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Scottoiler Chain Oiler eSystem Review

Scottoiler Chain Oiler eSystem

Scottoiler Chain Oiler eSystem

Joe Michaud
April 3, 2013
Filed under Gear, Motorcycle Gear Reviews, Motorcycle Parts + Accessories + Luggage: Reviews

All chain-oiling systems promise to extend chain life and lessen maintenance. They all have their own interpretation of how to best accomplish this enviable task cleanly enough to improve upon the manual procedure. I once tested five systems of varying complication over a five-month period; hands down, the best one was the Scottoiler (produced in Scotland). And now Scottoiler has improved that original eSystem.

The new version continues the accelerometer metering that made the original eSystem so trick. No vacuum plumbing, no manual power up, no gravity feed, no oiling at idle. Essentially, the folks from Glasgow made their system intelligent. The self-starting electronic pump pushes oil only when it knows the bike is moving. No drool. It’s an elegant solution to controlling oil dispensation and is unique to Scottoiler. The accelerometer is now digital, which uses less power and allows more sophisticated control. In standby, the unit uses less than 400 microamps; under way, it uses approximately 3 milliamps and a bit more when the pump activates. No reason to worry about battery drain.

Scottoiler Chain Oiler eSystem

Scottoiler Chain Oiler eSystem

A new feature is a threshold adjustment that allows the rider to set when the system begins to supply oil. A normal setting initiates oil supply at 20-30 mph, although riders can now change the distribution threshold to suit their needs. This saves oil, adding a finer control over extra oiling and delays oiling in stop-and-go traffic. The display unit has been upgraded to automotive standards and is resistant to UV. Scottoiler has added a clock and a Fahrenheit thermometer to the display that augments the oil supply data and the G-meter.

Installation of the eSystem is the simplest of any oiler I’ve used. Attach the ringed wiring to the battery, route the display unit to a convenient area, and stash the reservoir electronic pump practically anywhere. Plumbing to the sprocket and dispenser assembly is unobtrusive. The kit comes with an assortment of universal mounting tabs, brackets, sticky-backed hook and loop, zip-ties and adhesive patches that should suit any motorcycle.

Scottoiler Chain Oiler eSystem

Scottoiler Chain Oiler eSystem

Programming the system is intuitive and well explained. Calibration is done with the bike upright and engine off. The system learns this static position and compares it to the accelerometer data when moving, then dispenses the proprietary oil at a preset rate. Mine is set for one drop per 60 seconds. If rain ensues, the rate can be altered quickly from the small control unit. Sweet. I used the single emitter as supplied; a double-sided one can also be had.

With the fine-tuning allowed by the pump timing, mess is controlled. A certain amount of fling-off is considered beneficial since it removes the debris that can quickly morph into grinding paste, but even that small amount can be eliminated if desired. I set mine to shed a small bit; our local roads are dusty and dry. You can dial in any amount you feel necessary.

As always, use care when installing any modifications on your bike. Installation is very easy, but chains and sprockets are unforgiving primitive mechanisms that can bite you or alter the safe rideability of your machine. Be aware of common sense details.

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(This Gearlab item was published in the April 2013 issue of Rider magazine.)

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4 Responses to “Scottoiler Chain Oiler eSystem Review”

  1. Ron Segal on December 21st, 2013 7:11 pm

    When it works its great.

    However, I’ve had two control units die on me, both due to water ingress into the housing causing the wafer switch buttons to fail.

    Scottoiler replaced the first unit. So I thought they would have cured the problem, but no, despite trying to be more careful with the second unit, e.g. protecting it when washing the bike.

    Also, the replacement unit suffered from another problem, intermittently resetting, and particularly on engine start-up. I thought this might be something to do with the new HID system that I’d installed, but after reviving the original unit (see below) that problem has gone. Because others seem to have experienced a similar problem my guess is that it is either a design or component issue.

    See Electronic Scottoiler revival

    Best wishes



  2. Andrew Garfirth on August 18th, 2014 2:25 pm

    I have esystem scottoiler which has started to play up it wont let me change the settings and just keeps going through all menus can anyone help


  3. Dave on May 25th, 2015 2:10 pm

    Same here. Any help?
    I can’t get it to calibration mode or set oil level. It thinks it’s empty. I can only set the drop interval. No clock, nothing


  4. Ron Segal on May 26th, 2015 2:48 pm

    Dave, annoying to say the least, with an expensive and important bit of kit.
    If its still within the warranty period Scottoiler may swap it. In any case they are generally helpful in getting their equipment back up and running.
    Good luck. Cheers Ron


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