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1975 Rickman Kawasaki Z1 Cafe Racer; immaculately restored

  • 1975 Rickman Kawasaki Z1 Cafe Racer; immaculately restored
  • 1975 Rickman Kawasaki Z1 Cafe Racer; immaculately restored
  • 1975 Rickman Kawasaki Z1 Cafe Racer; immaculately restored
  • 1975 Rickman Kawasaki Z1 Cafe Racer; immaculately restored


Price : USD20,000(Fixed)
Date : December 27, 2018
Condition : Used
Year : 1975
Model : Rickman CR 900
Bike Type : Cafe Racer
Mileage : 1
Engine Size : 903
Shipping to : United States
Location : Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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.

This bike has undergone a true “nut and bolt” restoration at my hands. This can be a daunting task as many Rickmans were “left out in the rain” or raced/crashed over the years making it virtually impossible to bring their beautiful nickel plated frame back to its original glory. This frame is completely original and, as I hope the pictures show, retains its original luster. The bodywork has been repainted in a shade a bit closer to the classic Kawasaki Green rather than the yellowish lime color of the original FRP. The decals are exact copies photographically reproduced from originals. All of the original frame pieces are present, most notably the flawless aluminum chain guard and the often lost bell crank shifter. The original FRP fuel tank has been treated with Caswell’s sealant, but is now dry and empty. All the hardware  has been replaced with matching stainless steel fasteners . The unmarked original Borrani “Grand Prix” rims were polished and relaced by Kenny Buchanan, who soda blasted his SS spokes to more closely resemble the original’s zinc plating. The seat was reupholstered in the correct heat-seamed pleated vinyl. An exact reproduction of the fiber reinforced rubber tank strap features the original wire hooks. The original gauges were (expensively!) rebuilt and re-faced by a marque expert. Reproduction Dunlop K81 TT100’s are in the original size. Reproduction stainless steel brake lines are rubber covered to appear like the original fiber lines. The steering head bearings, wheel bearings, and swingarm bushings were replaced. New control cables were reproduced in the correct dimension by Motion Pro, including copying the long, rear wheel driven, grey colored tachometer cable. The correct 8-hole Gustafsson windscreen is new and features the often overlooked edge trim. The fairing edge trim is original. Perhaps rarest of all is the original package of 10 pairs of swingarm pivot adjusters, real proof of careful ownership through the decades.
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!

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