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Dene

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Dene were motorcycles produced from 1903 to 1924 by J. R. Moore in Haymarket, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

1903 Having left the Jesmond Cycle Co, Moore then formed Dene and launched a machine using a 3.5hp Fafnir engine, Chater-Lea spring forks and direct-belt drive.

1906 Advancements were made and soon all-chain drive was in use, with a Dene two-speed counter-shaft gear working on the elliptical principle and with a clutch.

1908 A two-speed hub gear was patented.

1910 The machines had become typical of the era and were now fitted with Precision engines, belt drive and sprung forks. There was a gradual move from a three-speed rear hub to a two-speed gearbox. Singles and V-twins were built.

1914 A two-stroke was produced.

1915 There was some production that year but the First World War then brought manufacture to a halt.

1922 One model was listed. It had an 8hp JAP engine, three-speed Sturmey-Archer gearbox and all-chain drive.

1924 During that year production came to an end.

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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
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9