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1967 Original Rickman Metisse Triumph T100A MkIV Mark 4 Motorcyle
1967 Original Rickman Metisse Triumph T100A MkIV Mark 4 Motorcyle
Published: 2016/01/23
Channel: Doan Trevor
Cafe Racer / Scrambler (Triumph Metisse Desert Racer)
Cafe Racer / Scrambler (Triumph Metisse Desert Racer)
Published: 2014/12/12
Channel: RACER TV
Rickman Metisse Triumph 750cc type t140 1973 red
Rickman Metisse Triumph 750cc type t140 1973 red
Published: 2010/04/23
Channel: GeraldSilent2nd
Matchless Rickman Metisse
Matchless Rickman Metisse
Published: 2017/01/22
Channel: Frits Lassen
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers D&D Rickman
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers D&D Rickman
Published: 2009/07/24
Channel: motorcyclemuseum
norton rickman 2 020   1967 rickman atlas/metisse 1 of 11 made  #1078
norton rickman 2 020 1967 rickman atlas/metisse 1 of 11 made #1078
Published: 2013/08/13
Channel: Aaron Tomas
Triumph Rickman Metisse
Triumph Rickman Metisse
Published: 2010/03/28
Channel: Anita Stokebrook
RICKMAN CR 900 Kawasaki Z1 Cafe Racer
RICKMAN CR 900 Kawasaki Z1 Cafe Racer
Published: 2016/02/21
Channel: Daniel D.
Rickman Motorcycle
Rickman Motorcycle
Published: 2016/11/09
Channel: Eye of the Beholder, inc Dawn Deppi
Rickman Zundapp for sale
Rickman Zundapp for sale
Published: 2015/04/20
Channel: David Watson
Rickman metisse  / 500 Triumph
Rickman metisse / 500 Triumph
Published: 2016/10/04
Channel: alexandermeyerponson
Rickman CR 900 restored by Rezbikes
Rickman CR 900 restored by Rezbikes
Published: 2014/06/30
Channel: Reza Nadali
Classic Dirt Bikes "Rickman Triumph"
Classic Dirt Bikes "Rickman Triumph"
Published: 2017/04/30
Channel: Chris Montignani
K&N Air Filters Rickman Z1 Project UPDATE 8-17
K&N Air Filters Rickman Z1 Project UPDATE 8-17
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: Johnnysvintagemotorcycle
Rickman kawasaki 900
Rickman kawasaki 900
Published: 2008/10/02
Channel: ian
Rickman Cafe Racer Z1
Rickman Cafe Racer Z1
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: ClassicSuperBikes
Rickman Montesa 250VR
Rickman Montesa 250VR
Published: 2010/02/14
Channel: abdelhub
Clymer Manuals Kawasaki Rickman Metisse Classic Vintage Antique Retro Motorcycle Cafe Racer Video
Clymer Manuals Kawasaki Rickman Metisse Classic Vintage Antique Retro Motorcycle Cafe Racer Video
Published: 2012/08/03
Channel: ClymerManuals
Rickman 250 Vr
Rickman 250 Vr
Published: 2012/02/02
Channel: abdelhub
Metisse   Triumph 650   Rickman
Metisse Triumph 650 Rickman
Published: 2016/06/14
Channel: Moto Life
1976 Rickman CR Z1000 Build Progress
1976 Rickman CR Z1000 Build Progress
Published: 2012/02/27
Channel: rickmanoz
1974 Rickman 125 Zundapp Motocross Motorcycle - Vintage Survivor
1974 Rickman 125 Zundapp Motocross Motorcycle - Vintage Survivor
Published: 2012/02/10
Channel: yorchie
Rickman Metisse w/1959 Matchless G12/G15 engine by Randy
Rickman Metisse w/1959 Matchless G12/G15 engine by Randy's Cycle Service @ rcycle.com
Published: 2013/10/04
Channel: RandysCycleService
500cc Triumph Rickman Metisse
500cc Triumph Rickman Metisse
Published: 2014/05/19
Channel: Ninjam Bambam
Rickman Metisse Matchless - Dirt Track Broadford Bike Bonanza 2015
Rickman Metisse Matchless - Dirt Track Broadford Bike Bonanza 2015
Published: 2015/04/27
Channel: Sam Carlson
Rickman Metisse, Matchless engine & Norton trans by Randy
Rickman Metisse, Matchless engine & Norton trans by Randy's Cycle Service @ rcycle.com
Published: 2011/01/06
Channel: RandysCycleService
Matchless G15 Engine in Rickman Metisse Frame by Randy
