DOT 'Devoid of Trouble'
A brief history of DOT
A famous name in motorcycling,
Dot trace their roots to 1903 when Harry Reed
set up as a cycle builder in Salford. By 1906
Reed had built a motorcycle which he rode
to claim the World Championship for the Flying
Kilometre at Blackpool and in 1908 Reed won
the multi-cylinder class in the Isle of Man
TT on his Dot. Dot had many other competition
successes until motorcycle production ceased
temporarily in the early 1930's.
Under the new ownership of Burnard
Scott Wade and on the back of the commercial
success of 3-wheel cycle and motor delivery
trucks which he designed, Dot went back into
motorcycle production after WWII, developing
machines powered by Villiers Two Stroke engines.
Again Dot tasted racing glory
by winning the Manufacturer's Team Prize in
the 1951 Ultra-Lightweight TT but became more
famous for their range of lightweight Scrambles
and Trials bikes. Aggressively ridden these
superb handling Dot bikes beat machines 2
and 3 times their size from the major manufacturers
such as BSA, Matchless, Royal Enfield and
Triumph and lead to the lighter, more manoeuvrable
competition machines of today.
Dot effectively ceased production
in the 1960's although the company and factory
still exist, adjacent to the Mancunian Way/Chester
Road at Hulme in Manchester and still supply
spares and advice to Dot owners all over the
||DOT Motor Truck
||The Dot Cycle and Motor Manufacturing
Company were established in 1903 by Harry
Reed in Salford, Manchester. (UK). By 1906
the company produced motorcycles and up
until the early 1930's when they temporarily
ceased manufacturer, won many competitions.
After World War II and under new ownership
of Burnard Scott Wade, the company broke
into the 3-wheeled market. The Dot Motor
truck was essentially the rear half of a
Dot motorcycle with a modified front section.
The vehicle was powered by a 197cc Villiers
two-stroke engine that provided power to
the back wheel via a chain. The front of
the vehicle was modified in several ways
so that it provided various bodies that
made it a truck, ice cream van and motorised
rickshaw. The rickshaw featured a a large
body at the front that two passengers could
sit in with a large windscreen. Production
of the 3-wheelers ceased in the late 1950's
and the company ceased trading all together
in the 1960s. This picture was kindly provided
||1924 DOT Bradshaw
||1950 DOT RS
||1953 DOT TDHX4
|1953 DOT Trials
||197cc villiers engine.
||1954 DOT SDHX4P
||1956 DOT Green, 197cc
|1956 DOT Mancunian
||Image provided by www.dot-motorcycle-club.co.uk.
|1959 DOT 250 SCH Twin
|| Rare and original DOT 250 Twin Scrambler
and is one of only about fifty made by
DOT. Engine is a works tuned Villiers
250 2T twin.
|1959 DOT SCH
||Competition model with Villiers 32a
motor and 250cc nikasil plated alloy competition
barrel & filleted crankcase. Rear
subframe and swingarm upgraded to accommodate
wider 4x18 tyre.
|1960 DOT Demon Scrambler
|1962 DOT SCH Scrambler
||1965 DOT White Strength 250
||Originally supplied by dealer Eric Housley
, High St , Clay Cross - Frame No : DR 1002.
|1966 DOT Square Frame
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