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1974 Rickman CR History?

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  • 21 Mar 2020 7:18 PM
    Message # 8847419

    I’m restoring (back to road trim) a 1974 Rickman CR (Honda cb750). For the past 30 years it belonged to well known racer Stu Pilkington. He raced it up until 12-15 years ago (Orange, Race #151). Stu bought it from Richard (Dick) Valance. I have an Ontario Ownership and the motorcycle still has the original frame plate. I’ve heard that a Toronto dealership brought in 3-4 of the full Rickman kits, and this may be one of them?  Anyone have any recollection of this story or owned one in the past? I’d really appreciate having more history.

    Thanks! John D.

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    Last modified: 30 Mar 2020 10:07 AM | John
  • 22 Mar 2020 12:29 PM
    Reply # 8848255 on 8847419

    Hey John,How's it going?  There was a brand new one for sale back in the day at Motosport Plus on Bank Street in Ottawa. I remember it well. I know the chap who bought it in Ottawa but I think he sold it eons ago. I'll see if I can find him and ask where it went. 

     I also remember Northwest Cycle ? in Winnipeg had a bunch of Rickman framed Royal Enfield Interceptors. They were being offered at a knockdown price complete with a spare engine/trans unit !  Those were the days.   Cheers,Barry

  • 29 Mar 2020 9:24 PM
    Reply # 8866086 on 8847419

    Barry....... sorry for the delay, just spotted your response. Great here, hope all is well with you too? Funny, I have an ad I took down from a notice board (probably the old washroom in Corner One) at Mosport YEARS ago. I think the Rickman CR “For Sale” was in Ottawa! By the time I called, it was SOLD! Could be the same guy, might be the same bike? Would be great to have any info at all Thanks, John D.

    P.S. Other than a 62” speedo cable, I’m almost ready for a test ride. Wanted one since 1974! 

    Last modified: 29 Mar 2020 10:24 PM | John
  • 29 Mar 2020 10:37 PM
    Reply # 8866146 on 8847419
    John wrote:

    I’m restoring (back to road trim) a 1974 Rickman CR (Honda cb750). For the past 30 years it belonged to well known racer Stu Pilkington. He raced it up until 12-15 years ago (Orange, Race #151). Stu bought it from Richard (Dick) Valance. I have an Ontario Ownership and the motorcycle still has the original frame plate. I’ve heard that a Toronto dealership brought in 3-4 of the full Rickman kits, and that this was one of them. Anyone have any recollection of this story or owned one in the past? I’d really appreciate having more history.

    Thanks! John D.


  • 29 Mar 2020 10:45 PM
    Reply # 8866148 on 8847419

    Hi John,I'm just finishing up a CR kit that I owned in the 70's & sold in the 80's to go back to school & tracked down & bought back in the 2000's. It was originally built by a friend of mine with a CB550 engine in it .The engine was gone when I got it back & the rest of it was a hell of a mess.Now 4 years later, the only thing that hasn't been repainted,replaced ,vapour blasted polished or plated, is the original seat pad.

  • 30 Mar 2020 10:05 AM
    Reply # 8866799 on 8847419

    Dave...... what a great story! I’m curious who did your nickel plating? Will send a separate email. Thanks! John D.

    Last modified: 30 Mar 2020 10:05 AM | John
  • 06 Apr 2020 12:38 PM
    Reply # 8881899 on 8847419

    Hello John,

    I answered an ad in Auto Trader and bought my 1976 registered CR750 in 2001 from a fellow who ran an air cooled Porsche repair shop in Vars, just east of Ottawa. He said he bought the kit new. I'm not sure where though. He rode it only for a couple of years, and put it into dry storage after that. The orange gel coat and nickel plate are still in nice original condition. The bike has a 1973 motor which has an 836 kit and Harmon cam. It needed a new head gasket but fired up and ran strong. Unfortunately I fell victim to serial project disease and have never quite got the bike back on the road where it belongs. 



  • 06 Apr 2020 8:43 PM
    Reply # 8882680 on 8847419

    Rick.... I think my frame number is 4514G (from memory, not in the shop). Any idea what yours is? Here’s an old ad I had for one with a 4-1 Kerker and Norris cam. Your bike? 

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  • 06 Apr 2020 8:56 PM
    Reply # 8882703 on 8847419

    Getting close to a test ride, but need to get a few more things done. Highest priority is a side stand. All the brackets for it and the centre stand were removed, so afraid to go anywhere, in case I have to stop!!

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    Last modified: 06 Apr 2020 8:59 PM | John
  • 06 Apr 2020 11:16 PM
    Reply # 8882870 on 8847419

    John, My serial number is also 45xxG, I think about 40-50 later than yours. I'm still at our winter digs in the Okanagan sheltering in place. The Rickman and its registration are back east and at this point it's not looking too hopeful that I'll be able to get back this summer.

    I don't think it's the bike from your ad. Mine has the Speedwell steel tank with a fibreglass cover. It was equipped with a Triumph TR7 fuel cap! It has a Kerker pipe on it, the brakes and shocks are stock, and it has the solo seat and Borrani wire wheels. I'm told that some kits were sold by Honda City in Montreal, and there were two Hondas and a Kawasaki that I knew of when I lived there.



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