Scott Squirrel

Scott Squirrel British vintage motorcycle

Scott may not be the most famous manufacturer in motorcycling history - but it certainly has its place. As, indeed, does Scott's most celebrated bike, the Squirrel. The British marque won the Senior TT - in both 1912 and '13. And the Scott trial - which began in '14 - and became a bastion of off-road motorsport - was named after the Yorkshire firm. Founded in '08, Scott went on to produce finely-crafted motorbikes for decades to come.

Engineering excellence - forged in competition's crucible - flowed down into Scott roadsters. The Squirrel was the prime beneficiary. Squirrels came in several flavours. There were Super Squirrels, Sports Squirrels and Flying Squirrels. All came with a 596cc motor - mated to a 3-speed hand-change 'box. Squirrels handled well, looked and sounded good - and merrily skipped up to 70mph. In the Twenties, that was quick!

Squirrels were apt to be temperamental, though. Mechanically, they played up a bit, from time to time. And - with their hefty price-tags - that did not go down well with owners. As the model aged - and its cutting edge blunted - sales declined. To this day, though, there is many a motorcyclist who is nuts about Squirrels. With luck - over the years - a few of them were horded away. So, you never know ... Scott Squirrels may again be a common sight, on the highways and byways of Britain.

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