Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Dresda

From Graces Guide

Dresda motorcycles have been in production since 1961.

  • 1965 A major boost came when Dave Degens and Rex Butcher used one to win the very demanding 24-hour Barcelona endurance. The machine had been de-tuned for greater stability.
  • 1967 A link was forged with the Rickman brothers to produce the Dresda Métisse, using the brothers' frame and a tuned Triumph engine for road racing. Tuning was also done at the shop where they made and sold custom parts as well.
  • 1970s During that decade Degens went on to other projects.
  • 1980s A classic revival saw the return of demand for the Triton, so Dresda reappeared and Degens raced again in classic events, proving himself to be as successful as ever.
  • As featherbed frames became harder to find, the Dresda frame was used for most of the later Tritons, but they also made replicas of those, on demand. Later he also used Suzuki 500cc twin and 750cc triple, and Honda 750cc quad engines.


Sources of Information

  • 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
  • [1] Dave Degens - Dresda Autos Website
  • [2] Ian Chadwick's motorcycle web site