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Make Delin
History          
Year 1899/1900
The Delin motorcycle was produced in Aken, Germany and assembled in Belgium. Imported into Rhodesia by Mr. Ernest South, a farmer and pioneer of mechanised equipment. The bike was used on his estate, Warwick Farm, north of Salisbury. It appears that the engine was later removed and converted into a compressor. Mr South died in 1965 and some years later the remains of the cycle were found under a farm workshop bench. The remains were passed onto Frank May who passed them onto Neil Smith who carried out the restoration. The engine is of De Dion pattern (built under license) and is stamped with the serial no. 11. The diamond pattern frame was reconstructed using BSA fittings and follows the orignal design as far as possible, the front forks are of slightly later design.
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References Bruce Buckley. Viv Westbury
 
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