I bought my first Rickman CR in 1974, one of the first imported to the US. I still own it and over the years I have collected and restored quite a few including this immaculate 1975 CR900. Between 1974 and 1976 the Rickman brothers enjoyed great success with their (expensive) frame kit for modern Japanese engines, though the numbers produced, which is speculated to be about 2500, were quite low by comparison with their impact on the market. Craig Vetter, the US importer at the time, suggests that only about 700 of these gorgeous kits made it here and based on the last two decades of sales, most were Honda CB750 powered, as was my own original. That is certainly understandable as there were plenty of good used (or crashed) CB engine donors available but getting the guts of more recently introduced Z1 was a substantially more expensive proposition, making this sale a rare event.
I built this bike to emulate the way it was done”in the day”. Buying a Rickman CR was all about being the fastest, coolest, most outrageous rider in your entourage. This bike features most of the premium performance upgrades of the time and all are PERIOD CORRECT! The correct 1976 Z900 engine (Z1E 106121) was “punched out” to 1015ccs. Period Yoshimura “R” grind cams are installed with adjustable cam timing gears. The correct 29mm Mikuni “Smoothbore” carbs were professionally overhauled and are equipped with screened velocity stacks. A Dyna ignition system with low resistance wires provide the spark. My pride and joy, however, the period correct Kerker 4-1. Of course, Kerker still makes Z1 systems, but this one is authenticated to have been made in the early 70’s as evidence by the 3-dimensional metal “Kerker” emblem and the brand embossed baffle. a 45+ year old exhaust that is not dented or rusty; what are the odds. The original Girling rear shocks were replaced with the highly regarded Koni’s. A period correct Cibie H-4 halogen headlamp replaced the US- mandated low output sealed beam bulb.
Bonham’s motorcycle experts have appraised this motorcycle at my asking price and they may well end up selling it in Las Vegas next January if it doesn’t sell here – but there will be a 15% buyer’s premium if that’s the case. The Hagerty motorcycle valuation website also agrees: www.hagerty.com/apps/valuationtools/1974-Rickman-Rickman_CR_Kawasaki_900. This is then an opportunity the serious collector/ enthusiast will not want to miss: a once in a decade opportunity at a fair price. Please feel free to email me any questions you might have and I promise an answer. The motorcycle is being sold on a clear Georgia title showing as 1975 Rickman CR900 VIN 4786M.
You may also wish to look at the 1970 Rickman Triumph Mk3a Metisse I also have for sale on eBay. It is an amazing street scrambler powered by a Chantland 750cc kit!