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Rickman Montesa 250cc – 1971

The Rickman brothers, Don and Derrick were master craftsman of beautiful motocross chassis’s. The Rickman’s realized that for them to grow their company, they needed to be able to supply a complete motorcycle instead of just the frame kits that they had offered up until this time. The problem! Most of the manufactures wouldn’t sell the Rickman’s engines. Fortunately they found the Spanish company, Montesa a willing supplier of lightweight and powerful 2-stroke engines. Montesa’s motorcycle sales were stagnant, especially in America as the Japanese had jumped into the motocross market with vigor, so the alliance made sense.

Initially priced higher than competing brands, the Rickman Montesa’s were a hard sell for many of its dealers. Times were a changing, and in many ways the chassis hadn’t improved over the Rickman’s frame designs from the late 1960’s and the engine hadn’t changed either. Unfortunately, it took deep discounts the sell these machines.

This motorcycle was restored by Steve Donovan.

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