REC VIRTUAL RALLY 2020


RIDE OUTS

Socially exercise your bike!

Pictures with a tale...

We have many Rudge owners in the South West who also own various makes, especially Vincents, so when John invited me for a socially distant get together in Exeter I forgot which bike he said to bring.

My '39 Ulster was in need of some exercise so after a fluids top up, a quick fork grease , plug and magneto gap and points polish and tyre pressure check off I went. These days I don't take any tools just a mobile phone. The bike seems to appreciate travelling lighter!!

I live near Cheddar in Somerset so decided the old A38 would be the way, via Taunton.

Just before Taunton the planning Dept. have allowed a sprawling housing estate to be built in the middle of the main A38 or so it seemed. Suddenly there were little roundabouts and a bright red road section with more traffic calming measures than would fit the highway code. Then frighteningly, just above my head, was a sign stating `Bus lane cameras`. I later realised as i gaily pootled along the old A38 I had missed the housing estate detour which I mistook for a trading estate entrance and now takes you on a 1 1/2 mile detour around the 100 yds housing system which is the old A38 now fed by a cycle path and bus lane. I did see a sign with a bus and a motorbike on it so maybe bikes are allowed down 'de red rd'. Anyway 14 days have passed and no Notice of Intended Prosecution has arrived. There were no buses anyway due to covid... or any bicycles.

A quick stop in Taunton for a socially distant glass of 'cordial' with a good friend and then off toward Exeter.

My invited destination was the garden of a fellow Member who has several makes of machines including Rudges and a Vincent.

A small gathering ensued with superb socially distanced victuals and a masked chat and then for me off down the south coast road to Lyme Regis for afternoon tea with my brother in his garden.

I then had about 80 cross country miles to do through the Devon / Dorset borders and back across the Somerset levels via Chard, Langport and Glastonbury back to Cheddar.

Extra mileage was incurred by virtue of a diversion due to the weekend 'hole in the road men' who delight in diversions taking you after 15 miles back to the start of the Diversion. I ended up at HMS Heron, an old wartime aerodrome near Ilminster used by the Fleet Air Arm at Yeovilton as a satellite training base for practising autorotations and things with expensive helicopters.

I had a great day. 177 miles still with 1/2 gallon of petrol left in the tank.

So as well as super day it was a cheap one as well !!

Just for fun there is one taken in 1973 on my other Ulster. I bought that in 1963 for 4 pounds 10 shillings real money. I still have it and hope to give it a spruce up this winter. Needs a replacement head as several cracks in it and a burnt ex valve. Rode it everyday from 16 to 21 years. It did work for its living though. It has one of those pistons Dave Mac wrote about in the latest mag. It went like the clappers but so much of the piston has been filed away you don't need a feeler gauge to check the clearance just a finger !

 All the best, Andy

Member since 1964

^ Thanks to Andy for these pictures of his bike.

Join the Rudge Enthusiasts Club

New RudgeSpares - Forum - Technical Drawings - Archive information - Library books - Spares lists - Technical advice

Become part of this active and supportive Club today! From only £21 you can join us and the fantastic support offered as a Member.

Join the Rudge Enthusiasts Club

New RudgeSpares - Forum - Technical Drawings - Archive information - Library books - Spares lists - Technical advice

Become part of this active and supportive Club today! From only £21 you can join us and the fantastic support offered as a Member.

Rudge Enthusiasts Club

Copyright © 2021 The Rudge Enthusiasts Club Ltd. Developed by Woodlands Design


Top