Frank Chatokhine RICKMAN METISSE DT
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