Lot 370 - 1969 Rickman Métisse (500cc)
|Estimate||£4,500 - £6,000|
|Result||Sold - £5,600|
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.
We understand that this bike was built up from a kit supplied by MRD Métisse in about 1996. Using a 500cc Triumph Tiger T100R engine, the bike is road legal and registered as 1969 Triumph 500. It has had a recent overhaul including a new carburettor, a new Boyer electronic ignition, powerbox type system so no battery, new tyres and new wiring. Fitted with front/rear lights and brake light, it comes with a new MoT test certificate and UK road registration V5C document. In very good running order, the bike has a fibre glass fuel tank and body work that is still in good condition but the paint is showing signs of age. A sound example ready to used on or off road.
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