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Bultaco Metralla 250 GT

04 Jan 2013 | Classic expert Ian says the Metralla was much

The Northern Irish singer Van song Brown Eyed was released in 1967 but, at the wasn’t a hit and didn’t receive recognition. It became popular later and is now considered one of the all-time pop songs, and one that defines an Bultaco’s Metralla is much the

It was never really popular in its has earned belated recognition and an era of motorcycling.

Introduced in 1962, the 8 Metralla 62 had a 196cc two-… a four-speed gearbox, and weighed And it was a rocket. At a time when the production machines available 650cc British twins could run a standing 400m in 15 seconds, the little Bultaco was a second behind. With the racing kit the Bultaco had a top speed of 150km/h and would leave all the British twins for … on a road.

Compared with other (like Ducati’s famed the Metralla was in a class of its own.

200cc engine grew out of the 155 and 175cc Sherpa scrambler. with a street-legal exhaust the 64.5 x 60mm piston-port managed to put out an impressive 14.7kW at 7000rpm.

The bike was styled to a European endurance road with a large tank, ’bars, and semi-rear set footpegs. In this look was way ahead of its and it didn’t translate into success, especially in the US where was endeavouring to establish itself.

Resistance to two-strokes and its unusual probably had much to do with Metralla may have meant in colloquial usage but most dictionaries translated this to not the most encouraging word to an impression of long-term durability.

By the success of Yamaha and Suzuki saw the two-… street motorcycle more accepted and Bultaco the Model 23 Mark II Metralla. from an enclosed drive this looked similar to the 8 but was now powered by a 250cc engine 20.3kW (27.6hp) at 7500rpm.

A gearbox made the Mark II much more pleasant to and Bultaco released a factory kit that transformed the Metralla a highly competitive production At the 1967 Isle of Man TT, Bill and Tommy Robb took and second in the 250cc production Smith winning at an average of 142.64km/h. But the Mark II Metralla was no the leader of the pack. Kawasaki’s and Suzuki’s X-6 were cheaper and as was the Ducati 250 Mach 1.

By 1970 Bultaco stopped street bikes to concentrate on machines. Then an about-face in saw the release of the Metralla GT, a touring that did little to uphold the spirit of the original Metrallas. and soft, with alloy and disc brakes, the final became the GTS in 1978, finally in 1982.

The original Metralla was significantly than the competition and should been a commercial success. the later Mark 2 was no longer setting, it too was a superb machine – a to ride – but also a sales But as with Van Morrison’s Brown Girl, the Metralla has finally recognition and is now anointed as being the sporting small capacity of its era, and the ultimate classic motorcycle.

Many thanks to and Lorraine Smith of the Australian Museum, Haigslea, Queensland, for the use of the 8 Metralla 62 featured.

Bultaco Metralla 250 GT

Bultaco was in 1958 when Francisco Bultó left Montesa to set up his own Bultaco. The name was a combination of and Paco (a Spanish nickname for

In March, 1959, Bultaco its first bike, the 125cc 101 and, two months later, seven of the first 10 places in the Grand Prix.

Bultaco enjoyed considerable road success throughout the 1960s and New Zealander Ginger Molloy it with its first Grand victory in 1966 and in 1969 Sheene became a works In 1972 a Bultaco 360 won the Barcelona endurance race.

Bultaco ended in 1979. The factory in 1980, but finally closed in In 1998, Marc Tessier the rights, launching the Bultaco trials bike. The Bultaco was dropped in 2001.

A total of around 330,000 motorcycles were built in

Former MotoGP racer Gibernau is a grandson of ‘Paco’ Bultó died in 1998 at the age of 86, to be buried with his Bultaco and a properly waxed moustache.

a look at this fantastic by the Bultaco Club Australia:


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