Cota 172 Restoration

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Re: Cota 172 Restoration

Postby The Hell Team » Wed May 27, 2020 8:02 am

I have a 172 tank for sale if anyone is interested. $50
It is posted on the Facebook Page Trials Bike Parts for Sale Australia as well.
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Re: Cota 172 Restoration

Postby Cota 123 » Wed May 27, 2020 11:42 am

I am glad to see you haven't given up on it.There is not a whole lot of information out there on the 172 compared to other Montesa models although quite a lot seem to have made it to Australia. This page shows your bike as a 1977 model, so I wonder if they really did make them to 1980 as a lot of the websites say?

https://translate.google.com/translate? ... rev=search

Depending on how bad your shocks were you may be able to get them back and finish them yourself? I've only just rebuilt my own pair this week. Actually I think they may be from a Bultaco Alpina as the bike came with a box of bits including two shocks that were completely different! The Alpina shocks I was given were pretty far gone i.e. rusty and full of mud. I stripped them and cleaned them and found the piston on the shaft was worn away on one side. I machined it so it was round again and then made up a new outer ring to press over it which fitted nicely inside the tube. I got some rod seals from my local hydraulic shop, filled them with ATF fluid and they work fine. They might not stand up to competition every weekend but for the occasional ride I hope they will do the job. It's not worth investing too much into them as you can buy a new set for €100 from Betor.

I have no experience with the forks as yet, but I wonder if it may be possible to make some bushes to take up the slack?

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Re: Cota 172 Restoration

Postby Cota 123 » Wed May 27, 2020 11:44 am

David Lahey wrote:
Phil 850 wrote:The chassis is 19M1851, as I believe there were only about 1990 built I guess it’s pretty late, but I think it’s 1975.
Phil

My friend Colin Lough bought his Cota 172 new in 1976 from the Montesa shop at Breakfast Creek in Brisbane. It came with the strange sliding pin type kickstart lever and he still has the bike and it is in excellent condition.


That is a great story. There can't be too many bikes from the 70's still with their orginal owners!



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Re: Cota 172 Restoration

Postby David Lahey » Wed May 27, 2020 5:42 pm

Cota 123 wrote:That is a great story. There can't be too many bikes from the 70's still with their orginal owners!

We could have a go at seeing how many there are out there. I've still got two of mine from the 1970s and know of a few other people in the same boat. It's a miracle that I kept mine but it happened. Other people I know have been able to buy their own 1970s bikes back again much later on. It usually makes a good story.


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Re: Cota 172 Restoration

Postby tat ty » Thu May 28, 2020 8:09 am

David. I recall starting a thread on people still riding their original bikes a few years back. You and I were the only ones with photographic evidence.

A good mate of mine did buy his 172 Cota back. Loves it.

Alastair



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Re: Cota 172 Restoration

Postby David Lahey » Thu May 28, 2020 8:47 am

Ah yes Alastair I remember. That must have been a while ago. Here's one to hijack the Cota 172 thread with:

Buying back a previously-owned 1970s bike story

A bloke up here had a M92 Sherpa T that he loved but sold in the early 1990s when moving house.
In the 2000s, his wife wanted to do something nice so started looking for an M92 to give him as a surprise. She found one for sale located in Brisbane and she had me checked it over when I went to an Easter 2 day trial at Bennoble. I can't remember now who was selling it. Anyway it was fine and she bought it. Because it was going to be a surprise for him, it was my job to hide it until the right time. I left it in my Mum's shed in Brisbane.
The husband and I went on a fabulous road trip down to a Denman 2 day trial and the time was right for the surprise so he first saw it on the way down at my Mum's place. It didn't take him long to recognise it as not only the same model as the one he had had, but it was actually the same bike. He had done some custom stuff that he easily recognised including making a replica triangle muffler.


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Re: Cota 172 Restoration

Postby Jools » Thu May 28, 2020 10:44 am

Great story David. We're 'keepers' rather than 'owners' eh?



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Re: Cota 172 Restoration

Postby tat ty » Thu May 28, 2020 11:02 am

A while back I gave a sad and surplus Ty175 to Gary Boniface.

Gary spent countless hours transforming it into a spectacular little bike for his son Jarrod.

Jarrod later made a point of thanking me for "giving him" the bike.

I explained to him that in fact none of us "own" old bikes and that I had simply passed on the "custodianship" to Team Boniface.

Jarrod thought that concept was pretty cool.




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