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Café Express: Freeride?s Montesa Cota 247 cafe racer

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Café Express: Freeride?s Montesa Cota 247 cafe racer






If you?ve ridden a two-stroke, you?ll know how addictive the power rush (and sound) can be. So we have a soft spot for anything that smells pungent and goes braaap?especially if it?s got a bit of history and a side order of style.
Montesa bikes tick all the boxes: the Spanish manufacturer was hugely successful in motocross and road racing from the sixties to the mid-eighties. Its Cota 247 model was also popular with trials riders?but who’d have thought a trials bike would make a great little café racer"

Proof comes from the small village of Graulhet in southwest France, which is home to Pierre Dhers and his company Freeride Motos Racing.
Pierre specializes in the repair and maintenance of classic bikes, and prepping machines for vintage racing series. But he?s also very good at creating sharp-looking, quirky customs?like the Honda CX650 scrambler we featured a few months ago.

?Although this Montesa was a trials bike originally,? Pierre tells, ?our client wanted it transformed into a sport model. He was inspired by racing history, when Montesas skimmed around the circuits of Spain and the world in the 70s.??
It?s one hell of a transformation. At just 192 pounds (87 kilos) dry, the original Cota 247 is a nimble handler so weight reduction was not a priority.

At the core of this build is the engine, a punchy little 247 cc number that puts out 20 frisky horses in stock form.
Pierre has given it a full reconditioning, with new bearings and seals, and even a new crankshaft. He?s also tweaked the stock exhaust system and intake, and fitted a big bore piston kit from Italkit.
The original Amal carb has been upgraded to a Mikuni VM26 with a free-flowing BMC filter, and there?s now a Powerdynamo electronic ignition to keep the timing nice and regular.
After many ours of fettling and polishing, the motor looks as good the day it left the Barcelona factory in 1972.

Right above is the fuel tank from a Malaguti Olympic, a 50cc moped from the 1970s. It?s an inspired choice: in this context, the chiseled lines look amazingly contemporary and completely change the vibe of the Cota.
Pierre has added a custom fiberglass rear cowl to match, plus discreet aluminum fenders. Midwest Aero Design shot the intense red paint, and a fresh coat of satin black epoxy helps the frame fade into the background.

Pierre has modified the frame to suit the new lines, and also given it a thorough overhaul. ?I cleaned up the welds with new TIG welds?for strength, because the originals are poor quality.?
The new rear cowl is covered in a racy black suede that extends over the seat pan, applied by Kabuki ?Sellerie. We haven?t heard of that French shop before, but they obviously know what they?re doing.

Since this Cota tips the scales at less than 200 pounds, full Öhlins superbike suspension would be overkill.
So Pierre has overhauled and cut down the original Betor forks. Now fitted with shorter springs, they?re hooked up to 18-inch period-correct Akront wh...
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