The next meeting, on Sunday November 11th, unfortunately clashes with Remembrance Services. I will attend the meeting, but of course fully understand that some members may prefer to be at Church/Cenotaph ceremonies. The very least we can do will be to have two minutes silence at 11-00 am, and I’m sure that we always remember those who gave their lives for our freedom in many wars, regardless of the official Remembrance ceremonies.
Will that be a 10:00am start?
Fingers crossed the weather is OK so I can give the bike its last run before tucking it up nice and warm for the winter 😀
Yes Keith, 10am kickoff.
Thanks for organising the meet, Brian. It was great to meet up! I’ll remember your name but apologies in advance to the others if I forget who you are in the future as I’m really bad with remembering names (albeit good remembering faces).
It was certainly a learning experience for me in many ways! Finding out that the front brake is pulled on slightly when the suspension collapses was the first. The lack of power, smoking front brake and hot engine eventually gave that particular game away. That then led to the discovery that my Scott doesn’t like re-starting when hot – hence not getting there for 10:00. Trying every combination resulted in the discovery that full throttle and no choke worked. Unfortunately, when trying to restart I must have slightly knocked the drain tap for the two stroke tank at some point. This proceeded to coat the back of the bike and tyre with oil and when I turned off the main road towards the pub I treated the car driver at the junction to what must have been a fairly impressive display of how to power slide a bike around a corner 😳 I really didn’t expect the trip to be so exhausting and adrenaline packed 😆 The return trip was much better as even the gearbox freed up a little. I started to enjoy the whole Scott experience and even managed to notice the suspension start to collapse so had no repeat of the previous problems. Clearly much work to do over the winter though!
I’ll think I’ll have to bring the Cyclemaster next time as it would probably have been just as fast………..
Glad you enjoyed it Keith. When I got home my daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren arrived a few minutes later, and said that they had just seen a Scott on the road out of Bingham, the first they had seen, apart of course from mine ! The colour was said to be “bright red tank”, so I’m sure it must have been you. I suggest replacing the oil tank drain tap with a blanking plug…
Much safer ! Now that you are succumbing to Scottitis, you can be told the grim truth that the illness is usually incurable. Even those people that sell their Scotts will suffer a relapse, even years later.
Yep, that was definately me. I went through Bingham as it would have been easier to stop and pump the forks up if they collapsed 😛
The drain tap was designed so you can add oil to a measure when filling up. Whilst nice in theory, carrying a bottle in a rucksack is hardly a hassle and, as you say, blanking off or wiring the tap closed would be the preferred option to avoid a repeat performance.
I love the absence of mechanical fuss with 2 strokes and the Scott certainly doesn’t diasappoint. Cruising the Scott back from the meet at 50-60 was very relaxing and it pulls lovely in 3rd from 30 so relatively fuss free through the villages. Much nicer than my dads old Speedtwin and just as comfy despite the solid back end. Even the front brake appears to work OK now!
Interested to know Keith if you used the original nipple hole in the brake lever or your modified one?
I ended up using the modified hole. I didn’t get chance to do a proper hard stop as my forks would have immediately collapsed but a gentle squeeze of the lever was producing a reasonable retardation going down a steep hill. Thus, it felt like the brake would be OK. I cannot test more until I have forks that hold air!!
That does support my, and Jim Ogden’s, contention that the brake is significantly better with double the normal leverage. The best way to achieve that may need to be worked out as there are a number of different possibilities.