SELLER SAYS: 1975 Rickman Kawasaki CR900 for sale. 2,300km. Ground-up restoration. Convertible historic registration. Wheels rebuilt, Ikon shocks, front forks rebuilt, new front disc and drive chain, new master cylinder, brake lines, new pads. The frame has been re-nickel plated and clear lacquered, and the engine has been restored with oversized pistons, new CR smoothbore carbs, full Dynatec ignition and coils, Kerker 4-into-1 exhaust, new wiring harness, new race gauges, switches and handlebars. All fibreglass panels are new, made in Australia, freshly painted Kawasaki green, and all remaining metal has been power coated. Everything else is new or rebuilt. Fitted with a bikini fairing. (I’m not a fan of a full fairing as it would cover that freshly bead blasted engine.) All fairing brackets are supplied and power coated if you wish to fit a fairing, and a full set of chain adjusting shims is also supplied. The bike looks and rides as it should. More pictures can be supplied to potential buyers. Contact Gary on 0418 957 153 (Bunbury, WA).
EDITOR TERLICK SAYS: I’m old enough to remember the Rickman Kwaka 9, as we called them back in the day, as the hottest motorcycle property that money could buy. Kawasaki’s Z1 900 was still a relatively new piece of kit and was the fastest bike on the planet, making it a dream machine for countless moto-heads across the planet. So when the Rickman brothers turned their attention to making the big Zed even better, the result was exotica of the highest order. Everyone knew the Z1 (and contemporary competition Honda CB750) left a bit to be desired in the handling department but, apart from loyal Brits clinging to their Tridents and Rockets, most didn’t care too much. But the so-so handling was just the market gap the Rickmans needed. The brothers had made a name for themselves building off-road frames for British engines, turning many a Matchless and Triumph into a competent off-roader, but taming four-cylinder Japanese engines was a new challenge. It worked a treat, and the frames were superb. They were also highly-sought after back in the day — and today too. This bike of Gary’s looks like an excellent example and would be a great addition to any collection.