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Capacity : 125
Model : Scout
Production : 1974 -
Category : (Off-Road) Trial


125 Trials - 1974

An off-road special

The British motorcycle industry was in a deep crisis during the 1970s. Not only were great companies like BSA struggling to carry on with a handful of models in production, but also others, like Matchless, Ariel and Royal Enfield, had vanished one by one. But a country with motorcycling in its blood doesn't give up that easily. Many small manufacturers took up the challenge, concentrating on tightly-defined niche sectors. Among them was Dalesman.

American Capital, Austrian Power

This firm from Yorkshire first saw the light of day in 1969, thanks to American capital. Motorcycling was booming in the US at that time, yet there were still many sectors where the Japanese were poorly represented and there were places remaining at the table.

Only the Best Was Good Enough

That's why right from the start Dalesman specialized in trials, enduro and motocross models, initially using Puch 100 to 125cc engines. Their design was orthodox and the finish was impeccable: The frame was made in Reynolds 531 chrome-molybdenum alloy, the ultimate steel tubing. The model illustrated is the Trials version of 1974 equipped with a German Sachs engine, which the company was fitting concurrently with the Puch. Maybe the Dalesman lacked sufficient personality, but the marque died young, unable to withstand the onslaught from the Spanish, Austrian and – above all – Japanese makers.


Engine: 124cc (54x54mm) air-cooled Sachs single-cylinder

Valves: two-stroke

Fuel System: Bing 24mm carburetor

Transmission: 6-speed, chain final drive

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); swing arm (rear)

Brakes: 4 inch drum (front); 5.5 inch drum (rear)

Wheels: 2.75x21 inch (front); 4.00x18 inch (rear)

Weight: 170 lb

The Dalesman was beautifully finished, with a double-cradle frame in Reynolds 531 tubing, but it lacked the personality to survive against fierce competition.

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.

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