c.1967 Rickman Metisse ‘Petite’ Starmaker 250cc


As very successful motocross riders in the 1950s, brothers Derek and Don Rickman turned their passion into an exceptional business in 1959 with the Mk1 Metisse. The success brought by, both their riding skills and their motorcycle designs, gained their business an enviable reputation through the decades that followed.

In 1962, the legendary Mk3 was first raced and provided the catalyst for Metisse’s legendary innovative design and engineering excellence. Wins were racked up in Moto Cross des Nations, 250 and 500 cc Grand Prix races, along with countless national events.

Through the 70s, Metisse’s reputation was boosted in the USA by its record of successfully competing in Desert Racing and was championed by the likes of Steve McQueen and Bud Ekins. Their exporting success was acknowledged by the Queen’s Award to Industry in 1974.

c.1967 Rickman Metisse ‘Petite’ Starmaker 250cc Scrambles Bike. The frame is a new build built purely to win and fitted with the best parts eligible for pre-68 scrambles. The front forks are progressive and are limited in travel as per ACU rules. The rear shocks are Reigers, incredibly difficult and expensive to obtain but worth every bit as they damp well at speed and again limited to 4 inches as per regulations. The engine was introduced early in 1963 and had a capacity of 250cc and 100 bhp per┬álitre. The ‘Starmaker’ was designed as a ‘scrambler’ that would be competitive at International level. It runs and operates well and it’s very torquey, pulling from low down fitted with the close ratio gearbox. ┬áThe bike has competed in two scrambles since the rebuild and has sat in a private collection since.