Based on a 1980 R100, Paul our customer, had a clear vision of what he wanted us to achieve with his bike.
He loved the style and colours of the early Rickman Metisse's with the nickel plated frames and orangey red paintwork, so that was our basis for the build.
He gave us the paint code for the colour he liked, a Tangerine Pearl, and it was decided that the frame would be powdercoated in a colour that replicated a dull chrome.
As brushed alloy was to be a feature of this bike, the alloy mudguards and race plates, we thought the knee indents on the tank would also look great in the same 'brushed alloy' finish which our paint partners, Wicked Coatings, executed brilliantly.
No stone was left unturned with the rest of the bike either. The engine was completely stripped and treated to a new clutch, timing chain kit, piston rings, refurbished cylinder heads, new light weight more powerful starter motor, digital electronic ignition, new Mikuni carbs with Ramair filters, a new top engine cover/airbox eliminator with cooling vents and all finished in satin black.
To bring a bit of modernity to the bike, a full Motogadget electronics package was required along with all LED lighting and a custom made lightweight wiring loom. A neat Acewell digital speedo/tacho with gear position readout sits above the satin black Renthal Fatbars clamped down with billet alloy risers.
One of our SRC 'Scrambler' subframes was fitted along with a gorgeous black leather seat with orange diamond stitching and ties in really well with the colour scheme.
New fully adjustable gas reservoir shocks and refurbished forks keep everything stable and upgraded floating disc brakes with stainless braided hoses all round give a bit more stopping power.
Heidenau K60 dual purpose tyres were fitted to the freshly powdercoated wheels for a rugged off road look, and to give the bike a bit of 'bark' a set of black reverse cone mega's were mated up to polished stainless headers.
Paul will no doubt be enjoying riding "Tango" around the roads of Lee-On-Solent as much as he can in this great summer weather.
Oh, if you're wondering what the significance of the race numbers on the side are, let's just say the build was a birthday treat to himself!
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