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Montessa Enduro 75L – Macco Motors

Posted on May 31, 2013 by Scott in Scrambler. 36 comments

Written by Ian Lee.

Sometimes when it comes to customisation, less is more. Small touches can make for better build ideas than large sweeping changes in the course of a build. This can help to keep the original spirit of an already cool bike, whilst making the machine unique in own right, something not all builders are capable of. It’s definitely something that Macco Motors has now shown they can accomplish, in only the second build released from their workshop in the south of Spain. After being brought a barn find 1976 Montesa Enduro 75L, the two brothers have added the Macco Motors touch, while following the owners words: “I want people to put their touch on it, but I want people to say that’s a Montesa Enduro…” and isn’t she gorgeous?

With the brief for the build being to keep the bike looking like a classic enduro, the Macco Motors crew got to work. As with their first build, the Kwaka 1100ST featured here on Pipeburn, a good part of the custom metalwork was done inhouse. Custom steel side panels, aluminium number plate holder and exhaust header show the flexibility of this firm in their metal skills, showing there is little they aren’t afraid to make up themselves.

To keep with the essence of the bike, an enduro style headlight has been fitted, and in true classic dirtbike style a single tachometer adorns the Rizoma handlebars. At the front sits a Pirelli MT013 tyre, at the rear a wider than factory Pirelli Scorpio MX, both topped with Macco Motors guards. Marzocchi E81 suspension has been deemed up to the task for rear suspension duties, the Montesa seat has been swapped out for a street tracker style seat, albeit these choices help in keeping Macco Motor’s desire for the bike to keep it’s ‘Spanish Soul’.

In relation to looks, the bike is amazing. That 70s styling holds strong, with small details like Macco Motors badging adorning the rebuilt engine, the factory tailpipe being replaced with an upswept Dunstall style silencer. The frame, engine, panels and guards have all been given a new coat of paint, giving it a ‘just rolled off the production line’ look, while the wide rear tyre gives the diminutive bike an awesome (aesthetic/presence) when viewed from the rear end.

With this being only the second build the brothers have completed, this is just proving our prediction that the Macco workshop is one to look for in relation to awesome builds. From an awesome big banger Kawasaki, to this baby Montesa, it is proof of the quality that Macco Motors can produce, and the scope of bikes they are willing to work with. The only thing to ask is: what’s next?

  • Davidabl2

    A lot of people, even those sort-of in the know, wouldn’t realize it was a custom at all.Just would think is was a very finely finished restoration.. Is this a good thing or not? i actually don’t know.

    • Sometimes you don’t have to scream, just whisper seductively…

      • revdub

        A careless whisper, maybe?

    • A quick look at the original bike and you’ll see just how much work they have actually done…

  • nocman

    Beautiful bike with perfectly… fscked up exhaust.

  • Excellent – much better looking than the original but still has a factory look. I’d love to ride it.

  • itsmefool

    I have a soft spot in my head for Spanish dirtbikes…counting this one even with the weird exhaust.

    • Michael

      It still looks like what it is.
      To be a real custom it should have a different petrol tank, billet bling, Firestone skinys, faux patina and loads of pipe wrap.

      Ignore this bike people, nothing to see here, move along. ; )

      • Davidabl2

        I’d say it does have those”loads of pipe wrap.” The stuff’s just white this time.
        If I ever get the budget to put together something that calls for pipe wrap it’s gonna be “faux pipe wrap” i.e. ceramic coat. Maybe even with a fabric pattern on it for true a “faux” finish…
        fwiw the much-maligned real pipe wrap does fit this build–it’s only sin is being period incorrect.

    • Davidabl2

      A little expansion chamber WOULD somehow be more “right” if no more period correct.
      Or one of those sausage mufflers from 4-strokes of the era. The megaphone is a “market-driven” solution and quite understandable–from that viewpoint.

      • “Right”? How about the fact that’s it’s a 2-stroke with a 4-stroke pipe. A chamber would not only be right for the sake of some opinion of fashion, 2-strokes HAVE TO HAVE 2-stroke exhausts! I would say this bike probably lost 30% of its output with this exhaust. Being this is a Spanish bike, built in Spain by Spanish builders makes it even more puzzling. I’ve owned several Montesas. Love them. No, pipewrap makes it look like they have much to learn about motorcycles. More to it than paint and fads.

