|Several years ago
I purchased a Mk.9 Matador from a fellow in York, PA. He had at the time a
Matador Six Days which he'd owned from new, but was unwilling to sell. In
the pandemic summer of 2020, he decided to sell the bike and all his
remaining Bultaco parts, books, etc. After some remote negotiations, my
longtime coconspirator Neil and I headed up the near thousand miles to
pick it up. Good to his word, the seller filled up my Xterra with Bultaco
treasures as we loaded the Matador onto the trailer. The bike was very
original and, though a little tired, included all the rare original Six
Days parts as well as some new parts. He said I would be happy with the
deal and he was right.
Here's a shot of the bike as found in Pennsylvania and some of the associated items included.
Although very complete, the bike required, and deserved, a full restoration. It was stripped to the bare frame and and all parts were refurbished and refinished. A conscious effort was made to use as many original parts as possible.
|Shortly after completing the SD, I contacted Real Classics magazine as a follow up to a previous article. They printed this letter and photos.||
After months of cancelled events I was finally able to enter the Matador in the February 2022 2 Stroke Show in southwest Florida.
It was judged to be the best European motorcycle. I actually had hopes for Best in Show as the first judging team loved the bike, but apparently the second team was not so enamored.
In any event, it was wonderful to hear all the compliments from spectators and fellow competitors as well.
Note the tool kit and owners manual displayed on the seat.