Bultaco Launches Limited Edition Brinco

2 years ago by Ted Dillard 5

Bultaco Brinco

Bultaco Brinco

Continuing the practice of relaunching marquees and leaning on venerable histories of brands, machines and development, the name Bultaco was resurrected this summer.

Let’s just get this out of the way.  There was no bike like the Bultaco Sherpa T in 1965 before Sammy Miller rode it to victory in the Scottish Six Days Trial, and there hasn’t been anything like it since.  A rose is a rose, but does a Sherpa T by any other name run so sweet?  Or something like that.  And it was a motorcycle.  And the company closed its doors in 1983.

At any rate, they announced, on December 15th, the limited, 175-bike release of Brinco.  Why 175?  May 17th was the announcement for the re-launch, and the anniversary of the founding of the brand and the birthday of the founder, Paco Bultó.  Um, Okay.  Let’s talk about the bike, shall we?  It is, please understand, a motorized bicycle.  Here’s a look at the specs (click for full-sized view):

Bultaco Brinco Specs

Bultaco Brinco Specs

So, a 2000W hub motor, with 1kWh of batteries, at 33kg (72lbs). It’s hardly the lightest thing out there, but that is decent power in a hub motor, if that is, in fact, the motor’s power rating.

There are a lot of links to information about the Brinco, but the best (and somewhat hard to find) is the dedicated site, here: www.bultacobrinco.com

Curmudgeonly motorcyclist purism aside for a moment, it does seem like it has decent power and might be kind of fun.  There are still 100 or so available, as of this writing, so if you’re keen, then there’s still time to get your order in.

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5 responses to "Bultaco Launches Limited Edition Brinco"

  1. M Hovis says:

    Bull Taco… Term of endearment of a fellow ISDT rider. Well respected manufacturer throughout late 60s early 70s though John Penton’s KTM equipped 6 speed wide range gearbox was my cup of tea. Still, Sherpa… respect.

    1. Ted Dillard says:

      Does the name Dave Latham ring a bell? Rode for Penton, and was my high school best bud’s next door neighbor. Also was a founding member of the New England Trail Riders Assn, if memory serves.

      1. M Hovis says:

        There is common thread between what these bikes did in that era and what is happening today with EVs. Anyone who is experiencing the torque and handling in an EV should understand that companies like Bultaco, KTM, Can-Am redefined the powerband. The first time I experienced it, I thought they had discovered warp drive. I don’t know for sure who gets credit for changing the front end suspension, but Penton certainly was revolutionary.

        Nice job of giving credit to Bultaco’s place in history even if it is on the tail of the Brinco launch. I hope we see more electric machines from them in years to come.

  2. GeorgeS says:

    I like the design.
    and a 2 kw motor sure beets my 450 watt motor on my ebike.

    Probably a lot of $’s though.

    1. QCO says:

      It’s 4800 Euros….

      Seems like quite a few high end electric bikes popping up recently. Them all seem to be following the Tesla approach of pursuing the high end luxury market first before attempting a mass market electric bike.