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1972 Bultaco 250cc

1972 Bultaco Model 80 250cc Twinshock Trials

Spanish roadracing champion both pre and post-war, Francisco Bulto co-founded the Montesa company in 1946. After resigning his directorship following a board meeting where it was voted to retire the factory from GP road racing in 1958. That same year, with other former members of the Montesa firm, he went about getting ready to produce a new motorcycle which was announced early the following year as the Bultaco,

Bulto’s range of Spanish-built ‘Bultaco’ motorcycles first arrived here in 1963 with the TSS road-racing singles. In 1965 the ‘Metralla’ and the first of the ‘Sherpa’ trials bikes were announced. The ‘Sherpa’ was successful from the outset on account of its great design and reliability, obtaining instant recognition as a 'must have' machine amongst trials riders. Later ones were available in both built-up and kit form, with revised tank, seat and side-panels. The engine remained a model for power characteristics and reliability and in the hands of riders such as Sammy Miller, the ‘Sherpa’ remained a force to be reckoned with well into the 1980s.
With a refreshing interest in the 'twinshock' market, prices range from around £1000 for an okay running and riding example to well in excess of £2200 for a restored and road registered example.

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