Au Naturel: 1978 Bultaco Streaker

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Bill Myers' 1978 Bultaco Streaker.
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1978 Bultaco Streaker.
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1978 Bultaco Streaker.
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1978 Bultaco Streaker.
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1978 Bultaco Streaker.
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1978 Bultaco Streaker.
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Thin and light is an understatement. Much of the bike is hardly wider than the license plate.
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Owner Bill Myers and the Streaker.
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Thin and light is an understatement. Much of the bike is hardly wider than the license plate.
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A period Bultaco brochure shows the Streaker in all its glory.
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1978 Bultaco Streaker.

1978 Bultaco Streaker
Claimed power: 13.3hp @ 9,000rpm
Top speed: 72mph (claimed)
Engine: 119cc air-cooled 2-stroke single, 54.2mm x 51.5mm bore and stroke, 12:1 compression ratio
Weight(dry): 187lb (85kg)
Fuel capacity/MPG: 2.3gal (10.5ltr)

This is the story about Bultaco’s Streaker, a model that hit the showroom floor in 1977, and the only bike from that Spanish brand to sport cast aluminum wheels. 

Before we talk about the Streaker, though, let’s cut to the chase: When somebody mentions the word streaker in casual conversation, the first thing that many people envision is a classic 1970s scene starring a naked runner streaking in public, his or her oh-so-vital anatomical attributes dangling precipitously in the breeze. Perhaps a clip of Will Ferrell, jogging au naturel in the movie Old School, pops playfully into your mind. If you’re to proceed with this particular classic motorcycle feature article, you need to erase those mental pictures right now. So close your eyes, take a deep cleansing breath and let your mind wander freely to a happier place where you inwardly reflect on soothing, pleasant thoughts about vintage motorcycles. There are no streakers and no naked, overweight, middle-aged Will Ferrell to clutter your mind.

With that we present Bill Myers’ 1978 Bultaco Streaker. It’s one of about 750 examples that Bultaco built from 1977 to 1979, before the factory experienced a full shutdown of operations. That crisis lasted through the following year when the factory doors in Barcelona, Spain, reopened for another three-year run before the government put the company on life support again, where it lingered a few more painful years before mercifully shutting down for good in early 1987. Recently, the iconic Bultaco name was resurrected and it’s now found on, of all things, electric-powered bicycles — a far cry from the magical motorcycles, all powered by blue-smoking 2-stroke single-cylinder engines of varying displacements that commanded a worldwide presence from the Iberian Peninsula starting in 1959. 

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