Lot 10 - 1964 Rickman Métisse 500cc
|Estimate||£10,000 - £15,000|
Rickman motorcycles were produced from 1961 to 1976, by brothers Don and Derek Rickman, who started their company in 1957 and formally made it into Rickman Bros Ltd. in 1962. . Initially the frame designs were for scrambles, and then for road racing. Later, in 1966, road bikes were produced as well.
The brothers had had many successful years in scramblers but wanted better machines to ride. As a result they combined the Triumph twin engine with BSA frame to form the Tribsa, fitted with Norton forks. By 1961 their machine, known as the Métisse (French for mongrel or crossbreed), had been developed to have their own light and elegant frame, nickel plated with glass-fibre tank, seat base, tail unit and air-filter panels. The brothers then offered their design to the industry who, unwisely, turned it down, so they manufactured complete machines and kits themselves. A choice of engines could be used, the most usual being Triumph, BSA and more exclusively, Matchless. The standard of manufacture and finish was top class making the machines highly popular with frequent competition success.
This example represents the ultimate combination of frame, engine and gearbox. Most Rickman's housed the more plentiful Triumph engine with all motorcycles hand built by their owners. This one comes with the desirable Matchless engine with AMC gearbox, AMC front wheel and with Rickman rear wheel and correct 1½"" G.P. Amal carburettor. This restored machine was raced for many years by the world famous Adrian Moss, latterly proprietor of the company and organizer of The British Bike Bonanza. The majority of which took place during the 1960's and upto the 1970's as well as in pre-'65 Moto-Cross. So much so that Adrian Moss and Don Rickman both feature on this motorcycle on the front cover of a number of period and modern programmes. These are special machines and this one all the more so by virtue of its history. If it's good enough for Steve McQueen...
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