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Brief History of the Marque: Rickman

Best known for their Metisse frames, Rickman made frame and body kits for competition off-road bikes such as Montesa and Zundapp, and sports road bikes most famous of which were probably the Rickman Hondas, SOHC Honda Four powered machines which were state of the art in the early 1970s. There were also Matchless roadracers, the Enfield powered Rickman Interceptor, the Triumph Metisse - much favoured for desert racing in the United States - and the mighty Rickman Kawasaki 900.

Other models include:
A 1965 Rickman Petite Metisse, Bultaco engine, was advertised in Nov 2008.
Rickman Predator Suzuki 1000 (listed as 1982, but unlikely correct date)

More Rickman History

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Mon Jun 30 2014
rayerandle at gmail.com
rickman fairing
bmw K75/100
I purchased a Rickman fairing for a Bmw K75/100 i need a fitting guide for it
Nuneaton



Wed Jul 17 2013
tsiracu1<at>rochester.rr.com
info
1974 rickman montesa 250mx
where to find location of frame # .
new york

Rickman-1974-Montesa-NY.jpg posted-1308


Wed Apr 24 2013
robertrsv1<at>aol.com
Rickman CR750 Paint code (orange)
Rickman Honda CR750 CR750
I'm currently restoring a 1975 Rickman Honda CR750 and would like to try and find out the exact name or code of the orange paint that was used.
Edinburgh


Sat Jan 26 2013
jskate7<at>hotmail.com
Tell me about it
BSA / Rickman A50b701
BSA A50B701
Rickman 1716
Fairbanks, Alaska

Rickman-BSA-A50-No1716-1.jpg posted-1302


Tue Oct 02 2012
gerardreed<at>ymail.com
1974 Rickman Zundapp
Zundapp Rickman
I would like to know the fuel/oil ratio in the tank. also I need a fuel shut off valve for the tank(mine leaks)
Ft. Worth, Texas


Mon Sep 17 2012
davidmcullen<at>hotmail.com
Model identification
Rickman metisse Triumph 500 Twin
Can you identify this frame please #1732
Brisbane


Tue Aug 07 2012
stevegotts<at>earthlink.net
sell or keep my Rickman CR?
Rickman 1975 CR Honda 750
I've been holding on to this for years... great rebuilt HP motor, original everything else with 1+1 kit parts as well as original CR...  looks like it needs a restore, but runs just fine and strong. what do you suppose this could bring in $US to a collector looking for a possible restore project?
New York


Thu Apr 19 2012
jackatkins<at>earthlink.net
Zundapp Kit
1972 Rickman, 1974 Rickman Zundapp 125 MX, Montesa 250
I don't think this is a kit for a Zundapp. Looks like it could be for a twin.
http://cybermotorcycle.com/gallery/rickman/Rickman-Zundapp-kit.htm
New Mexico, USA

Rickman-250W2.jpg & Rickman-Zundapp-1974-125.jpg


Wed Apr 04 2012
recob<at>atsautomationimg
How to find out the history from numbers
Rickman-Kawasaki 900 900, not sure of the exact details
I hope to buy a Rickman Kawa 900 from the widow of a late friend. Can anyone tell me how to research the model, build history etc. from the frame and engine numbers?
Cambridge-Ontario-Canada


Tue Apr 03 2012
sas-saba<at>hotmailimg
alloy Fuel tank
Rickman mettisse mk 3
I would like a price on this fuel tank plus freight to australia.
South Australia Adelaide


Sun Jan 15 2012
anderson.m1<at>hotmailimg
rickman parts
1973 kawasaki z1 900
hi there i have complete front end rims, good discs, tank, original 900 side covers, brackets and parts.
all lime green. lockead brakes. can supply photos, wanting to sell for the right price. located in australia
Australia


Sun Mar 04 2012
harrison-vasbyt<at>sbcglobal.net
Rickman
Rickman CR 750
I am busy restoring my Rickman CR750 Boriani wire wheels , a bike I bought in South Africa 25 years ago. On immigrating to the U.S.A. I brought it with me as well as my Bimota KB3. I still have these new aftermarket parts in the orginal packing. Russ Collins (RC ENGNEERING)  . RC cam as well as 2 ANDREW grinds. RC 836cc pistons ,set RC aluminium rods , set Carillo rods, RC stainless valves , RC titanium retainers, RC clutch , RC heavy cam chain. Keihen cr 29mm carbs ,Gerex multifire ignition and coils , Lockhart oil cooler. I also puchased brand neww Lockheed calipers and a large number of pads for the calipers used on the rickman.
DAVE Harrison
united States, Dayton , Ohio


Sun Dec 18 2011
r-tuerito<at>yahooimg
Rickman CRE ENDURANCE
Rickman endurance
Hi please some one tell me what is this.. its brand new, and complete..
Mexico City

Rickman-CRE-Kit-Mexico-3.jpg


Thu Dec 08 2011
phactory<AT>yahooimg
Rickman Parts needed
Rickman CR750
I am looking for a rear set shifter and associated parts for my 1974 Rickman CR750. Any and all leads greatly appreciated. Thanks, Phil
Massachusetts

Hi, Here are some pics of exactly what I am looking for on and off of the bike. And then one of my bike in progress.

Thanks, Phil

Rickman-1974-CR750-MA-4.jpg



Wed Nov 23 2011
rparts4u<at>gmailimg
idification
Rickman micro
does any one know anything about this bike or can anyone lead me to were I need to go ,to find out about this bike
CAlifornia

Rickman-Twostroke-CA.jpg


Thu Nov 10 2011
jljavaloyes<at>hotmailimg

RICKMAN PREDATOR ENDURANCE
BEAUTY 82 PREDATOR ENDURANCE SUZUKI 1000
Spain
 

Can you confirm the manufacture date please? I understand the factory ceased production of motorcycles in 1976. Ed.
The Rickman Brothers production was intermittent.... ( see http://classic-motorbikes.net/gallery~rickman-classic-motorcycles )

The Predator type was the last production of the Factory relative to complete bikes in the year 1982... ( see picture of Factory Plate of my bike )... with very good components : Astralite, AP Racing, 4 into 1 Rickman, etc.

