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What do you think of this

Post  kerabo on Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:22 pm

I came across this on another page.

I thought it's a very nice bike. Bit of old meets newer

What do you think.

Ken






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Re: What do you think of this

Post  FBKev on Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:39 pm

Not too bad. But then again it is the first Rickman Villiers I have seen. Laughing
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Rickman Villiers

Post  piston 197 on Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:56 pm

You could buy a Rickman with Villiers power in the 60's, but it had the Villiers Starmaker in it and was sold as a "petite Metisse", they also did the same frame with Montesa and Bultaco engines
The one in the picture above is a Mark IV "micro Metisse" which was made in Enduro,scramble and road versions as well as a Police bike, all of these made between about 1972 and 75 had a Zundapp engine. The one in the picture has had a Villiers 6E ( 1949 to 52) grafted into it, i have also seen this frame fitted with Bsa B25,B44 units, but an oil tank needs to be added for this use.

If you google "villiers petite metisse" there are plenty of pictures of them on google images
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Re: What do you think of this

Post  John Wakefield on Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:56 pm

As John has said originally fitted with a 125cc Zundapp engine. I had one new in the 1970's the enduro version, rode it in several enduro events including Welsh 2 Day Trial with some success. Nice little bike very well made as one would expect from Rickman. Zundapp engine had only 5 speeds would have benefited from a Sachs 125cc 6 speed unit or 170cc Puch as fitted to Pathfinder. The 6E is a very antiquated engine for a bike like this, a later 9E or 32/34A with maybe an alloy conversion would be a much better bet.

Myself on GVA62N riding in the Sudbury Enduro Acton pits 1977


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antiquated 8E

Post  piston 197 on Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:59 pm

It is even more antiquated than you think John, the engine in the Rickman in the top photo is a 6E !
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