The History of Bultaco Motorcycles

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Over 1,000 gathered in the hills above on a wet and windy day in late October But torrential rain couldn’t their enthusiasm to celebrate 50 of Bultaco motorcycles and their as one of the most iconic classic motorcycles.

Bultaco had a huge impact on the of motorcycles, with road like the Tralla and Metralla an army of fans while the TSS racer, the Pursang motocrosser, the enduro and of course the Sherpa T bike made their in national and international events. And it all because of one man’s passion for sport.

Fifty years don Francisco Xavier Bulto as technical director of Montesa. He had the company with Pedro in 1944, but when Permanyer and the directors decided to pull out of Bulto felt he had no other

When word spread don Francisco was leaving Montesa, his team went to production Joan Chalamanch’s office and what he was going to do. “I’m to suggest that he starts his own business,” said Chalamanch. that we are all behind him.”

was May 17, 1958, and within days started on a new 125cc single-cylinder motorcycle. Four months the prototype was ready for testing, and by 1959 they were to go into production. The new company’s was Bultaco — Francisco’s telegram when he was on business trips for and a contraction of Bulto and Paco, nickname.

The “Thumbs Up” gas tank emblem was by Paco after he noticed riders give the signal to all was well as they flashed the pits.

The first Bultaco, the 101, was revealed to the press 24, 1959. The Tralla — Spanish for — was not only a good roadster but the basis for an effective racer, so it long before a road version based on the factory joined the line-up. The resulting Super Sport in 125 and 250cc gave a generation of privateers Barry Sheene a taste for the fliers.

Sheene’s first race was on a in 1968, when he was 18.

A visit to the had shown don Paco there was potential for offroad bikes, so for Bultaco produced the dual-purpose N. A team was entered in the 1962 led by Paco’s nephew Oriol Bulto. They came with two gold medals, and the year Bultaco entered the Scottish Six Days Trial.

bike broke down an electrical fault, but that him the chance to watch maestro Miller in action on his Ariel 132.” Miller won the event, but was enough to try a Bultaco. He liked he saw, and when Ariel it was pulling out of competition at the end of 1964, went to Spain and spent 12 days building the first T, and eventually signed on with

It was the start of a chain of successes would lead to 15 years of of the sport, with Bultaco the European Trials Championship World Championship) nine between 1968 and 1979.

so, the factory was forced to shut in 1979. It reopened in 1980 government help, but production to a trickle, with only 249 produced in 1984. The end finally on Feb.

6, 1987, and Paco Bulto in 1998, aged 86. In total, 330,000 Bultacos were in Barcelona.

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