1928 Rudge Whitworth 500cc seen at the 2010 Cheshire Steam Fair held at Darsbury, near Warringron, Cheshire.

Rudge Whitworth Cycles was a British bicycle and motorcycle manufacturer that resulted from the merger of two bicycle manufacturers in 1894, one of which descended from the original bicycle company founded by Daniel Rudge. Rudge motorcycles were produced from 1911 to 1946. The firm was known for its innovations in engine and transmission design, and its racing successes. The company also produced the first detachable wire wheel in 1907 and was known for its knockoff wheels on sports cars well into the 1960s.

Their main production bike was the Rudge Four, so called because of the four speeds and four valves, not four cylinders. This single cylinder 350 cc machine showed markedly superior performance to the competition on release, having more power than its 500 cc predecessor. Rudge engineer, George Hack, is said to have taken his design idea from the four valve head Ricardo-Triumph Special of 1921, a one off machine. He designed a four valve head for Rudge and in 1924 they produced their first four-valve cylinder head on a 350 cc engine. The valves were arranged in parallel, and were not radial.
In 1925, a 500 cc version with linked front and rear brakes appeared, and the big end bearings were now fed oil through the crankshaft pin. The old 350 cc was dropped in 1926. For 1928 Rudge motorcycles (including this one) were fitted with saddle tanks, and 8 inch internal expanding drum brakes.

Technical Data
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: AF-S Nikkor VR 70-300 G IF-ED Lens
ISO: 160
Aperture: f15
Speed: 1/250 sec
HDR: None
Processing: Photoshop CS5
Filter: NIK SilverEfex


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  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 2 years ago

    This is just superb dear David.x

  • Cheers Catherine, as a keen motorcyclist I love looking at these old bikes, but I’ll stick to riding my new one :)

    – David J Knight

  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsover 2 years ago

    Awesome capture and processing David. Excellent narrative also.

  • Thanks Richard, you never know what you’ll see at these rallies

    – David J Knight

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    CeePhotoArtover 2 years ago

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  • Thanks Cee, greatly appreciate the feature

    – David J Knight

  • inkedsandra
    inkedsandraover 2 years ago

    Nice old bike and great processing.

  • Thanks Sandra

    – David J Knight

  • Kelvin Hughes
    Kelvin Hughesover 2 years ago

    I want it !!!!!

  • Join the queue Kelvin, and be warned – it’s a long one :-))

    – David J Knight

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 2 years ago

    Great processing. Like the vinette too . Nice bit of info David. :)

  • Thanks Sheryl, as a keen motorcyclist myself, I love looking at these old bikes, but I’ll stick to riding my new one :)

    – David J Knight

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 2 years ago

    STUNNING !!!

  • Cheers Guendalyn

    – David J Knight

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 2 years ago

    Fab capture and write up David, a fav, my brother had a later model for some years, bet he wishes he still had it

  • I’ll bet he does Barry, they’re worth a bob or two nowadays

    – David J Knight

  • WILT
    WILTover 2 years ago

    great take and description. I used to run an Es2 special made up of model 50 and 19s bits and have a fondness for old British singles, but theyve become too expensive!.

  • Thanks Wilt, as a keen motorcyclist myself, I love looking at these old bikes, but I’ll stick to riding my new one :)
    You are so right about the prices too!

    – David J Knight

  • WildBillPho
    WildBillPhoover 2 years ago

    Great image, very nice capture and post work David! Nice to see the story too!

  • Cheers Bill, much appreciated

    – David J Knight

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