Sending Ian Kerr OBE out to a golf club on a grey autumnal morn probably wasn’t fair, but he found a good reason for the trip
A prestigious golf club in Oxfordshire on a wet, wintery morning is not somewhere where you would expect to see two classic scrambler machines being ridden by a pair of octogenarians who were once two of the best dirt riders not only in the UK, but Europe.
However, Don and Derek Rickman – mounted on two of the best examples of the brand carrying their name – were there to ‘cut the sod’ for a brand new factory set to produce Metisse motorcycles for the 21st century, as well as celebrating the history of the brand started by the brothers in the late 1950s.
Oh, and to have a quick spin before the official ceremony, much to the delight of the assembled guests.
Carswell Golf Club – situated off the A420 between Oxford and Swindon – is, of course, home to the current Metisse factory that is owned by Gerry Lisi.
He has not only kept the brand alive with the licensed McQueen replicas, but also produced a brand new 1000cc twin engine mounted in a MK5 Rickman frame which has impressed everyone who has ridden it – a thoroughbred – not a mongrel!
Now the intention is to take things to the next level with a proper production facility, where buyers can watch their machines being hand-built, look around a museum showing models from the past, and enjoy a bite to eat in the café within.
A new entrance off the main road will be created, with ample bike and car parking to create a destination point for riders looking for a bike-friendly destination.
Read more and view more images in the January 2019 issue of OBM – on sale now!