I live in Sacramento, California and I have been a avid motorcyclist since I can remember with a small collection of British and Japanese 2 and 4 stroke machines.
I have been looking for a Scott motorcycle for some time and I look forward to hopefully owning one soon. I have been looking and I have narrowed down the type I would like. ’29 and up Replicas or similar machines.
Here are my questions:
Is electrolysis a problem requiring the replacement of the cylinders? If needed are they available? Should I be worried about damage from sitting for a number of years? I have much experience with water cooled machines, but the oldest I have is from 1972.
I enjoy the appearance of the bolted on cylinder head, is this room for more issues?
Is it better to look for a 500 or 600 if I plan to be regularly riding (and the occasional flog)
I am thinking a Model after ’29 not only for appearance but ride-ability. Is this reasonable?
I prefer the rigid frame bike. I understand there is a “heavy” and “light” version. Is there any issues with cracking?
I have looked at the bikes available overseas (your area) and here in the states. I expect a bike at 5k needs 10k worth of work.
Is there a “Make or Break” part on the motorcycle that can not be easily made by a novice machinist? I try to think that I can make anything, sooner or later it will catch up with me.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and your help is much appreciated!!
Great! I’m feeling the love. 😕
..did I ask the wrong question?
I’m not the person to help you (you need the likes of Brian Marshall or Roger Moss – and many others – to give you good advise), but I have a 1930 TT Replica that I bought two years ago and have just about completed a full restoration.
Just about everything you have asked about needed fixing or replacement on the bike. Wheels, forks, frame, engine, gearbox, etc etc etc etc had to be either refurbished, rebuilt or replaced and I am talking of everything here.
I paid £5,500 for a ‘genuine original bike’ and it has cost at least a further £2,500 so far to get it somewhere near ‘original’ specification.
My advise is, don’t buy just anything, find a rebuilt bike from a Scott Owner’s Club owner and save yourself a lot of trouble.
However, saying this, I have really enjoyed my rebuild and have found some really helpful (and really amazing) people on the way.
The duplex-framed three-speed Flying Squirrels started in late 1926, so anything after that date would be OK, and 16 stud detachable cylinder head engines from 1933ish. Probably best to avoid the latter if there is any sign of coolant leakage at the head/barrel joint, as to fix it can often be one hell of a job due to the head rusting onto the studs. Internal corrosion in the water jacket can sometimes be a problem, but if antifreeze is in the coolant this usually stops corrosion. If in doubt when inspecting a bike that has been stored for years, dip your finger in and taste it. (Don’t swallow !!). Glycol tastes sweet and sugary. Something with Webb girder forks would be a safer bet for you than a bike with Scott forks or Brampton Monarch forks as they are MUCH easier and simpler to overhaul. Avoid leaking radiators like The Black Death, or accept that a new one is going to cost well over £1000 GB pounds, plus freight charges. No matter what you are told, they can very rarely be repaired and still look presentable.
After 34 years of restoring Scotts, my opinion, for what it is worth, is that a 1929 Flying Squirrel Tourer would be an ideal first Scott to look for, as they have Webb forks, blindhead engine, nice slim petrol/oil tank, and they are not as heavy as the later bikes. More were made in 1929 than in any other year, so they are the easiest to find.
Above all, don’t buy a bike in a mad rush of rose-tinted enthusiasm. A non-runner, though cheaper may cost you a LOT more in the long run, so go for a runner. If properly set up, they should start easily after two or three kicks to draw some mixture into the crankcase. If in any doubt take some photos and post them onto this website so that we can pass comment, before handing over your money.
Good luck with your quest !
Excellent! Great information guys!
I will keep this in mind and now that I am a part of the forum I will be looking for bikes in my price range.
I’m in the USA too 😉 and see nice Scotts for sale once in a while in the Scott Owners newsletter by owners. However they are always overseas. I had to pay through the nose for mine ,here in the states and redo a lot of “restoration”. There was one on ebay here that did not sell a while ago.
That one looks about right for a 1929 Tourer, but has a much later detachable cylinder head/barrel, the wrong handlebars, some chrome instead of all nickel, some plastic pipes, and an exhaust from a later model, but could be made into a nice bike, with a decent patina of age.