when they are run­ning well they are an ab­so­lute joy to ride with ter­rific ac­cel­er­a­tion, lit­tle vi­bra­tion, great han­dling and a fan­tas­tic “yowl­ing” ex­haust note, but when they are sulk­ing, get­ting hot and both­ered around town, they can be a right cow. Scotts were never noted for their top speed but they did have tremen­dous ac­cel­er­a­tion that left most ma­chines in their wake. The de­flec­tor pis­ton twin pro­duced lots of torque at lower revs but ran out of puff at higher revs be­cause of the tor­tu­ous route to the trans­fer ports. It was for­tu­itous that they didn’t need to be revved as the over­hung crank didn’t like high revs, break­ing crankpins, the usual limit was 4000rpm. The Own­ers Club did pro­duce some spe­cial cranks that were safe to 5000rpm for rac­ing. When Scott own­ers get to­gether the first sub­ject they usu­ally dis­cuss is oil pump set­tings and oil. The Scott’s Achilles heel is the Pil­grim Oil Pump, de­signed There’s a Rari­tee t-shirt wait­ing for you in your choice of de­sign Stu­art – but my guess is that you’ll opt for the Scott ver­sion! – Ed.

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