Thanks for the positive comments.
I bought the bike from an ex-works/factory rider who rode these back in the day for Montesa, and who was also part of the original development team in Barcelona in the late 60's. The bike is interesting in that it has some period works parts that were only ever used on the factory competition bikes, such as the engine and the hubs. The seller thought that it might be an ex-works bike, though it could well be that it has just been cobbled together out of an assortment of bits.
It is not going to be a concours job anyway, as I want to actually use it, so it will get bumps and scrapes no doubt. As my dad once told me, "you should learn to ride on an old bike" (though at the time he wasn't talking about the two-wheeled variety, as he also said that "there are no brakes on an old bike"
The Montesa did come home in the Berlingo, but I couldn't get the tailgate to shut completely and the bike was laid over. I am going to look at how easy it would be to take out the smaller rear seat as I reckon that would allow it to go in completely, and to stay upright. Has anyone done this?
The Kamp Kommandant is actually all for this project, on the basis that she seems happy for me to be in the workshop rather than in the house
cratch: :woop: I think she would prefer me to have a mid-life crisis with this rather than with anything else :whistle:
Jim, if you do think of selling the 348 at some point, please bear me in mind. I would love to have the big brother as well
p.s. you are right about my handle-bars, they do seem too high for me.