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Howard Scott started with motorcycles when he was 10, was given a Yamaha YB50 in pieces, rebuilt it and converted it into a scrambler – this was the start of a motorcycle customizing, modifying and riding life.
We first started making adventure motorcycle accessories in 2006 — we were then TrTec Engineering, manufacturing the Backdraft Roadster, a Cobra V8 replica! On our way to the 2006 BMW GS Challenge (see photo below) the bikes were loaded; this led to the design of Top Racks, Pannier Racks and Bags and so it started. From this, Scott Adventure was born in 2014. We try and make practical important parts for most of the new bikes and we cover popular old bikes such as the KLR & DR650’s. Always willing to make one-off parts or prototypes.
At Scott Adventure we have extensive design, fabrication and motorcycle knowledge gathered over the years in both manufacturing and riding. Scott also completed the BMW Adventure Rider Instructors course in 2008 and currently holds Rider Training on the Estate!
Durban 2 Dublin – 2009 was an adventure as well as an excellent platform to develop and test our earlier products.
Read: Durban to Dublin
We do regular tours in South Africa and our neighbouring countries to update, create new and test our products.
Founder & Adventurer
The journey that started Scott Adventure in 2006.
All our products, such as Crash bars are thoughtfully designed with many years’ experience behind the design. The bars are prototyped on the bike and checked for fit and function, from here a jig is made which is the pattern for the production bars!
No welding is ever done on the bike, we have an amazing array of clamping mechanisms to fasten the prototype bars in place. From here they are tacked together in the welding shop, then refitted to the bike and so the prototype is pieced together.
We have almost perfected our luggage handling designs and they, like all our products are under constant design change and improvement – it can always be better.
Our steelwork is all Tig welded on a dedicated jig, this ensures perfect alignment every time, after welding the parts are fitted and checked for fit and weld quality. The parts are then Aluminium Oxide blasted, followed by an epoxy powder coat – black. Custom colours are available for all our products as well.
Howard was introduced to Short Two-finger levers by Jan “Staal” du Toit during adventure rider training. These two-finger levers have become a must-have for adventure motorcycles. The benefit they provide for rough, difficult terrain riding is worth an extra pair of hands.
Machined from billet aircraft grade aluminium with an iridized finish for improved rider experience.
The wider and lower adventure footpeg is another spin-off from Adventure Rider Training.
The ADV X-PEG, as they are known, have evolved over the years and had many design changes since our first pegs in 2008.
The pegs are fabricated from stainless steel, tig welded, shot blasted and electropolished.
Xplor bags since 2006. “How Scott Adventure started”. We had many miles and countries to discover and not much in the way of Motorcycle Adventure luggage. Xplor bags were designed and made to fill this gap. We used Xplor bags on the “Durban to Dublin” Adventure in 2009.
Xplor bags are made alongside military bags and webbing, to the same military specs.
South Africa waited for the T7 for almost two years, it arrived in November 2020. Scott Adventure managed to get one right away from Chris Malan at Ekerold Yamaha in Pietermaritzburg.
The design work started immediately, we started with the crash bars as can be seen in the pic, first off lots of thinking, then layout with tape followed by pre-bent pipe clamped in place. This fragile fabrication then gets a purpose-made jig followed by the real thing .... leading to production. As of February 2021, we have completed the following products for this awesome machine, crash bars, tail tidy, footpeg extension, seat mod, pannier racks. There are many other parts in the pre-production phase.