I unknow the total production of Predators. I think arround 100 frames was made: 90 for Predator 1000 CR, and 10 for Predator "Endurance".

Attached some pictures of my Predator Endurance, probably the only one made with Suzuki motor by Factory and another 2 bikes of my collection, one original 74/75 CR 750 Honda and one CR - 750 Honda RACING...

My Predator is offered for sale for 10.000 € and also the Rickman Racing for 9.000 €.... The CR Orange is not for sale.

Kind Regards.

J.Luis

Rickman-Azul.jpg
Rickman-1975-CR750.jpg
Rickman-1982-Suzuki-Predator-1.jpg


Fri Apr 01 2011
keith<at>downardincimg
Rickman Vin. No.
Rickman frame ?
do you know vin. no. 0684 4M
what motor?
ohio


Mon Feb 28 2011
the4tubbs<at>frontierimg
3 Rickman Motorcycles
Rickman metisse
I acquired 3 Rickman motorcycles and I am looking for information about them as I will be selling them. Any help would be appreciated.
Valparaiso, IN US

Rickman-Trident-IN.jpg
Rickman-Zundapp-Red-IN.jpg
Rickman-Zundapp-Blue-IN.jpg


Sun Jan 30 2011
bartiden<at>cox.net
Chain Adjusters
Rickman 1974 CR900
In need of the chain adjuster spacers for a 1974 Rickman CR900.  Thank you for your help.
USA


Sun Jan 09 2011
shegarty<at>liveimg
Rickman colours
RIckman  honda cr 750
Hi,
I am currently restoring a honda rickman and would love to know the exact red that was put on rickmans. The orange just doesnt do it for me, so i think ill be doing my red.

>From what i have seen, its a tomato like colour. A red with a tinge of orange in it.

Any help would be appreciated. thanks
Brisbane


Thu Aug 19 2010
classicjapan<at>shaw.ca
rickman pipes
Rickman 900 kawasaki 900 kaw
I have a 74 900,has anyone tried fitting 2003 Z1000 pipes to modernise this model?Any ideas? Thanks
Kelowna BC canada


Tue Jul 20 2010
mjohndavies<at>talktalk.net
Windscreen
Rickman Kawasaki Z1000
Could you advise where I can get a replacement windscreen made - I have the original as a pattern.
Thank you, John Davies
Bewdley, Worcs, UK


Fri Jun 25 2010
gregg45<at>windstream.net
rickman metiess enfield parts
750 enfield mettise
have reasets ,swingarm cams 2 sets ,pri chain tensioner cams and assored hardware,,can send pics 200$usd
kenton ohio

Rickman-Enfield-750-parts.jpg


Thu Feb 25 2010
pvangelderimgplanet.nl
Rickman
Rickman Kawa H1
And.... What do you think
of mine Rickman?
greetings Pieter
Holland

Rickman-Kawasaki-H1.jpg


Tue Jan 12 2010
Scottimgtmcvideoandfilmimg
Need to have documentation on How many CR750 Rickman Kit
Honda CR 750 1975 Rickman CR 750
Planning on going to Bonneville to race my CR750 Rickman. I have to have documentation that indicates that at least 500 kits were sold. Where can I go or who can I call to get this information?
St. Paul MN

Rickman-1975-CR750-St-Paul.jpg


Tue Dec 01 2009
cbrennyimgsasktel.net
Z1 Rickman CR
Rickman CR
To make a long story short, I have just reaquired the Z1 Rickman CR that I built in 1975. It is in need of restoration and I need a few things to start with. The rubber products are rotting away so I need the Tank Strap that holds the fibreglass racing tank in place and the rubber grommets that hold the seat in place. I'm sure there will be other parts, but with these, I can take it for a ride before it comes apart.

Charles Renny
Saskatchewan Canada


Fri Sep 04 2009
natali.alain070imgorange.fr
Rickman
Triumph Metisse
Après modification de la selle
(voir photo précédente)

Pour ceux qui seraient intéressés, un artisan français fabrique des équipement en polyester de très bonne qualité et à prix raisonnable.
Pour plus d'information, ma contacter par E-mail

Rickman-Triumph-T120-Metisse.jpg


Wed May 27 2009
Martyimgmotolocker.net
Wa
Rickman MX 100 / 125 frame
Wanted, Richman frame and swiging arm for 100 / 125cc MX. Fenders and tank, seat and all if possible.
Thanks
Marty Tripes
USA


Tue Apr 21 2009
helenblakeman20imgyahoo.co.uk
Book
there is a book by dave gittins relative to the rickman brothers. Is the book still available and where can it be purchased please?
UK


Sun Feb 22 2009
Christopher.dunneimgamr.net
Rickman CR750 tank decal
Do you know where I could purchase a tank decal for my CR750. Thank you. Chris.
Ct., U.S.A.


