'Rudge Multigear' motor bicycle

Made:
1915 in Coventry
maker:
Rudge-Whitworth Limited

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'Rudge Multigear' motorcycle, designed and built by Rudge-Whitworth Ltd, a company formed by the merger of two bicycle manufactures in 1894. By 1911 they started to produce motorcycles and in 1912 the Rudge Multigear was released. It was the first machine of its capacity to cover over 60 miles in an hour on Brooklands track and in 1914 Cyril Pullin won the Isle of Man International Tourist Trophy race on a Rudge Multigear. These achievements ensured the ‘reliable Rudge’ was not over looked by the War Office and several Rudge models including the Multigear were used by the British Army in the Great War. However in 1923 with changes in the manufacturing of the gear box the Multi’s production ended.

Details

Category:
Road Transport
Object Number:
1915-361
type:
motorcycle
credit:
Rudge-Whitworth Ltd.
status:
Loan

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