H. Reed and Co.
Two examples of the Dot motor cycles, which hail from Manchester. Both complete machines on the stand are fitted with 5 1/2 h.p. twin-cylinder Peugeot engines. Brown and Barlow carburetter, and belt transmission. The frames are unusually low, well under 30in. from top of saddle to the ground. The tanks are circular with a torpedo front, and the complete machines look very smart indeed, although occupying rather a bad position in the Arcade entrance, where prospective buyers are not tempted to linger in the somewhat strong air currents prevalent in this portion of the building.
Post Great War. A small range appeared comprising a single and two twins.
1923 The JAP-powered models were joined by a model fitted with the 348cc oil-cooled ohv Bradshaw engine.
British Engine Builder
Fitted to numerous British and European motorcycles.
1924 The range expanded still further with the addition of a model fitted with the same size Blackburne engine, one with an ohv JAP V-twin engine and another with a similar Anzani. Harry Reed came second in the Sidecar TT.
1924 Motorcycle. Exhibit at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry.
1925 The range shrank to three 350cc models.
1926 The range remained the same until Harry Reed left the firm that year, at the age of fifty. It then passed to new owners who expanded the range.
1927 The range expanded still further with the introduction of several two-strokes of different capacity that ran alongside the various four-strokes.
1928-1932 The Depression years caused the range to shrink rapidly.
1928 Commenced using Villiers engines.
1932 Manufacture ceased after 1932 and the company changed hands yet again, when Bernard Wade took over.
Post World War II. The Dot name re-surfaced with the production of a three-wheeled motorcycle truck fitted with a 122cc Villiers engine.
1949 A single road model was launched. It was fitted with a 197cc Villiers engine unit and this spawned a series of mainly competition machines, with further road models following on.
1951 A new model appeared and this differed from all the previous ones as it had a 248cc Brockhouse sv engine.
1956 The Mancunian model was marketed. This had a Villiers 9E engine.
Note: After motorcycle production stopped, the firm continued their business by producing shock absorbers for cars and motorcycles under the Dot-Armstrong name.
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