1931 RUDGE 350 SPE­CIAL

Classic Bike (UK) - - RESTORING FOR FUN -

Dave: “The en­gine was in bits when we got this bike from the Rudge En­thu­si­asts Club. We looked at one in Europe which was a lit­tle sus­pect, then I chat­ted with the club and they said they had a lit­tle 350 for sale. I like the ra­dial-valve head. Terry did the wheels – he spent hours pol­ish­ing out the rust and then paint­ing the rims. We got them re-spoked through Hagon. We weren’t sure how the rear ad­justers should be, but then no one in the club was, ei­ther. I ended up mak­ing the ad­justers my­self.”

Terry: “We had to re­store ev­ery­thing. We’ve done it all our­selves apart from re-spok­ing the wheels. You buy a bike in bits like this and it’s tough to get spares. And so much is dif­fer­ent on each bike. The good thing about Rudge is that all the com­mon parts have the same part num­ber, whereas on En­fields, for ex­am­ple, if you have one bolt for the front wheel and an iden­ti­cal bolt for the rear wheel, they have dif­fer­ent part num­bers!”

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