|Montesa Cota 348. A more unsuitable about town bike there|
Here's another machine that I was custodian of for a while, quite a short while in this case. Notable for being the first Montesa featured on the blog, this machine I owned for a few months around fifteen years ago.
The Cota came my way largely on the merit of it being offered for sale very close to my home and at a reasonable price. The bike needed a small bit of fettling but after that it was a very good example.
|Classic engine. Used in many different sizes and roles from|
commuter to road racer.
Bizarre as it seems with hindsight I never used the Montesa off-road, rather as a runabout around Bournemouth where I used to live. For town riding it was good fun, with such low gearing and plenty of power it shot away from the lights but you had to be ready for some rapid fire gear changing. Once underway it would hold a slightly buzzy 50mph easy enough. Though surprisingly adept at being an urban hooligan the Montesa was quite brutally uncomfortable to ride in the seated position as obviously enough it was designed to be ridden standing up at low speed off road..
|Easy starter and beautifully made.|
|Can't for the life of me remember what year the Cota was...|
|Road legal, just.|
|Neat q/d seat unit and tank trim (underneath there is a regular|
alloy petrol tank).
|Happy to have owned it. A sweet bike but, do I miss it? Not much.|