In the early 1970s,
George Silk, a former Scott apprentice, developed
a roadster based on the familiar water-cooled
two-stroke parallel twin format. The Silk 700S
used a 653cc engine that produced 47bhp, housed
in a tubular steel frame made by Spondon engineering.
Although top speed was only 110mph (177kph)
the Silk was smooth, light and handled well.
Small production levels led to high prices and
problems with suppliers, however, and the last
bikes were built in 1979.
|1978 Silk 700s
|1979 Silk 700s
The Derby built Silk 700S was produced
in limited numbers from 1975 until 1979.
Conceived by former Scott apprentice and
lifelong enthusiast George Silk the machines
origins clearly lay in the Shipley product.
The twin cylinder liquid cooled two-stroke
produced approximately 47bhp which combined
with the models low weight resulted in
The frame was the work of the Spondon
concern as were the heavyweight forks,
endowing it with handling of the highest
quality whilst top line AP Lockheed brakes
ensured that the motorcycle could be retarded
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