1973 Rickman 250MX

1973 Rickman 250MX Background

This 1973 Rickman 250MX is the product of years of development. Brothers Don and Derek Rickman were successful motocross racers in the 1950s in England and Europe. They began building racing frames in 1959, and created a line of frames that were designed to accept almost any engine on the market. This was the Rickman Metisse. But Rickman really wanted to build their own complete bikes, albeit with someone else's engines. None of the British motorcycle companies were willing to sell them any engines for fear that they would create competition for their own bikes. But by 1971, Rickman had secured contracts to purchase lightweight 2-storke engines from Hodaka in Japan (100cc engines), Zundapp n Germany (125cc engines), and Montessa from Spain (250cc) engines. They created a very capable, and beautiful line of motocross bikes that ran through 1975. In their day, Rickmans were considered by many to be the world's finest motorcrossers. The 250MX had the Montessa 250 engine, and they were fast in their day.

This was my 1973 Rickman 250MX

I bought this bike in 2011 for $2,000, which seemed like an incredibly cheap price for such a lovely machine. I planned to flip it for a quick profit at the big Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction in January, 2012. The bike was in such great shape that all it needed was a detailing. I went overboard, stripping all the bodywork off and hand-polishing that gorgeous nickel-plated frame. I waxed the painted parts, and when I put it all back together it looked like a brand new bike. It looked like a $6,500 bike to me. But when I took it to Vegas, my bike followed its twin that had just sold for $1,750. I was shocked! Mine ran across the block and I held my breath. Mine hammered at $3,750, barely enough to break me even, and not the $6500 I envisioned, but I took it gladly. Someone got one helluva nice 1973 Rickman 250MX for a pittance.

A WORK IN PROGRESS
In our efforts to complete our online index, and make this the world's greatest website about classic British motorcycles, we're building pages as fast as we can. The first thing we add are the pictures. Then come the specifications and then the history. So, if you see a page that just has only pictures on it, or just pictures and specs, please check back in a few weeks to see if we have it done. Thanks for your patience. And thanks for visiting Classic-British-Motorcycles.com. Please tell your friends about us.

Check out these
RACING MOTORCYCLE BOOKS





McQueen's Motorcycles: Racing and Riding with the King of Cool



Racing Line: British motorcycle racing in the golden age of the big single



The Art of the Racing Motorcycle: 100 Years of Designing for Speed



Soft Science of Roadracing Motorcycles: The Technical Procedures and Workbook for Roadracing Motorcycles



Chris Carter at Large: Stories from a lifetime in motorcycle racing



Practical Fabrication and Assembly Techniques: Automotive, Motorcycle, Racing (Motorbooks Workshop)



The Racing Motorcycle: A Technical Guide for Constructors, Volume 1 (v. 1)



Motorcycle Road & Racing Chassis: A Modern Review of the Best Independents



A Twist of the Wrist Vol. 2: The Basics of High-Performance Motorcycle Riding



A Twist of the Wrist: The Motorcycle Roadracers Handbook






Please visit our
MOTORCYCLE BOOK STORE


Take a tour of our site...

HOME PAGE
Triumph Motorcycles
.....Bonneville
.....Tiger
.....Trophy
.....TR6
.....TR7
.....Trident
.....X-75 Hurricane
.....6T Thunderbird
.....5T Speed Twin
.....Daytona
.....Twenty-One
.....3T 350 Twins
BSA Motorcycles
.....A65
.....A10
.....A7
.....Gold Star
.....Bantam
.....Rocket 3
.....B50
Norton Motorcycles
.....Commando
.....Atlas
.....Dominator
.....Model 7
.....Manx
.....Navigator
AMC-Associated Motor Cycles
Matchless-AJS Motorcycles
.....G3
.....G9
.....G12
.....G80
Royal Enfield Motorcycles
.....Interceptor
.....Bullet
Ariel Motorcycles
.....Square Four
.....Red Hunter
.....Cyclone
Vincent Motorcycles
.....Black Shadow
.....Rapide
.....Comet
.....Egli-Vincent
Velocette Motorcycles
.....KSS
.....KTT
.....LE
.....MAC
.....Thruxton
.....Venom
.....LE
Rickman Motorcycles
Japanese Motorcycles
.....Honda
.....Kawasaki
.....Suzuki
.....Yamaha
Cafe Racers
....Triumph Cafe Racers
.....Norton Cafe Racers
.....Other Cafe Racers
Choppers & Bobbers
.....Choppers
.....Triumph Choppers
.....BSA Choppers
.....Rat Bikes
Classic Racing Motorcycles

Classic Motorcycle Events
.....Auctions
.....Shows
.....Rides
Classic Motorcycle Restoration
Classic Motorcycle Shops
Classic Motorcycle Clubs
Classic Motorcycle Photo Gallery
Send us Pictures of YOUR BIKE
YOUR BIKE Pictures

HOME PAGE
.....About Us
.....Site Map
.....CONTACT US
.....Please visit our BLOG
.....Subscribe to our FREE e-zine BRIT IRON
.....BRIT IRON E-zine Back Issues

Visit our STORES
.....Motorcycle Books
.....Motorcycle Magazines
.....Motorcycle Calendars
.....Motorcycle Accessories
..........Motorcycle Helmets
..........Motorcycle Rain Suits
..........Motorcycle Locks & Security
..........Motorcycle T-Shirts
..........Motorcycle Diecast Models
..........GoPro Cameras
.....Motorcycle Parts
..........Motorcycle Tires
..........Motorcycle Chains
..........Motorcycle Batteries
..........Motorcycle Handlebars
.....Motorcycle Tools
..........Whitworth Tools
..........Tire Tools
..........Chain Tools

Crazy about cars, too? Check out our sister site:
www.American-Muscle-Cars.net

Back to top - 1973 Rickman 250MX
Updated 11/9/17

Learn how to BUILD YOUR OWN WEBSITE, like I did.