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Photo ou archives : F-M. Dumas

Capacity : 500
Model : Flying Squirrel
Production : 1936 - 1939
Category : (R) Street Bike


500 Flying Squirrel - 1936

A two-stroke legend

The first Scott, built in 1908, was a total revolution, from its two-stroke engine to its triangulated straight-tube frame. In 1935, some 27 years later, the new version of the legendary Flying Squirrel was again in the vanguard of technical progress; it changed little before 1939.

An Outstanding Power Unit

lf the concept was the same, the machine had developed in every respect. Above all, it gained the Power-Plus engine, whose light-alloy cylinder head had hemispherical combustion chambers with central spark plugs. No fewer than 16 studs retained the cylinder assembly. The Flying Squirrel was available as standard with a 500cc engine or in 600cc De Luxe form. The new engine's greatest asset was its extreme flexibility. The 500 developed 14 hp @ 2500 rpm and reached maximum power at 5000 rpm, while the 600, at the same engine speeds, went from 16 to 30 hp. The Scott had excellent road-holding and great reliability. The telescopic forks used during the 1920s were replaced by a girder fork assembly.

Advanced Specification

The Squirrel also had mechanical lubrication by twin adjustable oil-pumps mounted on the crankcase doors. Since 1934, Scott had been experimenting with Grand Prix bikes fitted with four-speed gearboxes and a complex mechanical lubrication system whose pump consisted of no less than 95 separate parts, operating – as on modern Japanese bikes – in proportion to engine load and throttle opening.


Engine: 498cc (66.6x71.4 mm) water-cooled twin-cylinder

Power Rating: 26 hp @ 5000 rpm

Valves: two-stroke, ports in piston ski1t

Fuel System: carburetor

Transmission: 3-speed, chain final drive

Suspension: girder forks (front); rigid (rear)

Brakes: drum (front & rear)

Wheels: 3.25x19 inch wire (front & rear)

Maximum Speed: 80 mph

The Scott Flying Squirrel, with its distinctive two-stroke ''yowl, " is one of the great machines of motorcycling history.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.