The Rickman-Honda CR750 was in many ways a better machine than the factory Honda racer and it certainly handled better than anything else on road or track in 1975. This machine, in stunning Daytona Orange paint that will leave no doubt in the mind that this is a powerful and fast machine.

The Rickman brothers, Derek and Don were keen motocross racers at an international level, who were as talented at fabrication and tuning as they were riding. The Rickmans built their own all-welded frame, with a narrow double-loop built of lightweight Reynolds 531 chrome-moly tubing, which they nickel plated to keep an eye on cracks and stop corrosion.

Doug Mitchenall of Avon fairings made bodywork that was shapely and elegant—combined with their sparkling frame, the Rickman motocrossers were astoundingly beautiful. Not only that, they worked!, winning national and international-level motocross races.

The Rickman brothers sold chassis kits from 1960, with most production headed for the USA. When the British industry collapsed in the late 1970s, Rickman found itself the largest motorcycle manufacturer in Britain. In the early 1970s, the introduction of Honda and Kawasaki 4s created a new market for Rickman frames, as the Japanese spent their research and development budgets on engines, not chassis. Rickman-Honda’s were built to a far higher standard than the factory, with those gorgeously welded frames and beautiful bodywork. The Honda CR750 (a reference to the factory Honda racing kit) primarily used Spanish Betor forks {41mm) but this bike comes with the rare Rickman forks which are (43mm), with two Lockheed disc brakes, Borrani high flange alloy rims, and a purpose-built fairing combined to make the Honda CR750 look better than the works endurance racers and handle better too. Rickman turned to garden furniture, hospital beds, and kit cars before finally winding down. If I can’t own a Metisse, I’d at least like to have a Rickman garden chair!

This 1975 Rickman-Honda CR750 is a remarkable café racer and was believed to be imported to North America by Craig Vetter.

The owner and seller of this bike have owned it for 14 years. The bike was partially disassembled to be repainted in the original colour, Daytona Orange, with modern paints.

The fuel tank is missing the cinch strap, seat/tail, and side-covers just need to be refitted. There was a small electrical issue in the headlamp shell with the high/ low bean circuit has now been sorted


The engine was a rebuilt unit believed to have an 836cc big bore kit fitted and to have covered approx 10,000kms. The bike comes with decals, manuals, and all sorts of articles on the Rickman CR750. This bike is believed to have been delivered in “built by Rickman” form rather than as a kit. (not sure about this)

Fiberglass was filled, sanded, the tank, seat, front fender, fairing, side panels, and hugger are painted with Daytona Orange. The hugger was Spectro analyzed in Vancouver and had paint mixed to that spec with an elastic polymer so the paint will “stretch” It’s as close to the original Rickman Daytona orange as you will find. The interior of the tank was seal coated to resist problems with Ethanol content gas. The fairing has a new clear bubble screen and has the screws and nuts to go with. Borrani alloy rims were rebuilt by Greens Wheels in Vancouver, Stainless Spokes, brass nipples, new Avon tires, brake Lockheed calipers have new Teflon pistons, seals and new brake pads, both master cylinders are rebuilt with new seals. Some items on the bike were powder-coated, other Items chromed, nickel-plated and “antique” nickel-plated, new footpeg rubbers, new “British” made petcocks. Electronic ignition, carbs were rebuilt with new carb kits.10 pairs of the drive chain adjustment discs (full set. Has a period-correct Yoshimura exhaust with a small dent near the tip. Have “most” of the invoices for the work performed. The bike is registered and titled as a Rickman to the frame tag serial number # 4888G in the seller’s name in British Columbia Canada. Located in Courtenay BC on Vancouver Island

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