Try this page:
http://bikelinks.com/directory/Parts/Badges-Decals


Mon Dec 29 2008
infoimggerritvandersleen.nl
rickman metisse
project3 its ready.
rickman metisse with a triumph t140 750cc engine from 1973.
zuidwolde

Rickman-Triumph-T140-Metisse-NL-3.jpg


Tue Oct 14 2008
pavloskalidisimgyahoo.gr
125cc engine
Rickman Zundapp 1974
Hello do you now where I can buy a 125cc Rickman Zundapp engine
Greece


Wed Aug 13 2008
natali.alain070imgorange.fr
A vendre
Triumph Rickman Metisse
Rickman Metisse T 120 mécanique complètement restaurée  2500 kms
Belfort (FRANCE)

Rickman-Triumph-T120-Metisse.jpg


Thu Apr 10 2008
zsareusimgyahoo.ca
for sale
Rickman 900Kaw
I am interested in selling this bike, has great parts, 1045Wiseco, kit. Yoshi cams, Marzochi shocks,Lockheed brakes, etc. What would the value be?...Greg
Canada


Mon Apr 07 2008
fionacholeimgoptusnet.com.au
RICKMAN HONDA
RICKMAN CR750
I HAVE PURCHASED A '77 RICKMAN HONDA PROJECT AND NEED ANY INFO I CAN GET, PARTS, FRAME REPAIRS (THE CORRECT METHOD) ETC
AUSTRALIA


Fri Apr 04 2008
stage240imgyahoo.ca
900 Rickman
Kaw900 as above
Hi, I just found a Rickman 900, in a barn, has Yoshi cams, 1045 Wiseco kit, Lockheed brakes, Marsocki shocks, etc. Good compression, but haven't started the engine yet. Where can I find parts, or what kind of value does this bike have?
Canada


The page on Motorcycle Valuations may prove helpful.


Wed Apr 02 2008
davehughes118imghotmailimg
Re nickel a Rickman frame
Rickman Kawasaki
Does anyone know where I could get a Rickman frame re - nickel plated in the south of england


Sun Mar 23 2008
tobiasg13imgaolimg
Rickman BSA
Rickman Metisse
Hi !
Anyone has some experience with a BSA B441 engine in one of the Rickman two stroke frames ( Zundapp, Montesa )?
LA


Tue Mar 18 2008
Briantaylor098imgaolimg
Nickel Plating
Rickman triumph T120
Does anyone know where I can get my Rickman frame replated in nickel to the origonal standard in the UK.
thanks for your help.
brian


Fri Mar 14 2008
greg-s-scottimgyahoo.co.uk
Rickman Westlake
Rickman / BSA Scrambler
Does anyone have an engineering drawing of the two valve Rickman /BSA / Westlake cylinder head and rocker cover for the BSA B44 / B50 engine
Letchworth, UK


Sun Feb 24 2008
bikerjimsterimggooglemailimg
Rickman Frame Number
Honda CB
I'v just been offered a Honda 750 (Rickman) but the engine obviously doesn't fit the frame. I do have a frame number: YJMM-272 Does this mean anything to you??

Many thanks
Ipswich


Sun Feb 17 2008
hayley.hallam1imggmailimg
TRIUMPH  1976
RICKMAN 750CC
T150 Rickman in good condition. 15,000 miles, Does any have any idea what this would be worth?
Nottingham

Rickman-Triumph-T150-1976-3.jpg


Wed Feb 13 2008
jane.oneill5imgbtopenworldimg
spares
Rickman zundapp 125 mx 125
Hi i have recently bought a rickman zundapp 125 mx that i previously owned back in 1974, i now want to rebuild the bike to race in pre 74 motocross meetings , i wanted to know if there was any owners clubs or spares supplys as i need several bits and pieces thanks ..
ipswich suffolk


Wed Feb 06 2008
jeremy20imgbtinternetimg
RICKMAN TRIDENT
RICKMAN T150
Can you help me trace a rickman trident i built and registered in 1979 (or 1978) Reg no.YUR152S Frame no.JB001R. Sold to some one in Newcastle colour two tone blue
ENGLAND


Fri Dec 21 2007
r.caseyimgcomcast.net
wiring diagram for 75 Rickman Zundap 125
Rickman Zundap 125cc 1975
I'm seeking a wiring daigram for above model Rickman. The notable item in the diagram is the lighting switch, a Lucas square switch which uses 6 of the 8 possible terminals to make connections.
New Mexico, USA


There may be some information on our fledgling page about Classic Motorcycle Electrics.


Fri Dec 21 2007
paulandpatti1imgcomcast.net
Motorcycle value.
1982 Rickman Preditor
Hello, I was wondering if anyone could give an a idea of how much my new investment is worth. Thanks Paul at Classic Creations...PS. I can send pictures if you like.
Sarasota Fla.


Fri Dec 21 2007
mewunitimgmsnimg
Timing Cover
Montesa Cappra 360  46M
I am currently restoring a Rickman Montesa but I need a good timing cover for the 360 Cappra. Circa 1968-1970. Also looking for rear brake foot lever for Rickman MK3 frame, circa 1971. Thanks.
California


Sat Dec 15 2007
infoimggerritvandersleen.nl
rickman metisse conic fairing
street metisse
hello,
I am looking for a top half fairing with a conic glass nose for my rickman street metisse project.
If you have something, please mail me.
zuidwolde

Rickman-Street-Metisse-NL-1.jpg
Rickman-Street-Metisse-NL-1


Wed Dec 05 2007
prospect10imgpeoplepcimg
1972 rickman 125cc
rickman 125cc I S D T bike red
i owned from new 700 miles only like showroom cond. what is the value of it?
Pa. usa.


The page on Motorcycle Valuations may prove helpful.


Thu Nov 29 2007
infoimggerritvandersleen.nl
rickman metisse triumph 750
pictures frome my metisse
zuidwolde

Rickman Triumph Metisse 750 3.jpg
Rickman Triumph Metisse 750 3


Tue Nov 13 2007
rnfisherimgshaw.ca
looking for Betor front fork parts
75 CR 1000
Looking for Betor front suspension parts for Rickman Kaw. that has the Top nut for the front forks cross threaded and everything was susequently lost. Part number R113 22 350 front fork spring. # R113 22 200 Damper Rod, R113 22 303 Damper rod oil baffle, R113 22 221 Buffer spring, R113 22 010 Stantion, R113 22 121 Wiper seal, R113 22 401 Fork top nut, R113 22 211 Guide bush,
Victoria, Canada


Tue Oct 30 2007
jljavaloyesimghotmailimg
FOR SALE
RICKMAN CR 750 FOUR
For Sale 75 Rickman Honda CR 750 classic racer. Cereani, brembo, tarozzi, kerker, boyer brandsen, etc. 10.000 €
located in SPAIN. jljavaloyesimghotmailimg
Spain

Rickman-Honda-CR750-1975-Spain.jpg
Rickman-Honda-CR750-1975-Spain
...............
This is my CR-750 fully restored for myself. I´m very pround for this job ! jljavaloyesimghotmailimg
SPAIN.
 
