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Rickman BSA #62208 08/09/08 9:48 pm
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So, I got me this Rickman A65. Yea, it's kinda odd looking at first, but the more I ride it and the more I discover about it, the more it grows on me. I'm constantly finding out more of its peculiarities like the clear plastic hose on the frame that serves as an oil level sightglass, but there's still a couple of things that stump me. One is a pair of aluminum plates that came with the bike. I can't for the life of me figure out where the go or what they might be for. Maybe one of you out there knows:
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Re: Rickman BSA #62209 08/09/08 11:21 pm
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Hey Alex how about a photo of the bike, it might also help solve the puzzle. And when are you posting your race report?


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Re: Rickman BSA #62210 08/09/08 11:32 pm
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Pics are over on the BSA board, but here they are again:
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As for my race report: on the upside, I didn't crash or blow up and I finished a race. On the downside, I never got free of technical difficulties and I oiled the track because of a dumb mistake. All in all, not one of my shining moments. Thanks for asking, tho.


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My first thought was rear pillion footrest hangers. They seem a bit big for headlamp brackets...

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The triangular shape is almost surely a matter of style, not function. If the two holes just connect two parts, like the frame and muffler, a straight piece would work as well. Of course, just because they came with the bike doesn't mean they are bike parts ...

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Maybe they were footpeg mounting plates?

Welded to the pipes didn't sound like the best idea.


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Re: Rickman BSA #62214 08/10/08 5:05 am
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Thanks for the pics Alex, you have done well.
I've seen on the Triumph twin version the mufflers mounted lower, level, not upswept, so maybe the alloy plates are brackets to mount the mufflers lower. Do the pipes look like they have been altered?
They have some very nice parts on Rickmans, like the brakes and hubs. The rear hub may take a good range of sprockets which is an easier way of changing ratios and will probably allow smaller than 47T.
I hope you have a bit better luck with the racing soon, maybe you should put a number plate on the bears bike and do some miles on the road to get it more fully sorted.


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Re: Rickman BSA #62215 08/11/08 2:10 pm
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Well Alex I know it runs but does it also stop now ? As to the plates I have no clue .
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Alex,
I dug out the old magazine I have with the Matchless/AJS version of your bike. The head steady setup (what little you can see of it in the photos) on it looks a little bit like your triangle mystery parts. I will try to get it to you sometime this week maybe.

GP: The exhaust-mount footpegs seem to be a theme with the Rickman bikes. The AJS/Matchless bike I referred to above had one pipe-mounted peg and one frame-mounted peg. Very odd. The article even mentions that "..Rickman never knew where to put their footpegs..."

It is a very neat bike in person. Lots of very interesting details and the frame is just plain cool-looking.


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Nice bike!

Looks to be about the same vintage as the Rickman Interceptors. My guess for the plates would be exhaust brackets. looking at the photos of the bike, it's got the same rider's footrest mount concept, but it looks to be an owners mod of cutting some (BSA?) footrests and welding them to the downpipes.
Perhaps the original exhaust was swapped out for the more upswept version. I think Metisse Motorcycles have the dispatch records; http://www.metisse-motorcycles.com/ ,if you want to chase it's history, That's if they aint too busy making "Steve McQueen" replicas laugh

Re: Rickman BSA #62218 08/12/08 2:04 pm
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I know, apples and oranges, but both footpegs on my Rickman Montesa 250 are nicely and cleanly mounted to the frame.

They are indeed clean, simple, solidly built, and good looking frames!


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Re: Rickman BSA #62219 08/12/08 2:18 pm
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The bike stops very well now that I've rebuilt the front master cylinder. It's a 5/8 Lockheed unit but it seems to work so much better than the ones fitted to triumphs or Nortons.

As for the exhaust mounted pegs, the previous owner, who purchased the bike I south africa in 1972 when it was less than a year old said these were the original pipes, though they had been welded since they cracked when the pegs got bent in transit. I think this is what gives them the "home made" look. The pipes certainly don't look like the ones I've seen on other rickmans, but then again, they would have had to make or commission different pipes for the A65 anyway.

The bike desperately needs a head steady. Those plates are the right shape, but they don't have enough holes and the horn would be in the way. BTW, the plates look to be same material and vintage as the rear engine plates.

Oh, and thanks for the link. I'll definitely contact them.


A smattering:
'53 Gold Flash
'67 Royal Star
'71 Rickman Metisse
'40 Silver Star
'37 Rudge Special
sixtyseventy Lightboltrocket road racer...and many more.
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HEY... IF ITS ALL THERE AND WORKS PROPERLY, RIDE THE WHEELS OFF OF IT. I KNOW YOU CAN DO THAT, RIGHT ALEX?


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Re: Rickman BSA #62221 08/18/08 9:13 pm
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Alex,

The plates look curiously like the head steady plates on my Norton-powered Metisse. I can't be 100% certain because it went to live at Rob's house awhile back. Maybe he can check and verify. And Rob, BTW, TAKE YOUR CAP LOCK OFF!


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