1965 Bultaco TSS
Two words that you don’t often see together are Spanish 2-stroke. You may hear them occasionally out in the wood, along a dirt trail, followed by a trail of blue smoke. You hear them very rarely at the track, and I don’t know how many times you might hear those two words spoken with a Japanese accent. This 1965 Bultaco TSS in full race gear is offered up by a seller in Japan, so traveling from Spain, to Japan, and then your home will put some miles on this 2-stroke.
From the seller
1965 Bultaco TSS 250cc. Bike was in Museum past 20yaers. Frame and Engine no. do match (F/N : B-600549, E/N : M600549 D-6) . This is racing bike so does not have title. Ex-owner(museum) bought this bike from famous GP rider Mr. Jim Redman. But I do not have and document or history. Will help world wide shipping by buyers cost. I guess US$1,500- from Japan to CA USA for shipping, crate and Japanese side custom fee. I will charge 5% sales tax for buyer in Japan.
Doing a search for information on the Bultaco TSS is not working out too well. There are some recollections by others about what they heard back in the day. These people say the 1968 TSS factory engine would produce 42hp at 10,500 rpm. This from a 250cc, water cooled 2-stroke, and attached to a factory 6 speed? Not bad. In one of the pictures you can see what appears to be a Gardner Carburetor, a very interesting design and history. What I have heard about the Gardner is that it works well in 2 positions. When the engine is off, or when it is wide open. Great for wide open tracks, or the drag strip, but troublesome most other situations.
Another anecdote I found, tells of a factory rider having to use their tea pot to warm the water used in the radiator, because the engine would not warm up properly before a race if you started with cold water. 2-stoke motors of the time were know to lock up at the most inappropriate times, but during warm up? I know that there are vintage races around the world, where old GP 2-strokes come out to race. But how many are stuck in museums because there is not someone who know what it takes to get these bikes running, and insure that they are not damaged.
The seller states that the bike has been in a museum for over 20 years. From the pictures it looks like it may have been rolled up onto its display from the last race. For the new owner, I don’t think it will be as easy as adding gas, oil and water to get this bike up and going. I always lust after the factory bikes, but know that if I were to buy this 1965 Bultaco TSS, it would have to come with a factory technician for me to really enjoy it. BB