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Bultaco 360 Pursang MKVII (1974)

Bultaco had been a very successful brand in American scrambles racing since the mid 1960's and enjoyed some success in motocross on a local level, but seldom on the national or international level. That would change when American upstart Jim Pomeroy shocked the FIM international motocross establishment by winning the 1973 250cc Spanish motocross Grand Prix. The news of his victory created a huge wave of excitement in America where motocross was undergoing an explosive growth in popularity. His victory signaled that American motocross riders were ready to compete with the best in the world and so was Bultaco.
Bultaco, founded in 1958 by Francisco Xavier Bulto, first introduced an open class machine in 1967 as the 350cc El Bandido. Early models were plagued with excessive weight and power that few riders could tame. By 1974 the 360cc Pursang was nearly identical in design to the production 250 that Pomeroy had ridden to win the Spanish Grand Prix. Claimed horsepower was 39 at 7000rpm......which in print favored well with other open class machines, but in reality, seemed like "A load of bull!" That was mitigated by the way the Pursang hooked up! Open class Bultaco riders felt like nothing cornered like a Bultaco and you could steer thru the turns with the throttle wide open. The lower than most seating position also favored riders under 6' tall.
The 360 Pursang was a beautiful machine! It is often mentioned how the Spanish factory had dirt floors. That being said, the Pursang was an absolutely jewel! The engine cases were highly polished as were the fork crowns and the hubs. The fenders, side panels, airbox, and fuel tank were fiberglass with a very nice painted finish. Other niceties included Femsa ignition, Betor front and rear suspension, and Akront shoulderless rims with Pirelli tires.

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