Rickman Honda CR750 1975 orange.jpg
Rickman Honda CR750 1975 orange


Sun Oct 21 2007
banniimgcableone.net
Rickman CR
1975 Rickman CR Z1 Kawasaki
I have a 1975 Rickman CR Z1 Kawasaki 903cc, How many of these were built? How many are still around? What are they worth? I've never seen one sell. Martin, US
US


Sun Oct 21 2007
natali.alain070imgorange.fr
Tendeurs de chaînes
Triumph Rickman Metisse
Bonjour,
je cherche des tendeurs de chaîne  pour ma Triumph Rickman Metisse
 

Merci
Belfort

Rickman Triumph Metisse France.jpg
Rickman Triumph Metisse France


Sat Oct 06 2007
rwr4imgtwiggcorpimg
vintagedirbike.com

I tried to look up www.vintagedirbike.com and is said “This Web site is coming soon”. I am trying to get engine parts for my Dads  74 Rickman 250. So do any of you guys know the phone number or another good contact for Montesa  or Rickman, can you fill me in.
Thanks, Roy
IN, Indianapolis, USA


Thu Oct 04 2007
dndracingimglocalnetimg
missing tank
Rickman  ?? 7/73  # 9223 M
I just go this rolling Rickman and its missing the tank What will fit? Are all the dirt frames the same? need help
Lawrenceville Ill


Thu Oct 04 2007
paulandpatti1imgcomcast.net
Suzuki Rickman Preditor

Hi - I wanted to see if anyone had any information on the 1982 Suzuki Rickman Preditor 1150?  I have just picked one up and wanted to see if anyone had any information on it - if you could please let me know - Thanks Paul
 PS I can send photos
Florida


Sat Sep 22 2007
kencambellimghotmailimg
full fairing
honda cb250n superdream 1980
I AM WANTING A FULL RICKMAN TYPE FAIRING CAN YOU HELP PLEASE? Ken....
sheffield


Wed Sep 26 2007
scottimgfamilycareserimg
Rickman Restoration
1972 Rickman, Zundapp 125
Just purchased out of Oregon this 1972 125 Zundapp powered Rickman. Completly stock and original right down to the Bing Carb. I will be tearing into her this winter to do a complete resto on her. I did run one 1 hour GP race in the hills of Goldendale WA and placed 4th. Kind of funny I lost the rear break pedal just befor the big race so I was to do it without the rear breaks. It's a fun bike and gets lots of attention from everyone. I will be looking for OEM parts soon, and any help with dealers or shops that specialize in these bikes is appreciated. Great site and Hello to all from the Pacific Northwest.
WA, USA
 

Rickman Zundapp 125 1972.jpg
Rickman Zundapp 125 1972


Sat Sep 22 2007
keithgriffith99imgyahooimg
Fairing for 1978 Cr900
Rickman Cr900
Hi Im looking for a fairing for a Rickman Cr900 1978 , Can anyone help me where I can find one,
 Pic of Bike attached
many Thanks Keith
Central U/K
 

Rickman CR900 1978.jpg
Rickman CR900 1978


Sat Sep 15 2007
catgunnerimgaolimg
Rickmen Typhoon Fairing
Honda CB250N
Is it possible to get a replacment Typhoon Fairing Screen


Sat Aug 25 2007
robertimgtristatefabricationimg
For Sale "maybe"
1974 Rickman Zundapp
Posted the message below awhile back and got a little bit of help, Thank you to those people. I realize that I just do not have to time for this project and I am willing to sell it if the right price comes along. It is completely original. Still has the 1970's tag on it, which I will be keeping. Title was lost along with other papers that came with it. Let me know what you think? See the previous post all the way at the bottom for pictures. Thanks.


Wed Aug 22 2007
chopslam47imggmailimg
rickman zundap
I owned one of these and would like to again any for sale??
usa


Mon Aug 13 2007
jennifer.hepworthimgbtinternetimg
1972 rickman enfield
Rickman enfield 732 interceptor
I have owned the above mentioned bike since 72, the bike was dismantled partly,and has been kept in a heated garage since,oil was poured into cyclinders at the time and all orginal bits excluding silences are there it even as the old stile green log book,i am trying to find a true valuation for the bike it was originally orange in colour and at one time i used to be on the rickman register,i have included photos hoping you can help me,brian
West Yorkshire


The page on Motorcycle Valuations may prove helpful. [Photos unsuitable for publication]


Tue Jul 31 2007
clint.ballimgbtinternetimg
Complete mag and windings
Rickman Zundapp 125 1974
I am looking for a new or used magneto flywheel and windings for my 1974 Rickman Zundapp 125. I can find anybody who can either recondition or supply me with these parts, can anyone help?
Many thanks
Plymouth UK


There may be some information on our fledgling page about Classic Motorcycle Electrics.


Mon Jul 16 2007
ricvandoornimghotmailimg
Possible sale of bike
Rickman Predator Gs 1000
Just a query if you can spend the time on an estimate to the value of my bike. Good condition, fairly stock bike. New Dunlops, nonstock exhaust, new steel braided brake lines and reconditioned mastercylinders. Top end refresh about 20,000km ago, now has done 96,000km. Spare motor to go with her.
Have owned this bike for 18 years and seen only 1 the same in all this time, so presume she's a rarity in the land of Oz. Cheers Eric Van Doorn.
Ballarat, Australia


The page on Motorcycle Valuations may prove helpful.


