Rickman Interceptor, Metisse
Further Interceptor Developments
After the death of Floyd Clymer in 1970 the Rickman Brothers acquired the rest of the Enfield Engines. The engines were in possession of Mitchell’s in Birmingham waiting to be sent to Italy to be assembled. Mitchell’s were an import/export company and wanted to dispose of the engines as soon as possible. They approached the Rickman Brothers for a frame and the Rickman Metisse was born.
There were seven prototypes made (R650, 651, 652, 797, 810, 811, 979) There were however, only 130 production Rickman’s originally made. Production went from April 1970 until January 1972. Frame numbers commenced at R1001 and ran through to R1130.
Elite Motors Advert, From
“The Book of Superbike Road Tests” 1972
Phil Sampfords Rickman, Fitted with MK1A Engine with Amal GP Carbs
Robert Taylor’s Rickman, purchased new from Elite Motors
Certificate of Authenticity for Robert Taylor’s Rickman (left)
Invoice For Robert Taylor’s Rickman
Dan Rickwood’s Rickman
Bill Rosen’s Rickman, Chicago
Mark Cain with his Rickman before selling it on.
Derek Edward’s Rickman (IB2249X) in the West Midlands
Engine: 736cc RE Air-Cooled Twin. 71 x 93mm bore and stroke
Transmission: Duplex Primary Chain to 5 Plate Wet Clutch, Albion 4-Speed Gearbox
Frame: Nickel plated and eccentric fork pivot
Suspension: Rickman Telescopic Front Forks with Hydraulic Damping, Swinging rear fork
Wheels: Borrani Light Alloy Rims, Dunlop TT100 Tyres, Magnesium Hubs
Brakes: Lockheed disc Brakes 10″ Front, 9″ Rear
Electrics: Lucas 120 Watt 12 Volt Capacitator System, Lucas Continental 700 7″ Headlamp
Equipment: 3-Gal Fibreglass Tank, 150mph Smiths Speedo, 10’000 RPM Smiths Tachometer, Light Alloy Centre Stand, Banana Fold Up Seat
Sole UK Dealer: Elite Motors (Tooting)
Canadian Dealer: Chariot Cycle (Vancouver) The Rickman was unable to be imported direct to the USA due to the US Department of Transportation’s regulations. It seems that some were stripped down and smuggled over.
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|MRD Metisse Frame, built by John Mossey Classic
|The second Rickman prototype which ran the 1970 Bol d’Or
|One of the two prototypes which ran the 1970 Bol d’Or
|Basket case in the process of being restored (2010)
|It was ordered from Elite and shipped to Boston in January 1972. Currently in North Carolina, USA. All paperwork is still with the bike including correspondence between original buyer and Elite leading up to the purchase as well as bill of sale and shipping documents. Sales brochures and related Elite Motors catalogs still in a large binder for preservation. The bike sat in a collection for 30 years in California until my purchase and currently has 1726 miles on it as of May 2012 at which time the seller was 82 years old. It only required an intense polishing and brake rebuild. Totally original and unmodified. My purchase included a complete new set of bodywork and seat as spares.
|Frame from my Weslake racer for my old friend Royal
|Elite Motor’s Press Demonstrator. Still running in original conditions
|Ashby de la Zouch
|Blue, Engine Rebuilt. But Not in Frame
|This was from Ian Abrahams Rickman, bought 17 years ago. Still under the bench
|Frame was cut about, engine was cut out of another frame, after 18miles from new
|Orange. Complete and running
|Currently being restored to original R/E spec after removing Yamaha engine.
1st saw the bike on Royal Enfield Owners stand at 1990 Stafford Show then owned by Allan Hitchcock. He Sold it in 1991 to John Constable who rebuilt the bike and it was road tested in June 1992 Classic Bike described on the front cover as the Tangerine Dream Raunchy Rickman Interceptor.I next saw the bike advertised for sale in the Classic Bike Magazine when I was working in Saudi in June 1993 and I bought it over the phone from John Constable. I have owned the bike for the last 19 years and only ridden it for 400 miles but I am now 73 so I have reluctantly decided to sell it on to someone who will ride and enjoy.
|First UK registered in Oct 1972, now under restoration by new (third) owner
|Need R/H Crankcase
|Orange, New from Elite Motors, Tooting(Pictured Above with Paperwork)
|Acquired from Pitsburg, USA
|Orange, Original Dealer-Elite Motors, Tooting
|with half-fairing, clip on bars
|Ashby de la Zouch
|Orange, number 45 out of 138 (Pictured Above)
|Rebuilt 1978. All new parts. Black. Now fitted with an NRE 8 Valve 920cc, moving to a 850cc 90 degree crank NRE engine.
|Genuine complete bike from Canada, missing silencers and brake pedal only done 6,000 miles, not registered yet in this country
|Same colour scheme as your illustration ie Red & white toolbox
|Ashby de la Zouch
|Spare Engine From USA
|Fort Atkinson, Wi.
|Bought new in Canada, still ride it.
|All original except tyres and some engine internals. I’m told it was discovered that the engine had been very poorly put together, which probably explains why the original owner (in California) only put 900 miles on it before ‘retiring’ it as a museum piece. It has recently been overhauled by a UK expert, and now runs really well, and is surprisingly smooth for a big parallel twin.
|Still in tidy original condition, 35000km
|Returned from USA, 2000 miles on clock
|Rickman Rear sets, Interceptor Pipes w/open megaphones
|I purchased new. 3056 orig miles. For sale to hi bid.
|Engine purchased from Rickman late 70, Converted to MK2
|1967 MK1A Engine, Built from new parts, Alloy Cylinders
|Last one made, I think.