Dan Rudge & Co. Rudge racing Ordinary 1885
A true lightweight track machine of the mid 1880’s sporting a 52" drive wheel. Stripped of brakes, saddle springs, step, etc. This bike weighs in at a mere 21 pounds. The Rudge Racer was the favored mount of many racers . Many early racing records were accomplished on the Rudge. The most famous American “crack” was George Hendee of Springfield Mass. Hendee was the American Amateur Champion of 1883. He rode a 52" Rudge to victory numerous times on the Springfield Track . Later in life, in the early 1900s, Hendee went on to become the founder of the Indian Motorcycle Co.