Model 80 – Kit Cam­peon

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The old­est ma­chine here is the model 80, the so-named kit Cam­peon or slim-line, built in 1971. The Bul­taco is a 250cc with five gears, still with orig­i­nal frame and front forks and the fi­bre­glass one-piece tank and seat which still in the mod­ern world looks very cool. In its orig­i­nal con­di­tion this model was a lit­tle dif­fi­cult to ride in haz­ards when sharp turns were nec­es­sary, and for this rea­son some mi­nor mod­i­fi­ca­tions have been car­ried out to give it a more mod­ern rid­ing style with­out chang­ing the ba­sic char­ac­ter­is­tics. The footrests are low­ered and moved back­ward, and more mod­ern rear shock ab­sorber units re­place the orig­i­nal ones. This mod­i­fi­ca­tion, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the new su­pe­rior fork yoke fit­ted from a mod­ern ma­chine and then mod­i­fied, puts the han­dle­bar in a more ad­vanced po­si­tion which makes the rid­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic of the ma­chine much more mod­ern.

For weight sav­ing all lights and as­so­ci­ated electrics are re­moved and the front wheel rim has been re­placed by one from a Bul­taco 199A model. With a very high han­dle­bar po­si­tion and the rear brake pedal now on the right-hand-side the mod­i­fi­ca­tions are com­plete. With the rear brake pedal on the right-hand-side it means that you have the brake and the gear change lever on the same side. This is not ideal and a lit­tle strange when you are rid­ing but the model 80 en­gine does not al­low you to make any easy changes to swap over the brake and gear pedal ar­range­ment. A new pair of Be­tor rear shock ab­sorbers works well on the rear. An ex-Ossa sump shield pro­tects the frame and mod­ern Miche­lin tri­als tyres help in slip­pery con­di­tions.

Re­gard­ing the en­gine no mod­i­fi­ca­tions have been made, and the unit is a stan­dard one which is very smooth and sweet to ride. To give the ma­chine a lit­tle more ‘punch’ a big­ger rear sprocket has been fit­ted and the rear si­lencer has been mod­i­fied. An Amal car­bu­ret­tor from a Bul­taco 158 model is fit­ted as it’s eas­ier to ad­just and is eas­ier to tune.

Justyn Norek Jnr: “The looks are so retro; and su­per cool de­spite the pas­sage of time for this beau­ti­ful look­ing ma­chine. The idea of an up­grade kit worked so well and you can imag­ine how many happy Bul­taco own­ers there were. Per­for­mance wise the power de­liv­ery is very good and the smooth de­liv­ery in­spires some easy rid­ing. Han­dling wise it feels very low but de­spite the mod­i­fi­ca­tions car­ried out by Ric­cardo it’s still un­easy on very tight cor­ners. This model Bul­taco is far hap­pier on straight, open haz­ards such as in a river bed and holds the line very well on this type of ter­rain. I can im­age back in the early sev­en­ties that the red, smooth look gave it the Fer­rari-in­spired feel to its proud own­ers.”

The red, smooth lines gave it the Fer­rari-in­spired feel to its proud own­ers.

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