Lot 228 - 1976 Rickman Rickman Métisse Honda
|Odometer reading||23,958 miles|
|Result||Sold - £3,360|
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 scrambling, and then for road racing, with road bikes introduced in 1966. The brothers had many successful years in scrambling but wanted better machines to ride. As a result they combined the Triumph twin engine with a BSA frame to form theTribsa, fitted with Norton forks. By 1961 their machine, known as theMétisse(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, Matchless and later Honda and Kawasaki. The standard of manufacture and finish was top class making the machines highly popular with frequent competition success.
This excellent Rickman Métisse nickel plated frame was first used in the early 1970's by a small racing team called Misano Racing. By 1976 the frame was returned to Rickman and rebuilt fitting a Honda engine and registered for road use. The motorcycle was acquired by the vendor in 2000 and left in storage with an Aston Martin bodywork specialist who checked through the mechanics of the motorcycle and restored the fairings, colouring them in purple. The engine is running and is reported to be in good condition, with the whole motorcycle only requiring re-commissioning, a new screen and handle grips to be ready for the road. This Rickman Métisse is supplied with a V5 registration document; old MoT test certificates from the 1990's, a Rickman manual/parts book and a photograph and letter from a previous owner Sir Larry Preston-Smith, revealing the early history of the Rickman frame. This Rickman Métisse is being sold at no reserve with a price guide of £5,000 to £8,000.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.