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March 31, 2010

1972 Rickman-Metisse 250 Motocross – only one mistake

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The only mistake the Rickman Brothers made on their 250 motocross, was making it too good.

In 1965, Don and Derek Rickman built their first Rickman-Metisse 250. It was a great competition bike, but it wasn’t perfect. so the Brothers went back to the drawing board – and starting with this frame, they redesigned it. They came up with one of the lightest, and one of the fastest motocross 250’s in the world. Then they had ony one problem. By putting so much personal attention into making the bikes, they made too few of them for the people who want them.

Derek and Don Rickman hate to turn customers away, but they also want to make the perfect bike. And if creating the perfect 250 for America means making only limited quantities, that’s the way it has to be.

A perfect bike must start with a perfect frame. Derek and Don have won enough motocross championships to know that. Their racing frame is so unique, they had to build a separate factory to produce it.

The uniqueness of the Rickman-Metisse frame lies in its unmatched strength, balance, and superb handling. The Rickman-Metisse 250 frame is a specially designed lightweight, single downtube frame made of Reynolds 531. The tubing is of high strength steel alloy – so strong, they make jet planes with it. Bronze-welding makes the profile-matched joints practically indestructible.

After considerable testing, the Rickmans found the Montesa 250 to be the perfect engine for their frame. The Montesa can drag with engines twice its cc’s, because Don and Derek asked Montesa to specially port and chamber their engine for torque – so you could blast up any grade without bogging down. And because your power / weight ratio is much higher, you move a lot faster.

The Rickman Brothers have selected The Birmingham Small Arms Company, Inc. as their exclusive distributor in the U.S.A. Through this nationwide dealer chain, Don and Derek are making sure that you’ll always be near Rickman-Metisse parts and servicing.

The Rickman-Metisse 250 is the closest to being perfect that it has ever been. The one mistake Don and Derek made was not making enough of them.

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January 22, 2010

1970 The Rickman Eight-Valve Triumph – A Stormer, Styled for Americans

Cover: The Rickman Eight-Valve Triumph

Contents: Road Tests / Specifications: Rokon Trailbreaker, AJS 250 Motocross, Triumph Trophy 500, Rickman Eight-Valve Triumph; Features: Riding after dark; How to teach your girl to ride; Becoming a sportsman dirt racer; Milan Motorcycle Show; The Cyclone story; How goes Inter-Am?; more

1970 February Cycle World Motorcycle Magazine Back-Issue – Rickman available at www.DadsVintageAds.com in the “ Motorcycle Magazines” category

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December 3, 2009

1971 Rickman 250 Cross Test – The “Let it all hang out” Moto crosser

Cover: Rickman; Talladega 200 Mile National; Bultaco 175 Lobito Test; Yamaha R5 Tune-Up; Tri-Am Moto Cross; Letters from the troops; Bonneville Speedweek; Titanium Frames; Rickman 250 MX Test; Up on the pegs; Honda CB-350 Test; Action Photo contest; Complete Custom; Hodaka 125 Conversion; Holiday Gift Guide; Miss Modern Cycle; more

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