The Motorious beta is now available to all users.  Learn more about what this means.

Watch The 1967 Bultaco Metralla 250 Mk2 In Action

By Steven Symes Aug 09, 2019
news
Shop Motorcycles
By Steven Symes Aug 09, 2019
The memory of this Spanish motorcycle has waned over the years.

Thankfully, we have people who for whatever set of reasons won’t let old motorcycle brands die. The guy in the video below, Gilles Escuyer, is obsessed with Bultaco bikes. So are his friends, and they get together to celebrate this old-school hobby.

'

If you’re like most people, you’ve never heard of Bultaco. Pretty much only enthusiasts at this point remember the Spanish motorcycle brand. But just because something has faded from the collective consciousness of society doesn’t mean there’s no value in it. This video gives you a glimpse into what the company was about, using a restored 1967 Bultaco Metralla 250 Mk2.

What’s immediately noticeable about this motorcycle is the design adheres closer to what you saw in the early part of the twentieth century. That is, skinny tires, plus a slim gas tank and engine, with the overall look quite similar to a bicycle. After all, motorcycles started out as bicycles which were powered by an internal combustion engine.

As time moved forward, many motorcycle makers expanded the size of their bikes. Bultaco decided to use small, lightweight two-stroke engines with a single cylinder. While many doubted this course of action, Bultaco kept making their motorcycles which were loaded with character and boasted outstanding power-to-weight ratios.

Bultacos were budget-friendly, and the 250s like this one were great on race courses that were short and required bursts of acceleration.  Many racers would swing by Barcelona every year to trade in their old Bultaco for the latest version.

Today, the Bultaco name is getting a new lease on life, thanks to it being applied to an upcoming line of electric motorcycles. While that might be exciting, there’s the potential for those kinds of advancements to wipe away from memory the vehicle brand’s real roots. Thankfully people like Gilles Escuyer are around to educate us, if we’re willing to listen.


Related articles

Legally Own A 1992 Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione

It’s time to live out your rally racing fantasies. If you’re like a lot of people, you know the Lancia Delta thanks...
By Steven Symes Sep 17, 2019

Watch Divers Discover 10 Sunken Cars

There’s also two motorcycles down in the murky water. YouTuber DallyMD loves to hunt for all kinds of cool things un...
By Steven Symes Sep 17, 2019

99-Mile 1965 Shelby Cobra Anniversary Edition Is A Polished Gem

All Shelby Cobras are special, but this aluminum-bodied 50th Anniversary Edition car is a rare treasure. When it com...
By Jeffrey N. Ross Sep 17, 2019

Rare 1935 Bugatti That Inspired Cruella De Vil's Car In 101 Da...

Only three were ever produced, and this is the only surviving example. This 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Faux Cabri...
By Amie Williams Sep 17, 2019
Show Me More

URL copied to clipboard