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King Dick
« on: December 11, 2016, 07:09:24 pm »

1912 Abingdon King Dick 350cc single.

Here’s a rare bird with a story behind the amusing name.  This old flat tanker would be worth owning just so you could ask girls, “Want to go for a ride on my King Dick...?”

Abingdon Motorcycles was a British motorcycle manufacturer in Tyseley, Birmingham between 1903 and 1925. It was renamed AKD (Abingdon King Dick) in 1926 and produced motorcycles until 1933, when they stopped bike manufacture to concentrate on their core tool business.

The tool and chain manufacturers Abingdon Engineering was founded in 1856 and introduced their line of “King Dick” mechanics tools which were pretty successful.  Seeing an opportunity in the new motor trade around the turn of the last century they capitalized on the firms tool making and engineering background and started making motorcycles in 1903.  At first, the new company used engines from a number of manufacturers before the company developed their own Abingdon four-stroke 350cc single and 794cc V-twin engines. These new engines, besides being used by Abingdon were also sold to Ariel and Invicta to be used in those firm’s bikes. Much of Abingdon’s motorcycle production was exported to Commonwealth countries throughout the Empire.  The firm used it’s engineering skills to produce technically advanced bikes for the era.  The 3 1/2 single used a push rod actuated exhaust valve instead of the then conventional atmospheric valve and this model, introduced in 1910, also introduced the first telescopic shock absorber. Motorcycles of the day often had no front suspension or some form of springs, but Abingdon devised the "Abingdon Spring Fork", a coil sprung, telescopic shock absorber which helped sales in the colonies which had fewer paved roads than Europe.  Motorcycle production stopped during World War I but resumed in 1919 with the V-twin and 499cc and 623cc single cylinder motorcycles.

The company was renamed AKD (Abingdon King Dick) in 1926 and concentrated production on 147cc to 346cc single cylinder motorcycles until 1932, when the demand for new bikes dropped almost completely due to the Depression.  The firm then decided to stop motorcycle production to concentrate on their successful range of "King Dick" mechanics' tools.



King Dick tools

With the closure of BSA in 1975 Abingdon King Dick tool company became to last of the approximately 100 firms in the Birmingham area which made motorcycles before World War I to still exist.  They still do and still make “King Dick” tools which continue to sell in spite of competition from low priced tools from Asia.  The firm continues to have a motorcycle connection by sponsoring the Castrol-Honda British Supersport Motorcycle squad.

BTW:  The tools are pretty well made if a bit antique in appearance.  I have at least one “King Dick” adjustable spanner in my tool box somewhere.  When I find a stuck nut on a bike I sometimes threaten it:  “Don’t make me get my 15 inch King Dick out!”



15" King Dick spanner
« Last Edit: December 11, 2016, 10:48:17 pm by Chris »
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Re: King Dick
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2016, 07:36:14 pm »
 :21 Interesting read.Nice bike.
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Re: King Dick
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2016, 07:43:31 pm »
Go on, pull the other one. .
What does "riding season" mean?

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Re: King Dick
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2016, 07:53:35 pm »
That's one way to get an Admins attention. Thought we'd let a spammer through until I saw the poster.

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Re: King Dick
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2016, 08:57:30 pm »
Yes at one time when you used the name Dick (you got wewe printed).  >:D
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Re: King Dick
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2016, 11:24:43 pm »
Go on, pull the other one. .

You'll be a believer when I show you my big King Dick spanner!   ;D
« Last Edit: December 11, 2016, 11:27:59 pm by Chris »
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Re: King Dick
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2016, 11:27:02 pm »



Check out the King Dick website to see the amazing assortment of King Dick socketry and the range of open and ring podgers, even in rare Whitworth sizes, in the tethered tools section.

Plainly, in any situation calling for your very best performance you’re better off with a King Dick to work with.


PS:  The Live Line tools are pretty cool too!
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Re: King Dick
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2016, 06:47:59 pm »
Yes at one time when you used the name Dick (you got wewe printed).  >:D

I toned down the censorship significantly. We're adults here. More or less...
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Re: King Dick
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2016, 07:41:13 am »
We're adults here.

This may be the funniest thing i have ever read on the interwebs. . .
What does "riding season" mean?

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Re: King Dick
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2016, 01:37:45 pm »
I toned down the censorship significantly. We're adults here. More or less...


 :lol
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