1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. R190 Engine no. T-50063468

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Lot 109
1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan
Frame no. R190 Engine no. T-50063468

Sold for US$ 3,220 inc. premium
1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan
Frame no. R190
Engine no. T-50063468
The Rickman brothers - Don and Derek - were already established moto-cross stars when they built the first Metisse in 1959 and within a decade their company would grow to become one of the biggest and best-known independent motorcycle frame-makers. Both commenced their scrambles careers riding BSA Gold Stars, and the brothers' first 'special' consisted of a BSA duplex-loop frame, Triumph T100 engine, BSA gearbox and Norton forks. It was given the French name 'Metisse', which is roughly translatable as 'hybrid'. For the 1960 season two (only) new Metisse Mk II machines were constructed along broadly similar lines, before being superseded by the first Rickman-factory-framed model - the Metisse Mk III - for 1961. An enormous success, the Mk III frame was produced in substantial quantities, proving a popular basis for large-capacity roadsters as well scrambles use. It was followed by the more compact Mk IV, which was intended for the unitary construction Triumph T100R and BSA B44 Victor engines, while there was also a frame for two-stroke singles (the 'Petite Metisse') and a road racing chassis.

A marriage between a reliable motor, the Suzuki T-500 Titan, and a British racing chassis, the Rickman Metisse, resulted in a competitive club racer. Restored and run in 1992, this bike carries a Yamaha racing front brake from the TZ250/350 models. This modified machine holds a 'healthy' 493cc air-cooled, twin cylinder, 2-stroke. With the necessary recommissioning, this bike could be a great entry in AHRMA racing and/or a solid collector's item. It is in 'as-is' condition.

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1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. R190 Engine no. T-50063468
1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. R190 Engine no. T-50063468
1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. R190 Engine no. T-50063468
1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. R190 Engine no. T-50063468
1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. R190 Engine no. T-50063468
1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. R190 Engine no. T-50063468
1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. R190 Engine no. T-50063468
1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. R190 Engine no. T-50063468
1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. R190 Engine no. T-50063468
1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. R190 Engine no. T-50063468
1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. R190 Engine no. T-50063468
1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. R190 Engine no. T-50063468
1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. R190 Engine no. T-50063468
1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. R190 Engine no. T-50063468
1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. R190 Engine no. T-50063468
1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. R190 Engine no. T-50063468
1970 Rickman Metisse-Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. R190 Engine no. T-50063468
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