Rickman and all things Metisse.

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

  1. Wildebeest90210

    Wildebeest90210 Long timer

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    This site needs a thread for all things related to the Rickman brothers bikes/frame kits and all that has happened since.
    Certainly in the UK there is no owners club as such and I'm not proposing to start one, but maybe any owners who might be interested in a yearly get together could get in touch here or inmates on behalf of others?
    That said, on with the pics, links, arguments and nit picking details. Road racers, scramblers, café racers and all the nickel plate you could hope for please put it here.
    Here's my work in progress

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  3. Wildebeest90210

    Wildebeest90210 Long timer

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    I can't seem to post from Smugmug without his stupid up/down bar on the right, I hate it when a service you pay for just changes with no contact! But have this anyway...
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  4. Scrivens

    Scrivens Been here awhile

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    I had a Rickman Suzuki Titan race bike and a full-spec CB750 with a 900 kit in the early 80's. Both of them were sunflower yellow, but no pics of either unfortunately. The 900 was sold after about a year as it was so loud it had to be trickled for miles through the suburbs to get to the open road and was too uncomfortable to ride in the urban areas. I ran the Titan for a while then kept the engine and the wheels for use in another bike and sold the rest of it to a guy who was going to put a Triumph engine in it from memory. Can't recall all that much about either bike now, but I do remember the glasswork was beautifully done and a lot more solid than most around at the time.
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  5. lesman

    lesman Live easy, Brake Hard

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    When I was a young Adventurider. The Titan was a really unappreciated machine. I think the Titan and the triples were out at the same time.
    As time goes on the Titan is great mid sized bike.
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  6. Scrivens

    Scrivens Been here awhile

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    Thread sidetrack here - over a decade I owned a Cobra and four Titans, even put a sidecar on one. I put a huge amount of touring miles on them and never had a problem, and one of my mates is still riding the Cobra now 40 years after I sold it to him. Ludicrously cheap new or used, and the only minor niggles were vibration and the lack of any engine braking. I put the engine and wheels from the Rickman into a stock Titan chassis and used it as a road burner. There's a pic of it somewhere in this forum.
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  7. fossil91

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    Have a CR 750 and 125 Zundapp Metisse, both in semi active resto. Will be very interested in sharing resources. Will need to pull photos from disperate locations and then post a link.


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    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    I lifted this pic from the Café Racer thread.
    A friend built one just like this in the mid-70s. Strange thing is , he used the motor from the carcass of a guy's bike that had died on it in a road accident. He never had any trouble from the bike , but , when he sold it , the new owner left from a start and because he couldn't see the side stand , rode off with it down. He didn't make it far , the stand drug on the next left turn , he lost control and crashed ending his life.
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  9. JagLite

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    For those who are just now tuning in, here are some great links:

    Rickman Motorcycles
    http://www.rickman-motorcycles.com/parts-and-prices.php

    Metisse Motorcycles
    http://www.metisse-motorcycles.com/

    Terry Weedy - Avery Products
    http://www.terryweedy.com/metisse.html

    The companies above all sell Rickman Metisse parts, kits, and complete bikes on request. :clap


    Motorcycle Classics magazine has had a few articles about various Rickman's:

    MK III Scrambler:
    http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/c...s/rickman-metisse-scrambler-zmwz14ndzkel.aspx

    CR 750 Honda:
    http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/classic-japanese-motorcycles/rickman-honda-cr750-zmwz12jfzbea.aspx

    CR 1000 Kawasaki:
    http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/c...es/1976-rickman-kawasaki-cr-zmwz15jfzbla.aspx

    CR 750 Royal Enfield:
    http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/classic-british-motorcycles/1971-rickman-enfield-interceptor.aspx
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  10. Wildebeest90210

    Wildebeest90210 Long timer

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    This is kind of a test. Smugmug say it's my computer, can anyone else see the up/down side bar with a little bit of movement next to the image????????

    I want to do an XS650 powered post but until I get this problem solved it's just one pic. (so don't post any more XS pics til I get sorted :patch !!!!)

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  11. Wildebeest90210

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    Ok, problem almost solved for pic posting but here are some xs650 Metisses in all their glory. I'm sure there are more, all the companies Jaglite lists still make frames for them and the engines are still (just) relatively cheap and easily tuned so why not do one? I wonder if a Kawasaki W motor might end up shoehorned in? Not too much of a fan as the motor is pretty but under powered but might make a nice Metisse.

    A nice road racer I believe still running in Aus.

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    And a link to a clean clean build.

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  12. Te Hopo

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    No issues with the pic as far as I can tell mate.
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  13. CafeDude

    CafeDude Ride to eat.....

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    My '74.......yep, it's the bike in post #8. Fun bike.

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  14. Wildebeest90210

    Wildebeest90210 Long timer

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    Beautiful machine, do you have any video? Static or preferably riding.

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  15. Wildebeest90210

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    Here you go Mr Scrivens, a (smoky) beauty!


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    CafeDude Ride to eat.....

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    No, I don't have video. I will make one in the spring. It's currently on loan to the Lars Anderson museum in Massachusetts until April.
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  17. Wildebeest90210

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    Here you go CafeDude, fresh US import to the UK. It could be as good as yours with quite a bit of work but still it's at £7.5K on a well known auction site which I don't think is too bad if it is as the pictures say. I'm won't be advertising for anyone on this thread but it would be of interest to me to keep an eye on prices worldwide.
    The Z1000 in the next pics sold somewhere between £11-12K just recently and is in lovely condition.

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    CafeDude Ride to eat.....

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    Both are beautiful examples! Can you post the auction link for the Honda? I'd love to read about it.
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  19. Wildebeest90210

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    Here it is. There are quite a few companies in the UK who specialise in filling containers in the US importing and selling off the contents at huge prices, twinshock mx bikes, Honda 350 and 450 twins sell really well, there must be a big mark up. They are not usually this discerning though, this is a proper investment, a thorough rebuild and I think you'd still make money short term. I'd keep it if it were me, when you consider people are trying to sell 'café racer' CX500's for over £10K then this is an absolute bargain.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Honda-RIC...600805?hash=item4af24b4be5:g:jXQAAOSwo0JWHQ6L
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  20. Scrivens

    Scrivens Been here awhile

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    Yep, that's more or less what it looked like but with a slightly different seat. Mine had a GT750 4LS front brake, Borani rims and a short nose fairing. No idea who set it up originally, and it was in pretty poor shape when I got it. The CR was similar to the four-piper in the pics above but had a set of 'rust-while-you-wait' Dunstall 4-2 pipes. I've occasionally wondered what happened to the CR as it was sold to a local guy but I never saw it on the road again. I have a lot of 35mm slide photos of my earlier bikes but unfortunately they are in storage at the moment.
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