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Marvelous Mutt: 1968 Rickman Metisse Triumph for Sale

1968 Rickman Metisse Triumph L w Fairing

In the 1960’s and 1970’s, if you weren’t happy with the handling of your stock motorcycle, you could contact a number of different specialist frame companies for your racebike or road-legal custom. Among these, the name “Rickman” ranks among the very best, right up with Spondon and Egli, producing frames and bodywork for buyers who wanted something truly exotic.

Early on, they focused on offroad racing, but their catalog eventually encompassed roadracing and street bikes as well, starting with the engine and transmission from the Triumph Bonneville like this particular example.

1968 Rickman Metisse Triumph R Rear

Rickman’s signature frames were constructed from lightweight, nickel-plated tubes that provided a stiff foundation for improved suspension, and many featured internal oil-passages that replaced oil tanks and coolers. The completed hybrids were amusingly named “Metisse,” French for “mongrel.”

1968 Rickman Metisse Triumph L Front

For the most part, the company produced kits instead of complete motorcycles, supplying frames and bodywork: engines, transmissions, wheels, and electrics not included. A wide variety of engines were fitted snuggly into Rickman frames over the years, but Japanese big-bore machines featured heavily in their later output. Like Bimota, they recognized that the handling of these machines could be improved, and the resulting bikes featured the best of both worlds: Japanese engineering and reliability combined with British innovation to create fast, nimble, and rare bikes that could compete on road or track.

1968 Rickman Metisse Triumph Clocks

From the original eBay listing: 1968 Rickman Metisse Road Racer for Sale

The condition of this machine is highly original, un-restored, and preserved, having covered 828 miles since new. All of the numbers are factory correct and original. It is the 650 cc engine. The gearbox is also original to the machine. This Norton is completely original and has never been apart. I am the third owner from new, the first long-time owner being the legendary female motorcycle trailblazer Barbara Lee Weber of Chicago. It is in preserved, original, and almost showroom new condition.

The paint is the original red and is nearly flawless. The original decals are still applied to the gas tank. The plastic sidecovers are in excellent condition and are not in need of any type of repair.  

All of the original accessories, including the headlight and very hard to find tail light, are in operational condition and in excellent original condition.

The Rickman Triumph on the road is very easy to handle, and rides down the road very tight, with no shakes, shimmies, or rattles. It shifts and accelerates smoothly and holds the road as it should.  

There is absolutely NOTHING that needs to be done to this machine to ride it occasionally and enjoy it as a showpiece. Unlike other machines for sale on the internet, this one is ready to ride and not in need of any expensive service once you get it home.  

1968 Rickman Metisse Triumph Engine Detail

There’s a ton of additional information, original documentation, and photographs over on eBay, so pop on over for a look. Bidding is pretty active on this one, with five days left and the Reserve Not Met at $9,100. If you’re looking for a Rickman, this is a very nice, unrestored example of their original road bike with as detailed a history as you’re ever likely to find.


1968 Rickman Metisse Triumph R No Fairing

V6 Kawasaki Special

This lead was sent to us by Dave who prefaced the email with “Want something unusual?” But what is it? If you start looking for a V6 Kawasaki, you will not find anything from the factory. What I was able to find are a couple of references to a home build V6, and I can’t imagine that there are a lot of these running around.You can see the actual sale here, and is currently available in France.

Plugging V6 Kawasaki into the great search engine I ran across someone names Res Cogs on 2stroke forum who showed some picture of what is apparently the same bike. He gave no information other then an article was going to be coming out (in 2009) about the bike. Reg linked photos of the bike crammed into a garage with some other nice race bikes.

Another link I found may or may not be related to this bike for sale, but again how many can there be. It is and expired sale on a UK site with only a description without pictures.

From the expired listing

Kawasaki V6 500 cc Yes V6 500 cc A fantastic piece of engineering Two KH 250 cc Triples mated together to produce this beautiful V6 500 cc racer Original constructed in 1976 and raced until 1977 upon the owners death In latter years the DRM as its known was completely rested beautifully and road registered The bike its self looks stunning and won Machine Of Most Technical interest at the International Stafford Classic Bike Show in 2009 Fitted with Boyer electronic ignition 6 Mikuni carburetors Gremica front brake and six gorgeous had made expansion boxes The Japanese could not have done it better The DRM is without doubt unique and gathers great attention were ever it goes either at shows or when in use People think its an ex works Mick Grant or Corky Ballington machine so it has then scratching there heads I did not know Kawasaki made a 500 cc V6 Grand Prix machine you here them thinking Its a true product of its time and credit due to its maker

I do not know enough about the KH250 so I cannot say definitively say that the bike for sale is the same described above. It does appear to have a Gremica front brake so who knows. With my untrained eye it does look like there have been two engines grafted to one crank case. The fit and finish look to use simple solutions instead of intricate and difficult to machine parts. The end result is unique and would turn heads with its design. The real question is how does it go, and what does it sound like at full throttle. If you have seen this bike, or heard this bike please share your comments. BB