1929 Scott Flying Squirrel

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In the mid-1970s, if you had a motorcycle that was a 600cc, liquid-cooled, two-stroke, parallel twin, with a perimeter- style frame and dual front brakes, you would have owned something impressively ahead of its time, a high-tech wonder. Now imagine having that bike in 1929!

Scott began producing motorcycles in 1908 in West Yorkshire, England. From the beginning, the company specialized in lightweight two-stroke engines. In 1910, Scott became the fi rst manufacturer to enter a two-stroke powered motorcycle in the Isle of Man full-course TT. In 1911, a Scott set a course record of 50.11 mph, and in both 1912 and 1913, Scott won the event. Scott suspended publicly available motorcycle manufacturing for the duration of the fi rst World War. Shortly afterward, the company introduced the Standard Tourer, and in 1922, brought out a sport model called the Squirrel.

In 1926, Scott introduced the Flying Squirrel. It had an oversquare bore and stroke of 75mm x 68mm that produced 28 horsepower. Flying Squirrels are still being successfully raced in vintage road racing events. Modern tuning techniques can extract up to 47 horsepower from these little engines.