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Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by JagLite, Aug 16, 2012.
A fewI thought you might enjoy.
Trials champ Mick Andrews on it - sure put a smile on his dial.
Sometimes you wonder about where bikes go. One day in the mid '70's I came home from work and was reading the newspaper when I saw a Rickman advertised, I rung about it and found it was only a mile away as the crow flies...so thought I better have a feed before I went and looked at it. Less than an hour later I rolled up at the address and saw a white Rickman Metisse with pre unit T100 engine and BSA gearbox being wheeled onto a trailer. Changed my tactics after that.
saw allot of metisse frames at the NEC motocycle live show i love the proportions on how they look especiallyin person.
I agree, tracks have changed dramatically as bikes have changed and I realize the differences as I have been blessed to ride and race thru both generations.
The new bikes are phenominal in many ways, but there is an arguement to be made that older bikes like the Rick actually "handle" better than modern bikes in pure cornering. they were much lower CoG and built purely for cornering and handling.
Modern MX bikes have fantastic suspension, braking, power and even reliabilty, but handling could be debateable.
Love that pic of the guys with the ear to ear grin....Jag I am sure yours will give you the same smile.
Better handling or not, I still want to own a Ricker before I die. That and a 380 Greeves
Back to your regular programming....
I do indeed like these pictures!
The Flying Rickman action shot is fantastic.
And the grin Mick has is a real delight to behold.
Thanks for posting them!
When I was a kid growing up in the UK these were the type of bikes you saw on the TV on a Saturday early afternoon. They showed Scrambles in that time slot as live TV Soccer wasn't invented yet so they filled the time until the soccer results started coming in.
If you haven't watched the Classic Red Marley Hill climb videos, here is a good one. :eek1
Although watching the first bike being a Rickman loop over the jump and pop off the tail piece rather hurts...
Also some neat grass track bikes as well as other classics...
Great way to spend quality time online.
I coulda swore I posted on this thread but I don't see it... anyway, if you are still looking for a B50 wheel go here....
I used to spend a lot of time over there & the forum has some really good guys & resources. there are a couple guys that moderate the BSA board that have stuff... we traded a lot of things back and forth. ping Gordon Gray and Steve Ericson. there is also a Triumph board, etc.
as I recall the wet frame singles all have the same rear wheel.... B50, B25, and even the Triumph TR25W... that would be years from '71 and newer
I will do that.
or here http://www.b50.org/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=35
I raced a Matchess Metisse for a full season of Dist. 37 Desert events in 1970 while a member of the Vikings MC. Kick ass machine, heavy but what an engine. With all the low end torque, the bike would haul the mail when hitting the sand. Sure regret seliing that one after I moved to the PN Wet in '71.
...ran across this, might be of interest:
Going under the hammer in Vegas , Saturday.
This one too. Some kind of aftermarket cylinders on this one and a big Italian front brake.
Can you post what they go for at the auction?
These bikes are in the Mid-America auction , which is one of three seperate autions going on this weekend.
A few days after the auction they'll have the results up . You can also check the past auctions.
If I had money I'd be dangerous at these auctions, I want so many of the bikes !
But in the real world , I have more bikes than I have room or time for. And a slim wallet.
Any updates to the build? It just kind of petered out....and I was enjoying following the project.
I remember Matisse at the uk nec bike show selling that model and there new road bike. Cool looking bike be fun on the road
No update since we have moved and are working day and night to get the old house ready to sell.
I will take a picture of the Rickman in the new house soon and post it.
Yes, it is in the house, not the garage.
Unfortunately I have had NO time to do fun things.
So far this summer I have ridden one of my bikes all of 1.5 hours.
And that was real early one Sunday morning.
Did you get the engine installed in the bike?
This is like going on a date with Suzy Wetpants in High School. You've got me all worked up now to see this to through to the end and its just STOPPED!
Argh! Blue Balls, Motorcycle Style.
I remember those painful dates all too well!
But no, I want to rebuild the engine before installing it and I need to get my shop set up before I can do that.
Now that I think about it, instead of leaving the engine sitting looking forlorn and neglected, I could go ahead and install it in the frame for safe storage.
I think it would look better there too.
Now, to dig my way through the piles of "stuff" in the garage to find my tool boxes...