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READING STANDARD 1200 CC FLATHEAD - POA

READING STANDARD 1200 CC FLATHEAD - POA for Sale on Classic & Race Bike

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Make: READING STANDARD
Model: 1200 CC FLATHEAD
Engine Category: 1200cc

Year: 1922
Price: POA
Mileage: Contact
Colour: Contact

Date Added: 28 January 2015
Location: , Belgium
READING STANDARD 1200 CC FLATHEAD - POA For Sale on Classic & Race Bike
READING STANDARD 1200 CC FLATHEAD - POA For Sale on Classic & Race Bike
READING STANDARD 1200 CC FLATHEAD - POA For Sale on Classic & Race Bike
READING STANDARD 1200 CC FLATHEAD - POA For Sale on Classic & Race Bike
READING STANDARD 1200 CC FLATHEAD - POA For Sale on Classic & Race Bike
READING STANDARD 1200 CC FLATHEAD - POA For Sale on Classic & Race Bike
READING STANDARD 1200 CC FLATHEAD - POA For Sale on Classic & Race Bike
READING STANDARD 1200 CC FLATHEAD - POA For Sale on Classic & Race Bike
READING STANDARD 1200 CC FLATHEAD - POA For Sale on Classic & Race Bike

Bike Details

Manufacturer: READING STANDARD
Model: 1200 cc FLATHEAD
Year: 1922
Engine Size: 1200 cc
Cylinders: 2
Price: PAO The Reading Standard brand first appeared IN 1903. Those first bikes were basically Indian clones with Thor engines. They put out more motorcycles than Harley-Davidson and Indian . In 1906 they started building their own one-cylinder engines. These were the first flathead motorcycle engines offered by an American manufacturer. The company slogan "Built and Tested in the Mountains" was adopted when a Reading Standard motorcycle was the first motorized vehicle to climb Pike's Peak.1907 — Reading Standard began racing. That same year they won their first 1,000-mile endurance race.1908 — The first Reading Standard V-twin came out in the 1908 models. The first V-twins had conventional F-head configurations — overhead intake valve and side exhaust valve. What was really weird was the valve positions: the front cylinder had the valves on the left side, while the rear cylinder had the valves on the right side. These engines had 722 cc (44 cubic inches) displacement.1910 — Reading Standard got out of the racing business and began to direct their attention to retail sales.1913 — I've been unable to determine exactly what year the changes took place, but by 1913 the engines had grown to 990 cc (60 cubic inches). The bigger V-twins were flatheads. Some of the later models displaced 1180 cc (72 cubic inches).1922 — Reading Standard sold out to the Cleveland Motorcycle Company.1924 — The Cleveland Motorcycle Company itself went up for sale and the Reading Standard name disappeared forever.
The Reading standard offered here is one of the last produced; With it's 1200 cc flathead engine, Boshmagneto ignition and full electrical lighting system is was state of the art in the early 20ies; This historical vehicle is in unrestored original condition and starts and runs. The fuel tank has been reproduced but the original comes with the bike.

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