|Sometimes serendipity strikes. Just three days after returning to the Garage with our newly purchased Frontera, browsing Craigslist I came upon a Mk.2 Campera. I've been on the lookout for a small bore dual sport Bultaco for some time. And there it was, a complete, original, running example for a very reasonable price. Of course it was in Connecticut, a thousand miles away. Fortunately, my life buddy Neil was heading up to NJ/PA to visit family and, having heard this hymn before, was willing to provide the transport. So, knowing I had the logistics covered, I called the owner and we quickly reached an agreement.
Here's a few photos from the Craigslist listing:
Finally, after nearly three years
languishing in the shed, and having completed a few other Bultaco
restorations, I turned to the Campera. I needed to come up with a course
of action. It was a decent, running example, but a restoration would
require a lot more money than it would be worth. That's not my primary
decision maker when planning, but the Campera is simply not a desirable,
highly sought after model. Another possible approach would be to refresh
it and license as a street bike. Being a low power 175 with enduro
gearing, this just didn't excite me. After some consideration, I decided
to convert the Campera into a vintage cafe racer. Having previously built
a BMW airhead and Yamaha 350 in similar fashion, I thought it would be
interesting to do a Bultaco. Similar to my earlier builds I determined to
build it using as many Bultaco parts as possible.
To see how this turned out see my Bultaco Cafe Page.