Silk were motorcycles produced from 1975 to 1979 at Darley
in Derby by George Silk.
Small company started by racer/builder George Silk and
Patey, in 1970,
George Silk was a Scott
enthusiast who went on to build the Scott Silk Special
use in 1972. This machine was greatly modified and fitted
together a Scott
a combination that worked well.
Following on came the Derby-built Silk700S, an
of the Scott
that was light and
easy to handle, and fitted with the 653cc Silk engine, a
twin-cylinder two-stroke with the block inclined forward. Inside
all new, with a full crankshaft supported on bearings either
side of each
pair of flywheels, with a horizontally split crankcase. The
gearbox bolted to the back of the crankcase and the whole was
give a smooth, light and economical machine.
A production racing version was also listed for a couple of
was fitted with a racing fairing and had a tuned engine.
Improvements were made as necessary and a Mk II was
cooling fins on the cylinder block. A compact 326cc air-cooled
was also built. It had a four-speed gearbox with a choice of
with the mechanics suspended from a monocoque spine frame and
1976 Thirty machines built.
Production stopped in 1979. Less than 150 of the 700S
had ever been
produced, but as a special, it had always appealed to Scott