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D. Read and Co

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Ready were motorcycles produced between 1920 and 1922 by D. Read and Company of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

1920 The first model appeared as conventional and semi-sporting. It had a 292cc sv JAP engine, Albion gearbox, chain-cum-belt transmission and Brampton Biflex forks.

1921 Further options were added: single speed; plus the choice of a Burman gearbox on the two-speed.

1922 The single-speed was dropped, a three-speed added, and they introduced a model with a 348cc sv Blackburne engine. These singles were supplemented with a flat-twin model powered by a 689cc sv Coventry-Victor engine in a duplex frame with extra down-tubes for added strength. All Ready motorcycles had a patented silencer. By the end of the year production had ceased.


  • Note: It is believed that there was a connection with Rebro at a later date.

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Sources of Information

  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X