Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Trivia: Motorcycling's second decade - 1910 to 1919: Scott shows that a motorcycle can be more than a bicycle with an auxiliary motor

Alfred Angus Scott was the holder of more than sixty patents. His eponymous motorcycles were among the first to feature kick-starters, chain drives, and multi-speed gearboxes. He usually used simple two-stroke motors that were water-cooled – about 60 years before such cooling was “pioneered” by Suzuki and introduced with great fanfare on the GT 750. The bike illustrated is from the mid-'20s, but Scott's basic layout and technology hardly changed over the decades.

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