Rickman Metisse


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  • Engine number 
    CC0267 T150T
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c.1990 'Rickman Métisse' Triumph 750cc T150 Trident Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. TP1257444U
Engine no. CC0267 T150T

Although up-staged in the showroom by Japanese rivals, the Triumph and BSA 750 triples did more than enough on the racetrack to ensure their place in motorcycling history. BSA-Triumph's Chief Engineer Doug Hele supervised engine development throughout 1969 while frame builder Rob North devised a chassis that would stand the test of time like few others. The team narrowly missed victory at the 1970 Daytona 200, its first major event, when Gene Romero finished second on a Triumph. Dick Mann's BSA won at Daytona in 1971 and John Cooper, also BSA-mounted, at Mallory Park's Race of the Year, vanquishing the hitherto unbeatable combination of Giacomo Agostini and MV. Percy Tait and Ray Pickrell had won the 24-hour Bol d'Or endurance race the preceding week on another Triple, and Cooper wrapped up a memorable international season for BSA-Triumph with victory in the 250-mile race at Ontario in October. The BSA-Triumph triples continue to be a mainstay of classic racing today.

While the Rob North chassis is most readily associated with the racing triples, some privateers favoured the Rickman alternative, as seen here. This motorcycle was constructed around 1990 using a replica frame of unknown make. Noteworthy features include aluminium wheel rims, Lockheed brakes, box-section swinging arm, Koni rear suspension, oil cooler, and a Kröber tachometer. The machine comes with its 2007 purchase paperwork, transfer of ownership documents, and German Fahrzeugbrief. Alternative fairings (road/race) and two fuel tanks are included in the sale.