        • Davidabl2

          ..I would never go so far as to try to correct you, and certainly it’s true that 2-strokes depend on the correct back pressure to function at all well. Especially when you consider it’s effect on the port timing. Probably even truer with a engine like this that has no reed valve (maybe not transfer ports either?) But you’ll notice that the stock exhaust on this one
          doesn’t appear to be any kind of an expansion chamber. As far as I can recall, chambers seem to have been more of a full-on race bike deal, and not so common on Enduros which had to be more or less street legal I believe.

          • $30724656

            The original Enduro model that this is based on was definitely fitted with a proper expansion chamber type exhaust system. Some 2T applications are not suitable of an expansion chamber. Competition trials machines are one notable example. Having said that I have to agree that the pipe on this bike does not work aesthetically for me.

          • The stock pipe doesn’t have a competition style pronounced welded cone construction, you’re correct on that. However the stock pipe has a proper cone design although you can’t see the converging aft cone inside the large straight tail section. Look at the picture of the stock bike. There is a fat header pipe that ends right under the front motor mount. As opposed to behind the swingarm pivot. The “Chamber” portion on the stocker ends 6″ behind the footpeg and then has a 2 foot silencer.

            Except for the pipewrap, the pipe here “Looks” good. It’s just totally wrong for a 2-stroke.

            The trials bike exception actually has a tuned exhaust for it’s application. Low end torque with zero concern for top-end or rev-ability. It’s not just a straight header pipe with a 4-stroke silencer installed.

  • Jose García

    Hi there!! It’s Jose from Maccomotors.
    We really appreciate any kind of opinion about our bikes even if they aren’t good opinions. We are builders and you are the public so everyone is on his right to criticise. I always say that if you put a plate with different cakes every people choose a different one. At the end it’s a only a matter of taste. So we respect tastes.
    But refering to our creature i got to say that to customize a bike it’s not always necesary changing everything. How many amazing yamahas or triumphs with its satandard fuel tank have you seen? I’ve seen lots and i love those gas tanks. Thats the reason i’ve got a triumph. So, why may i change that amazing and unique Montesa gas tank? We love it. The same in our Kawasaki Z. But even if you want to change something, this is a costumer bike and he wanted it on.
    The standard parts of this bike are only the frame, the fuel tank ( new paint designed), rims and fron tyre. The hole rest is new o custom made and its not only removing two wires or making two holes, there is too much hours of design and work on it. And of course this is not a restoration. Please look the definition before writting it. We customize bikes for people who wants to ride a special one and wants to feel different on it. And for shure thet this Montesa is one-of-a-kind.
    We are working now in a Triumph Bonneville SE: new rims yeah! And lots of things but standadr fuel tank and pipe wrap ooooooooh 🙂
    And for shure that there is too much work on this Montesa. Just ask our wives. Well, better you dont’t 😉
    And go on discussing on it, this is the best thing of this great Pipeburn.
    Enjoy and regards everyone!!

    • itsmefool

      Jose, thanks coming onboard and addressing your detractors! It’s always great to hear directly from builders, especially when they get into why they created or modified a bike a certain way. You make some great points, but I think the best one what you said about taste. Ultimately, you’re right; if you or your client is happy with it, then that’s all that matters. I certainly couldn’t have built this bike and I doubt many other who read this blog could’ve either (although that’s strictly conjecture; sorry if I insulted any other real builders here)! Congrats and keep up the good work!

      BTW, I’d love to see what you could do with a Bultaco.

      • Jose García

        Thanks for your comment. I´d be great to customize a Bultaco. Maybe a Sherpa. I´m in love with the Ossa Mar… Hope some day we take one of these.

    • Jose you nailed it !!!
      “A beautiful woman doesn’t need much makeup to look beautiful, just a little to emphasize some details of her”, and in some occasions, this stands for bikes too, like this one.
      I would love to have the last photo hanging on my garage wall !!!
      Cheers mate 😉

      • Michael

        Jose García,
        How my comments “read” in my local subculture

        “It still looks like what it is.”

        ( true to it’s soul and not an imposter )

        “To be a real custom ( to follow the trend, to follow the latest fad ) it should have a different petrol tank, billet bling, Firestone skinys, faux patina and loads of pipe wrap”. ( thankfully it does not )

        “Ignore this bike people, nothing to see here, move along” ( Lets keep it all to ourselves lest everyone else copy it and dilute or pollute it )

        In other words…..high compliment, job extremely well done.


