|Retro Tours takes you for a ride on their Rickman Metisse.|
"Last weekend I went out to Kennett Square, Pa. to take part in this guy Joel's Retro Tours," Brian wrote. "The main reason I went there was because he has a Rickman Interceptor (to ride)... I couldn't pass up the chance to ride it!
|Metisse is powerful, fast and rare.|
Back in 1970, after Royal Enfield went out of business in Britain, the Rickman Metisse was the happy result of a few left over Royal Enfield Interceptor motors being tucked into a light, modern frame. They are fast, rare and valuable.
|Rickman was marketed "for the Connoisseur."|
"Although the bars clip onto the fork tubes, they reach way up and back, producing an upright, feet-forward riding position. Weird, but hey, it’s British. Besides, the damn thing works.
|Touring on a Rickman Metisse.|
Retro Tours offers the Metisse and a wide variety of other 1970s-era motorcycles (riders swap mounts in the course of a tour but one of them is your "baby").
Insurance, overnight accommodations and breakfast is $75 a day. Other meals, gas, oil and tolls are extra "and you may be asked to assist with repairs." Here is the fee schedule.
They assume you'll be flying into Philadelphia, Pa. or Wilmington, Del. The bikes aren't the only attraction of these multi-day tours. According to one recent ride report the website:
"The pleasure of sharing our passion for riding classic motorcycles and the freedom of the open back roads makes every Retro Tour special. Yes, it’s about the machines but it’s also about the people and the shared experience: camaraderie."
The final Retro Tour of this year is Nov. 9-10. You can view the schedule of rides here. The 2014 schedule should be out the second week in December and the first scheduled ride of the season is generally in the end of April.
A side note: Brian's own collection of Royal Enfields includes another rare motorcycle: a sharp looking Royal Enfield Turbo Twin. I featured this very motorcycle when it was for sale in 2009.
Brian, who lives in Central New Jersey, wrote that he has put about 4,000 miles on the Turbo Twin and competes on it in the MotoGiro event in the Northeast. He used to take his classic Continental GT but prefers the Turbo Twin.
"The Turbo Twin is very comfortable and runs flawlessly," he writes.
|Brian and his Turbo Twin at MotoGiro.|