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Metisse

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Métisse were motorcycles produced from 1961 to 1976, by the Rickman brothers, Don and Derek.

The name Métisse came from the feminine form of the French word for mongrel or crossbreed and was used by the brothers for their scrambles motorcycles - to indicate the variety of parts used in the consturction of the machines.

The standard of finish was high and components included: a Triumph twin engine; BSA gearbox; BSA Gold Star frame; and Manx Norton forks.

There then followed a series of machines fitted with a variety of engines in Rickman frames, and all were finished to the same high standards, for road racing and off-road work.


  • Note:
    • Further information can be found by following this link to the Rickman page.
    • There is a dedicated Metisse web site. Metisse Web Site


Sources of Information

The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X