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1966 Bultaco Campera 175 Racer – Freeride Motos

Posted on April 3, 2017 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. 20 comments

The Bultaco Campera Agricultura was about as far as a bike can get from bedroom wall poster material. As you might garner from the name, it was a bike more at home in the fields chasing cows than it was on the racetrack chasing pole position. But that didn’t let France’s Freeride Moto stop them. Taking their inspiration from the altogether more sexy Bultaco TSS, they rolled up their sleeves, scrubbed off the cow cakes and made a little yellow bullet that will inspire the inner kid racer in all of us.

The project started when Pierre, Freeride’s owner, encountered an old 175 Bultaco Campera Agricultura from 1966. With the foresight (or should that be madness) that only the best builders possess, he saw a custom bike that would pay homage to the legendary Bultaco TSS racer. A racetrack staple in the 60s, 70s and 80s, it has a long list of famous riders including Ángel Nieto, Roberto Quintanilla, Râmon Torras and Pedro Alvarez.

And while you may think that a resto-custom like this might require most of the spares to be made from scratch, thanks to the not-for profit LAM Classic company, all the parts necessary for the project were sorted in the blink of a GP racer’s eye.

“After disassembly, the frame was reinforced in a TSS Grand Prix style,” Pierre explains. “It was TIG welded, and while we are at it all of the extra tabs were cut from the frame. Our last welds were made to accommodate the racer Tarozzi handlebars.”

The homemade fiberglass tank, a replica of the old Grand Prix Bultaco years, was installed along with a homemade Montesa replica tail-piece. Then a small number plate was put at the front, along with a minimal aluminium mud guard. “Up there, you’ll also find several new Bultaco parts,” notes Pierre. “There’s the forks, which were assembled using parts from a Pursang 250, a Sherpa 350 and a Frontera 125.” Sound’s like a real family affair. Then the whole setup was polished to within an inch of its life.

Crankcase is cut to reveal the gearbox output

But the metal collage didn’t stop there. The front wheel was assembled using parts from a Bultaco Campera along with an Akront 19″ rim. Out back, the chrome swingarm is attached to KFX shockers, again from LAM Classic. They are gas charged, made of aluminium and are completely adjustable. As with the front, the rear wheel is a combo deal, but this time with Campera and Pursang 250 components.

Hitting the track apex is handled by billet aluminium ‘bars. Alongside, the controls have been reduced to an absolute minimum, with just some aluminium levers from Amal, Domino grips and a Koso speedometer.

“Then the frame and hubs were painted with a black satin epoxy,” says Pierre. “The paint was done by MidWest Aéro Design, with the yellow and black scheme chosen to resemble a Bultaco Streaker 125, but with a modern touch given by the matte finish and the metal varnish.” The saddle was made by Kabuki Sellerie, along with the lovely leather strap down the tank.

“The engine and gearbox was completely refreshed, with a new cylinder and an Italkit piston. Then the old ignition was replaced with an electronic unit from Selletra with an internal rotor. The carb was upgraded with a new Oko 28mm item and equipped with a fresh UNI filter and attached to a Frontera intake pipe,” he says. And a new exhaust pipe was homemade by Pierre from several old 50cc Aprilia cast-offs.

We feel the sudden urge to smoke a pipe

And finally, the engine, the crankcase covers have been completely polished, and the left case has been cut to reveal the gearbox output. Look closely and you’ll see that the interior has also been painted yellow. Nice touch. The cooling fins were painted black, and the cylinder head was sandblasted to a matt silver. The over all result is a svelte, racy Bultaco that can’t help but bring back those childhood memories. We’ll ask Pierre if he has any posters for our bedroom walls.

The original Bultaco TSS. Note frame bracing

[Freeride Motos – Facebook | Photos by Sebastien Colombier]

  • Don Arnold

    The backstory of its’ lowly origins and tranformation to the end result, all perfection. You may cease your efforts now, having found the perfect example of a cafe racer.

    • the watcher

      Hate to take issue because I agree with your original sentiment. However it’s simply not a café racer – it’s a racer alright and I would love to have built it, but you’ll never see it on the road (unless it’s at the Classic TT).

      • I tend to agree with TW. I can see how the confusion might arise, but it’s definitely more of a pure racer than a cafe racer.

      • Don Arnold

        So you have seen it racing? With Lithium and LEDs anything can be made street legal in a matter of moments.

        • the watcher

          Would you really put Li and l.e.d.s on this?

  • Bultaco Metralla

    Bike of the Year! There is no superfluous junk on this motorcycle. It is the essence of motorcycling; a single cylinder two stroke cafe racer. Light, elegant and wondrously made. Thank you.

  • Duke Fan

    Absolutely the best café I’ve ever seen I’d take this little sweetheart home to show Mama any day!

    • Your Mama rides?

      • Duke Fan

        Yes Sir, She rode a 1947 Harley Davidson well in the sidecar with my Dad. My Mom knew just about everybody all over Texas! Awesome Lady she bought me my first real motorcycle a Honda CL90. It was a present given to me because I’d been good all year long! Well at least not that I’d been caught! ha ha I discovered girls on that wonderful magical machine & have ridden a few miles in the last almost 50 years with her watching over my shoulder all the way.

  • Jim Roberts

    a little cutie…makes me smile. i did a few club races in the late 60’s on a metralla…always thought it was a really handsome bike but it had a bad habit of living up to its’ name
    Butacos always handled so damn good and were fast

  • Motormark

    Hmmmm, not really a cafe racer as there are no lights, plate etc. But a Campera has been made into a road racer from its simpler enduro roots. Great there are people who can find all these components, or make what they need. TSS’s are super cool, and this is nice to see.

  • Len Farquharson

    What a beauty! This has bought back a rush of nostalgia, as the very first bike that I ever had was a Yamaha Ag 100 in exactly the same colour scheme. It was a purpose built agricultural bike which I convinced my dad would be a very useful complement to horseback riding on the property on which we grew up on. With first and second gear being so low, it would go just about anywhere. Thank you for this magnificent restoration!

  • Steve Gernhoefer

    Wow that is a sweet ride simplicity personified reminds me of my first Rage build Little Rexy

  • Beautiful, simple and tasteful. The essence of the lightweight Italian road racer.

    • Or even Spanish, maybe? 🤔

      • Eric

        Viva la Roja!!! 😁 Fantastic bike, thanks for this!

  • I liked this one! This just inspired me to start thinking about a project of myself, actually. It reminds me of a Portuguese motorcycle manufacturer named Famel, which used Zündapp engines. It went bankrupt and there’s a group of young entrepreneurs trying to revive it and make an electrical bike.
    Those past bikes are quite good starting points for some cool projects!
    Thank you so much for the inspiration and for the share! Cheers!

  • Gaaah! Would you people PLEASE stop educating those without prior knowledge of Bultacos how awesome these bikes can look?

    — signed, a longtime Bultaco fanatic on a tight budget.