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Bultaco 143 Frontera 360 14 Dec 2018 05:17 #91

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Wow! It looks great! I wish I could make ride reservation.

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Bultaco 143 Frontera 360 14 Dec 2018 19:48 #92

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thanks Mothersbaugh, to bad you wont make it Cal Dreamin', Im accepting reservations to ride the bike, :beerchug

Isn't that a wrong side shifter? I'd probably just jam on the brake every time I wanted to shift...

Once in the very early 1970's I watched my brother take a test ride on a Norton Commando. He pulled away slowly, and then when he stomped on it hard throttle and shifted to "second," he actually shifted it from second to first, being a 1-up and 4-own shift pattern bike he was not used to. Boy, did he get stiff-armed in a hurry.

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Bultaco 143 Frontera 360 14 Dec 2018 20:31 #93

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Mothersbaugh wrote: thanks Mothersbaugh, to bad you wont make it Cal Dreamin', Im accepting reservations to ride the bike, :beerchug

Isn't that a wrong side shifter? I'd probably just jam on the brake every time I wanted to shift...

Once in the very early 1970's I watched my brother take a test ride on a Norton Commando. He pulled away slowly, and then when he stomped on it hard throttle and shifted to "second," he actually shifted it from second to first, being a 1-up and 4-own shift pattern bike he was not used to. Boy, did he get stiff-armed in a hurry.


Those shifting situations are well documented, back in the day I had a 70 Norton and a 73 Bultaco, both right had shift. Norton did have the opposite pattern, but when you’re young you have better memory. This bike is normal left side shift, all bikes imported to USA had to be that way. Thank you Japanese motorcycle manufacturers.
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Bultaco 143 Frontera 360 14 Dec 2018 21:01 #94

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Useless trivia alert!

There were a lot of crashes due to "operator error" so the Feds mandated all motorcycles imported into the USA have standardized controls... I'm pretty sure this happened in mid-1974.

I remember an oddball brand... might have been a Bridgestone... friends Dad had one... that had a "circular" shift drum where it would shift 1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4-1... so if you were in fourth and thought you had another gear you'd better be careful because if you were already in fourth that next "up" shift would put you right back in first. Or if you were in first and didn't know it the next "down" shift would put you in fourth. :Ugh

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Bultaco 143 Frontera 360 14 Dec 2018 23:22 #95

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MarkT wrote: Useless trivia alert!

There were a lot of crashes due to "operator error" so the Feds mandated all motorcycles imported into the USA have standardized controls... I'm pretty sure this happened in mid-1974.

I remember an oddball brand... might have been a Bridgestone... friends Dad had one... that had a "circular" shift drum where it would shift 1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4-1... so if you were in fourth and thought you had another gear you'd better be careful because if you were already in fourth that next "up" shift would put you right back in first. Or if you were in first and didn't know it the next "down" shift would put you in fourth. :Ugh


my dad rented a I believe was a Kawasaki 90 and it has a non stopping shift drum, late 60's. Im sure there was some considerable damage going from 4th to 1st at speed.

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Bultaco 143 Frontera 360 17 Dec 2018 17:49 #96

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Got chain on, put on my homemade chain guard.

Oh yeah those nice red things attached to the swing arm courtesy of Scootern. Looks like they were made for each other.

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Bultaco 143 Frontera 360 18 Dec 2018 08:09 #97

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If I had my way, my Husqvarna would be in the living room!
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Bultaco 143 Frontera 360 18 Dec 2018 16:55 #98

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RTD2 wrote: If I had my way, my Husqvarna would be in the living room!


well RTDT, that would be my garage, so I guess my bikes are in the living room. :woohoo:
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07 DL650
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75 Norton
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87 PW50
64 McClane Edger

Bultaco 143 Frontera 360 19 Dec 2018 11:23 #99

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Got a Trail-Tech Vapor for free, going on soon.

Rib roast for Xmas

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07 DL650
74 DT360
75 Norton
73 CB500K
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87 PW50
64 McClane Edger
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Bultaco 143 Frontera 360 19 Dec 2018 16:54 #100

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A buddy of mine let me ride his Frontera a few years ago at a Spanish Motorcycle Owners Group (SMOG) ride.
Very nice manners on that bike!

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