Classic Trial - - CULTURE BUTLER 250 TEMPEST 1964 -

The happy owner of the But­ler Tem­pest used in this ar­ti­cle, Frank Delubac, tells us the his­tory of his pur­chase.

“A fan of clas­sic tri­als for more than a few years I was look­ing around eBay UK when I saw an ad­vert for a But­ler a bike that I knew noth­ing about. It had been re­stored and the ad­vert men­tioned it was sim­i­lar to the DOT, James or Greeves. It had a reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ment (V5). There had been no bids for the first few days and the price seemed cor­rect.

A phone call to Stu­art Brown of BPS rac­ing in­formed me it was a very rare model. Af­ter he looked at the ad­vert he called me and said ‘Frank, it’s a su­perb bike, and I know the seller’, he con­tacted him on my be­half and a few days later I be­came the proud owner. Stu­art de­liv­ered the bike for me for the price of diesel and as he said ‘you have a very good deal’.

“Stu­art col­lected the bike from the well-known rider Peter Salt, who rode Bul­taco and Kawasakis amongst oth­ers, in the Cheshire cen­tre. It only needed a new sump guard and side stand. Joel Cor­roy re­lined the brakes. I changed the han­dle­bars, levers, grips and con­trol ca­bles. I mod­i­fied a rear brake lever from a Sherpa and made some alu­minium side pan­els. I fit­ted an Amal car­bu­ret­tor from Ossa as these are eas­ier to tune than the orig­i­nal. I also de­cided to seal the fuel tank to pro­tect against mod­ern fu­els, and re­paint. Thanks to my friends in the French clas­sic world (FFVE) I was able to get it reg­is­tered in France. That was how the bike en­tered my life.”

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