BSA - Gold Star Rickman Métisse
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BSA D2-492-07-08
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Capacity : 500
Model : Gold Star Rickman Métisse
Production : 1964 -
Category : (Off-Road) MX


500 Gold Star Métisse / Vic Allan - 1957

Comeback time

Long dominant on the racetracks, four-stroke singles were also pre-eminent in motocross – especially the famous BSA Gold Star – until they were deposed by high-revving two-strokes at the start of the Sixties.

Improved by Rickman

Already with an enviable reputation in its original form, the Gold Star was made better yet by a Rickman Brothers Métisse frame; at the beginning of the Sixties, 80 percent of motocross machines had come from the little Rickman factory. This particular BSA Gold Star was rebuilt in 1991 around a 1957 Gold Star engine, using a new Rickman frame. It is used in motocross races for pre-1965 machines by Vic Allen, who was British champion, riding for Bultaco, in 1974 – when he was the first rider to clinch both 250 and 500cc championships – and again in 1975.

Europe's No.1 Pre-1965 Event

These pre-1965 motocross races have become deservedly popular, attracting young talents as well as the great names of the past. Europe's premier pre-1965 event is held each year at Beauval-en-Caux, in Normandy, France, where between 10,000 and 15,000 spectators gather to watch more than 350 machines that have traveled from all over Europe to take part. As in fashion and popular music, it's almost as though it's the Sixties all over again. There's no reason why cycles can't get in on the act!


Engine: 499cc (85x85mm) single cylinder four-stroke

Valves: overhead pushrod

Fuel System: carburetor

Transmission: 4-speed

Suspension: (front) telescopic forks; (rear) swinging fork

Brakes: drums

Wheels: wire

Weight: 276 lb

Powered by a 1957 BSA Gold Star DBD 34 single, this bike competes in historic motocross events, held over courses which are every bit as testing as those of the Sixties.

Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

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