Chantland 750 Kit – 1970 Rickman Metisse MkIII

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Post Sale Update: This Rickman Triumph sold for the BIN of $10,000 on eBay.


From the seller of yesterday’s Rickman Kawasaki CR900, here’s another special Rickman that’s been stuffed with a bored-out motor. This time around it’s a Metisse with a Triumph 650 motor that’s packing a Chantland 750 kit.

This bike has street-friendlier rubber than the usual Metisses I share, but what really stands out is the bolt-on big bore kit built by Bob Chantland of Coon Rapids, Minnesota. In the January 1976 issue of Cycle World, a short piece on the kit says that it “increases 650 performance without sacrificing engine reliability” and that the manufacturer says “you can easily expect a 25-percent increase in torque and horsepower.” For more information, Vintage Bike Magazine has a scan of the original instructions, and the last couple of pages contain some specifications and a sales-oriented FAQ.

This example has been modified beyond the engine with a single Amal carb, ARD magneto, ACK alternator-delete, Sun rims, bar risers, Supertrapp mufflers, and LED lights in period hardware that run off a 12 volt battery underneath the seat. The tail has been signed by Derek Rickman so the seller will include an additional unsigned tailpiece as well as a 3 gallon desert tank. The bike was featured at this year’s Bonhams auction at Barber with a estimated value of $12,000-$15,000 but the listing was amended. The seller notes that he’ll be taking it to the Bonhams auction in Vegas next January if it does not sell here.

Find this Rickman for sale in Atlanta, Georgia with a BIN of $10,000 or best offer

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