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I have the chance to buy a stablemate for my ’27 Flyer. Trying to justify it as an investment that is a good deal. Seller is asking $10,600 (about 6,600 pounds) for this ’29 600. He says that it runs and rides well. Is this a regular Flyer? Any thoughts? Interventions? Stop me before I hurt myself! Here is a link to some photos.
Hello Mark i am defo no expert , but i think flyers of that period had Scott forks my own 1929 tourer has webs also webb rear hub . The reg on your intended i doubt is that it was borne with the head lamp brakets under the fork spindle nuts are a no no . mate seek opinions from those who are greater than I .[ SHOULD NOT BE HARD TO FIND ] Regards D F.
The 1929 Flying Squirrel Tourer did have Webb forks. It was the Flying Squirrel Deluxe model and the TT Replica model that had the Scott forks. In the 1929 catalogue the Tourer has the Webb rear hub, without a rubber insert ‘cush drive’, but plenty were fitted with the Enfield 8″ cush drive back wheel from new. My old 1929 Tourer, UN2345, is listed in the works despatch book as having the Enfield rear wheel, plus other Deluxe model things like a rear carrier.
The bike for sale actually looks pretty good, but the handlebars and levers are not correct. Handlebars were more curved, backwards and forwards, but still flat in one plane, ie. they can be laid flat on a table. They were enamelled black, and had “inverted” levers. If it really does run well, it looks like a decent buy, but tread carefully, and also make sure that the radiator is good. I should also add that the toolbox and chainguard are missing, and the headlight is a later type. Good haggling points !
Good evening Mark,
KB is a Liverpool registration. Had the number been KB 596, I might well have guessed 1929. For actual date, see Ian Parsons’ reply below. I cannot find HKB 596 in my old (out of date) lists, which may mean that this is a machine not previously known to the SOC. Machine Registrar Ian Parsons can give you the up to date information, especially if you can supply frame and engine numbers.
The above comments do not detract from the fact that it does look a tidy machine, consistent with c1929 but I have no idea of market prices across the pond.
HKB 596 is as David Waring says a Liverpool registration and was issued in September 1946. I do not have this registration number on my database. Many old motorcycles were re registered post WW2 to benefit from the change in taxation classes and get a reduced vehicle licence duty.
I would like to know Engine and Frame numbers so it can be added to the Machine Register.
SOC Machine Registrar
Thanks all for the responses. I did miss the buy, as it went to a new owner in Connecticut. Ian, I’ll see if I can get the new owner to join up and get the bike registered with the SOC.
Good to see some US Scotts coming out of the woodwork!
😥 😥 Remember when importing from the US the 20% Vat plus customs charges!!!!!!!!!! 🙄 🙄 I speak here from painful (Wallet) experience importing a sax!! 😡 😡 In fact I could hardly get my credit card out of it afterwards. He held on so tight!!!!!!!! 😀 😀
On Historic vehicles one only pays 5% duty on purchase price and shipping cost. I cannot recall whether VAT is paid on top of the duty but VAT is paid on the UK handling charges