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Dan Rickwood’s 1959 Super

Back to biking

For those of you who through my wordy article on the Interceptor restoration, you may have got the that I tend to be an impulse sort of person, particularly to buy bikes sight unseen, for a few photos.

Spot on, to date, is the way I have bought three out of the six I have owned since I got into biking in 1977.

happened really by accident, as up then, I hadn’t been on a since 1962, when I wait to get out of the cold and rain and a car.

I remember occasions I rode all the year round, and a few when I had to stop, and defrost my on the down pipes.

The desire to get a came back unexpectedly, I bought my 16 year old son a Suzuki trail bike, a large with a miniscule high 2T engine.

The bike needed a few to get it running properly, with the mostly down to the automatic set up which ensured the correct / oil mixture, and lack of brakes.

when it was sorted, he casually me if I could ride it to the nearest CBT centre, some ten miles

He obviously thought it would be ‘riding a bike’, something you forget, even though had been a thirty year gap since I last had a tank my knees.

Anyway, away I a bit wobbly at first, down the trying to re-programme the mindset brakes on the left, to brakes on the gears on the left, and one down, up, instead of one up, three down.

I the ride so much, I resolved to get bike of my own. My interest in goes back a long starting when I was fourteen, and all of one school holiday, to buy an Old James 98 cc with only two, operated gears.

When I was the bikes I really lusted were the Bonnevilles, BSA Rocket Star, and Constellations.

A quick through a bike magazine a short list of hopefuls, was narrowed down to a 1975 1000 cc Ironhead Sportster, not on the wanted’ list, but it was within my

On viewing the bike, I was not put off by the lack of a brake, extended front tubes, minimal seat straight through pipes, running, dodgy electrics,

It had potential, and there was nothing that I thought I couldn’t

This turned out to be correct, and a few later, it was MOT’d and ‘rideable’, as in the of the black model.

‘Rideable’ was a of personal opinion, as the extended were OK if you wanted to go in a straight and didn’t want to stop in a despite my best efforts on the of the brakes, and were a fully up ‘Denplan’ member, as the vibration was enough to loosen tooth and made everthing in the rear mirrors very fuzzy!

One out on the bike, I hit a patch of gravel on a and over I went. It was then I found out that the tank cap seal wasn’t too good, and was running out of the tank, over my leg under the bike, and was steaming as it hit the hot pipes.

Even with a few of bike on my leg, this me into action, just Popeye after eating the and I was out from under in a hurry!

The real damage, apart a few bruises, was to my pride, plus nasty scores in the chrome of my new silencers.

Despite this, I put off bikes, as shortly afterwards, I another Harley for sale.

This time it was an abandoned another 1975 Harley in a big Honda trail bike with rear mono-shock.

a few trips to autojumbles, the bike as the silver model in the photo, had all the visual charm of an aggressive and a similar silhouette.

The oil cooler was an old car type automatic transmission, and the oil filter put the oil capacity up even

The eventual line-up was :- frame brakes Suzuki, tank Harley, wheels Kawasaki, unknown, no wonder it had a ‘Q’ plate!

the bike didn’t perform better than the standard in fact, rather like the it resembled, and with the additional of even worse brakes.

The engine, mounted in a high up bike frame probably help the handling either.

this time, my garage was to be demolished and rebuilt, and I thought I be pushing my luck to expect my Rae to have to live with bikes in the kitchen, albeit,

So the Harleys had to go. I advertised them for as a pair, and had loads of enquiries, the promising was from a chap 150 away, who assured me that from the photos, he wanted to buy Obviously, a man after my own heart!

Come the weekend, he turned up as with two of his friends, from one of the Angels chapters, all very blokes, even though did tell me the story behind the van they brought with

Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Trial Trail
Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Trial Trail

Apparently, they had booked a type van, with points for securing straps, but they turned up to collect it, it was a van.

After they that it might help if threw the rental companies through the office window, suddenly found that was a panel van with tail available at the same cost!

It woke the neighbours up, as they had a few trial rides around the close where I live.

was the last I saw of the Harleys, but I did learn a lot bike restoration, and fabricating parts, especially for the ‘mongrel

After the garage was rebuilt, and the removed for the kitchen, the new large seemed to have plenty of for another bike (or more?).

Cue the of the Rickman Interceptor for the US, and the later of a 1959 Super Meteor 700 cc, the seen in a ad, and ‘just up the road’ in

Too far to go to look at it first, but from the photos and description, did not seem to much work to make it a

Someone had previously done a lot of on the bike, fitting a Super engine, with some components in place of the original 500 cc item, a twin disc front end, triumph car type distributor, with two of the removed, and a Suzuki clutch.

All I had to do was a re-wire, fit a replacement carburettor and tank, new battery and rectifier / replace the slipping clutch, two more plates, and overhaul the hydraulic brakes.

The brakes a particular problem, as even multiple bleedings, they still very spongy.

turned out to be due to the actual hydraulic lines expanding under and new stainless braided pipes the problem.

The completed bike, in to the Harleys, was a really nice plus it had the advantage of having the and gears on the ‘right’ sides, I had trouble adapting to on the Harleys.

The compared to my modern Bullet, had one neutral position. It did tend to rather better than it attributable to the twin discs end, plus I believe it may been fitted with gearing?

The bike was vet reliable, only me down once, when a spring in the gear selector snapped, leaving me with a of neutral or first gear some fifteen miles home.

I ended up pushing the the last five miles, then, I hadn’t realised the way home was all uphill!

About time, the boxes and trays of in the garage, that one day would a Rickman Interceptor again, making me feel that I to get it together at last, as they had collecting dust for some time.

The time had come for the Meteor to go, to finance the Rickman but that’s another story.

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Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Trial Trail


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