One of motorsport’s most iconic colour schemes will be making a comeback on a range of small capacity retro bikes, with Belgian based Bullit Motorcycles producing a run of 400 bikes in the classic Gulf Oil livery of the 1960s and ‘70s.
Bullit will build 250 examples of its scrambler inspired 125cc Hero and 150 of the café racer style Spirit in the distinctive baby blue and orange Gulf colours. In true limited edition style, each bike will also be individually numbered and comes with a commemorative watch and a few small detail changes, such as a headlamp grille on the Hero.
Although not particularly well known here in the UK, Bullit is another of the new generation of European manufacturers selling low-tech Chinese built models which have been developed, restyled and upgraded to meet western tastes. The Bullit models are powered by a single-cylinder, air-cooled, motor which traces its roots to the Suzuki GN125 of the early 1980s. Just like British companies Herald and Mutt Motorcycles, Bullit have fully embraced the current ‘shed built’ vibe, with their 1960s inspired styling – creating stylish but inexpensive models that make for smart city commuters.
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The Gulf tie-in comes as a result of Bullit’s parent company, Mooof, being appointed as distributors of Gulf’s motorcycle oil range. There’s no word on how much of a premium the limited edition models will carry over the standard versions, which retail at £2399 for the Spirit and £2599 for the Hero.