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D. Read and Co
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 BramptonBiflex 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 downtubes for added strength. All Ready
motorcycles had a patented silencer. By the end of the year production
Note: It is believed that there was a connection with Rebro
at a later date.