Bultaco 350 SSR Monterey Class

September 2020

Bultaco

In the 70’s & 80’s Californian petrol heads invented a new racing class, so the myth suggests, half way between circuit road racing and dragster style Standing Quarter Mile. i.e. the Standing Mile termed the “Monterey Class”. This required hybrid motorcycles half way between circuit racers and standing quarter types. 

Bulktaco bike

Under Jeff Duval’s overseeing stewardship, the scoot was handcrafted from scratch by John Parry of Cobra Frames with, for starters, 7/8th chromoly, 5” stretch, 37 degree rake frame for that Monterey Class allure.

On the mech side of things, a full race 350 SSR motor entirely rebuilt from scratch by two stroke guru Jean-Francois Vicente, with higher tech new or custom machined parts. Emphasis is on optimisation and usability instead of all out incontrollable power!   

JETS’ Bultaco 350 SSR currently being restored to its former glory is a good example of that iconic but ephemeral “Monterey Class”.  More similar rebuilds in the pipeline…


Technical Specs

Design & Build:

Design: Jeff Duval
Build: John Parry
Motor: Jean-Francois Vicente

Engine

Full race 350 SSR motor entirely rebuilt from scratch with higher tech new or custom machined parts. Emphasis is on optimization and useability instead of all out incontrollable power!

Transmission

5 Speed Tranny also rebuilt from scratch at the same time as the motor by Classic Two Stroke Guru JF Vicente.

Chassis

Handcrafted from scratch by John Parry of Cobra Frames.
7/8th chromoly, 5” stretch, 
37 degree rake for that Monterey Class allure. 

Suspension & Steering

Competition Ceriani 35mm adjustable front fork assy and rear shox by legendary CR Suspension Kft of Budapest HU.

Wheels & Brakes

Chromed 21” & 18” ally wire rims with S/S spokes.
Full Beringer competition brake assy and hand controls.
Iconic K-Tech 11.5 floating discs.

Instrumentation

Despite being an in depth restoration of a racing machine, Jeff and builder John Parry (who organised the complex e-trics & e-tronics wiring) decided to make the scoot road legal.

Bodywork & Seating

In keeping with other new JETS classic racing projects, John Parry was contracted by Jeff to be both Builder & Project Manager.
Thus he is to be credited with most bodywork finery.

Ergonomics

An iconic competition machine recrafted to be road legal and comfortably useable by seasoned riders!

Photography

We will be using again when finished a young photographer named Spencer Morgan who has recently demonstrated his ability to transfer into pictures the emotions that builders try to portrait in such complex and iconic restorations or builds.

Finish

The critical job of painting this unique restoration project will be entrusted Tom, Steve and Mandy of Image Custom Design, Camberley, who have been able to commendably replicate the style and skill that the great Jeff McCann (RiP) introduced to custom bike painting in the 90’s.

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