1977 Montesa Cota 247 Trail – revived and ready to roll

1977 Montesa Cota 247 Trail

1977 Montesa Cota 247 Trail

Our 1977 Montesa Cota 247 Trail’s refurbishment is now complete!

Last fall, I contacted old friend Harry Pytel, who I’ve long known through the vintage motorcycle community.  Pytel, now the principal of D&L Motorcycle Parts Corp., has immersed himself in countless ‘vintage’ motorcycle projects.  At one time, he had a large collection of Yamaha TZ 2-stroke race bikes, and has established a reputation for refurbishing aged British, European and Japanese motorcycles.  Harry is one of the go-to guys in Northern Alberta for sourcing hard to find motorcycle parts and restoring a multitude of old machines.

The Montesa's body, paint, decals. fenders and wheels are all original

The Montesa’s fiberglass body, paint, decals. suspension,  fenders and wheels are all original

The Cota 247 Trail was based on the Cota 247 Trials competition bike, but differed by having a dual seat, passenger footpegs and a front sprocket with one tooth more, aimed at 'street' riding

The Cota 247 Trail was based on the Cota 247 Trials competition bike, but differed by having a dual seat, passenger footpegs and a front sprocket with one tooth more, aimed at ‘street’ riding

Original paint and decals on the one-piece fiberglass gas tank/seat pan show signs of trail riding and decades of storage

Original paint and decals on the one-piece fiberglass gas tank/seat pan has ‘patina’, show ing signs of trail riding and decades of storage

 

 

Harry scoured the world for parts.  I was insistent that he track down the Montesa-branded (weird, beige coloured) ‘surgical rubber’ (as they were advertized in 1978) hand grips and black accordion-style  fork gaiters, which he located in California.

In Spain, where the Montesa was manufactured, he found a replacement headlight module to take the place of the original piece which had a cracked lens.

The new speedometer cable came from the U.K.

Harry carefully repaired the minor damage I had inflicted on the bike in the ’80s, banging dents out of the alloy front fender and headlight surround.  As for the folded piece of rubber that Montesa used to secure the tail light and licence plate, which had become dried and cracked with age, Harry cut a new replacement part from a rubber mud flap.  And it looks correct!

Pytel cut a 'new' tail light/licence plate holder from a rubber mud flap. It replicates the OEM part and looks correct

Pytel cut a ‘new’ tail light/licence plate holder from a rubber mud flap. It replicates the OEM part and looks correct

Despite the headstock label saying 'for use exclusively on competition circuits' and not being equipped with turn signals, the Montesa Cota 247 was an Alberta street legal motorcycle in 1978

Despite the headstock label saying ‘for use exclusively on competition circuits’ and not being equipped with turn signals, the Montesa Cota 247 was an Alberta street legal motorcycle in 1978

 

Montesa front fork detail

Montesa front fork detail

Original rubber front fender mud flap has survived 41 years, intact

Original rubber front fender mud flap has survived 41 years, intact

The Montesa has 392 original miles; the fork-mounted speedometer made the Montesa street legal in Alberta at that time

The Montesa has 392 original miles; the fork-mounted speedometer made the Montesa street legal in Alberta at that time

Replacement headlight unit was found in Spain

Replacement headlight unit was found in Spain

Bike has its original Telesco rear shocks

Bike has its original Telesco rear shocks

 

Harry Pytel pours 2-stroke pre-mix into the 1977 Montesa

Harry Pytel pours 2-stroke pre-mix into the 1977 Montesa

After chatting in Harry’s shop, he wheels the Montesa outside so I can snap a few photos.

He pours a few glugs of 2-stroke pre-mix fuel into the fiberglass tank, ‘tickles’ the carb until it ‘floods’, then kicks over the bike a few times until it starts.

He revs the engine a few times, an the Montesa 2-stroke single cylinder exhaust note is actually quieter than I remember it 4 decades ago.

It’s really satisfying seeing the Montesa refurbished to the condition (nearly new) as it was when last ridden in the 1980s.

Many thanks to Harry Pytel at D&L Motorcycle Parts Corp., Edmonton, Alberta (Tel.:  (780) 995-9067.

 

 

 

 

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