The Rickman Metisse frame was the state-of-the-art chassis
in the 1960s. The BSA B44 engine, with its Westlake top end,
was arguably the lightest and most powerful engine available.
To this day, in AHRMA events, several competitors prefer this
motorcycle because of its tractable power, light weight (for a
four-stroke) and precise handling.
Estimated value: $14,000. ❏
Announced in October of 1972 and offered for sale in the
March, 1973, the Elsinore was preceded by maximum hype,
thanks to a Steve McQueen ad campaign.
Compared to the European offerings, the Elsinore was miles
ahead in user-friendliness, ergonomics, carburetion, durability
and electrics. The stark, conservative styling, with molded
plastic, a satin-finished aluminum gas tank and the use of
magnesium in the engine cases, became the new standard. As
you can imagine, Elsinores became as popular as free beer.
Gary Jones was hired to race the Elsinore in the 1973 AMA
Nationals, and he rewarded Honda with its first 250cc National
Estimated value: $12,000.