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Dreng and Co

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Despatch-Rider were motorcycles produced from 1915 to 1917, by Dreng and Co of Fern Road, Erdington, Birmingham.

The machines were built to serve the army in France and also for use on other war fronts where the motorcycle was an essential link in the communication chain. The machines were very simple and were fitted with either the 210cc Peco or 269cc Villiers two-stroke engine and direct-belt drive. Both ladies’ and gents’ versions were produced, fitted with Druid, Saxon or Brampton forks, as available. To suit the needs of war, they could be used and disposed of, as necessary.

Dreng was a motorcycle built from 1915 to 1917.

The Dreng machine had a 211cc two-stroke engine and went by the name of Despatch Rider. The carburettor was either Amac or B and B; magneto Dixie or Ericsson and forks Brampton, Druid or Saxon. Drive was by direct-belt and the finish was in service khaki. The name remained until 1917.

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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