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This BMW R nineT is a homage to Rickman Métisse

In the world of vintage desert sleds, the Rickman Triumph Métisse reigns supreme. It was a pretty legit scrambler in its day, and also one of best-looking motorcycles from that era. For VTR Customs boss Dani Weidmann, though, there’s an even deeper connection. Back in the 80s, 17-year-old Dani took an apprenticeship at a company called Meier & Lutziger—the Swiss importer of Rickman frames and parts. Dani fell in love with the classy design of these throwback sleds. When the VTR Customs cr...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bmw, Scrambler, Continental, Rickman, Dani, Stefano, Magura, VTR, Kellermann, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, BMW R nineT, Wilbers, Brauchli, VTR Customs


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 9 December, 2018

A pair of BMW R NineT customs channeling the past and the future, a glorious Rickman Metisse, and an all-time classic Honda race bike. It’s a mixed bag this week. Rickman Metisse by Chelsea Borchert The Rickman Metisse is the quintessential desert sled, and one of the most iconic motorcycles ever. It was developed by the Rickman brothers in England in the early 60s, as a kit that could be ordered to fit the owner’s motor of choice (which, more often than not, was a 650 cc Triumph twin). Bu...
Tags: England, London, Chelsea, Motorcycles, Graham, Honda, Istanbul, Wasp, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Aurora, Rickman, Mehmet, Ural, SEB, Mark Atkinson


The Mongrel: A ‘Rickman’ Triumph T120 cafe racer

When Triumph pulled the wraps off the ‘new’ Bonneville back in 2016, they flew several journalists to London to attend the official launch. The event was critical for Triumph: the ‘old’ Bonneville had been in production for 15 years, and the future of the marque was at stake. I wasn’t the only journalist who spent 36 hours travelling from Down Under. Australian Geoff Baldwin from Return Of The Cafe Racers was there too, and after seeing the new T120, decided he wanted to do a custom build. ...
Tags: London, Australia, California, Motorcycles, Melbourne, Harley Davidson, Geelong, Triumph, Derek, Phillip Island, Rickman, Karl, Geoff, Tullamarine, KDS, Custom Motorcycles


Gasser-Style 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle is a real Strip Tripper

We sure wish Hot Rod magazine had devoted more than just two pages to Fleet Thompson’s gasser-style 1966 Chevelle in its April 1968 issue. If it had, we could bring you more info on what photographer Eric Rickman called “this super-sano machine.” Here’s what we do know. Thompson started the project about two years prior to Rickman’s December 1967 photo shoot, which means the SS396 was essentially brand new when the modifications began. The Chevelle went to Ron Scrima’s Exhibition Engineering f...
Tags: Featured, Cars, Thompson, Carter, Weber, Rickman, Muncie, Hot Rod, Chevelle, Van Nuys California, Chevrolet Chevelle, Mickey Thompson, Eric Rickman, Cragars, Ron Scrima, Scrima


CERV: The Chevrolet Ultimate R&D Vehicle, Circa 1960

In November 1960, Zora Arkus-Duntov publicly unveiled a project he had been working on for several years, the Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle, or CERV. Hot Rod magazine’s technical editor Ray Brock and Petersen Publishing photographer Eric Rickman were on hand at Riverside Raceway to document the car’s track time, during which Duntov, Dan Gurney and Stirling Moss drove the roadster on several different combinations of Firestone tires and Halibrand magnesium wheels. (An interesting bit o...
Tags: Featured, Cars, Gm, Chevy, Rochester, Firestone, Chevrolet, Petersen, Moss, Brock, Rickman, Milford, Riverside, Hot Rod, Stirling Moss, Zora Arkus Duntov


Vintage Photos of the Corvette that Never Was

The key to unearthing gems from the Petersen Publishing photo archive is knowing how to navigate the archive’s logbooks. The loose-leaf binders hold a chronological record of all the film that passed through the company’s photo department beginning in 1955. Photo jobs were logged by date, the magazine requesting the photos and a brief—and sometimes cryptic—description of the photo subject. A vague description like “Detroit trip,” for example, could encompass visual records of all sorts of activi...
Tags: Featured, Cars, Ppc, Gm, Chrysler, Chevrolet, St Louis, Detroit, Corvette, Rickman, Stempel, Bowling Green Kentucky, Petersen Publishing, Eric Rickman, Bob D'Olivo, Corvette Company


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 2 April, 2017

This week we bring you an electric motocrosser with dino styling, an aggro Suzuki SV650 from Thailand and a couple of classy cafe racers. And Rough Crafts’ Winston Yeh reveals his daily runner. Tarform Ducati Scrambler 250 Taras Kravtchouk is a Swedish product designer living in New York, and the founder of award winning design agency Gravity Hill. Oh, and he’s also pretty handy with a wrench, judging by this gorgeous vintage Ducati Scrambler. The story goes that Belstaff approached Taras afte...
Tags: Florida, New York, Ebay, Thailand, Motorcycles, Ducati, Tokyo, Rex, Honda, Taipei, Electric Motorcycles, Yamaha, Tony, Rickman, Suzuki, WINSTON


2017 Classic Triumph Calendar. A 12-Month Supply Of Bonnies, Trophys And T-Birds

The art calendar is not dead… If you are into Triumph, you may like this 2017 twelve-month calendar featuring many classic Triumph, from a UK-version Bonneville to a truly rare 1936 Val Page single. Also, a rare Rickman, a Trident, Speed Twins, a T100 and an early style... This is a content summary only. Click on headlines for full links, images, other content and more!
Tags: Books, UK, Motorcycles, Rickman


Custom Bikes Of The Week

This week we’ve got a 210 horsepower French muscle bike, a new BMW tracker from Fuel Motorcycles, and an officially sanctioned Street Twin Scrambler to plug the gap in Triumph’s new Bonneville range. Avinton Collector Race R Some customs prize elegance and sophistication above all else. Others are as subtle as a sledgehammer. The metal muscle you see here falls into the latter camp—and damn, is it exquisite. It’s the product of Cedric Klein, the man behind Avinton Motorcycles of Sommiere, Fr...
Tags: Instagram, Barcelona, Motorcycles, Bmw, Jason, Orlando, Minsk, Rickman, Michaels, Sparta, Hinckley, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Café Racer, Triumph Bonneville, Mikuni


This Rickman Metisse is a Husaberg in disguise

Steve McQueen’s name’s been used to sell everything from apparel to motorcycles. If McQueen wore it or rode it—or something vaguely resembling it—you can expect to see his name in the sales pitch. Which is ironic: If the man was still riding today, he’d pick modern machinery over a reconditioned classic every time. McQueen’s bikes, as stylish as they were, were always contemporary choices. Take his Rickman Metisse desert racer, for example. It combined a Rickman-made Metisse MkIII frame with...
Tags: Motorcycles, Steve McQueen, Mcqueen, Rickman, Dunlop, João, Custom Motorcycles



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