Retrospective: Bultaco Montadero 360: 1968-1972

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Retrospective: Bultaco Montadero 1968-1972

January 29, 2014

1972 Bultaco Montadero II 360; Owner: Bob Reichenberg, Oregon.

This Montadero was an dual-purpose motorcycle, in truth, focused on the dirt than the though the handling was a bit on the heavy It used a relatively old-fashioned two-… single, but the way the motor the power to the ground was impressive. All of the Spanish mystique.

1972 Montadero Mark II 360

Back in the ’60s, the name Bultaco was known at any race, be it off-road or The company had some superb all based on the two-… single-cylinder On the pavement, the 250 Metralla (Shrapnel, in was constantly on the podium, as with one/two/three win at the ’67 Isle of Man Production TT.

the 250 Sherpa (as in Himalayan guide) was a wiz at trials, while the Pursang Blood) was proving its worth in the world. For the less competitive the dual-purpose 250 Matador was quite

If we back up a few years to the late we find Francisco Bulto, Paco, working for the Montesa and convinced that racing sold street bikes. The hierarchy disagreed, so Bulto off on his own with a dozen Montesa in tow. In 1959, his new company—Bult + the first 125cc road-going (Whip). The little eighth-liter put out a commendable 12 horsepower at 6,500 a figure not to be sneezed at in 1960.

In a serious motocrosser arrived, the 360, with a bore of … of 64mm, for a capacity of The Bandido had a new engine with a primary that was mounted in a new but the model wasn’t really due to weight. What to do?

Heck, make it a dual-purpose model, and it the Montadero, or Mountaineer.

1972 Montadero Mark II 360

The first Montadero came and quite quickly, as it was a bit too Bandido-like, too to suit the cow-trailing American The Montadero Mark II followed; it was a slogger, with a heavier and the engine timing making rather than horsepower. described the engine as having pulling ability”…no mean

It also had a bigger fuel improved suspension, a slightly frame, and a sophisticated, waterproofed, ignition.

Granted, this was not for the average putt-putt kind of but rather the real enthusiast who was to get out in the forest or desert and have a good time. No oil injection on toughie; mix the right amount of the oil into the gas in the tank. However, that the trailster would be out for a ride than a racer, the was comfy and there was lots of

The frame was a full double which added a bit of weight but improved the handling. The Spanish Company made the telescoping fork to Bultaco specs, upwards of seven inches of Betor also supplied the absorbers, with progressively springs and five-way preload

1972 Bultaco Montadero II 360

Wheels were 21-inch on the 19-inch on the rear, with a tire on the front and 4.00 on the Akront rims were to lightweight alloy hubs. not considered a terribly important on a motorcycle of this nature, smallish 5.5-inch single-leading-shoe

1972 Bultaco Montadero II 360

The engine was the centerpiece, securely into the frame, aesthetically a piece of work with cases and a squat nine-finned Horsepower, with its 10:1 ratio, was rated between 32 and 33 at rpm, but more importantly torque was at a nominal 5,000 Do not forget that up until the big British, low-revving thumpers considered the bike of choice for

The carburetor was a Spanish-made Amal of 32mm, with the air cleaner up and the breathers coming in from the seat. Even in the event of a Bulto knew there be many—no debris would get the system. The ignition system was protected in case of a water To keep the authorities happy, a 6-volt battery could the lights on if the engine was not running.

A provided the spark through a igniting the two spark plugs in the top of the head simultaneously and guaranteeing a burn of the fuel charge. The CDI meant that one never had to about gapping breaker

Helical gears ran the power to the 4-speed transmission, with a cush-drive mounted on the end of the crankshaft. A addition this was, as it was to tone down all that on-and-off power, which snap a final-drive chain.

1972 Bultaco Montadero II 360

The dressing was sparse to suit the of the machine. A 3.4-gallon gas tank give a range of 150 miles—but not more. The right side hid the battery, and provided easy to the washable air cleaner. Over on the the hot exhaust was hidden behind a panel, quite effective in burns in case of a spill.

The was also on the right, an unusual but one that kept it well-protected as the crashed through the woods. The were somewhat quickly for those who were serious their boonie-bashing, and the only was a speedometer and a high-beam indicator on the

Throw a leg over the 30-inch-high Gas on, tickle the carb, a couple of to the starter. Engine fires, well muffled, snick the lever into first and let out the with about 3,000 rpm on Gobs of torque, in a two-…

Click, click, click—in a rider could see 80-plus mph on the The Montadero 360 was a good bike, short lived, at least as far as the went. Bultaco, realizing the of well-known labels, renamed it the 360 in 1973.

(This Retrospective was published in the February 2014 of Rider magazine.)

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