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'''Motobécane''' was a [[France|French]] manufacturer of [[bicycle]]s, [[moped]]s, [[motorcycle]]s, and other small vehicles, established in 1923. "Motobécane" is a compound word made up of two colloquialisms stuck together. "Moto" is a slang word for motorcycle; "bécane" is slang for "bike."
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'''Motobécane''' was a French manufacturer of [[bicycle]]s, [[moped]]s, [[motorcycle]]s, and other small vehicles, established in 1923. "Motobécane" is a portmanteau made up of two colloquialisms stuck together. "Moto" is a slang word for motorcycle; "bécane" is slang for "bike."
  
In 1981, Motobécane filed for bankruptcy, and was subsequently purchased by [[Yamaha Motor Corporation|Yamaha]] and reformed in 1984 as [[MBK]]; the French company continues to make [[motorscooter]]s, and has no relation to [[Motobecane USA]], which imports bicycles from Taiwan and China, manufactured to their specification under the Motobécane [[trademark]].
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==Mopeds==
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Motobécane introduced a [[moped]], the [[Mobylette]], in 1949; over the next 48 years, Motobécane manufactured 14 million Mobylettes.
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====Models====
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*[[Mobylette]]
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*[[Motobecane 7]]
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*[[Motobecane 50]] - The base model, has a single speed 'dimoby' transmission
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*[[Motobecane 50L]] - (L=Luxe) is a trim upgrade for Motobecane 50 with the single speed 'dimoby' transmission
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*[[Motobecane 50LC]] - Has trim upgrade, dimoby and (C=Clignotants) turn signals
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*[[Motobecane 50V]] - The variated model, has a continuously variable transmission or 'variator'
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*[[Motobecane 50VL]] - (L=Luxe) is a trim upgrade for Motobecane 50 with the continuously variable transmission or 'variator'
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*[[Motobecane 50VLA]] - (L=Luxe) is a trim upgrade for Motobecane 50 with the continuously variable transmission or 'variator'
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*[[Motobecane 50VLC]] - Has trim upgrade, variator and (C=Clignotants) turn signals
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*[[Motobecane 40T]] - Rigid rear suspension, base model, has a single speed 'dimoby' transmission
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*[[Motobecane 40V]] - Rigid rear suspension with the continuously variable transmission or 'variator'
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*[[Motobecane VLX]]
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*List the rest
  
== Logo ==
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==Scooters==
Most moped companies were short lived enough that the evolution of their logo was slight or never happened. The [[Motobecane logo]] is an exception to this as it changed numerous times throughout the evolution of the company.
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Under the name [[MBK]], the company continues to manufacture scooters and mopeds for the European market.
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==Motorcycles==
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Motobécane manufactured motorcycles from its inception in 1923 until its demise in 1981.
  
 
==Bicycles==
 
==Bicycles==
Motobécane was a major and respected manufacturer in the French bicycle industry. The frames on Motobécane's mid-to-upper end bikes were typically double-butted lugged steel made from Vitus or Reynolds 531 steel tubing with elegant Nervex lugs. Thus, they were light, sturdy, and well made. Motobécane finished their frames in exceptionally beautiful and high-quality paints, a practice not often followed in the French bicycle industry. Considered the second most prestigious French bicycle (after Peugeot, whose more durable design they emulated, but ahead of Gitane), Motobécane's mid-range bikes were an exceptional value; the company kept prices reasonable by matching their high-quality frames with lower-priced, but higher-quality components from Japan, at a time when their competitors were putting higher-priced, lower quality French components on their mid-range bikes. Motobécane bicycle models included the Nomade, Mirage, Super Mirage, Super Touring, Grand Touring, Sprint, Jubilee, Grand Record, Le Champion, and Team Champion.
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Motobécane was a major and respected manufacturer in the French bicycle industry. They built high-quality, low-cost frames that were a step ahead of many other French manufacturers.
  
