Built for 10 years (1929-1939), the Rudge Ulster was a British bike originally built as a racing prototype – so the production bike was pretty much a race replica. Advertised as “probably the fastest 500cc motorcycle in production”, the Ulster was one of the best bikes you could buy at the time.
The 499cc single cylinder engine was good for 45 horsepower at 5,300 rpm, and yielded a top speed of over 90 miles per hour. Many are surprised by the quality of manufacture of these bikes, especially compared to its 1930’s peers. Apparently, Enzo Ferrari ran a team of Rudge racers.
This specific Rudge Ulster has racing history back in the 30s, including an AMA Speed Trial in Detroit where it hit 104 miles per hour (see plaque below). Unfortunately, it will need a mechanical rebuild , but the rest of this bike (and the relative rarity) is worth the hassle, I believe.
Find this Rudge Ulster for sale in Westport, Ontario with bidding up to $5,301 and the reserve not yet met