Wednesday, April 22, 2015

2K: The Spanish Imposition: 1975 Bultaco Alpina 350

This next feature comes from reader Gianni who (in his own words) decided to eat his own dogfood and write up this vintage dirtbike: The US Government’s debasing of the dollar has caused asset bubbles, even affecting the world of classic cars.  Thus the rapidly rising prices of classics have put many out of reach for the average joe.  Classic motorcycles have stepped in to fill the void; they are still affordable for mere mortals and easier to work on to boot.    Find this 1975 Bultaco Alpina 350 offered for $2,000 in Puyallup, WA via Craigslist.



Bultaco was a Spanish motorcycle manufacturer from the mid-1950s to the early 80’s.  They are best known for their off road exploits, winning various European and World endurance trials in the 60’s.  They were popular motocross racers in the US in 1970’s.  This Bultaco Alpina is said to be a one owner bike and, unlike many off-road old bikes has a title. 


The owner said it doesn’t run at the moment (he thinks it needs new points), but based on the ad’s pictures, seems to be complete and wearing its original paint.  The exhaust on the bike seems to be original and not some hillbilly constructed replacement. 


Currently the bike has plastic fenders and number plate from some unknown bike, but it comes with the original aluminum fenders, headlight plus other parts.


The seat is either original or a very good recover. The owner may be correct about the points.  Either way, the 350cc two smoker looks complete.


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Big thanks to Gianni for bringing some two-wheeled excitment into the DT world.

13 comments:

  1. There was a wonderful (dirty) period of time when Bultaco Maico and Hodaka were the coveted brands at local dirt bike courses. Then, Honda got serious and brought out the Elsinore. Husqvarna eventually went four stroke. Woke up one morning and Tesla's were kicking assntakin names. Gimme an "On Any Sunday" weekend in a two stroke Saab 96 with a little trailer pulling old two (stroke mix your own) dirt bikes and it doesn't matter what kind of crap beer you serve me as I'll probably use some of it to wipe the dirty smile off my face!

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    1. Yeah , 'On Any Sunday' was the first thing that came to my mind, though I'm not too much of a biker.

      Now, where's there a piece of dirt that BLM hasn't shut down?

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    2. I hear this music when I look at bikes from that era:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W50hGEs5JE

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    3. On Any Sunday is a great movie!

      Off the top of my head, I can't think of too many movies with Bultacos in them. My favorite is probably Stingray but it's frankly not a very good movie. Just a great cheeseball of a B-flick. But you can spot one in the trailer.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht18I8PgHcs

      Another movie but one I didn't love personally is Alice's Restaurant. There's Bultaco in this trailer too, but it's hard to tell.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNBurHDrZwM

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    4. Hodaka had the best names for its bikes: Road Toad, Dirt Squirt, Combat Wombat, Super Rat...

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    5. I had a Super Rat but lusted after the Combat Wombat. Hard to believe 100cc could make that much noise.

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  2. Um, what is that icon supposed to be? Maybe a Jalapeno Olive?

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    1. Bul-Taco. Fast food chain all over the Southwest.

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    2. hey, what about the other badge? that one's new too

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    3. Hardtop sidecar?

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    4. Bobinott -- where was this car manufactured?

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    5. If you mean "bike" then "Spain". Oh, I get it! Since the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain, you need a hardtop sidecar. Very clever. Um, did I miss something?

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  3. That is right down the road from me my Uncle has one he also has a double bubble 1957 Fiat !

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