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German Trick 10-31-2012 12:00 PM

Show Us Your Bul!
 
I’ve had a love affair with Bultacos since I was about seven years old. My dad’s good friend was Charlie Hockie who owned a Bultaco dealer in So Cal with Bill Thorwaldson. I spent many Saturday afternoons roaming the shop as a kid. This is one of my prized possessions from that time:

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto..._g2PAc-L-1.jpg

BORT = Balls Out Race Team!

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto..._Jko5y-L-1.jpg

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto...011_0000-L.jpg

Here is Charlie when he won the #1 plate in (I think), 1959:

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto...39_GZJdK-O.jpg

My first Bul was a 1969 100cc Lobito. The bike that started it all!

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto...File0275-L.jpg

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto..._pTmrq-L-2.jpg

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto..._3qMDb-L-3.jpg

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto..._NUjgh-L-1.jpg

From the Lobito came a series of my dad's hand-me-downs starting with a '66 250 Matador:

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto...File0274-L.jpg

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto...File0234-L.jpg

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto...File0102-L.jpg

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto...File0272-L.jpg

Then came my favorite, his 1970 250 4-speed Pursang. This was my first desert H&H with DRA. Long live Ron Burpo! :freaky

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto...File0011-L.jpg

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto...File0269-L.jpg

Then District 37:

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto...File0267-L.jpg

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto...File0013-L.jpg

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto...File0301-L.jpg

After high school the bikes got sold and my dad and I started riding for fun. My next Bul was bought in 2000 for vintage MX. Something that scared the crap out of me when I was young. :lol3

I raced this '77 250 Pursang for three years and had a blast.

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto...IMG_9908-L.jpg

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto...Dscn0117-L.jpg

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto...Race%204-L.jpg

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto...05%20one-L.jpg

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto...arcelona-L.jpg

When I look at this next Bul it takes me back to 1966 as a nine-year-old kid looking at the most beautiful bike I'd ever seen sitting in CB Motors showroom. I was lucky enough to find this restored '67 10 years ago and it's the only Bul I currently own. It runs great and gets exercised every now and then.

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto...16_UBNc7-L.jpg

http://german-trick.smugmug.com/Moto...Img_0028-L.jpg

Alright, that's my story, what's yours?

SHOW US YOUR BUL! :1drink

blaine.hale 10-31-2012 12:45 PM

Mine is a lot to type but, luckily, I started my own thread with my story and pictures! Click the Bultaco link in my signature :)

Gham 10-31-2012 02:11 PM

:clap Fantastic old pics to go with your storyline,thanks for posting this!

I have never owned a Bultaco and seen very few.There must not have been much of a dealer network in the North Dallas area when I was growing up.All we saw was mainly Japanese stuff from the early seventies on.

Foot dragger 10-31-2012 03:34 PM

I had a 72 Sherpa-S 200 in 1974,shorttrack racing,half mile,indoor cement track,even some scrambles racing with it.
It was a great bike and I never had any problems with it,then I got going with a 77.5 GP 250 KTM and have had about 15 of them since . KTM has really evolved over the years since then.
I do have a 68 Greeves 360 Challenger in the ft room,all pearl white,shiny black,polished aluminum and chrome.

Old bikes are just great history that looks cool sitting there!

norton73 10-31-2012 04:14 PM

My M158 Sherpa T;

http://norton73.smugmug.com/Motorcyc...ride0006-M.jpg

http://norton73.smugmug.com/Motorcyc...9697_000-S.jpg

and a future project, a M49 Sherpa T;

http://norton73.smugmug.com/Motorcyc...6m490004-M.jpg

German Trick 10-31-2012 05:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blaine.hale (Post 19940572)
Mine is a lot to type but, luckily, I started my own thread with my story and pictures! Click the Bultaco link in my signature :)

Nice work!

I've always looked at the Matadors like a big yellow lab: Even tempered, loyal, and you can do almost anything to them and they won't bite you. :lol3

I remember if I didn't give the '66 a firm kick the engine would sometimes run backwards. :eek1

German Trick 10-31-2012 05:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by norton73 (Post 19941911)

Still one of my favorite photos!!! :rofl

PSchrauber 10-31-2012 05:31 PM

Here my first Bultaco, a 175cc Sherpa, model #221. The bike was great very smooth to ride, the engine plant was a
little bit underpowered as the frame was nearly the same the model 190 250 and 350cc models used.

Bultaco made these to have something matching in the 175cc class that we had in the late 70's to late 80's for youth riders from 14 to 18 years. As there where much lighter bikes available too expecially the 200 Fantic, (156cc). This model wasn't favorated by the youth back then. I felt marked-down too when I compared my Bul to other bikes back then in terms of weight, power delivery and movability. I sold it when I turned 18.

Now many years later I would love to get the bike back, Since then I never saw a 175cc Sherpa again.


https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-j...082%252003.jpg

The bike served well, but the quality of the paint to frame and engine was poor, the paint started chipping of here and there very fast. To get the bike sold I had to repaint the frame and engine, at least I got a good price for it ...

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-b...aco%252001.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-1...aco%252004.jpg

I now have a model 199b, have to take some new photos it's a real beauty.

kioti 10-31-2012 06:45 PM

"Then came my favorite, his 1970 250 4-speed Pursang."

Pursang's and Metralla's 1969 and on were 5 speed.

Here's a pic of me taken 1972 of my '70 Mk 4 boxtail short track/half miler (Preston Petty front fenders mounted on the rear lasted longer than the Spanish glass.
http://i.imgur.com/AJ35G.jpg

My '69 Mk 2 Metralla.

http://i.imgur.com/xtYHf.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/LieFl.jpg

German Trick 10-31-2012 06:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kioti (Post 19942879)
"Then came my favorite, his 1970 250 4-speed Pursang."

Pursang's and Metralla's 1969 and on were 5 speed.

Yea, I should have said round case.

Sweet Metralla!

norton73 11-01-2012 07:55 AM

I'd love to have a metralla. When i went to get my first street bike I was torn between a Ducati 350 and a Metralla. I went for the Duc.

LasseNC 11-01-2012 09:00 AM

Why oh why are these so rare in europe! I'd trade my MZ ES250/2 for one!

PSchrauber 11-01-2012 11:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LasseNC (Post 19946308)
Why oh why are these so rare in europe! I'd trade my MZ ES250/2 for one!

It depends which model you are searching for, Sherpas, Alpinas do show up frequently,
even Fronteras and Purshangs, sometimes Metrallas too:

Here not far from your home:
http://suchen.mobile.de/motorrad/bul...&ambitCountry=

And very nice even a Metralla MK2 Kit American, very rare, (the bike is located in Malaga):
http://suchen.mobile.de/motorrad-ins...eatures=EXPORT

jcf 11-14-2012 08:47 PM

http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/...121735copy.jpg

Love that pic of the Metralla in the corner - Ha ha - amazed at how many people bring theirs inside their homes ( mine goes in the kitchen )

When I was a kid all my friends had Buls as I grew up in the next town over from Hugh's.
I couldn't afford one but got to ride their Matadors, Pursangs, and Alpinas.

When I was finally able to get one I went for the street model.

I now have a Model 137 in the works as well.

VIVA !

Visian 11-22-2012 01:57 PM

1973 Matador Six Day
 
Pretty much right off the showroom floor.

http://visian.nu/images/73_Matador_SixDay.jpg

http://visian.nu/images/bultaco_matador_sixday.jpg

Video at http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=skf5MVRcyO8

(On iPad, can't seem to embed...)



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