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Douglas Dragonfly

1957 Douglas Dragonfly 350cc in black and silver.

This bike has been totally restored to every detail including new tyres and the whole frame has been re-powder coated.

Last owned for 30 years.

Comes with the original buff log book.

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1957 Douglas Dragonfly 350cc in black and silver.

This bike has been totally restored to every detail including new tyres and the whole frame has been re-powder coated.

Last owned for 30 years.

Comes with the original buff log book.

Part exchange welcome

Viewing by appointment only

Please call to arrange a test drive

HISTORY: Douglas & BMW Twins?
Douglas has been making fiat twins since 1907, but only hit on putting the engine across the frame in 1935, 12 years after BMW. They did so for the same reasons: to improve cooling and lower the centre of gravity. As with BMW, they ran a single-plate clutch behind the engine with a gear box at the back. Unlike BMW, however Douglas stuck with chain final drive, necessitating a power sapping 90-degree turn.
The dragonfly uses a single amal, sipping mixture through intake ducts cast into the crankcase. In the austerity of the mid-1950s fuel economy was everything. Earlier Douglas machines spawned several very capable off-road and road race versions - as BMW's twin did but with its heavy leasing link chassis the Dragonfly was a pure road machine.
Douglas planned to make a 500cc version: a prototype appeared in 1951. But financial crises kept the bigger Dragonfly on the drawing board. It was still there when the company finally folded in 1957.
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