From its foundation in 1894 the Rudge Whitworth company built a reputation for quality, reliability, sporting prowess and innovation with many patented ideas reaching the production machines.
The famous 'Multi' introduced in 1912 with its variable gear ratios quickly became a sought after machine breaking many records and providing the company with their first TT win in 1914.
1923 saw the introduction of an in-house manufactured 4-speed gear box and the first four valve cylinder head on a 350cc which produced more power than the 500cc it replaced!
Coupled brakes using a linking cable appeared in 1925 and remained a feature until production ceased. They were also noted for their massive 8" diameter brakes, which appeared for the first time in 1928.
The famous 'Ulster', which quickly became synonymous with the Rudge name, was introduced in 1929 following the Ulster Grand Prix win by Graham Walker at over 80 mph.
The Golden year of 1930 saw the junior TT 1, 2, 3 win using the newly untried fully radial 350cc 4 valve engines and the following year saw the first road machine with the fully radial valve layout. Another distinctive Rudge feature appeared in 1932, the much admired stand handle allowing the machine to be placed on the centre stand with 'just one finger'.
The 'semi-radial' aluminium bronze cylinder head appeared on a road machine in 1934 and development in this engine area continued resulting in full enclosure of the valve gear from 1937 onwards.
In the final year of manufacture in 1939, the cylinder head was cast from RR50 light alloy with iron valve seat inserts. Although production ceased in December 1939, affection for the Marque continues with some 1700 machines on the club register, which continues to grow year by year...
Need help to identify a Rudge machine and its completeness, or otherwise, to original specification - take a look through this year-by-year guide. Alongside this we have many experts in the Rudge Enthusiasts Club, so if you own a Rudge you will get some great support as a member.
Full floating sprocket adapter timing belt conversion for magneto drive 12 Volt 150 Watts dynamo and Halogen H4 light Hagon shock in the front fork
The first Englishman to exceed 200MPH on a motorcycle in May 1968
The Rudge Enthusiasts Club has an active Members Forum. It's a great place to ask for tips and advice for a project, arrange to meet up for a ride out or just socialising with fellow Rudge Enthusiasts!
The Club runs an online new spares store for Members which is growing all the time in its range of Rudge Spares. All spares are manufactured to a high specification and can be delivered worldwide.
Inside the Members area you will get access to search original Rudge factory technical drawings which are available to download in PDF format - essential for your restoration project.
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