Controls on the Rudge are conventional for a vintage mount with throttle and air levers on the right and ignition timing on the left. As is the vintage style the rear brake pedal is on the right rather than left. Originally the front and rear brakes were coupled, an idea pioneered by Rudge and taken up shortly after by BSA amongst others. More recently the system was championed by Moto Guzzi. All reports I've heard of coupled brakes are that they work well however almost every machine I've seen with them as original equipment has had the coupling detached. Perhaps folks just like to keep that extra level of control..
|1925 500cc Rudge Four Valve Four Speed.|
On the subject of brakes the Rudge has an unusual system. They are essentially 'dummy rim' brakes but in this case the braking surface is an extension of the rim. The rims are quite unique and would be a pig to replace on a restoration project missing them. Gary reports that the brakes are nigh on useless but I found them to be pretty good compared to most bikes I've ridden of the same era or earlier. They're certainly better than most dummy rim jobs. There's plenty of engine braking available too, use both brakes together along with engine braking and you come to a stop soon enough. Like all similar systems though they're liable to be feeble in the wet.
|Rudge Sports engine detail.|
|1925 Rudge Sports, Maglita ignition and unusual front rim visible.|