Reading Standard motorcycles were manufactured in a facility on River Street in Reading, Pennsylvania, from 1903 to 1923. They were often advertised as “R-S” motorcycles.
The 1919 Reading Standard was built in the heyday of the factory, when it produced around 1,700 machines per year. It features the powerful 71 CI side-valve engine and 3-speed gearbox as standard, plus a full acetylene lighting system. This is an elegant and powerful motorcycle, a top-notch alternative to its rivals of the day, with advanced styling harkening to the future, and a very low saddle height created by curving the frame top tubes downward, giving the gas tank a hint of the streamlined craze to come in the 1920’s. This is a rare and beautiful motorcycle that has just been given a complete concours restoration. This particular motorcycle was found at a Swap meet in davenport Iowa in the early 80’s and placed in storage waiting its turn for a proper restoration. Engine and framework completed by Johnny Eagles and Richard Morris. Quality paint prep, correct knuckle plating allows this to stand in full glory as it appeared in 1919.
MILEAGE: Zero miles on this newly completed restoration.
PAINT: Correct paint color for a Reading standard, Slyvan Green, properly prepped and applied. Correct pinstriping highlights the beauty if the motorcycle.
SHEET METAL: Original sheet metal from the factory remains in excellent shape. It is well fit, no dings , dents or repairs noted.
CHROME: Applied chrome during the restoration of is in excellent shape with a great sheen.
MECHANICAL: This motorcycle was built by the famous early American Motorcycle mechanic, Johnny Eagles, in 2018 and it is in excellent tune. Easy start and smooth through the gears.
WHEELS & TIRES:
Rims: Correct safety rims painted steel with painted nipples and spokes
Front Tire: Firestone 28 X 3 Non Skid tread.
Rear Tire: Firestone 28 X 3 Non Skid tread.
TITLE: Clear California Title in process
Engine # 22-845
Frame # M/A
VIN # 22-845
NADA: This band is not listed in the value guide.
Hagerty Value Guide: This brand is not listed in the value guide
Mecum Auctions: 1916 sold $85,000 https://www.mecum.com/lots/LV0117-280929/1916-reading-standard/
ACCESSORIES: As pictured on the bike