Wed May 30 2007
bocigranziimglibero.it
i would like to know whic model i have please

hello i have at home from my dad this new kit do you know how much is the value ??? and how much it will cost me to build whit a new engine and the rest.The kit is new.
Whic model is
london


The kit appears to be a Rickman Zundapp.

Rickman Zundapp kit.jpg
Rickman Zundapp kit


Mon May 07 2007
bnsbrownimgalltel.net
Rickman C/R chassie
1974 rickman CR. frame
I have a 1974 frame. I am trying to paper work for it IE.title or statement of origin. any help in this matter would be great!
Thanks
Brent Brown.
ohio


Sun Apr 22 2007
m-fenwrickimghotmailimg
norton commando rickman frame
i was wondering if anyone has a rickman frame for a 850 norton commando thanks for any help
ky


Thu Apr 12 2007
tonyhaas17imgaolimg
New project
1972 Rickman Montesa 250
I would like to replace the 250 Montessa motor with a 4 stroke or Jap 2 stroke motor. The fit is more important than the displacement. Any suggestions?
New York USA

Rickman Montesa 250 1974 1.jpg
Rickman Montesa 250 1974 1


Mon Apr 09 2007
dmei779928imgaolimg
Vin numbers
1974 Rickman 125 ISDT
I am interested in buying a Rickman whom the owner claims is an ISDT model. Is there a specific vin or serial number code I can check to make sure his claim is true?
USA California


At present I have no serial number information specific to Rickman Zundapps, but when I do it will be posted on this page: Engine & frame serial numbers

Rickman Zundapp 125 1974.jpg
Rickman Zundapp 125 1974


Tuesday April 3rd 2007

Hi,
Thanks for your interest.
I'll have to take some photos as most of them are in boxes to protect from
the humid weather.
Rickman's are really a top bike - not as fast as the current whiz bangs but
for sheer riding pleasure and that almost surreal bit where you have ridden
past your limit and the recovery is totally courtesy of Derek and Don
Rickman. I've done a race through the Adelaide Hills against a stink hot
z1000 , café race style rear sets, clip ons etc.
We raced for about 20 km of the most awesome Adelaide Hills roads - good
bitumen, sweeping curves uphill or downhill, tight 40kmh twisties, reducing
radius, opening out corners, no cars , some of it bordering a couple of huge
dams and lakes - spectacular. Anyway we were side by side much of the time
and very evenly matched - both getting more and more boldly determined not
to come second. Kept pushing further and further past our limits.
Near the end of the hills where the road re-enters suburbia there is a
quarry - lots of trucks dropping sand etc. Anyway, down to the part of the
raod where it becomes quite narrow, almost a tunnel through the trees as it
borders a winding creek. Side by side onto a straight (maybe 1/2 a km long,
maybe 1 km) and we are both flat on our tanks, throttles as hard open as
they would go - and a 90 degree bend coming up where the road ducks around a
large and immovable cliff face.... But neither of us would yield - the red
haze was so thick in my eyes that I was truly prepared to risk dropping it
rather than back off - crazy but I know we've all been there at some stage.

So this flat out drag race towards a cliff face went on with us both darting
looks across at the other hoping the other would hit the picks first.  At
about the same time I started screaming (literally!) into my helmet the
other guy slammed on his anchors and seemed to be flung backwards out of my
peripheral vision.

I grabbed a major handful of Rickman Lockheeds (EBC carbon pads) and sat up
- in time to see the thick lines of sand dropped around the 25kph rated
corner - no idea how fast I was going but it was way way up there -
basically I was absolutely gone for all money - hit the corner hanging off
as far as possible, sure I was about to become like hairy strawberry yoghurt
on the cliff face. But my Rickman went around the corner in a two wheel
slide, with the exhaust pipe scraping and bouncing on the deck and I came
out the other side. Trembling. Shaking. Stopped by the side of the road.
So did the other bloke, also white faced and shakey.

Please pardon me going on so - but when I say "my Rickman" got me around the
corner that describes it perfectly - I'm not a bad rider on a good day but
I'm definitely not THAT good!  I have plenty of scars from my 125 racing
days and my street racing days - Derek and Don built the only bike I've ever
had that didn't add to the collection!!!
 

Cheers
John Newman


Sun Apr 01 2007
kodytoddimgesc.net.au
is that you Kim? in Darwin.
1976 Rickman/Kawasaki CR 900
Rickmans are that good.I know because I have a"77"modle myself.But... I never did anything like that.


Wed Mar 28 2007
kkwilsonimgtiscali.co.uk
RICKMAN ZUNDAPP MATISE 1973
1973 RICKMAN MOTORBIKE SITTING IN SHED . STARTED TO SORT BUT REALLY STRUGGLING FOR PARTS IF ANYONE CAN HELP WITH INFORMATION
SCOTLAND


Sun Mar 04 2007
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CR 1976, Kawasaki Z900
Stoked to see your site - keep on with it! I now live in tropical Darwin in Australia where there a re no windy roads worthy of my Rickman but while i lived in adelaide - where the hills riding is the best in Australia-   my 76 Rickman Cr with Z900 engine got a severe hammering - just as Derek and Don designed it for. I used it for circuit racing for a while but GSXR750 Suzukis were getting too good for the aging beast - and much more expendable. In the hills racing my Rickamn won me many races - the handling of that bike far out shone my skills. And it saved my neck a few times where I rode far beyond my abilities and the Rickman brought me back where my previous bikes would have spat me down a cliff. Imagine being on any other bike when you hit a tight bend far too fast, carnk it over anyway, the bike rolls over on the pipe, your mate following sees several inces of daylight under the tyres and yet , provided you trust the frame, keep it nailed and teh wheels touch down before the bitumen turns to cliff, ... you get away with it. I once had a Pirelli Phantom rear tyre split its internal belts due to a manufacturing fault while  scraping my knee at around 160kph in a bend posted at 80kph. the resulting lurch and slide  and wobble on a lesser bike would have been a disaster - the tread move around a half inch out of line in one place. My Rickamn shrugged its head  and kept going with nary a shudder. Thanks to Rickmans and thanks to you for keeping the faith alive. I can guarantee that the only way anyone else ever rides my Rickman is after I am very , very cold!!!!!
Australia, darwin


March 1st 2007
These are pics of the fairing and hardware. Can you tell if it's a Rickman….and/or what bike it might fit?