In addition to the standard diamond frame bicycles, Motobécane also produced mixte frame versions of their bicycles; the mixte frame Grand Touring had twin lateral stays in place of a Top tube, extending from the head tube to the seat tube, while the Super Touring and Grand Jubilé had a single top tube sloping down towards the seat tube, but diverging into twin lateral stays just before joining with the seat tube. Later mixte Grand Touring models also used this design. Motobécane also produced a tandem bicycle.
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== History ==
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In 1981, Motobécane filed for bankruptcy, and was subsequently purchased by [[Yamaha]] and reformed in 1984 as [[MBK]]; the French company continues to make motor [[scooter]]s, and has no relation to [[Motobecane USA]], which imports bicycles from Taiwan and China, manufactured to their specification under the Motobécane trademark.
  
Vintage French bicycles, including Motobécanes, are often sought out today by experienced riders for their value as a fixed gear or track bike conversion; for others, the unequaled pleasure of riding a vintage, well-made lugged steel bike is its own reward. 
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== Logo ==
 
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Most moped companies were short lived enough that the evolution of their logo was slight or never happened. The [[Motobecane logo]] is an exception to this as it changed numerous times throughout the evolution of the company.
Buyers should be aware that many French bicycles manufactured before 1980 use the old-style French reverse-threaded bottom brackets, which can be difficult to find, although they are still available new through manufacturers such as Phil Wood, as well as through the used market. However, Motobecane broke ranks with other French manufacturers, beginning in the mid-seventies, by using Swiss-threaded bottom brackets, which are available through the same sources as the French-threaded bottom brackets, and buyers should be aware of the thread difference when replacing their bottom brackets.
 
 
 
==Mopeds==
 
Motobécane introduced a [[moped]], the [[Mobylette]], in 1949; over the next 48 years, Motobécane manufactured 14 million Mobylettes.
 
 
 
==Scooters==
 
Under the name [[MBK Company|MBK]], the company continues to manufacture scooters for the [[European]] market.
 
  
==Performance Tuning Guides==
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==Repair and Performance Tuning Guides==
[[Converting from stock Gurtner AR Carburetor to a Dellorto SHA carburetor]]
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*[[:Image:Motobecane manual.pdf|Motobecane manual]] (PDF) with full wiring guides.
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*[http://www.mopedarmy.com/wiki/Motobecane_Quick_Reference_Guide Motobecane Repair Introduction]
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*[http://projectmopedmanual.info/Manual_HTML/motobecane.html Motobecane service and parts manuals]
  
==Motorcycles==
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*[http://www.mopedarmy.com/forums/discuss/7/47915/47520/ Thread on porting, cylinder differences, etc] -- This should be turned into a Wiki page!
Motobécane manufactured motorcycles from its inception in 1923 until its demise in 1981.
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*[http://www.mopedarmy.com/forums/discuss/read.php?f=1&i=380316&t=380248 Thread on creating new engine mounts] -- This should also be turned into a Wiki page.
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*[http://www.mopedarmy.com/forums/read.php?6,2835236,2835801#msg-2835801 Installing a new condenser underneath the fuel tank]
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*[http://outofcontrolmopeds.blogspot.com/2009/11/motobecane-lamour.html Motobecane L'Amour] - an informative blog post all about Motobecanes.
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*[http://web.archive.org/web/20060516231619/http://www.ventilxp.com/mob/index2.php?rub=technique/demontage+vario+embrayage+origine+mbk+51/article.php Ventilxp Variator Disassembly]
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*[http://www.ventilxp.fr/forumv2/viewtopic.php?t=12199/ How to replace the engine rubber bushings, by Ventilxp]
  
==External links==
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==External Motobecane Links==
 
* [http://www.mbk-europe.com/ MBK]
 
* [http://www.mbk-europe.com/ MBK]
 
* [http://www.motobecane-club-de-france.org/ Motobécane Club of France]
 
* [http://www.motobecane-club-de-france.org/ Motobécane Club of France]
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* [http://tobeconline.fr/ Tobec Online - Documentation on Motobécane /Motoconfort brands]
 
* [http://motobecane.free.fr/ Personal Mobylette website]
 
* [http://motobecane.free.fr/ Personal Mobylette website]
 
* [http://www.classicrendezvous.com/France/Motobecane_Hm.htm Classic Rendezvous: Motobécane]
 
