Frank Cha­tokhine RICKMAN METISSE DT

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We’ve met Frank be­fore – he’s the man who built that fab­u­lous See­ley Con­dor rep. But it isn’t the Matchless G50 en­gine that fires his pas­sion – it’s Tri­umph twins. “My dirt track bike has a 1967 Rickman frame and a T100 al­loy en­gine from 1951,” he said. “I built this bike when I was 15 and used it to scram­ble.” Frank had a big ac­ci­dent in a mo­tocross race in 2010, and due to his in­juries gave up scram­bles and started flat track rac­ing.

“I mounted Ce­ri­ani replica GP forks and shocks, mod­i­fied the seat, changed the rear drum for a disc and changed the brake pedal to the right side.” He made the ex­haust sys­tem in his work­shop. But what about the mo­tor? “The al­loy T100 is lighter than other Tri­umph en­gines of the pe­riod, and it looks re­ally beau­ti­ful. There is magic inside my en­gine that lets me take it to 9000rpm, with good torque and power,” he said with a grin.

Back in 2014 he won the vin­tage class of the UK Dirt Track Riders’ As­so­ci­a­tion Cham­pi­onship, win­ning 12 out of 14 races, with two sec­ond places. He still com­petes in the cham­pi­onship, but since April the orig­i­nal bat­tered al­loy tank has been swapped for this clas­sic black Rickman glass­fi­bre ver­sion. As the man says: “It’s easy to see why rac­ers choose this Tri­umph en­gine!”

ABOVE: CB’S old mate Frank Cha­tokhine’s dirt track bike, pow­ered by a ‘magic’ T100 en­gine

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