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Rudge & Rudge Whitworth 

 
Motorcycles 1911 to 1946
1910 The company moved to the world of power. 
They developed a prototype with a 3.5hp, overhead inlet-valve engine. 
The biggest difference, in comparison with other manufacturers, 
a one-piece fork shackle that enclosed the single-spring assembly. 
They retained that design feature throughout their years of production.

 

Rudge Owners Club
Model TT 1911
1911 Rudge announced a variable gear in which both engine
and rear-wheel pulley flanges were moved.

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Model Multi TT
1912 The variable gear appeared on a model  known as the Rudge 'Multi'.

11  photo's
Model Multi 1924
which remained on their list for more than a decade
.

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Rapid
250cc


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'Dirt Track' built in 1928? 
- released 1929

11 photo's & link to video clip
Ulster


11 photo's & one video clip

1939 Service 250cc


6 photo's

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A Brief History According to Garysguide
Rudge motorcycles were produced from 1911 to 1946. The firm was known for its innovations in engine and transmission design, and its racing successes. Their sales motto was "Rudge it, do not trudge it."
1911 Rudge announced a variable gear in which both engine and rear-wheel pulley flanges were moved.
1912 The variable gear appeared on a model that was to be known as the Rudge 'Multi', which remained on their list for a decade.
1913 Little altered but a new model with a 749cc engine was produced. It was designed to take a sidecar and was available with the clutch or the 'Multi' gear.
1914 Cyril Pullin, riding a Rudge, won the Senior TT.
1915 Three models were listed, but the firm turned to war work and the production of motorcycles ceased.
1924 Trade had dwindled so the Rudge engine was revised.
1925 The range was available in 346cc and 499cc models. The 499cc was also available as a Sports version. They all had four speeds with coupled front and rear brakes - both operated by the foot pedal. The 346cc was soon found to be lacking in performance and was dropped.
1926 Only the 499cc model, in both versions, were produced.
1927 The two 499cc models were joined by a Special model.
1928 Rudge started using drum brakes. These were particularly necessary for sidecar use and even more so if the new Rudge caravan was towed. Saddle tanks also appeared that year; as did a new Speedway model for dirt-track racing.
1929 Following success at the Ulster Grand Prix, the all-new Rudge 'Ulster' was launched. Also listed were the 'Special' and 'Dirt Track' models.
1930 Rudge started using dry-sump lubrication. The firm had its most successful year at the TT, following the development of a four-valve cylinder head with radially disposed valves and six rockers. They took the first three places in the Junior and first and second in the Senior.
1931 The depression years meant that the firm were unable to profit from their previous TT wins as their sports models were expensive, although they managed a win in the TT Lightweight. They began to sell their engines, usually given the name of Python, to other firms - in direct competition with JAP.
1932-1934 The TT brought them seconds and thirds. Several models had minor revisions and modifications.
1935 Rudge 'Ulster'. Exhibit at Nottingham Industrial Museum
1935 Financial difficulties had set in; at the end of the year they went into liquidation and were eventually bought by EMI who continued their production.

 
1937 Production was moved to the EMI plant at Hayes in Middlesex.
1939 Manufacturing ceased. This was because the factory space was needed for radar equipment.
1940 An autocycle appeared and although it originated from the Hayes plant, it was later made in Kent by Norman.
1943 Raleigh bought the whole of the issued share capital of Rudge-Whitworth Ltd , after which the name was used on a bicycle range for some time.
1981 A London show exhibited a sport roadster with the Rudge badge. It combined modern techniques with an old and famous name, but nothing further came of it.
Words from Gracysguide (edited by the dogdragon)

 
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for bringing many orf these to the shows
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