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This is a specimen of Montesa Impala (legendary spanish motorbike) that I have located in the garage exactly where I maintain the auto. It is in best state in spite of its antiquity, and that demonstrates that it completely fulfills the objective of his existence: endurance.
I dedicate this photo to a work mate that, although she is not registered in Flickr, she visits my photographs frequently, and for days it has been releasing new moto.
I have taken several photographs, with various angles, with and without having flash, HDR, Orton… and ultimately I select this one without having flash, that she is the one particular that better represents what is this machine. Right after see it time and once more, I have decided to do a cutout with partial desaturation for get rid of the colours of the wall and the floor, and leave only the red and yellow colours of the bike.
Montesa Honda is now the Spanish subsidiary of Honda, which assembles several models of motorcycles, bicycles, and components at its Barcelona plant. The business exports 75 per cent of its production to the rest of Europe.
Formed in 1944 by Pedro Permanyer and Francisco Xavier Bultó, the 1st Montesa prototype was built primarily based upon the French Motobécane models of that time. Powered by a 93cc two-stroke engine with no rear suspension 22 of these units were sold in the initial year and so promising did the market place appear that Permanyer and Bulto formulated their partnership. As a successor to the earlier model, Senor Bulto developed a new 125cc roadster, which was tested in a lot of trail variety rallies and semi-enduros that were popular in Spain at the time.
In 1961 Leopoldo Milá was operating intensively on the "Impala" project. A single of the basics of the project was to assure the top quality and reliability of the solution, and that is why it was required to subject the prototypes to challenging, exhaustive testing.
Along the way the idea arose to make a motorcycle crossing of Africa, from north to south, where the most attempting conditions have been insured. The program was risky and ambitious. Five volunteers quickly appeared to make the trip: Oriol Regás, Tey Elizalde, Enrique Vernis, Rafael Marsans and Manuel Maristany.
Crossing Africa by motorcycle, from Capetown to Cairo, beneath the conditions of the time, was an adventure of epic proportions. The media covered the occasion very closely.
Three "Impala" prototypes have been painstakingly ready, and, in the company of a back up Land-Rover, the adventure kicked off on 15 January 1962. For the duration of 1000 days, and crossing 20,000 kilometres, no higher problems arose than a handful of minor incidents that cropped up along the way in inhospitable countries, by way of forests and plains, with no roads and facing a myriad of risks of all sorts.
The design tips of Leopoldo Milá have been confirmed and the final project was a total good results. The new Montesa "Impala" earned from the very first moment onward key technical, commercial and sports good results. An example for design and style was also set which has not been invalidated with the passing of time.
You can still see "Impalas" becoming driven on the streets of Barcelona, which is something totally unusual offered that they had been designed in 1961. Young motorcycle drivers still these days compete with every other for the buy of these models as if they had been valuable jewels. The Montesa "impala" was awarded the ADI-FAD prize for the very best industrial style in 1962. At that time the firm had 460 staff on the payroll, and production of 11,000 units per year.
The reigning industrial notion of the time was that of hugely integrated manufacturing: foundry work, presses, welding, full mechanisation of the engine, painting, and assembly …The models manufactured simultaneously in the sixties have been the "Impala", the "Impala Sport", "Comando", and production for the 1st time was begun for the assembly line production of a Moto-Cross bike (the "Impala Cross" 175 and 250-cc.), basically for export. A new model primarily based on a very sophisticated concept for the time was also launched: the 4-speed 60-cc scooter named the Montesa "Microscooter".