So almost 200 scotts were manufactured, i’m more into the japanese motorbikes but think i could really get into the scotts> I am wanting to find something rough to restore or something along those lines. Does anyone have any ideas or advice as to where i can start on my search. As mentioned im more into my suzuki stuff , if you want a gt 500 , you head to ebay and in twenty mins youll have three up . But id appreciate all your advice on a silk? Not many 19 year old lads out there ask this kind of question?
It was under 200 Silks, not Scotts. Think about 12500 Scotts, but the exact figure isn’t known, due to breaks in the factory records, especially in the early years before WW1.
When George Silk first started production, in Derby, he was aided by various people, like Maurice Patey, and John Hartshorne.
He claimed that he was going “to take on and beat the Japanese” (ref. my good friend John Hartshorne)…..
One day, John turned up at the works on his new Suzuki GT500, and offered George a ride on it. When he returned he had changed his mind about how the Silk would compete with the Japanese ! What tended to happen was that buyers would usually be middle-aged men in a ‘mid-life crisis’, who had a firm intention to buy British, but didn’t fancy a big, heavy, vibratory twin from the likes of Norton or Triumph. As a consequence, Silks still turn up for sale with seven or eight thousand miles on the clock, and little real use. Don’t expect the reliability of a Japanese offering. Silks with the Silk-built engines, as opposed to the early Scott-engined bikes, had a number of niggling problems with things like the kickstart mechanism, oil getting into the ignition system, clutch snags, and carburation problems. The Amal carbs used were Spanish-built, and intended for the 500cc four-stroke single Sanglas bikes, and not a two-stroke twin. All problems have been sorted out over the years, but beware of the bikes that have been stood for many years with a low mileage, as they may not have been sorted out !
Good luck with your quest…
😀 😀 😀 😀 For the definitive story on Silks/Silk Scotts with regard to the engineering etc. Ring Roger Moss at Moss Engineering.co.uk .I believe he is in the process of sorting a Silk Scott out as we speak!!!!!! 😀 😀 Regards
Welcome from another Suzuki/2 stroke enthusiast – I’ve not had a 500 but I restored a GT750 (quite) a few years back and currently have an RG500.
If I could offer any advice then it would be get as good a bike as you can. British bikes appear simple but they are hard to restore well. Japanese bikes are much easier to restore (despite the added complexity) as they are designed to be put together rapidly on assembly lines. Unfortunately, British bikes (including Scotts) often require “the knack” for many assembly jobs. If you go onto the Moss website mentioned below you will find lots of great advice and information.