In the beginning
As very successful motocross riders in the 1950s, brothers Derek and Don Rickman turned their passion into the start of an exceptional business in 1959 with the Mk1 Metisse. The success brought by both their riding and the motorcycle designs gained their business an enviable reputation through the decades that followed.
In 1962, the legendary Mk3 was first raced and provided the catalyst for Metisse’s legendary innovative design and engineering excellence. In Motocross, wins were racked up in Moto Cross des Nations, 250 and 500 cc Grand Prix races, along with countless national events.
In 1966, Metisse branched out into the road racing scene with the G50 Matchless in partnership with Tom Kirby. The first road racing motorcycle from Metisse was again a masterclass in innovation and outstanding handling, helped by the innovative use of Lockhead disc brakes and their own front forks. Racing success followed for Metisse being raced by legends such as Bill Ivy, Alan Barnett and Kel Carruthers on race tracks and road courses all over the world, such as the TT.