The Scottoiler vSystem is vacuum-operated and is turned on and off by the engine, while the Scottoiler eSystem is motion-activated and controlled with a built-in accelerometer. Both systems allow the chain to be automatically cleaned and lubricated. As a result, only the maintenance of chain tensioning is necessary, which is at much longer intervals due to the reduced chain and sprocket wear.
30 years ago, Fraser Scott first presented his invention – the Scottoiler, an automatic motorcycle chain oiler, to the public at the Motorcycle Live Show in Birmingham. Today, Scottoiler is an established brand in the motorcycle industry with global market penetration, exporting to over 40 countries worldwide. Europe, Australia and SE Asia are strong established markets and the company is focusing its attention on the North American market in 2015.
For Fraser Scott, the man behind the Scottoiler, motorcycles have always been central to his life. He still holds dearly his first memory of being a tank-top passenger and falling off his dad’s Triumph Twin. That was in 1937 when he was two years old. From then on, he has been obsessed with bikes and frequently rode on them to camping and hill walking trips.
However, the idea of the Scottoiler only hit him when he was 42 years old.
In 1984, Fraser Scott launched his revolutionary system into a collapsing motorcycle market with limited success. For five years, he worked on perfecting the Scottoiler. During this time, he realised that not only did the O-rings sustain themselves longer but also the entire chain was cleaner and more efficient. He knew that he had to share this invention with other motorcycle enthusiasts, even though designing and testing the Scottoiler was costing him both his social life and his savings.
A saviour finally appeared in the form of Textile Mouldings of Accrington (TML), who commissioned Westclox of Dumbarton to manufacture 10,000 Scottoilers. Officially launched at the NEC show in 1984, they only sold 50 kits to an indifferent public in a collapsing motorcycle market.
After taking a decision to make bits for cars instead, TML sold the Scottoiler project back to its creator. In 1985, despite having no capital left to re-launch, he did not give up on his idea and began selling the first units by mail order from his living room. Satisfied customers quickly spread the word about this ingenious chain maintenance invention and, over time, dealers, wholesalers and manufacturers began stocking the product.
Five years later, Scottoiler had become too big for Fraser Scott to handle alone, and so he started expanding his business by hiring more staff. Today, twenty people work in their factory in the north of Glasgow, with more under the employment of engineering sub-contractors all over Great Britain. Fraser Scott has since taken more of a back seat, handing the reins of the company over to his daughter, Fiona, who, as MD, has evolved the company to its current successful form.
“2015 is a big year for us. We currently have exciting projects going on behind the scenes at Scottoiler which we hope will appeal to our loyal customers and hopefully attract many new ones,” said Fiona Scott Thomson, Managing Director of Scottoiler Ltd.