Last of the Breed: 1980 Rickman CRE 1000 Predator

1980 Rickman CRE 1000 Predator R Front

While plenty of Rickman motorcycles have graced this site, this one’s a first for me: a CRE 1000 Predator. Rickman made their name building lightweight, nickel-plated frames to wrap around existing powertrain packages. Their bikes often featured internal oil-passages to eliminate the need for external oil tanks and coolers, saving weight. They exemplify the do-it-yourself spirit of 70’s motorcycling: there’s technically no such thing as a “stock” Rickman, since they were built up individually to customer specs or built by the customers from a kit, generally using donor bikes from Honda, Kawasaki, or Triumph.

1980 Rickman CRE 1000 Predator Fairing

Japanese frame and suspension technology on their streetbikes had largely caught up by the 80’s, pushing companies like Rickman to the side, Rickman continued to make their Predator, a sport-touring machine, up until about 1984 that used a 1000cc Kawasaki engine. Rickman-framed Hondas, Kawasakis, and Triumphs show up for sale fairly regularly, and often at very reasonable prices, considering their performance advantages over the standard Hondas and Kawasakis from which they borrow their running gear.

1980 Rickman CRE 1000 Predator Pegs

From the original eBay listing: 1980 Rickman CRE 1000 Predator

Model year 1980

Super rare model, 2 owners from new The first owner ran the Rickman owners club for many years

Bike has extensive history file, frame was supplied to Maitland Racing who built the bike and supplied a tuned engine. Engine Z1000J motor fitted with a Wiseco 1105 big bore kit, electronic ignition, Goodrich oil cooler, full build sheet & dyno chart included. Dyno’d at 118bhp.

Converted to mono shock and 17″ wheels.

Starts and runs with no smoke or rattles, only known fault is the speedo requires attention currently fitted with a Sigma digital speedo.

Correctly registered (English documents) as Rickman.

Ride and collect! Bulletproof investment.

Bike is currently located in Italy, Roveredo in Piano, but i can get them delivered all around the World at cost, no problem.

1980 Rickman CRE 1000 Predator Rear Suspension

Although the frame is the big story with any Rickman and the key to their success, it’s hard to overlook the striking bodywork that includes a distinctive duck-tail unit and monoshock rear suspension, while 17″ wheels should make for a great selection of grippy high-performance modern rubber.

1980 Rickman CRE 1000 Predator Cockpit

If you’ll notice, the speedo is currently stuck, hence the fitting of the little digital unit. But that shouldn’t really present much of a problem to solve, considering the fact that the unit itself is a stock Kawasaki part. Or just go with an aftermarket gauge: considering the quirky 80’s style of the bodywork, I’m sure no one would mind the fitment of a modern, digital dash.

1980 Rickman CRE 1000 Predator Tail

All-in-all, a very distinctive vintage sportbike you can enjoy on a daily basis, and it doesn’t get much better than that!


1980 Rickman CRE 1000 Predator L Side

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5 Responses

  1. sr88 says:

    Very impressive motorcycle. However the fairing is, uhh . . . umm . . . different. The Rickman’s built some amazing frames, fairing styling, not so much.
    What is the deal with this seller? He keeps coming up with very interesting motorcycles.

  2. tad says:

    He really does post up some very interesting stuff for sale. And this is definitely not the prettiest bike we’ve featured, but very rare! Shame that you can only see the Rickman frame peeking through the bodywork…

  3. And this is why Rickman stopped producing chassis kits for new bikes, and went strictly retro by the mid-80s…heavy and out of step, while their early machines were ultra light and very beautiful…

  4. Bob says:

    8-ball, teal blazer & espadrilles not included.

  5. I doubt this is a Predator. The CRE (Competition Replica Endurance) was built on the same CR line that mated both the Honda 8v and DOHC/Z-1 Kawasaki fours to a modified version of the Metisse’ frame. The Predator series came after; using the Suzuki GS1000 and 16v Honda double cam. The mods to the suspension give the bike a slightly different look, but I’m pretty certain it’s a CR-based CRE. By the way, Rickman built very few CRs and even fewer CRE bikes. Most were sold as kits.