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In the Bultaco world, there is the El Bandido and then everything else. It has a bigger than life persona in today’s world of Bultaco restorers. It was the great Spanish marques first entry into the open class. It was also completely unique. Bul’s were famously known for their interchangeability of parts, often for worse than better. But not so with the Bandido and sibling Montadero; their center port exhaust, dual down tube frame, geared primary drive and right side kick were different from anything else from Bultaco. From what I understand the motor came from the TSS road racer.
I am working on a feature about the El Bandido role in the 1969 NORRA Mexican 1000. But for now, here is the Popular Cycling test from March 1970. As for the editorial quality of the Bultaco review, well there just isn’t much. It almost seems as if someone rolled up with a slightly used Bandido in the back of a pickup. They rolled it out to shoot some stills in the parking lot, ran back in forth through the gears and wrote just enough to call it a feature.