D. Rudge Coventry - Rudge Racing Ordinary 53 Inch Wheel - 1887

This Rudge racing Ordinary, serial number 21028, is a lightweight track machine sporting a 53" driving wheel. Stripped of brakes, saddle springs, step, etc, this bike weighs in at a mere 21 pounds. The Rudge Racer was a favored mount of many racing men. 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.

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