Hi all, 1947 Flying Squirrel; it has the very efficient roll-on centre stand, but neither wheel is lifted off the ground. Is this the way it was designed, or is it the usual wear in the stops, pivots etc? Secondly the clutch lever requires a grip like a Russian arm wrestler to operate. Before I delve into the inner clutch workings (after lubing/checking the cable, obviously) is this a usual feature, and obvious fault, or just one of poor set-up and adjustment? Lastly, that good old chestnut, which oil is suitable/recommended for the engine?
Thanks in advance.
Welcome to the club, you will find everyone very helpful and someone will have all your answers. The clutch should not be heavy, when in good shape and set up properly it works well. If I were you, once you know the problem is not in the cable I would dismantle the clutch and check it over, not a difficult job. Have a good look at “Scott Technicalities” – just Google those words.
I use synthetic 2-stroke oil which doesn’t smoke too much but others have different views. Any oil is better than none, a regular supply to the crankcase glands is essential to avoid expensive damage any many people add some to the petrol as a further precaution against seizure.
I don’t know about the centre stand, there are lots of other members far more knowledgeable than I am who could advise.
All the best with it, I have never regretted buying mine.
The roll-on centre stand is not intended to lift either wheel off the ground; it just takes a bit of the weight off the front forks. Park on firm flat ground or use a rectangle of sheet wood or metal under the stand. Regarding oil, I use an SAE 40 oil all year round from a local depot in Warrington (Rock Oil). An alternative supplier is Morris Oils of Shrewsbury. I have never felt it necessary to pay high prices as the oil is once used, then out of the exhaust. Oils which were sold as 2 stroke oils were designed to pre-mix with petrol which is not needed on a Scott.There was talk of Silkolene Two Stroke 40 becoming too viscous in winter to flow adequately in a Scott; their Two Stroke 30 did not have this problem.
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Best of luck & welcome to Scotting.