1971-’74 Bultaco Alpina 250 Hemmings Motor News

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Bultaco Metralla 250

A Spanish motorcycle supplier in the American off-road market

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Francisco Bulto was a motorcycle racer who co-founded just after WWII. was a popular motorcycle with two-… racers from the and the bikes enjoyed many Prix racing successes. resigned from Montessa and the Bultaco motorcycle company in after Montessa stopped racing bikes.

Bulto and of Montessa’s racing bike started building Bultaco’s bikes in Bulto’s barn.

legend can be traced back to its first forays into in 1959. The first bikes it 125cc Tralla 101s, entered in the 1959 Spanish Prix, where they seven of the top ten finishes in their

Successful enduro and trials followed, including the Sherpa in the Sammy Miller-designed Sherpa T, revolutionized motorcycle trials in 1965, and the Pursang off-road that was released the same Both the Sherpa T and Pursang highly regarded in their classifications and their success in equated to excellent sales for especially here in the U.S. track and enduro models followed.

In 1971, Bultaco built the 250 with the trials and enduro in mind. It was designed as a successor to the Sherpa T and used the same frame. Rated to a top speed of MPH, the Alpina was not a quick but the 52.3-inch wheelbase, 11-inch clearance and 7-inch telescoping fork travel made it for off-road obstacle courses and terrain.

Powered by a 244.2cc one-cylinder engine, the Alpina 20hp at 5,500 RPM. The had a 72mm bore and 60mm with 9:1 compression. A FEMSA magneto supplied ignition, and an 627 carburetor dispensed the fuel.

Top-end lubrication was an oil mist supplied by mixing two-… oil the fuel at a 50:1 ratio in the tank.

The five-speed transmission a multiple disc, wet clutch chain drive to the rear The kickstart was on the left side of the with shifter peg on the right. The had rear swing arm suspension and front and rear drum

Bultaco Metralla 250

A 2.75 x 21-inch tire the brunt of the front-end abuse, a 4.00 x 18-inch tire put the to the ground.

At 214 pounds, the bike was nimble. The Alpina 250 was only from 1971-’74 with Alpina 125, 175 and 350 models in 1973 and 1974. Bultaco other models, such as the Frontera and Lobito; and it enjoyed success in both racing and bikes sales throughout the

A Bultaco won the world trials nine times between and 1979, including seven years. The company closed in due to the economic climate in Spain and issues. It re-opened in 1980, but was for good in 1983. Sherco purchased the rights to the Bultaco in 1998 and briefly marketed a Sherco model; however, the name was dropped from the model shortly thereafter.

HDW Enterprises in upstate New York purchased the Bultaco trademark, and continue to offer restoration for the brand. HDW also has a large of used and restored bikes and the bultaco.com website.

Hemmings Jim Howe owns the restored 250 in our photos.

This article originally in the June, 2012 issue of Motor News.

Bultaco Metralla 250


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