Update June2005 – Something to be aware of…

Update June2005Something to be aware of…

I’ve used a Scottoiler on three bikes and had little/no need for chain adjustment/maintenance and so rate them…whilst you get a bit of fling at least it’s easy to clean off unlike conventional chain lube fling which is a bugger to get off. You do need to spend some time to get the dispensing rate right…and adjust it from time to time to allow  for seasonal temperature changes.

No need to say too much on the installation as the kits come with good instructions and really do include everything you need.

I’ve mounted the reservoir under the pillion seat…tie wrapped to the frame using the rubber mounting ‘thingy’ that’s part of the install kit after doctoring this slightly with a Stanley knife for a good fit.

Warning: If you mount the reservoir under the pillion seat make sure that anything carried in that space such as your tool kit cannot move around. I nearly had a crash due to my tool kit moving around and adjusting the oil flow up to max…….rear tyre soaked in oil!!

A- tie wraps    B – rubber ‘thingy’ doctored to fit frame rail

By removing the plastic side panels and front seat I was able to route the tubes (vacuum and oil supply) along the right hand side of the bike, tie wrapped to existing cable runs.

The oil supply tube crosses from the right of the bike to the left between the back of the air box and the front of the battery tray.

The vacuum pipe is threaded under the tank alongside the air box on the right of the bike and connected to the vacuum outlet on the front of the rear cylinder (brass outlet sealed with a rubber boot held in place by a spring clip)

Tip: to make connection of the vacuum pipe connector to the vacuum pipe and to the vacuum outlet on the rear cylinder, dip in boiling water for a couple of minutes to make it more supple.

Routing of the oil feed should be clear from the following pictures….

A – two small holes drilled to allow use of a small tie wrap to secure the tube (I’ve retained this ‘guard’ even though I have a hugger installed.

B – A further hole drilled right in the corner of the ‘guard’.  Update – I’ve now cut a slit from the hole in the corner to the front of the guard so that it can be pulled off the oil line.

A – bracket fashioned out of a piece of aluminium has been slid between the swing arm and the lower swingarm chain guide and held by the fixing bolt for the guide.

B – a 20mm length of rubber hose tie wrapped to the bracket with the Scottoiler tube slid through this. The run of tube from this point to the dispenser mounted on the swingarm is short enough to be self supporting – just a little slack so it’s not stretched.

C – I’ve covered the clear oil tube in black heatshrink to protect it and make it more discreet.

I opted for the dual injector this time around which comes with a good mounting bracket which I’ve mounted to the underside of the swingarm. It’s fixed in place with two tiny grub screws after drilling two small (2mm) holes in the underside of the swingarm.  The kit comes with tie wraps and super glue but I don’t like the look of tie wraps round the swingarm (although a couple of large grey/silver ties are provided) and from past experience I know that gluing can be unreliable.

The injector tubes are trimmed and shaped (dip in boiling water and then hold to required shape while immersing in cold water) – I cut the ends so that their openings are almost parallel with the sprocket



Shaping and adjusting the length of the outer injector is straight forward enough but it’s a bit fiddly accessing the inner injector and the length and curve of this one is dictated by the tight clearance with the wheel hub.

One last photo showing the injector mounting under the swingarm.

And here’s a photo of someone’s single injector setup

Back from a blast on Sunday and notice something hanging from under the swingarm. Find it’s the oil feed to my Scottoiler……….but the dual injector unit is missing! Bit of a mess as well as oils been flying all over the underside of the swingarm – not the tyre fortunately
The dual injector unit is mounted on a post on the plastic arm you can just see in the photo below. The ‘post’ had snapped clean off…..may be as a result of flying debris/a stone, I don’t know. Phoned Scottoiler, spare parts available, Warranty department going to get back to me

And a reminder……if you mount the reservoir under the pillion seat make sure your tool kit and anything else under there can’t move around and hit the flow rate adjuster wheel. Soon after I had the SV I had a close call due to a well oiled rear tyre – my tool kit had been floating around and adjusted the flow rate on the Scottoiler reservoir to max!


I still think Scottoilers are a great bit of kit and well worth having – just check them over regularly!