Other recent changes include: new Amal carbs and rebuilt ‘single dot’ speedo. When Don and Derek Rickman were just two brothers naffing about in their shed building sweet-handling dirt bikes, it was the 650 Bonneville that was their engine of choice — so this Rickman Triumph of Dave’s really is a gold nugget from history. Non-side cover and gold Brembo model (the best model by far). Non-original parts are headlight, fuel taps, fairing screen. Carbies and brakes were overhauled around eight years ago. Can recommend a bike carrier service at reasonable rates. SAYS: Named after, of all things, a hotel in South Carolina, USA, the Thunderbird is the father of the Bonneville.It has also had new rear shocks (originals) come with it and Dunlop K81 period tyres added. Contact Ian on 0466 996 641 (Geelong, Victoria) BIKES FOR SALE SAYS: The Commando was one of Britain’s greatest bikes, but was steamrolled by the Japanese juggernaut in the 1970s that pretty much obliterated the British (and most of the European) motorcycle industry. Forks have been serviced with new seals, bushes and oil. Currently on Victorian club registration, not transferable. We found a great little article about the Rickman brothers here, and you can learn more about the ’68 Bonneville (considered by many Bonnie buffs as the greatest of them all) here. Bike comes with a service manual and lots of new workshop tools. These bikes are only gaining value, so a great opportunity to buy an investment that will appreciate every year. Contact Brendon on BIKES FOR SALE SAYS: We love Mike Hailwood Replicas, as much for the story behind them as for the experience of riding one. It was Triumph’s first 650, created by bumping up the long-running 500 Twin.
This is all verified by the Vintage Motorcycle Club of England.
Although kept original as possible, during restoration a number of stainless steel parts bought via Andover in UK. Has not been restored just a freshen up of some chrome work and new rubber parts. This magnificent bike is for sale, sadly, due to ill health.
Everyone had gone ga-ga about Honda’s 750 Four in 1969 and the Kawasaki Z1 in 1972 leaving the best of British unloved. The ‘312’ bit of the name refers to the top speed achieved by the bike on MV’s test track: 312km/h (193mph).
This bike of Baz’s looks to be a marvellous example. The beautiful RR 312 comes with a fearsome reputation for hyper acceleration, which only relents when it hits the rev-limiter in top gear.
The bike starts, runs and rides like a new one, having done very few miles since the complete restoration. I’m looking for ,500 (that is less than what’s been spent) as I know there is cheaper but not better Commandos. We interviewed a Norton tragic last year and recounted some of the Commando’s history. SELLER SAYS: 1971 Rickman frame with 1968 Triumph Bonneville 650 motor. Contact Dave on 0418 591 863 (Torquay, Victoria) BIKES FOR SALE SAYS: Bacon and eggs. Bike has been extremely well looked after re services and care. (Okay, and listening to one.) Hailwood was a superstar as a young bloke in the 1960s, riding for MV Agusta and winning four consecutive 500cc world championships before moving across to an up-and-coming Japanese company called Honda. When it was released it was considered a hot rod and one of the fastest machines on the planet and, thanks to Marlon Brando and the movie found itself associated with the American biker element.
He retired to South Africa at the end of 1967 and fell off the race industry radar until agreeing to ride a modified Ducati 900SS at the Isle of Man in 1978. Apparently Triumph America complained bitterly that the movie producers had used a Triumph in the movie because they thought it might harm Triumph’s reputation.
Learn more about the Trident here, and read about a famous Trident race bike here. Thanks to its killer engine the MV Agusta is blisteringly fast wherever you ride it; it’s as happy to demolish track tarmac as it is Autobahn concrete, but its age is starting to show now and is relatively clumsy and heavy to muscle around compared to more modern stuff like a Fireblade.
SELLER SAYS: Reduced for quick sale as circumstances have changed. But thanks to a new slipper clutch, Brembo Mononbloc brakes and top-level Marzocchi suspension, it’s still able to hold its own.
The bike, although completely stock, features all the trick gear that HRC threw at it such as anti dive forks, air ride mono shock, gear-driven overhead cams, and the first bike to feature carbon fibre reinforced fairing. This is a great ride or investment and an absolutely must-have for any serious Honda or Japanese collector. (Vic Point, QLD) BIKES FOR SALE SAYS: Another Rothmans Honda, this time the three-cylinder two stroke NS400R, more closely related to Gardner’s race bike.
Contact Grant on 0409 653 285 (Wingham, NSW) BIKES FOR SALE SAYS: Whenever we see a Rothmans Honda, we think of Wayne Gardner — the first Australian to bring home a world Moto GP championship. The NS was super hi-tech in its day and would be welcome in any collection. SELLER SAYS: For reluctant sale, my fully restored Kawasaki Z1A 900. Has just been fully examined and is currently licensed in WA.
Carburettors overhauled, new kits fitted, balanced and tuned.