Thanks,
Paul Rochmis
Rochmisearthlink.net
From: paul [rochmisimgearthlink.net]
Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2007 10:14 PM

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Rickman Fairing DSC-0010


Wed Feb 07 2007
flemming37imgoptusnet.com.au
Rickman Honda  1976

Wanted swingarm bushes and decals, are genuine still avalable or do I have to make them THANKS Derek.
queensland Australia


Don't know about the bushes, but fairly confident you'll find someone who can supply decals here: http://bikelinks.com/directory/Parts/Badges-Decals/


Wed Jan 31 2007
ianc.abrahamsimgntlworldimg
Rickman
Ricman Enfield & Rickman Zundapp
I have a couple of Rickmans and am a member of the UK Street Specials MCC. This club was formed from the Rickman Owners Club, the Rickman Enfield Register and the Harris Owners Club. Consequently we have a fair bit of knowledge on Rickmans.
Our web-site is http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/streetspecialsmcc/

Why not join & get all the info you need

Ian Abrahams
SSMCC
UK


Mon Jan 22 2007
catsimgrowanhouse1.demon.co.uk
Turbo Restoration
Saxon Rickman Turbo Kawasaki
Does anyone have any info on this one. It's the stage bike from the rock band Saxon.
Cheshire
 

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Rickman Turbo Kawasaki Saxon


Sat Jan 13 2007
rdcarneimgcomcast.net
Trade a TT Special for a Rickman
67 Triumph TT Special
Would like to trade my recently restored 67 Triumph TT Special for a 650 Triumph Rickman MKIII. My TT Special is a museum quality restoration with engine and frame vins authenticated by VMC. Can be seen in gallery photos at www.europeanmotorcycles.com   Over $20K USD invested in restoration; looking for similar quality Rickman.
WA State USA


Sat Jan 13 2007
patjuleimgbellsouth.net
for sale
1970 rickman metisse w/westlake heads
looking for interested buyer
Chattnooga Tn.


Mon Jan 08 2007
jim-maria2imgntlworldimg
hand book
rickman 125 zundapp
i have owned 2 and would like one again but i have owners hand book if any one wants some informtion
london


Thu Jan 04 2007
robertimgtristatefabricationimg
Info on Rickman Motorcycle
Manufactured: 6/74
Hello, I am trying to find out all the information I can on my Rickman Motorcycle. I acquired this bike from my grandfather and he bought it new back in 1974. He died back in 1985 and the bike has been in the shed ever since. It only has 193 miles on it. I cannot find any documentation on the bike thinking it got lost over the years. Here is the info on it:

LISTED ON PLATE ON BIKE:
Manufacture Date: 6/74
Model # (?): 21384Z

LISTED ON PLATE ON MOTOR:
Zundapp
Hr.: 123.6
Type: 285-15
Liste: M
PS: 18.0 DIN
Bauj: 194 4
Motor Nr: 4647641

There is a sticker on the tank that reads: 1973 I.S.D.T. British Team Replica

I am trying to locate an Owners Manual, Engine Info, Parts Breakdown, Possible Repair Manual, ect. I also need the mix ratio for the fuel/oil.

Thank you for any help I can get.
AL


Information on Premix oil ratios here.

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Rickman Zundapp 1974 AL


Fri Dec 29 2006
myerscycleimgyahooimg
help identifying frame
I have aquired this frame and wish to make a project of it, but I don't know much about it. Let me know what you think.
 

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Rickman Frame


Wed Dec 20 2006
steverimgbrookledgeimg
Rickman Scrambler
Rickman Triumph
Attached is a photo of my 1972 Rickman Triumph scrambler: Built by Manfred Hecht, in the 1970's it has never been started. All the right stuff; Rickman forks, magnesium hubs, magura controls, Rickman bars, exhaust, Avon glass, stock Triumph TR6 engine
 

Rickman Triumph Scrambler.jpg
Rickman Triumph Scrambler
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Rickman Triumph RR
Attached is a photo of my Rickman Triumph Road Racer. It was built in the 1970's by Manfred Hecht. It has approx 200 miles on it. It has an 800cc Routt engine that was throughly massaged by Manfred. Avon glass, Rickman forks, all the goodies.
 
Rickman Triumph Cafe Racer.jpg
Rickman Triumph Cafe Racer
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Rickman Kawasaki RR
Attached is a photo of my 1974 Rickman Kawasaki Road Racer. It is in the process of being put back together after painting and I also have an aluminum tank on order. Yoshi exhaust, Rickman forks, very fast and beautiful but could use more ground clearance.
 
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Rickman Kawasaki Cafe Racer


Sun Dec 17 2006
ENGINEERGCCimgYAHOOimg
1972 Rickman For Sale
1972 Rickman 250cc Motocross
I have owned a 1972 250 Motocross for 33 years and I am willing to sell this bike. The bike is entirely original with the Montessa engine. This is a classic bike, but it is not being riden any longer.
Ohio


Mon Dec 04 2006
joannevans1972imgmsnimg
information on motorcycle
RICKMAN ZUNDAPP
i have aquired this motorcycle and i require a workshop manual date of registration 1975 frame no 24004Z engine no 4648327 125cc ?
north wales


Tue Nov 28 2006
rogierdezoeteimghotmailimg
rickman frame
Hello, I can but a rickman frame but it has no papers to go with.. Wondering if you could help me out here: it says: NG 37739 on the right (stem) and TRIUMPH on the left. I am wondering if a bill of sale is provided by Metisse for example ? so I can use it in Holland (it is now in the UK). thanks, hope anyone could give me any useful information. (which engine should fit in triumph 3 cil. ??)
Netherlands
 