Matchless G15 Engine in Rickman Metisse Frame by Randy's Cycle Service & Restoration @ rcycle.com
Published: 2012/01/25
Channel: RandysCycleService
1971 Rickman Metisse Trident on Race Exhaust. Ready for British Historic Racing 2016
1971 Rickman Metisse Trident on Race Exhaust. Ready for British Historic Racing 2016
Published: 2016/04/30
Channel: richhawks1
1962 Rickman Metisse G50
1962 Rickman Metisse G50
Published: 2015/10/10
Channel: Cath Davison
1968 Rickman Triumph
1968 Rickman Triumph
Published: 2013/04/19
Channel: SloansMotorcycleATV
1971 Rickman Metisse Trident On Race Exhaust
1971 Rickman Metisse Trident On Race Exhaust
Published: 2016/04/30
Channel: richhawks1
The thundering rumble of a 1963 Rickman Metisse #dirtbike being fired up by vintage bike prez Mor He
The thundering rumble of a 1963 Rickman Metisse #dirtbike being fired up by vintage bike prez Mor He
Published: 2014/10/07
Channel: The Denver Post
Rickman Métisse with Yamaha XS650 project.
Rickman Métisse with Yamaha XS650 project.
Published: 2014/05/11
Channel: crosserke99
Rickman Metisse Frame w/1959 Matchless G12/G15 engine by Randy
Rickman Metisse Frame w/1959 Matchless G12/G15 engine by Randy's Cycle Service @ rcycle.com
Published: 2013/01/26
Channel: RandysCycleService
Classic Dirt Bikes "1965 350 Rickman BSA"
Classic Dirt Bikes "1965 350 Rickman BSA"
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: Chris Montignani
RICKMAN ZUNDAPP 125 ISDT 1974 START UP & SOUND
RICKMAN ZUNDAPP 125 ISDT 1974 START UP & SOUND
Published: 2014/05/18
Channel: scootube955
Rickman Triumph Metisse.MTS
Rickman Triumph Metisse.MTS
Published: 2012/03/29
Channel: ClassicSuperBikes
Part 1: Rickman Metisse w/Matchless engine by Randy
Part 1: Rickman Metisse w/Matchless engine by Randy's Cycle Service @ rcycle.com
Published: 2010/10/01
Channel: RandysCycleService
Rickman 250
Rickman 250
Published: 2010/07/27
Channel: smileysrv1
Triumph Metisse STEEVE MAQUEEN DESERT RACER
Triumph Metisse STEEVE MAQUEEN DESERT RACER
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: AUTOPRESTIGE JAPAN
Yamaha XV 750 SE Virago Rickman Style Team Metisse Custom Café Racer Nice Sound FOR SALE!!
Yamaha XV 750 SE Virago Rickman Style Team Metisse Custom Café Racer Nice Sound FOR SALE!!
Published: 2017/05/22
Channel: Sous-Sol-Atelier
Norton Rickman Metisse and Ironhead cold kickstart
Norton Rickman Metisse and Ironhead cold kickstart
Published: 2015/08/30
Channel: motorbela
Rickman Metisse G50
Rickman Metisse G50
Published: 2015/04/26
Channel: Björn Carlsson
RICKMAN Metisse
RICKMAN Metisse
Published: 2015/01/04
Channel: Hiro Marume
Rickman Motocross Start Up.
Rickman Motocross Start Up.
Published: 2013/11/07
Channel: Stan Lipert
The thundering rumble of a 1963 Rickman Metisse bike fired up by Vintage Bike prez Moe Herbert #moto
The thundering rumble of a 1963 Rickman Metisse bike fired up by Vintage Bike prez Moe Herbert #moto
Published: 2014/10/07
Channel: The Denver Post
1973 Zundapp Rickman.mpg
1973 Zundapp Rickman.mpg
Published: 2011/03/14
Channel: Kevin Johnson
The Rickman Velocette café racer
The Rickman Velocette café racer
Published: 2016/10/31
Channel: Newmotorpm
Rickman Triumph
Rickman Triumph
Published: 2014/09/27
Channel: Anders Lindqvist
Classic Dirt Bikes "Steve McQueen Desert Racer"
Classic Dirt Bikes "Steve McQueen Desert Racer"
Published: 2017/08/22
Channel: Chris Montignani
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Rickman Motorcycles was a British, independent motorcycle chassis constructor established by brothers Derek and Don Rickman. The firm manufactured motorcycles from 1960 through to 1975.[1]

