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Rickman Zundapp Micro Metisse 125cc - 1971

At the beginning of the '70s, motocross was beginning to boom in the U.S. and many manufacturers, including American Eagle, CZ, Sachs, Penton, Maico, Bultaco, Dalesman, Montesa, Yamaha and Carabela, all jumped on the bandwagon. The Rickman brothers saw this as a great opportunity to increase their U.S. market share and developed the beautiful little gem you see here. Unlike many other manufacturers, the Rickmans developed a smaller, lighter chassis specifically for their 125 class weapon. Components were of the highest quality, including Ceriani forks, Girling shocks, Magura levers and a potent Zundapp engine. This led to a very high asking price of $895 in '71 and this, along with problems with its distribution network through Steens's and later the foundering BSA concern, limited the bike's commercial success.

Graham Noyce was an employee at the Rickman factory and sponsored rider on the Micro Metisse during his school boy days in the early 70's. After leaving Rickman, Noyce joined the Maico factory team in 1976 and went on to win the 500cc World Championship in 1979 on a factory Honda.

This machine was donated to the Early Years of Motocross museum by Jack Martin of Austin, Texas in honor of his friend, Carl Keller, and Carl's son, Curtis. You can read Jack's thoughts on the bike and Curtis' story.

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