1969 Rickman Métisse 490cc MkIV Replica
Frame no. 4121
Engine no. XC07300
The Rickman brothers - Don and Derek - were already established moto-cross stars when they built the first Métisse in 1959 and within a decade their company would grow to become one of the biggest and best-known independent motorcycle frame-makers. Having started out campaigning Triumph-engined BSAs, for 1961 the brothers introduced the first Rickman frame, the Métisse MkIII, which was produced in substantial quantities. It was followed by the more compact MkIV, intended for the unitary construction Triumph T100 and BSA Victor engines, while there were also a frame for two-stroke singles and a road racing chassis. Unable to compete with the Japanese factories, the Rickmans gave up frame making in the early 1980s, the rights to their designs passing in 1983/84 to Pat Frenchs firm, MRD Métisse, which continued to cater for the increasing classic market. Recently serviced and described as in generally excellent condition, this Triumph T100R-engined Rickman Métisse replica has been raced with the following: Mortimer Club, Battle of Newbury, International Club and South Hampshire.