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1945 Montesa A-45

Montesa A-45 98cc (1945)
Exhibit : Museu de la Moto

Specialisation: Tourism
The basic model: A
Model: 45
CODE: MM-0011 / MM0014
Year: 1945
The cylinder diameter: 45.6 mm.
Stroke: 60 mm.
Engine capacity: 97.92 cm ³
DIFFUSER: 16 mm.
PREVIEW: 3 ÷ 3,5
Spark: BOSCH (W175T3)
Separation: 0,38 ÷ 0,45 mm. / 0,35 ÷ 0,45 mm.
Changes: 16.8 / 1 11/1. 7.8 / 1
FRONT: 125 Drum
REAR: Drum 125
FRONT: 600 x 65
REAR: 600 x 65
FRONT: parallelograms
TAIL: None
Maximum speed: 65

This is the first motorcycle of the company Montesa, which became known by the nickname "Cafetera" (coffee) for the characteristic rounded shape gas tank. This model and the following (B46 / 49) are the only motorcycles of the company in gray-black color. A45 is very much appreciated today, because only a few copies survived, a total of 95 motorcycles were produced from 1945 to 1947.

Montesa was formed in 1944 by Pedro Permanyer and Francisco Xavier "Paco" Bultó. Their first Montesa prototype was based upon the French Motobécane models of that time. Permanyer began to produce his own gas engines, which allowed for a new area in motorcycles to be explored and expanded into. Permanyer and Bultó teamed up in Barcelona and created a light-weight motorcycle. This led to the creation of a bike powered by a 95cc two-stroke engine with no rear suspension. Despite some setbacks, they sold 22 of these units in the first year of production. The next year, the partnership focused on production improvements and met the growing demand for their bike. As a successor to the previous model, Bultó designed a new 125cc roadster, which was tested in many the trail-type rallies and semi-enduros that were popular in Spain at the time.

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