* [http://www.classicrendezvous.com/France/Motobecane_Hm.htm Classic Rendezvous: Motobécane]
 
* [http://motobecane.free.fr/ Les mobylettes Motobécane]
 
* [http://motobecane.free.fr/ Les mobylettes Motobécane]
 
* [http://www.motobecane.jp/ Motobecane.jp]
 
* [http://www.motobecane.jp/ Motobecane.jp]
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*[http://www.mabecanemobylette.com/ Mabecane's Mobylette Corner -- A Moby site for the new owners and beginners ]
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*[http://www.motobecane-club-de-france.org/ev50.php].  Link to the LE M 50 79Z dual variated Morini engine shop manual in French
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==External Motobecane Parts supplier Links==
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collection of websites I have found searching for parts--[[User:Snotrocket|Snotrocket]] 11:38, 18 July 2012 (EDT)
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*[http://www.treatland.tv/ The Kingdom of Treatland]  (gotta love the treats, super fast shipping)
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*[http://www.1977mopeds.com/ 1977 mopeds]  (Good product selection reallllly slow shipping)
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*[http://www.rrd-preparation.com/ Redureau Racing Design]
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*[http://www.mobcustom.com/ mob custom]  (pretty sweet website)
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*[http://www.lesolex.com/ Le Solex]
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*[http://www.solex-motobecane.com/ Solex-Motobecane]
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*[http://www.kreidlerparts.com/ Kreidler]
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*[http://www.scootbikeshop.com/ Scoot Bike Shop]
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*[http://www.spi-parts.com/scooter-parts-performance/motobecane/motobecane-mopeds.html Scooter Parts International]
  
  
 
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[[Category: Motobecane]]

Latest revision as of 09:20, 3 September 2019

Motobécane was a French manufacturer of bicycles, mopeds, motorcycles, and other small vehicles, established in 1923. "Motobécane" is a portmanteau made up of two colloquialisms stuck together. "Moto" is a slang word for motorcycle; "bécane" is slang for "bike."

Mopeds

Motobécane introduced a moped, the Mobylette, in 1949; over the next 48 years, Motobécane manufactured 14 million Mobylettes.

Models

  • Mobylette
  • Motobecane 7
  • Motobecane 50 - The base model, has a single speed 'dimoby' transmission
  • Motobecane 50L - (L=Luxe) is a trim upgrade for Motobecane 50 with the single speed 'dimoby' transmission
  • Motobecane 50LC - Has trim upgrade, dimoby and (C=Clignotants) turn signals
  • Motobecane 50V - The variated model, has a continuously variable transmission or 'variator'
  • Motobecane 50VL - (L=Luxe) is a trim upgrade for Motobecane 50 with the continuously variable transmission or 'variator'
  • Motobecane 50VLA - (L=Luxe) is a trim upgrade for Motobecane 50 with the continuously variable transmission or 'variator'
  • Motobecane 50VLC - Has trim upgrade, variator and (C=Clignotants) turn signals
  • Motobecane 40T - Rigid rear suspension, base model, has a single speed 'dimoby' transmission
  • Motobecane 40V - Rigid rear suspension with the continuously variable transmission or 'variator'
  • Motobecane VLX
  • List the rest

Scooters

Under the name MBK, the company continues to manufacture scooters and mopeds for the European market.

Motorcycles

Motobécane manufactured motorcycles from its inception in 1923 until its demise in 1981.

Bicycles

Motobécane was a major and respected manufacturer in the French bicycle industry. They built high-quality, low-cost frames that were a step ahead of many other French manufacturers.

History

In 1981, Motobécane filed for bankruptcy, and was subsequently purchased by Yamaha and reformed in 1984 as MBK; the French company continues to make motor scooters, and has no relation to Motobecane USA, which imports bicycles from Taiwan and China, manufactured to their specification under the Motobécane trademark.

Most moped companies were short lived enough that the evolution of their logo was slight or never happened. The Motobecane logo is an exception to this as it changed numerous times throughout the evolution of the company.

Repair and Performance Tuning Guides

External Motobecane Links

External Motobecane Parts supplier Links

collection of websites I have found searching for parts--Snotrocket 11:38, 18 July 2012 (EDT)