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Capacity : 175
Model : Sport
Production : 1928 -
Category : (R) Street Bike

AKD (Abongdon King Dick)

175 Sport -1928

The King of the Lightweights

In 1926, AKD - Abingdon King Dick - succeeded Abingdon, which had been making motorcycles since 1903, using engines by MMC, Minerva and Fafnir as well as its own engines ranging from a 350 single to an 800cc twin.

Swiss Engine

AKD, which already built the Swiss Moser engine under license, rejoined the ranks of motorcycle manufacturers in 1928 by fitting this power unit in a frame of its own design. The firm ended motorcycle production in 1933 but still makes hand tools in Birmingham.

Modern Design

This lightweight four-stroke was unusual at a time when this displacement consisted mainly of cheaply-made utility bikes and was available in three versions, Standard, Deluxe (with leg guards) and Sport (with twin exhaust ports). It was a very modem little bike with its overhead-valve engine, and its makers promoted it in their literature as the "King of the Lightweights." The special frame gave a very low saddle height, with twin top tubes linking the bolted-up steering head to the rear wheel spindle. The Moser engine, made at St. Aubin (Switzerland), enjoyed a sound reputation in its day for its sports successes and was fitted by many makers, such as Radior of France. It was notable for its outside inertia flywheel and its distinctive valve gear-the single camshaft and pushrods were behind the cylinder.


Engine: 172 cc (60x6lmm) license-built Moser air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke; total-loss lubrication; magneto ignition

Power Rating: 3 hp@ 5500 rpm

Valves: overhead

Fuel System: carburettor

Transmission: Albion 3-speed, chain final drive

Suspension: Brampton girder forks (front); rigid (rear)

Brakes: drum (front & rear)

Wheels: 2.75x19 inch (front & rear)

Maximum Speed: 65 mph

As British as its bulldog badge, the AKD was built by the manufacturer of the famous "King Dick" adjustable spanners.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
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