Tuesday, October 1, 2019
One day in the late seventies, a friend Kevan was driving his van near Kingston, Ontario when he happened upon a motorcycle stopped with a flat tire beside the road. It turned out to be a very rare Silk with its new owners. Apparently the suspension was not designed for two up riding and a bolt had torn a hole in the rear tire. Kevan being the guy he is, loaded up the bike and passengers and drove them to home to Ottawa, about a two hour drive each way. The motorcycle had been owned by Tom Reidel, a local legend, who had sold it on. That was my first contact with a Silk and being a two stroke guy, I was intrigued.
In the late sixties, George Silk, a Scott enthusiast and machinist built a Scott-powered racer in a Spondon frame which was the base of a roadgoing version which became the Silk. After not being able to reach terms with the owner of the Scott name, he designed his own two stroke twin based heavily on the then seventy-year-old Scott engine. Each bike was hand built and expensive- eventually about 140 were built before the plug was pulled.
I have to wonder how many are around now, and where the Tom Reidel bike went.