Established in 1960, Rickman motorcycles initially supplied frame kits built for many British bikes, as companies would not sell engines to them. At the start of the 70s, Rickman got access to engines from all around the world, and started exporting several small-displacement motocross bikes, many to the United States. Ranging from 100cc to 250cc in displacement, today we look at the 125cc version – with an engine supplied by the former German firm, Zundapp.
The Rickman Zundapp 125 ISDT continued Rickman’s reputation of beautiful fiberglass work and high quality nickel-plated frames. Despite their relatively small shop, Rickman had excellent technology (through a joint collaboration with Lockheed, they released the first road bikes to use disc brakes on both the front and rear wheels). For this bike, components were of the highest quality – you got Ceriani forks, Girling shocks, and Magura levers. Because of this, the price was steep, which didn’t help sales. Still, it was a lovely little bike with an incredibly reliable motorcycle and excellent craftsmanship. Want to learn more? Thomas Day recounts his ownership of one of these beauties in an short but engrossing read here.
This specific Rickman Zundapp 125 ISDT doesn’t have much of a story. The seller isn’t what we’d call verbose, but his whopping claim of excellent and original condition aren’t not disproven by the photos. I guess this would simply be a case where you hope you live close enough to take a look, or you have a PPI done by a professional or a local Rickman enthusiast you find on a forum.
Find this Rickman Zundapp 125 ISDT for sale here on eBay with a BIN price of $3,000 in Willis, Texas.