Going for the Ton in Texas


1927 Scott Flying Squirrel

Disclaimer (verbatim from my wife): That’s foolish! You are going to kill yourself! You are behaving like a little boy!


Back in the summer of 2010, I decided to see if I could make my 1927 Scott Flying Squirrel more of a regular rider instead of just a special occasion bike. These 500cc 2-stroke, water-cooled engines run smoothly and make wonderful noise, but made less than 20 horsepower in original condition. Getting additional power requires the use of very high quality internal engine components built to exacting tolerances.

Enter Scott engine guru Roger Moss of Moss Engineering in the U.K. After much detailed discussion with Roger, he agreed to build me a strong, high performance engine that would be capable of cruising at the highway speeds we see here in Texas, where I live.

Roger is a perfectionist, and builds some of the fastest and most reliable Scott engines. He is confident enough to provide a 12-month warranty, which is certainly longer than the original manufacturer in 1927. Per the detailed documentation that came with the engine:

Reliability. With Moss cranks, caged big end bearings, lightweight pistons, and rod little ends controlled in the pistons, this engine is a vast improvement on any engine ever produced by the original Scott factory.

9/17/2015 3:33:05 PM

I'm all for going fast, but I don't think 1920's welding and metallurgy was all that great, and if you were the size of a horse jockey I'd say "Go For It". . . I'm a little concerned the frame may pack it in at an inconvenient time. I do hope you have a full coverage helmet & leathers just in case. . . Anyway, you have a great looking bike there and I am glad to see you are enjoying it!

9/17/2015 8:36:32 AM

A small 1/4 fairing would help with air flow especially if the rider tucks in behind it. Below 100 mph you wouldn't see a big improvement but maybe 3-5 mph could be gained.

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