Scott 1934 Flying Squirrel 596cc 2cyl TS 3308



Scott 1934 596 cc “ Flying Squirrel” water cooled two stroke twin frame # 2177 engine # DPY 3924

Bradford-born Alfred Angas Scott’s experiments with two-stroke motorcycle engines began in the closing years of the 19th Century. The first complete Scott motorcycle followed in 1908, its twin-cylinder engine, two-speed foot-change gear and all-chain drive marking it out as an exceptionally advanced design for its day. Light weight, ample power and sure-footed handling thanks to a low centre of gravity were Scott virtues right from the outset. Like its major rivals, Scott was well aware of the publicity value of racing and the allure of models with a TT connection, so the adoption of an optional full-frame tank, like that of the works racers, for the new Flying Squirrel was not surprising. Launched at the Olympia Show in 1925, the ‘Flying Squirrel’ came in 498cc and 596cc capacities, the latter being the most expensive machine in the range. In the 1930s the ‘Flyer’ took on more of a touring role, being further updated with detachable cylinder head, Brampton forks and a foot-change gearbox.

This Scott Flying Squirrel was restored a number of years ago and we understand she has a new radiator and the engine has been fully overhauled by Eddie Shermer Engineering in November 2014. She has Moss high-strength short-stroke balanced cranks and a Moss high efficiency alloy cylinder head. The original head comes with the bike. She comes with a new carburettor, an electronic magneto and an early foot change conversion (you have to keep your foot on the gear lever until the clutch is fully engaged). A practical side stand is fitted. According to factory information the power output of a 596 cc model should be 27 HP @4,500 RPM. Front suspension is by special Scott girder forks with compound springing, giving a constant angle of trail. Accompanying invoices show that total cost of rebuild of engine and magneto has been close to £4,000.

This very well restored Scott has been in storage for some time, nevertheless she’s running beautifully (video available).