        • Jose García

          Oh Michael, so sorry for the misunderstood. This is because my native language is spanish and yours is english and i read all these comments so quickly. Like so much your piont of wiew. I agree with you about trends.

      • Jose García

        Thanks GeoKan. I like so much your comparisson. That´s the way i like women. Cheers

    • Thanks Jose. Much appreciated. 🙂

    • Marcel Cifuentes

      La moto se ve cojonuda Jose, me encanta cuando una moto se ve casí stock, pero está llena de detalles que hacen voltear a la gente sin que entiendan mucho por que. Lo único quizás, y no es que piense que todas las motos deban ser de 1300 cc, pero no se si pondría tanta pasta en una máquina con un motor tan pequeñín

      • Jose García

        Marcel comparto contigo lo de la pasta pero su dueño, Miguel, supongo que tendría sus razones personales para hacerlo. De todas formas no le ha echado tanto dinero y teniendo en cuenta que la moto estaba desmontada y roñosa por no mucho tiene ahora una moto nueva. Me alegro que te guste. Un saludo

    • Davidabl2

      Look up resto-mod..I think the term is mostly used in G.B. but it means that the bike has has been modified to the user’s preferences while being “restored’ Which is what you folks are doing, it seems to me.

      • Jose García

        Yes that what we´ve done. Anyway too many definitions for the same thing. i prefer working on them.

  • Werdna68

    Pretty little bike, but a two stroke without its required expansion chamber, just says that this is all style over function.

  • coldsunshine

    I’m not a big enduro fan, but it looks pretty good. I like that last photo. How well is that exhaust going to work without an expansion chamber?

  • John in Pollock

    I love it, and would ride it every day.

  • John in Pollock

    But I would put a different pipe on there. Needs an expansion unit something fierce. A “works” looking one, all raw with the cool heat zones showing on the welds. Un-silenced. Like the early Suzuki TM’s.

    Aww look I just made myself drool….

    • arnold

      Peeing like a new puppy would be convincing , sorry beer is talking……
      typing…….Find one and do it for less than a King’s ransom. Talk is talk; walk the walk.

  • The Badger

    Sorry, but these guys have trashed a beautiful bike. A reverse cone megaphone on a 2 stroke is plain stupid, a uniersal on the front and a full nobby on the back ditto, same with the silly front guard. To me it shows a lack of respect or a misunderstanding of what they are dealing with. They don’t make these things any more. Don’t wreck the few we have left. It’s like dying a panda pink.

    • arnold

      They used to make them everyday, then they got put away or recycled into Toyotas and again into Ipads. I like seeing them recycled into two wheeled entities, even if modified. Ride ’em, don’t hide ’em is a philosophy I can live with. I’m sure the client is happy with the Montessa, as I would be.

      • Couldn’t agree with you more, arnold. Can I have a spin on the Montessa after you? I’ve even been known to put a trials universal on front and a full knobby on the back – I think Steve McQueen, Bud Ekins and the folks at Rickman copied my idea on their desert racers but I didn’t have it copy-righted.

        • arnold

          Montessa was a rare bird out east, back in the horse and buggie days. Plenty of ‘Tacos, Ossa’s, and later Penton’s were the hot setup. I can take a B 50Mx or a Tr5mx or maybe a deathtrap ‘zuke out of the stable for you when you come out to ride. Give me plenty of head’s up though, I’m old and slow.ald

  • Jose García

    Ok, the story of the controversial exhaust:

    All you guys who talk about the 4stroke exhaust are of course right. Miguel, the owner of the Montesa was absolutly determined with it because he saw it in another custom bike, and he wanted a different sound. Miguel is not a mechanics. We tell him about the problems and that not improvements in sound will get with the new cone. But we decided try with. This is a 10-12 CV bike and he wants it to ride in a little town, no more than 60 km/h, and short distances. So we did it and it woks. No sound improvement, but not 30% less power. Maybe 2 less CV.
    Then, he prefered style over function, as Werdna68 said, but this is his bike. I personally llike the look.
    Probably this won´t be recommendable with a powerfull bike but it´s posible with this.
    It´s weird? yes, it is. The Montesa of Miguel is weird but that´s the way it is.
    Regards everyone