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Capacity : 500
Model : twin Monobloc
Production : 1930 - 1938
Category : (R) Street Bike


500cc Twin - 1930

The motorcycle for the masses

According to comments attributed to the French builder Henri Dresch, the motorcycle "is a useful, reliable means of transport, very different from these sporty toys... It isn't a luxury item for the idle rich, but is essentially democratic”. He said that before the outbreak of World War II.

Motorcycles for the Masses

Chasing these admirable principles, Dresch created his own marque in 1928, dedicated to motorcycles for the masses, with low prices achieved through large-scale production. They were an instant success, and the company enjoyed great popularity until 1940. But war came, and the last 500cc Dresch bikes left the factory painted khaki and fitted with armor-plating!

Pressed-Steel Frames

With the launch of its 500 twin at the 1930 Paris Salon, supported by 250cc and 350cc singles, Dresch was already into its third generation of designs; pressed-steel frames were standardized across the range and quickly became highly coveted. Unit-constructed engines and gearboxes drove the rear wheel by shaft. The 500 had two cylinders in line, and the first models had side-valves, with an overhead-valve sport version appearing two years later (sales were conservative). Selling for the equivalent of $1,040 (including insurance!), the 500 Dresch twin was cheaper than many single-cylinder machines. And it didn't skimp on equipment! R had leaf-spring handlebars, electric lighting, a horn, a my-counter, an 8-day clock, and an ammeter on an instrument panel set into the top of the tank.


Engine: 495cc twin-cylinder four-stroke

Power Ratio: 5hp

Valves: side valves

Fuel System: Cozette carburetor

Transmission: 3-speed and shaft final drive

Suspension: (front) pressed steel girder forks; (rear) rigid

Brakes: (front) drum; (rear) transmission

Wheels: 19 in wire

Weight: 310 lb

Maximum Speed: 75 mph

Available in red lined in black or midnight blue lined in white, the Dresch 500 was originally equipped with a splendid fishtail exhaust.

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.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.