Rickman and all things Metisse.

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Wildebeest90210, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. Thumpermeister

    Thumpermeister roost maker

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  2. Wildebeest90210

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  3. motu

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    Top No 74 looks like a Rickman frame around the steering head, the flying 74 looks like a BSA frame with the metal wrap around the steering head. A transision bike ?
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  5. JagLite

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    Yep, been up for grabs for a while now.
    I think @Wildebeest90210 posted that back a ways.
    It will be interesting to see what pans out :jkam
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  6. Wildebeest90210

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    I heard Norton were interested but look how that worked out :muutt
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  7. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    Is MBH still around...? Oh, Geely again. The Geely Metisse.
  8. yokesman

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    there is a 125 zundapp metisse in the Boise , idaho CL, today.
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  9. Wildebeest90210

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    Talmag trial.

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  10. JagLite

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    I was doing a bit of work on my Rickman and shot a few pictures to put in my build thread.
    Then I thought they might be of interest to other Metisse owners so here are a couple things:

    A small battery can really help with a steady idle when cold and when starting but where to put one?
    Under the seat on top of the airbox:

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    A small Lithium Ion 12 volt fits great.

    One thing I found irritating is how the rear fender & seat base is fiddly to bolt on and remove.
    I enlarged the rear mounting holes in the fiberglass seat base so that I could invert the bolts through the frame and rear fender guard to leave the bolts in place and only remove nuts on top of the seat base. I also use Velcro to fasten the seat in place instead of the 3 bolts it is designed for:

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    This way the bolts below the seat in the back stay in the frame when installing and removing the seat.

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    The Velcro on the seat base:

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  11. Wildebeest90210

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    Look out it's the filth.....


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  12. Wildebeest90210

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  14. Thumpermeister

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  15. chilejack

    chilejack Viajero Viejo

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    My !974 Rickman Montesa VR has some features that made me question whether it might be an earlier model with the VR engine. I emailed Rickman Motorcycles in the UK and they were able to identify and verify the frame number, date of manufacture and when it was sold to the distributor. The early Micros were sold to Steen's in the US and later ('72-'74) were sold to BSA America. That might be worth trying.
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  16. chilejack

    chilejack Viajero Viejo

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    My 1972 Rickman Zundapp, bought new in 1972, as raced in the '70s and in vintage MX in the '90s. In the '70s, I had an E.C. Birt downpipe and port job, and a reed valve. The bore job and porting gave it a boost to 154 cc. I also had Curnutt rear shocks at that time. I am restoring a set of Curnutts and also have an E.C. Birt cylinder for it to bring it back to it's '70s glory. It may get another run at vintage MX.

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    The Rickman at a mudfest in Steamboat, CO in the mid-'90s.

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    My 1974 Rickman Montesa VR. It had been painted an ill-advised Montesa orange when I acquired it in the mid-2000s. A couple years ago, I removed the orange from the fiberglass and repainted the tank. The best paint match for the tank was Rustoleum International Harvester Red in a rattle can. The glass is the original finish, buffed out after taking off the orange. Last year it received an award at a vintage bike show for "Best British Dirt Bike". LOL, It was the only entrant in the category!

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    During the renewal process.

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    thanks for the info chilejack. I have found out a bit more if the bikes history, but my main concern was to verify eligibility for the pre ‘75 class I want to race in.
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  20. Wildebeest90210

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    Giddy up there >>>>>:D:D