New Mod­els

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Show­room 1978

From the mo­ment Sammy Miller moved to Bul­taco in 1965 the wind in the sails of the Span­ish Ar­mada meant they just got stronger. It seemed that they had it all their own way from that day on. The Ja­panese in­ter­rupted pro­ceed­ings in the early eight­ies but to be hon­est if you wanted to win in the sev­en­ties you had to be on a Bul­taco, Mon­tesa or Ossa. With fi­nan­cial prob­lems just around the cor­ner for them, as seen with Ossa, and the Ja­panese sell­ing off what was a ma­jor­ity of old stock the Ital­ians started to take note of an open­ing in the tri­als mar­ket place.

Bul­taco and Mon­tesa were still de­vel­op­ing new mod­els but for Ossa it needed an in­jec­tion of govern­ment money to con­tinue with pro­duc­tion. The Ja­panese, as has been well doc­u­mented, didn’t get the pro­duc­tion mod­els quite right to mount an at­tack to the big three, but in Italy and with strong moped sales they had the fi­nances to de­velop, man­u­fac­ture and sell a new breed of tri­als mo­tor­cy­cles. Ar­ti­cle: Yoomee • Pic­tures: The Beamish Suzuki Own­ers Club, Beamish Suzuki, Bul­taco, Fan­tic, Goll­ner Kawasaki, Honda, Mon­tesa, Ossa, SWM and Yamaha.

YRJO VES­TER­I­NEN Win­ning three FIM world ti­tles from 1976–1978 the Fin­nish rider kept the Bul­taco name in the lime­light, giv­ing it a superb global sales plat­form. This pic­ture from 2012 has ‘Vesty’ with his 1978 world cham­pi­onship win­ning Bul­taco. BUL­TACO Having won the world cham­pi­onship, first with Martin Lamp­kin in 1975 and then with Fin­land’s Yrjo Ves­ter­i­nen, their suc­cess continued with Lamp­kin’s ‘Scot­tish’ vic­to­ries. With re­fined mod­els rather than dras­tic changes, up­dates were in­tro­duced and the ma­chines ac­tu­ally sold them­selves to the ex­pert or club­man rider. Rec­om­mended Re­tail Price RRP: Jan­uary 1978: 250, £739.83; 350, £839.70 (incl. VAT).

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