Featured in the May 2021 issue of Roadracing World:
Road racing enthusiast and engineer Francisco “Paco” Bulto helped found Montesa in 1944. But the motorcycle company didn’t want to spend any money on racing, so Bulto finally left in 1958 to start his own new company, Bultaco .
Several staff from Montesa’s development department joined Bultaco as the company began building its first bike, a 125 single-cylinder, two-stroke, the Tralla.
A Super Sport (TSS) version was entered in the 1960 Ultra Lightweight TT on the Isle of Man, driven by John Grace. The technical issues that resulted in a retirement did not dampen Bulto’s enthusiasm for the sport.
A batch of racing bikes were built for the 1961 season, and seven were entered in the 1961 Ultra Lightweight TT. Ralph Rensen finished sixth, the first two-stroke rider behind five factory Honda’s, and only one Bultaco failed to finish!
– Historical illustrations of racing motorcycles: 1966 Bultaco TSS125, by Mick Ofield
Smuggled steel tubes in the frames and advanced electronic ignition providing the spark, the Bultaco TSS125 sold well and with careful preparation, performed well at national and international events including Grand Prix races. Read the story of this innovative machine–it’s in the last issue of The world of road racing!
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