1971 Rickman Interceptor

1971 Rickman Interceptor Background

Brothers Don and Derek Rickmnan started building motocross frames in 1959 with great success. By the mid-1960s they had graduated on to road racing frames as well. Many of these were converted by their owners into street bikes, so by around 1970, Rickman began building street-legal cafe racer frame kits for all the common British heavyweight engines. After many years of selling frame kits to others who then installed their own engines of choice, the Rickman Brothers were motivated to build their own complete motorcycles. But none of the big British motorcycle manufacturers would sell them engines, for fear of creating competition for their own bikes. But by 1970, most of the British motorcycle industry was either dead or on life support. In 1970, Royal Enfield among many others, gave up the ghost, leaving a warehouse full of parts, including around 130 Interceptor 750 twin engines. Rickman cut a deal for the whole batch. Our subject bike is supposedly the very last one built.

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