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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."
Motobécane introduced a [[moped]], the [[Mobylette]], in 1949; over the next 48 years, Motobécane manufactured 14 million Mobylettes.
*[[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 40]]
*[[Motobecane VLX]]
*List the rest
Under the name [[MBK]], the company continues to manufacture scooters and mopeds for the European market.
Motobécane manufactured motorcycles from its inception in 1923 until its demise in 1981.
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 [[scooter]]s, and has no relation to [[Motobecane USA]], which imports bicycles from Taiwan and China, manufactured to their specification under the Motobécane trademark.
== Logo ==
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==
*[http://projectmopedmanual.info/Manual_HTML/motobecane.html Motobecane service and parts manuals]
*[[:Image:Motobecane manual.pdf|Motobecane manual]] (PDF) with full wiring guides.
*[http://www.mopedarmy.com/forums/discuss/7/47915/47520/ Thread on porting, cylinder differences, etc] -- This should be turned into a Wiki page!
*[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.
*[http://www.mabecanemobylette.com/condenser_installation.htm Installing a new condenser underneath the fuel tank]
*[http://outofcontrolmopeds.blogspot.com/2009/11/motobecane-lamour.html Motobecane L'Amour] - an informative blog post all about Motobecanes.
*[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]
*[http://www.ventilxp.fr/forumv2/viewtopic.php?t=12199/ How to replace the engine rubber bushings, by Ventilxp]
==External Motobecane Links==
* [http://www.mbk-europe.com/ MBK]
* [http://www.motobecane-club-de-france.org/ Motobécane Club of France]
* [http://www.bibliotobec.org/ Bibliotobec.org - Documentation on Motobécane /Motoconfort brands]
* [http://motobecane.free.fr/ Personal Mobylette website]
* [http://www.classicrendezvous.com/France/Motobecane_Hm.htm Classic Rendezvous: Motobécane]
* [http://motobecane.free.fr/ Les mobylettes Motobécane]
* [http://www.motobecane.jp/ Motobecane.jp]
*[http://www.mabecanemobylette.com/ Mabecane's Mobylette Corner -- A Moby site for the new owners and beginners ]
[[Category:Moped Brands]]
[[Category: Motobecane]]

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