1959 Matchless G12/G15 engine with Norton Transmission
installed in Rickman Metisse Frame
Custom Creation
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
Part 2:  
demonstration
of preliminary installation of
engine
Part 3:  
Engine modified & installed in powder coated frame
6 minutes long
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