1982 Montesa Cota 200 Trials Bike

Received a friendly email from a chap named Oliver in Sheffield this morning, with some photos of his imaculately restored Montesa:

I’ve recently finished a nice restoration project of an ’82 Montesa trials bike. It took me 5 weeks to complete. I bought the bike from an auto jumble pretty cheap as a non-runner.

After a fair bit of research I found everything I could about the bike. I tracked down a brand new original piston in Arizona USA, Re-bored the cylinder and fitted new seals. Painted the engine, fixed the kickstart mechanism. Made several new bushes for the swingarm, rear brake pedal, footrest etc. Bead blasted the fork bottoms and rebuilt with fresh seals etc. New rear twin shocks came from Shocktech Suspension. Had all the nuts, bolts washers footrests and spindles re-plated. Polished all the aluminium parts including carburettor, fixed the sticking choke lever.

The frame, forks, swingarm, side stand, petrol tank, sump guard and wheel hubs were painted back to original factory colours!

Fortunately a supplier in the south of England specialises in trials bikes of that era so after £700 quid it started to look like it did when it rolled off the showroom floor in 1982 and it now runs sweet!!

All the pictures were taken by my cousin Tom who’s a keen amateur photographer.


  1. MKSIM 4 years ago

    Great look, good job !

  2. jordi 4 years ago

    i’m from spain and i born with this bikes……i have one ’75 montesa cota 247.
    i love this bikes………….

  3. seeyouattheraces 4 years ago

    Thanks was a fun project!

    • Richard Evett 2 years ago

      Got the same bike. i was just wondering where you had most of the spares from. ours is mechanically sound, but we need some new plastics



  4. Richard Wade 4 years ago

    very smart, I love the paint colour, what paint/paint colour did you use for the frame ? was it the origional paint ?

  5. donnie lamont 4 years ago

    nice one ,i have one the same ,just got it going again,how much oil do you put in sump and what type.i put in castrol 10w 40 500 ml seems ok but not sure if its corrrect.also need stand spring any ideas

  6. Jock Crawt 2 years ago

    so I'm not the only one mad enough to fix up an old Montesa

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