When I purchased my 2 speed from the UK, over 10 years ago, it arrived with a Gerry Howard converted pilgrim to oil dripper. My bike has been ridden consistently in all sorts of rallies here in Australia. I mostly ride it in pre 1930 rallies (Antique Motor Cycle Club of Aust), so it is never really over extended, and the oiling system works fine. I have set it at 7 to 8 drops per min with 2stroke oil. I don’t put oil in the petrol. It has been trouble free, only thing is I must always turn the tap off when stopped for a period of time – such as a lunch stop.
My bike has always started easily, but that stupid spring/kick start arrangement would drive me nuts, so my father and I fitted an electric start. It’s very discrete. We did this by removing all the kick start mechanism from the countersharft, including the bit that screws into the high speed gear. We then machined up a new adaptor to screw in there, arranged a bearing for it to run on, and obtained from TD Cross a industrial free wheeling sprocket. This took a bit of time to work out the spacing for the chain. We could have put a chain and converted the kick start to a crank handle, like the early Royal Enfields, but instead fitted an electric 12V starter motor, just forward of the rear mudguard underneath the bike. A lot of effort to make up brackets which adjust like 2 speed gear. The starter motor direction had to be changed, and the tool box was made wider to carry a modern sealed 12V battery. We wired it so that when the hand control for the decompressors is pulled it starts. This also means it starts of 1/2 stroke which saves on battery capacity. WORKS JUST BRILLIANT. When my Scott isn’t being ridden it is in the shed and I have a cheap solor panel attched to it and it is always charged and ready to go. I’m not sure if I can attach a photo – but will try.
I would have thought that there might be several owners who would benefit from an electric start option for their bikes. Have you considered an article for Yowl, or indeed Roger’s E newsletter?