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Rickman Triumph frame


Mon Nov 20 2006
tomclaxtonimgt-online.de
Rickman Forks
Rickman Triumph Racer
Hi there, a couple of weeks ago - and after nearly 2 years of 'courting' - I managed to get my hands on a late 60s Rickman Triumph Racer. It has all the goods, but obviously a slightly bend for leg, as I found after dismantling. Does anybody know if original spares are still about? Thankful for any hint. Thanks a lot, Tom
Krefeld, Germany


Sat Nov 04 2006
kennellclub1imgntlworldimg
is it still alive
mettise 350 triumph
i would like to know if my old bike is still in this world, mettise ,first registered in 1974 PEL66M . triumph 350cc t 90 engine ,built by Bill Hawker ,who worked at the rickman factory .I sold it in the mid 1970s to a gent living near wool in dorset england many thanks . enjoy your site ,paul kennell dorset england

Thu Nov 02 2006
kennellclub1imgntlworldimg
where is it now
mettise
i would like to find my old bike mettise 350 cc t 90 engin reg no PEL 66 M sold in mid 70s it was my first bike after passing my test. it was built by Bill Hawker who worked at the factory in new milton
poole


Wed Nov 01 2006
kafludimgaolimg
Zundapp/Rickman
Zundapp 125cc with rickman frame
I too have just inherited a 125CC Zundapp with a Rickman Frame, engine no: 4635460
11/71 and 2771Z (?)Any ideas should I restore or sell? Or can I get any further information for it elsewhere?
Suffolk UK


Tue Oct 10 2006
boxbikerimghotmailimg
rickman zundapp
1972 RICKMAN ZUNDAPP 125
I RECENTLY CAME INTO POSSESSION OF THIS BIKE AND HAVE LITTLE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT IT. IS IT WORTH ANYTHING?
GEORGIA


The page on Motorcycle Valuations may prove helpful.


Sat Oct 07 2006
em-ex01imgbtconnectimg
matisse kit [rickman]
ducati or parilla 1969-1962
I would like to purchase two scrambles kits in red to modify my two srambles bikes if possible.
london


Sat Oct 07 2006
bsapatcol369imgyahoo.co.uk
Triumph Rickman motocross 500cc 1964
I need a wiring diagram for this bike.
1880 Bex Swiss


Sun Sep 17 2006
kodytoddimgesc.net.au
rickman  parts-availability (lack of)
mainly road bikes
Have owned a 1977 Rickman CR (kawa900) since new. Have found it extremely difficult to obtain parts.
australia


Sat Sep 02 2006
selandauimgoptonline.net
production numbers
1975 rickman Kawasaki
I bought the bike last year but can find no information on production numbers. Bike
has a 1075 kit and Falicon crank. Goes like stink. Makes the best noise. Its what made me buy it.

Thanks Steve
usa


Tue Aug 29 2006
infoimgtjscycle.ca
Rickman swing arm ajusters
Rickman Honda
Hi guys. We are in need of the ajuster washers to tension the drive chain, correctly. Many thanks Mark.
Calgary Canada

Here are the pictures of our Rickman honda and the washer like ajuster for the swing arm. I am sure we could make another pair, but not as tidy as the originals. I am not sure how many sets Rickman provided for that frame and would like to obtain a compleat set. All the best Mark B.

Rickman Honda chain adjuster
Rickman Honda Orange adjuster
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Rickman Honda Orange

...in response to the request for chain adjust washers:
http://www.metisse-motorcycles.com


Mon Aug 28 2006
johnjlisbonimgaolimg
rickman kawasaki parts
kawasaki 900
I need any information on parts for 900 kawasaki rickman
wellington, fl. usa


Thu Aug 24 2006
martin.westonimgredbullracingimg
Rickman Predator
I have been reading your info about Rickman Motorcycles. As the proud owner of a Rickman Predator since 1991, I thought you may be interested in a photo of my machine.
London
 

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Rickman Predator


Wed Aug 16 2006
pfitter1928imgyahooimg
Spark plug specification
1972 Rickman/Zundap
Need spark plug specification.


Wed Aug 02 2006
rust2goldimgcomcast.net
Rickman Metisse
Asking for help in identifying the model and year. Also are the forks and front brake correct? Engine and frame numbers match DC16790. Trans # TR6C. Any help appreciated.
Michigan USA


It appears to be a mid-60s model Scrambler. The forks look like Ceriani so they're probably right, but the front wheel appears to be a twin leader from a standard BSA/Triumph of that era so it may not be correct - but probably works a sight better than the miniscule stoppers that were often fitted. Thanks for your help. I will be getting this bike with a collection of other items. I don't intend to keep the Rickman. If you know anyone interested, send them my way. I'm told it was running recently.
 

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Rickman Triumph Metisse


Fri Apr 14 2006
keithdebraimgshaw.ca
Yoshimura 4 into 1 original exhaust
1975 Rickman Honda CR750
Anyone have any idea where I can procure one of these exhausts.....Keith
Vancouver Canada
 

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Rickman Honda CR750 1975


Thu Apr 06 2006
mleclercimgcelophane.fr
Rickman Brand

Hello, I am french and i am searching the T shirt with the Rickman brand printed on it, but in France, this article is unavailable.
Please help me !!!
Thanks for your answer.
Marie
France montpellier

...............
Bill Rosen wrote:

Hello Marie,
Below is a link to a company that is quite good with T-Shirts, Jerseys and such. They have good quality, service and a fairly wide selection of vintage marques available.

http://metroracing.com
Kind regards,
Bill


Mon Mar 27 2006
amisfitkidimgaolimg
identification
73 rickman
have a rickman, says 7/73 on frame. how can i identify it? i have a vin #. thanks
new jersey ,usa


The engine number, frame number and a photo would be very helpful. Ed.


