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Empress

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1. Empress was a motorcycle produced in 1900.

Very little is known about this early machine, but an Empress tricycle, ridden by H. Ashby, took part in the Thousand Mile Trial that year. It was probably powered by a De Dion engine, or a copy, driving the rear axle.


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




2. Empress was a motorcycle produced in 1926, by Harry Reed at the Empress Brewery site, Manchester.

Harry Reed had left the Dot company he had founded and, having moved to the brewery site, he went on to produce the 'Harry Reed Empress'. It was similar in style to the NUT, but this short-lived project soon disappeared.


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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