History[edit]

Rickman Triumph Cafe racer

Initially the frame designs were for scrambles, and then for road racing. Later, in 1966, road bikes were produced as well. The first street legal bike used a Triumph Bonneville engine. Rickman initially supplied frame kits, as none of the major British motorcycle manufacturers would sell engines to them. The frame kits were built for many engines, including Triumph twins, BSA singles and Matchless.[1] In the mid-1960s, Rickman also produced road-racing frames for AJS 7R singles, and in the 1970s they began selling chassis kits for Japanese bikes like the Honda CB750 and Kawasaki Z1.[2] The road bikes were the first to use disc brakes both front and rear (a joint project with Lockheed).[3]

Other innovations included the use of large diameter telescopic forks (1-5/8" or 41.2mm) and oil carried in the frame tubes to help dissipate heat and save weight. An eight valve cylinder head conversion (700cc) for Triumph 650cc twins was developed in the late 1960s which considerably increased power output (up to 60 bhp or more depending on state of tune) and showed up some weaknesses in the Triumph crankcases and connecting rods. Chain adjustment was via eccentric discs rather than drawbolts to avoid misalignment.

After the Royal Enfield factory closed, a little over 200 Series II Interceptor engines were stranded at the dock in 1970, originally on their way to Floyd Clymer (of Clymer repair manuals and Enfield "Indians" fame) in the United States, but unfortunately he had just died, and his export agents, Mitchell's of Birmingham, were left to dispose of them. They approached the Rickman brothers for frames, and as the Rickman brothers' main problem had always been engine supply, a limited run of 137 Rickman Interceptors were built.[4]

In about 1971, Rickman began producing complete motorcycles in 3 displacements, 100 cc 125 cc and 250 cc. The 100s had Japanese Hodaka engines, the 125s had German Zundapp engines, while the 250s featured Spanish Montesa powerplants.[1] Many of these little Motocross bikes were produced from 1971 to 1975, most being shipped to America.[1]

In 1974, Rickman was awarded the "Queen's Award to Industry" for their export business, but it was the same year Norton Villiers Triumph collapsed. The Rickman brothers turned their attention to larger Japanese motorcycle engines, and produced Rickman Honda 750s, Rickman Kawasaki Z1/Z900s, Rickman Honda Bol d'Or 10th century, Rickman Kawasaki Z1000s, and Rickman Suzuki GS1000s.[1][5][6]

The bikes or frame kits were known for their beautiful fiberglass work and nickel-plated frames and are often referred to as "Metisse" frames, a term used for their own first effort.[1] The Rickmans had a sense of humour. Google translates the word politely as "mongrel".

The company stopped producing complete motorcycles in 1975, continuing to produce accessories.[1] In the 1980s the Rickmans sold their parts to a company called MRD (Model, Replica & Design until then specialising in model aeroplanes). 'MRD Metisse' was born and run by Pat French, a Rickman Metisse enthusiast. Business was good throughout the late '80s but the early '90s saw a levelling off of the business.[1] In 1999 a new enthusiast arrived on the scene and set up a new company (Métisse Motorcycles Ltd) and bought Pat French's business including some later parts and the rights to use the word 'Metisse'.

Throughout this period another Rickman enthusiast, successful scrambler and friend of the Rickman's Adrian Moss was the first to spot that the mark III would be the most popular model over time. Adrian was already building and racing Rickman bikes and spares. He set up the successful British Bike Bonanza in 1981, for pre-65 machines and enthusiasts, which is still going, and growing, to this day. The company name 'Rickman Motorcycles Limited' was also licensed to Adrian, and later passed to him, enabling the production of genuine Rickman Motorcycles to continue as they always had done.

Derek and Don Rickman were inducted into the A.M.A. Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2007.[1]

Kit cars[edit]

By 1985, before the Rickman brothers retired, Rickman Engineering Limited diversified into general engineering and into the production of four wheeled vehicles, namely the Rickman Ranger and the Metisse sports coupe. Dave Gittins wrote a book in 2001 called 'The Rickman Story' which documented the complete story. Rickman, and later by the Lomax Company, produced over 1000 vehicles.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Derek and Don Rickman at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame". motorcyclemuseum.org. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Williams, Greg. "Pulling the Trigger: Rickman Honda CR750". Motorcycle Classics January/February 2012. Motorcycle Classics. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  3. ^ The Rickman Story by Dave Gittins. Nostalgia Books ISBN 1-872004-19-9
  4. ^ Gary Ilminen (January–February 2010). "1971 Rickman-Enfield Interceptor". Motorcycle Classics. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  5. ^ American Motorcyclist, Dec 2007 Vol. 61, No. 12. Page 57.
  6. ^ "1974 Rickman CR750 at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame". motorcyclemuseum.org. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  7. ^ http://www.rickmancarsownersclub.org.uk/history.htm

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