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Dreadnought Motorcycles

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Dreadnought was a motorcycle produced circa 1902.

The name was used on a special built by Harold Karslake, which had a 402cc De Dion engine and twin exhaust pipes from its single valve, and that varied over the years.

Motorcycle '...built in 1902, by Mr. Harold Karslake, himself a well-known rider in reliability trials, who has twice won medals with the machine — a Dreadnought — on the London to Edinburgh and back trial. Mr. Karslake is better known, however, to the younger generation of motor-cyclists, and to the racing fraternity, the fact that he is the timekeeper at Trent-lane, during the dirt-track season.'[1]

Having survived the test of time, the machine is now owned by the Vintage Motor Cycle Club.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Nottingham Journal - Tuesday 11 February 1930

The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X