Life doesn’t get much better than this. The Scott went through it’s MOT & with the sun shining I took it for a run to a local motor bike rally.
It was great watching peoples faces light up when they saw & heard a Scott for the first time or at least the first time in a long time.
My Scott is never going to win prizes for originality as it has BSA forks that were fitted in the late fifties by the man Dad brought the bike off for £20, it has had other bits replaced over time that are not original that the Scott expert might frown at but none of this deminishes the joy of hearing that unique sound watching the heads turn as you ride down the road & seeing the smiles on peoples faces as they relive the past through your bike.
I though I had finished the bike about nine months ago as I had got it running but as you know thing are never as easy as they seem. Taking it on proving runs would always show the small items I had missed like failing to tighten the crank inspection cover nut enough, resulting in the strap slipping down & the cover parting company with the bike. I found it after walking back about a mile on the side of the road, lucky it was just down the local lanes. Another time the HT lead found it’s way under the magneto chain guard, after having the outer insulation removed it shorted to the frame resuling in another road side pit stop.
The thing that has amazed me most is the kind & helpfull reception I have received from anyone that has seen my plight. One man after admiring the bike offered to help by driving to his home a couple of miles up the road to get the spanner I so desperately needed to get me home (tip always carry a toolkit) & this happened on each occasion when the unexpected happened. People act like they may not own this beautiful old part of British motorcycle history but they can certainly play their part in helping to ensure it’s there for future generations.
I hope to make it to the annual gathering this year but on the bike for the first time. I look forward to seeing you there.
Regards Keith Parker
Keith, Congratulations on passing the MOT. I had to reply to your email because you have set out just how I felt earlier in the year when my Scott passed the test and carried me down to Brighton and most of the way back shortly after – it really doesn’t get much better. And you are right about the reaction there is from such a surprising variety of people wherever you go. No less than 5 people offered to find me water to fill the radiator at Shelsley Walsh hill climb a couple of weeks back. In fact I was at least an hour late getting home due to delaying my departure talking to interested enquirers (including one who had owned a 1930 TT rep which
he had sold before the war – and still regetted the fact).
My Flyer has BSA parts too (certainly the front wheel but maybe the forks as well) and other parts are cobbled together. No matter. I hope that you get to the annual gathering – I intend to be there too. In any event I hope that your MOT tester accommodates your bike for many years to come. Keep on Scotting!