It was the Founder’s day rally today if you didn’t know, perhaps the most poignant one given the death of the founder so recently. Being Titch supported so much the movement of people owning, and more importantly using, classic bikes I thought it would be right to take a Scott to a couple of checkpoints and raise a pint to Titch.
My 7 year old son loves riding so after spending the morning motocrossing he wanted to pillion for the rally, so all geared up we set off with the aim of achieving at least 2 checkpoints.
First port of call was the South Durham section checkpoint at Middleton St George cricket club. The bike was running great and runs like that remind me why Scotts just have something no other pre war bike can offer. Like handling and speed!! We arrived at around 2pm, seeing only one other bike there, a mid sixties BSA.
We checked in and got a nice cup of tea and my son did his best to clean them out of hob-nobs! A quick scan of the check-ins saw that the Scott was the only two stroke to attend from the 20 or so bikes, but I was beaten to the oldest bike by a brave soul on a 1912 machine but I cannot remember the make. Leon got youngest pillion though!
On with the rally plaque and time to set off again. I asked the other rider if he was heading up to High Force but he said he had already started to go there but it was too cold for him so he turned round and rode back! I’ve been up there with the Scott in the snow so a bit of cold wind was not going to stop a run.
The next stop was targeted to be High Force waterfall in the dales, actually at the top of Teesdale. We set off but soon after getting into the hills it was clear the clutch was slipping and getting gradually worse so downhill fun was still in plentiful supply, but uphill was limited to about 45mph and throttle juggling to get the most traction. We made it to High Force for our second sticker but it was clear the clutch was not happy.
Despite the clutch issues we enjoyed a drink and icecream at the pub, and a future Scotter was getting some practice in!
After that it was time to get going again and head home but after kicking a few times with no life I decided to take the alternative route as I did last time I was at this pub. I’m getting the hang of bump starting Scotts so I ran it off down the hill, jumped on, into first and she struck up pretty much straight away.
I think the mag is getting a little weak and kicking is not turning the mag fast enough. Either way I nursed the clutch home and made it back safely.
On checking over after the run the left side of the rear tyre is heavily oil coated and the gearbox has lost a lot of oil. Coupled with the clutch my feeling is the gearbox oil is escaping via the clutch plates from the input or output shaft. Time for new seals I think and a set of bonded plates.
It was a shame that no other Scotts were in the logs for the two checkpoints, I hope some others made it out to other section checkpoints. If not then get out there and ride your bikes, Alfred did not build museum pieces!
My ’38 Scott was readied for the Relay Rally but the rain was chucking it down all day here in the part of the South East that I live in and so as I only have to ride for pleasure these days, I decided not to take part. I had enough of wet weather riding when I had a daily commute round trip of 156 miles in all weathers. Not on the Scott, I must admit, but I used either my BMW or Moto Guzzi. Did that commute for nearly three years rather than relocating.
Such a shame the weather down south was so wet, not the best weather for riding a well maintained bike in due to the cleaning that is required afterwards, and as you say the drying of rider and gear!
I ride 5-600km’s a week in Germany on my XTZ, it was a long winter in the rain, snow, hail and ice…