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1975 Bultaco Frontera

The Parts List

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A more thorough inspection reveals a few more items that are needed. Besides a fresh order of oil, the machine needs a fuel filter for the carb bowl, some fuel hose, the chain guard is shot, speedo cradle, etc. I send the list off to a couple of suppliers. This is not a Honda, so it is not as simple as an online order. Meanwhile, a general cleanup continues...

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2Fer Part 2

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If truth be told, this should really be part 1. It was the search for a Frontera that resulted in getting 2 machines. As a kid, the idea of riding (or driving) your vehicle across fields, streams, and bad roads was pretty normal. Vehicles that did it well like Land Rovers, Rally cars,  and Enduro bikes were very cool. One summer, a friend got access to a very powerful enduro bike. It easily blew away our measly 125cc and 175cc Japanese machines. The logo on the tank had been torn, and the visible letters were M-O-T-O and B-U-L. We called it the Bull. It had no top speed (sort of like the Land Rover), but it would wheely if you looked at the throttle, and climb the side of  a shed if you asked it to (and we did !). We had to mix oil with the gas and somehow, we did not blow it up. We surmised that the Bull was angry because its tank was red, and Bulls don't like red, so it was constantly trying to throw it off (along with the rider). 

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Years later we discovered the Brand and its storied history. It was a nice-to-have but no hurry. Part of us did not want to  ruin the mystique. Then this deal comes along via friend of a friend, and the next thing you know we have not one, but two Bulls. The other is a Matador. The Frontera is complete and has been sitting indoors for a few years. It was reportedly running in 2014, so we will see. Engine turns and compression feels good.