1968 Bultaco Matador m26

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  1. cornwallis

    cornwallis n00b

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    hi guys i'm new here . but i just got done with my bultaco matador. have a look and tell me what you guys think. oh can you guys tell me what kind of air filter will work of this bike. thank you [​IMG]
  2. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    If you need any Amal parts let me know, as Amal are just down the road from me...:evil

    And I suppose I should show you this, my new limited edition Bultaco helmet...

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  3. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    And here is a funny thing, I just got a friend a "free" Bultaco 350 Sammy Miller highboy trials bike at the weekend..:clap well you have to keep the good vibes going:evil

    And with any luck, the new owner won't sell it on ebay like Bantam trials bike I gave away :huh
  4. Neil E.

    Neil E. Been here awhile

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    This thread brings back memories. I bought a used 68 Bultaco Matador in 1970 for $390.00 (it was completely stock). One of the best bikes I've ever owned. Rode it for 7 years, sold it to my brother. He rode for several years then sold it to a friend. If I remember correctly 68 was the first year of the straingt finned head and five speed gearbox.

    I put on a Mikuni carb and that made it much easier to start. Changed the top triple clamp, handlebars, shocks, air filter, fenders, headlight, tail light and a bunch of other bits. Typical stuff that readers of "Dirt Bike" did to make their bike "better".

    The points ignition was tricky to set up. A dial indicator on the piston was used to scribe a reference mark on the cases and flywheel. The points gap was then done through the flywheel slots. Then the timing was checked for when the points opened. If it was off, then the flywheel got pulled in order to rotate the stator plate. Then it was reinstall and recheck the point gap and timing. Repeat as needed until correct.

    OP did you get the secondary muffler in the spares box? These were almost always removed and I bet it would be really tough to find one. Sure made for a quiet bike.
  5. Jeffn

    Jeffn Been here awhile

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    Seems only appropo to post my new 2 moi Mk4 Matador obtained Friday:

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  6. east high

    east high Been here awhile

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  7. jim_bellomy

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    Blaine, I just picked up an old M26 so I was reading through your post. Mine has the triple clamp set up for the type handle bars you want, you have the type I want. I will get some pics of my nightmare and start my own thread, but I thought you may be interested in a trade. I'm also interested in some scans of your manuals when you get them available. My phone # is (702) 787-8679 if you ever want to call
  8. MudWalker

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  9. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    Hey Jim, welcome to the madness!
    Can you send a pic on over of the set up you're talking about?

    Also, I completely forgot about this thread. I need to get on with hunting down the proper size chain so I can ride this thing.

    Does anyone have any tire recommendations? I'd like to keep them as knobby as possible while still doing some street.
  10. PSchrauber

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    Trials tires, good ones, like Dunlop or Pirelli NOT Mitas (very bad quality). Michelin is superb for trial but not so good for street.

    You get much more traction with a trials tire then any enduro or MX tire.

    Only on very soft underground like mud and clay traction is better with a mx or enduro tire.
  11. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    Funny you say that. I have a brand new set up trials (dunlop, I think) sitting in my basement from the Bandidos. We'll see if they fit.
  12. PSchrauber

    PSchrauber Been here awhile

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    They should, 21'' front and 18'' back was very commen on Bultaco the trials tire doesn't wear so fast down like the groovy mx type and you still have the knobby look.

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  13. blaine.hale

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    Anyone know where I can locate a chain for this bike?
    My brother ordered a chain for his Alpina a while back and I tried fitting that on the Matador and it did not want to fit in the slightest. I have the measurements for what the chain dimensions should be...but it seems very odd and hard to find.

    Looking for a buy it now option, heh.
  14. PSchrauber

    PSchrauber Been here awhile

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    Doesn't the bike have 5/8`` x 3/8`` as secondary?
  15. Nevada Rider

    Nevada Rider World Geo Rider

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    They were great bikes for their time.
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    Ronnie - Flying a 1968 Matator
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  16. PSchrauber

    PSchrauber Been here awhile

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    Wait' it's an Matador and should have chain tubes? They had a special type?
  17. Nevada Rider

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  18. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    Wtf is a chain tube? haha.

    I'm talking about a regular chain for the sprocket and spur to make the bike move.

    Awesome pictures, Nevada!! I'm going to save those. I see they were the few that didn't immediately ditch the aluminum fenders.
  19. Nevada Rider

    Nevada Rider World Geo Rider

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    I don't think the "chain tubes" came on the Matadors until 1970, or so. Man, those were a pain and a bad idea... Kind of like my first wife, come to think on it...

    The aluminum fenders lasted us for a few years, as long as we kept a rubber mallet in the truck... Kind of like my first wife, come to think of it... After they finally cracked, we replaced them with plastics.

  20. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    so what you're saying is your current wife is plastic.

    I'll take 3.