Hello everyone as you can tell I’m new to the forum,
Recently my dad bought a BMW R35 on ebay so we drove 1300km to get the bike. When my dad was taking apart the R35 I was looking at different bikes the guy had in his garage. One cought my eye, I asked my dad about it he told me it was a Scott. I told him that I liked it and wouldn’t mind buying it. My dad was like don’t ask there really expensive bikes. I ended up asking anyways and I bought the bike because it was really cheap. So next weekend we had to go drive the 1300km one way again. Anyways Im from Canada and i bought the bike in the US. The bike has no title. So we left the bike close by at a friends house while we are going to try to title it.
I need some help though because I dont know anything abouts Scotts.
Is this bike a 1928 Super Squirrel?
Where can I find the frame number?
Are the break leavers original? (They look to new to me)
Does anyone have a muffler for sale?
I think its still original paint. The bike does not run but when I get it all the way home I will get it running sooner or later. I plan on not touching the outside but just leaving it as original as I can and making it run. I do have the side cover for the bike.
Here are some pictures of the bike. I have over 50 more so let me know what you want to see.
History of the bike,
The bike was in a museum in florida.
1995-1997 the bike was auctioned by Jerry Woods auctions.
It was bought by George Bovard, and it sat in his garage unit last weekend.
On June 2nd I purchased the bike.
Thanks a lot Tom
What an interesting find !
“Y” indicates Super Squirrel & Standard 596 cc models 74.6 x 68.25mm
The number 165 does not appear in an old listing which I have, so the bike may not be known to the SOC; John Underhill (SOC Machine Registrar) has the definitive listings. He is not on the internet, but I will phone him this weekend, on your behalf.
Numbers which are in my list are 160, 166 & 168 – they are all dated as 1927. The engine number was the main one in the Scott Works records, which still survive, being held at the Vintage Motorcycle Club headquarters at Burton on Trent.
Frame number should behind the headstock, above the oil tank & radiator.
The nearside radiator filler cap is unusual – often fitted to racing machines for pit stop refills.
Publish an offside view.
Must rush, or I will be late for work !
Congratulations. You have bought a 1928 or 1929 2 Speed Super Squirrel. The engine is 1927. The bike is on the Club Register of machines as being in the USA. I suggest you join the Scott Owners’ Club to get the full benefits of ownership and the interesting magazine.
The Frame No is stamped on the top of the sidecar mounting lug that is part of the headstock. Please let me know this number as it will confirm the identity of the bike.
The VMCC in the UK have the despatch records of Scotts so it is possible to determine the original specification of the bike and to whom it was despatched.
The Scott looks very correct and original. 2 Speed Scotts are a delight to ride once you have got used to the operation of the 2 Speed gear.
Congrats on your nice bike! I a’m sure you will like Scotting!
PS: Why is it always someone else to find them….
Thanks a lot for the help. I will get the frame number as soon as possiblel. Might take me few days because the bike is 200km away.
Hello again Tom,
Thanks for posting more photos of your Scott, from which I note that the radiator has a filler on both sides !
The offside view shows a Pilgrim oil pump (missing the rear adjuster – can’t see if the front one is present) on the crankcase door, below the carburettor, which was standard if there was a combined petrol/oil tank bridging the gap between the saddle & steering headstock.
“Open frame” machines such as this, with “biscuit tin” petrol tank & separate oil tank often had “drippers” fixed to the oil tank, for gravity feed of oil in sight glasses. The Scott works records should tell you what the original purchaser ordered.
I note that Ian Parsons (SOC Vice Chairman) has responded to your posting; as he has done a great deal of work with John Underhill’s records, I will leave it to him to discuss frame number etc with you.
In the meantime I will email you some photos of contempory machines.
Vintage machines like this are very light, low centre of gravity and lively in performance – you have chosen well !
Regarding any missing bits, do not worry, the SOC has an active spares scheme and information service.
Still did not get the frame number but it should take much longer. My dads going to get it while I go to europe for the summer. Thanks for all the help. Anyone have a muffler for sale? Tom