Fri Mar 03 2006
kodytoddimgesc.net.au
1977 CR kawasaki Z900
Am restoring the above motor cycle,and I would like to know where I can get the parts I need to rebuild my bike.
Adelaide-Australia


Sat Feb 25 2006
ham-entimgYAHOOimg
1977 rickman 900 kawasaki
I bought this bike new from D&A cycle PA. it,s 98%, real clean.i would like to find how many were made in 1977, and where did they go?.
ohio usa


Wed Feb 15 2006
harryimgshemecimg
Rickman scrambles forks
I would like to know when the rickman brothers first produced the scrambles forks I have just finished building a MK3 with a T120 Motor and metisse scrambles forks, which are 50mm longer than the road forks, and I would like to use them for pre 65 events but am unsure if they are eligible. your help would be very much appreciated. Regards Harry Edwards.
North Wales
 

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Rickman MkIII T120 Scrambler


Fri Feb 03 2006
andrew.wantimgvirgin.net
Rickman Fairing
Hi,
I have recently bought a  Rickman Typhoon fairing but with out the brackets. I am trying to fit it to a CX 500. Do you know how or who I can contact to get hold of some?
Thanks in advance

Andy
bristol
 

Rickman Typhoon fairing.jpg
Rickman Typhoon fairing


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Tue Jan 31 2006
w.rosenimgin-control.us
contact for Rickman
www.metisse-motorcycles.com

my little Rickman

Full story at www.vintagebike.co.uk/
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Thank you for that, Bill, I'll add it to the site. Great looking bike!

I had one of those seats on my BSA Lightning (along with a replica Spitfire tank) - very uncomfortable it was over the ridiculous distances I used to ride it. -----------
Great site, it's always a pleasure to see people waving the vintage banners of the pioneer bikes. The kid's coming up need the enlightenment!!!

Thank you for the compliment, but I realy didn't have much to do with the how good it looks. It's still original except for the small bolt on changes I've made.. It is up to a whopping 1400 miles on the odo now.  I put 850 of those on it, over the last 6 years. The seat isn't bad on me, but the longest ride I take it on is about 125 miles in a day, the semi-annual, vintage bike spring shake down and fall color ride, she always gets the best sounding award. If you want to use a pic, feel free to "borrow" one off that site, I've also got a few others. I've got one of it in the museum at DomiRacer, in it's totally original form, I'll attach a scan.

25+ years ago, I had a West Coast Hornet TT factory racer, that I, to this day heavily regret selling. That bike was a BLAST, I put a real alternator on it, hung a battery and lights on it and drove it on the street.

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Nice one, Bill. I very much envy you that Hornet, it must have been something else.

I too often miss my BSA. In all the years I rode it, the thousands and thousands of miles up and down the East Coast of Australia, it only once broke down - I had somehow managed to drop the battery and crack it, and the following day the rectifier rattled apart.
 

The Hornet was a hoot, to blast around on. But if it didn't want to start by the fourth kick, I would just go get another cup of coffee. Otherwise it would hurt me.

BTW, My Rickman was invited, along with a few other Rickman-Enfields, to be "Special Guests", at the annual "Vincent Massacre" here in Chicago.  It is a gathering of Vincent owners from all over, somehow related in name and date, to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, in Chicago's history.  By an odd twist, there are 5 Rickman Enfields within 400 miles of each other, that we know of and 4 will be at the massacre.

Regards,
Bill
 

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Rickman Enfield #1121RE
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Rickman Enfield at DomiRacer


Fri Jan 13 2006
brimac44imghotmailimg
Rickman Predator
Hii - I've "inherited" a Predator and as I'm not into bikes myself, I'm looking to sell it. Can you point me to any sites? The bike is red & whiteand a preious owner spray painted the frame black


A browse of of the Bikelinks Classifieds Directory would be a good place to start. Ed.


Thu Dec 29 2005
triton.tazimgvirgin.net
triumph rickman matisse
Can anyone assist me, I have a rickman framed triumph the frame no is:2 71 R878 and the engine is from a 6T I think from 59 it has a Q plate, Can I get an age related plate, And could you advise me how to. Many thank's Mark
 

Rickman Metisse Triumph.jpg
Rickman Metisse Triumph


Sat Dec 24 2005
moses444imghotmailimg
1973 Rickman Zundapp
I have a 1973 Rickman 125 with the Zundapp motor, still in pretty good condition. Any good place for Zundapp motor parts?


A post in the Zundapp forum would be worthwhile, and also a search of the Bikelinks Zundapp directory. Ed.


Thu Nov 24 2005
nortonwizardimgyahooimg
My Rickman frame
Sorry if this is a repeat. I have a Rickman-Norton frame that I might like to find a good home for. It's not oil-in-frame, as would be expected, but I have a letter of authenticity from Pat French, which he sent after viewing the photos I had sent. I have the plated frame, with matching foot controls, swing arm, all the eccentric swing- arm/chain adjusters and motor mounting plates for it. It had a Norton P-11 motor in it when I got it.
  I'd like to know what it might be worth to sell, and also how to get in touch with whomever has the business, today, should I decide to get the missing body parts and finish the project.
  Thanks.


Sat Nov 05 2005
frasergimgtelus.net
Restoring Rickman Predator
Looking for supplier of Rickman parts, am restoring a 1980-81 Rickman Predator, has 1000 kaw motor, need a few parts for completion. Any info would be appretiated.
Glen Fraser
Alberta Canada


Mon Oct 24 2005
niconeimghotmailimg
rickman
do you know the new mail adress of rickmas? the old one: rickman-motorcycles.com    isn´t valid any more.thanks a  lot.nico


Suggest you browse the Rickman section of Bikelinks:
Rickman Motorcycles
Ed.


30th Sept 2005
subject: history of rickman motor cycles
Email: arizonacouperimgaolimg
message: there is a book by dave gittins relative to the rickman brothers. Is the book still available and where can it be purchase


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