1969 Rickman Triumph
Frame no. R182
Engine no. T12021968
British brothers Don and Derek Rickman were motocross champions and innovators. Their excellent-handling Metisse scrambler frames outshined factory efforts in the 1960s. In the 1970s, seeing the need for strong, lightweight frames for road racers and café bikes, the duo came up with a nickel-plated structure made of large-section Reynolds 531 tubing. Instant classic, especially when fitted with a Triumph Bonneville 650 motor, as seen here.
This Rickman-Triumph was found in complete but neglected condition by an engineer and former road racer. A full restoration was carried out at not insubstantial cost, with the Bonneville motor fully restored mechanically, Mikuni carburetors and Boyer-Bransden electronic ignition added, together with stainless-steel fasteners all round, complementing the original paintwork.
Nice detail work abounds, in particular the engine-turned motor plates, headlight ears and instrument mount. Betor forks and shouldered Borrani rims are authentic period touches, likewise the sweptback exhausts with shorty peashooter mufflers. BSA/Triumph conical brake drums are fitted front and rear, with large cooling holes milled into their surfaces, backed by brass screens, the mark of a well-thought-out special. Café-racers are in vogue once more; here's a rare restored survivor from the first go-round ready to partake again.