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Dedics Motorcycles

Ferenc Dedics (1873-1929) and his brother Kalman were trained as blacksmiths. They spent their apprenticeship in Germany where they worked at various automobile manufacturers. They returned to Hungary in 1903 and opened a workshop in Budapest. In addition to repairwork, they also built their own stationary engines and assembled motorcycles. At the 3rd Budapest International Exhibition held in 1906 they exhibited several of their motorcycles, and received a silver jury prize.

In 1907 the Dedics workshop wanted to expand. From the application form for a state grant it is known that by that time they employed a staff of 16 workers. Later on they moved to larger premises, but focused their activities solely on repairs.

Contemporary sources mention single cylinder, air-cooled 2 ½ and 2 ¾ hp motorcycles. Though early statistics have been lost, in 1930 there were still 8 Dedics motorcycles extant, which indicates that more than a dozen were built.

Between 1909 and 1913 the firm was also involved with aviation, and Dedic engines were used in aircraft which flew to Moscow.

Sources: Pal Negyesi, vox.co.at

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