A group of over 400 like minded enthusiasts dedicated to the Rudge Whitworth Marque.
Technical information, modifications and restoration topics are discussed in vivid detail. Surplus and new spares are made available to site members and up to date technical, machine dating and component drawing information is available to download, most of which is not available elsewhere. This site has NO connections to the Rudge Enthusiasts Club (see Home, About this site).
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Sam E Radial is on hand to answer those nagging technical questions like "What is this fork mounted item on a 1931 250cc?".
When RW introduced their 250cc radial in 1931, ignition was provided by a Miller coil using a points assembly mounted in the timing cover. The ignition was turned on and off using a Miller switch mounted in the rear of the headlight. To provide an indication to the rider that the ignition was 'ON', a small 'tell tale' was added to the top of the forks. This 'tell tale', made of brass, contained a small 6V cycle bulb bridged by a resistor and illuminated a small red lens when the ignition was on. The light remained illuminated at all times (it was not extinguished on charging). The resistor was needed in case the bulb failed as the tell tale was wired into the ignition coil circuit. Now there's a thing!
(Taken from the 1931 restoration notes - available free inside!)
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