To think about OSSA is to think about competition, and for many, about competition on land in particular. a section in which bones pluma This is a fundamental milestone, as it was the brand’s first design tested by and for it – in the 250 version –. But let’s go by the parts. Launched in 1967, the OSSA Pluma is clearly one of those products that is in line with the popularization of motorsports. Directly responsible for reducing market share corresponding to 125 cubic centimeter motorcycles, thus leading to an essential sporting expertise if one wishes to continue to remain within the industry.
In this way, all kinds of sports models appeared in the Montesa, Bultaco or OSSA range from the early sixties, both on asphalt and on land. However, at this point we must make a precision. And it is that, while Iberian motorcycling was more or less worth its own mechanical experience and pilots’ mine in everything related to asphalt, referencing the roads required the necessary Anglo-Saxon help. On the other hand, something that was completely normal, because in the European context, the United Kingdom was the country where the popularization of these sloppy subjects was born.
Thus, while Bultaco was collaborating with Don and Derek Rickman to produce the Metis, OSSA decided to use English driver Mick Andrews. One of those athletes who has been able to make a team knows full well that his job is not only to ride the bike, but to collaborate and work with mechanics to improve the design in all possible aspects. Impressed by this quality, Eduard Giro personally went to the UK to sign Andrews. And yes, in 1967, with the presentation of OSSA Pluma 230, he succeeded. The most important moment for the Catalan company, the birth of one of those profitable pairs of pilot and engineer working in a coordinated manner.
OSSA Pluma 250, the first test of the brand
With Mick Andrews on staff, OSSA finally had a light that could effectively guide it through the world of testing in the United Kingdom. And yes, we say the name of the country explicitly because in terms of entry into the North American market, everything was resolved thanks to Yankee Motors from 1966. The company that did the imports relied on the restless and effective pilot Dick Mann.
A man who had defended his career at Bultaco Mount since 1967 usually appears on the circuit with a motorcycle with its chassis and OSSA engine on it. In short, what was so successful was eventually brought into series under the name 250 DMR. But back to the OSSA wings. With the help of Mick Andrews precisely, it should be recognized how little it was piercing the starting grid in the United Kingdom.
All this thanks to its double cradle chassis, on which two-stroke single-cylinder mechanics with 16 CVs were adjusted to 6,000 revolutions per minute and 230 cubic centimeters. Effective, but overall closer to a motocross motorcycle than a testbed. And this is it, attention, when we talk about the launch of OSSA Pluma we are talking about its first version. It was called Pluma 230 because of its displacement.
At this point, two years later, in 1969, a model was finally launched, which could be declared the first OSSA test. OSSA Pluma 250. differs from the previous one with 244 cm in its engine, but especially in the handlebar, protection of the air filter and an electronic ignition that made the engine more effective when traveling through muddy areas or, simply, especially wet. A design, finally, perfectly suited to the specific practice of testing. Mick Andrews’ hand practiced from 1967 – when 230 came out – was further noticeable.