1959 Matchless G12/G15 engine with Norton Transmission
installed in Rickman Metisse Frame
Owner: John S. of Virginia
COMMENTS: This frame was originally designed to fit a BSA unit single or a Triumph 500cc twin. It was built in the mid 1990s under license by Pat French. It has been powder coated & is still an oil bearing frame. The front wheel is from a Yamaha XT500. Rear wheel is CZ. The engine started as 1959 Matchless G12 and has been enlarged to 750cc using cylinders & pistons from a 1962/63 G15/45 750cc cylinders which the owner sourced from Stafford, England along with pistons & rings. There were approximately 212 Matchless G15/45s built. Randy’s Cycle Service (RCSR) performed the machining to make all the parts fit & work together. The crank shaft has been reground & balanced. Engine has an updated oil pump. It has been converted to run with a Boyer Electronic ignition & 32mm Mikuni carburetor. The stainless steel, polished exhaust was custom created by RCSR. Primary drive is a combination of Matchless, Royal Enfield & Norton parts with clutch & belt drive by Bob Newby Racing of UK. Wiring harness & electrics were created by RCSR. Transmission is Norton.
Click HERE to see 3 videos of this Rickman/Matchless // Click HERE to see Award
Part 1: discussion of how to install engine in Rickman frame
of preliminary installation of
Engine modified & installed in powder coated frame
6 minutes long
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