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DOT 'Devoid of Trouble' Classic Motorcycles

DOT Classic Motorcycles

A brief history of DOT Motorcycles

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 world.

Bike Image Description
DOT Motor Truck 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 by
1924 DOT Bradshaw 1924 DOT Bradshaw
1950 DOT RS 1950 DOT RS
1953 DOT TDHX4 1953 DOT TDHX4
1953 DOT Trials DOT Trials 197cc villiers engine.
1956 DOT Green, 197cc 1956 DOT Green, 197cc
1956 DOT Mancunian 1956 DOT Mancunian Image provided by
1959 DOT 250 SCH Twin 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 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 1960 DOT Demon Scrambler
1962 DOT SCH Scrambler DOT SCH Scrambler  
1965 DOT White Strength 250 DOT White Strength 250 Originally supplied by dealer Eric Housley , High St , Clay Cross - Frame No : DR 1002.
1966 DOT Square Frame 1966 DOT Square Frame

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