Abingdon Motorcycles

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 single cylinder motorcycles until 1933, when they concentrated on "King Dick" mechanics tools.[1]

Abingdon Motorcycles
FateCeased motorcycle production
SuccessorAKD (Abingdon King Dick)
Defunct1925 (AKD 1933)
ProductsMotorcycles, mechanics tools and chains


The tool and chain manufacturers Abingdon Engineering was founded in 1856 and started making motorcycles in 1903,[1] when the industry was still very new, with engines from a number of manufacturers before the company developed their own Abingdon four-stroke 350 cc single and 794 cc V-twin engines,[2] which were used by Ariel and Invicta. Much of the production was exported to the Commonwealth countries.[3] One innovation introduced by Abingdon was 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.[1]

The First World War halted production but they continued in 1919 with the V-twin and 499 cc and 623 cc single cylinder motorcycles.[2]

The company was renamed AKD (Abingdon King Dick) in 1926 and concentrated production on 147cc to 346cc single cylinder motorcycles until 1933, when they decided to concentrate on their successful range of "King Dick" mechanics' tools.[1]

King Dick tools

The Abingdon King Dick tool company still exists, and sponsors the Castrol-Honda British Supersport Motorcycle squad.[4] The company still manufactures its range of King Dick brand mechanics tools in the UK.


  1. "Abingdon King Dick". Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  2. "Abingdon". Archived from the original on 11 December 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  3. "Abingdon & AKD Motorcycles". Archived from the original on 18 December 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  4. "King Dick Tools". Retrieved 29 November 2008.

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