1981 RICKMAN-KAWASAKI CR900 BACKGROUND
The Rickman Brothers started building motocross frames around 1960 that used the engines of just about every British motorcycle manufacturer. They sold them as frame kits that were readily adaptable to nearly any powerplant via the provided engine brackets. By around 1970 they began building complete motocross bikes using Hodaka 100, Zundapp 125, and Montessa 250 2-stroke single-cylinder engines. By around 1980 they graduated into building frame kits for road bike and road racers. Again, they were designed to accept nearly any engine. While they started with British engines from Triumph, BSA and Norton, among others, they quickly expanded into Honda CB750 Fours, Kawasaki Z-1 DOHC Fours and other big Japanese engines. All Rickman frames show off their gorgeously perfect welding beads by plating every frame in luscious nickel. This 1981 Rickman Kawasaki CR900 cafe racer is a prime example.
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