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R. L. Jackson

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Jackson were motorcycles produced from 1919 to 1920, initially by Jackson Car Manufacturing Co (R. L. Jackson) of Pangbourne, Berkshire, and later in Birmingham, under a different name (see below).

Robert Reynold Jackson had been involved with the motor industry since the end of the late 1800s. After the end of World War I, he realised that there was a wide market for comfortable, two-wheeled machines that could carry two people.

The early scooter boom had been short-lived, but Jackson enjoyed some success with his design. He produced a model with tandem seating on a sprung platform, a duplex tube frame and a 292cc Union two-stroke engine with two-speed gear and sprung forks.

To begin with it was made by his company in Berkshire, but was later developed and improved by A. W. Wall of Birmingham, who sold it under the name of Reynolds Runabout

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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