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By Tom White
British Grand Prix stars Don and Derek Rickman manufactured eponymous motorcycles from 1960 to 1975. Although the Rickman brothers originally focused on making Reynolds 531 frame kits for BSA, Triumph, Norton and Matchless engines, they knew that to sell motorcycles in large numbers they needed to make complete bikes. Sadly, the British motorcycle industry would not sell engines to the Rickmans, which forced them to go looking for foreign sources for engine packages.
The Rickmans formed agreements with Hodaka to supply them with 100cc engines, Zundapp for 125cc engines, and originally with Bultaco (1965) and finally Montesa for 250cc engines. These small-displacement Rickmans, in comparison to the kit bikes with British four-strokes in them, were mostly destined for the burgeoning American market. At one point, Rickman sold 4000 bikes a year. The American demand was for small-displacement two-strokes, and the Rickman engine deals were timed perfectly to increase their U.S. market share.
The 1971 Rickman Zundapp 125 Metisse was a classic example of what was possible. The components were of the highest quality, …
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