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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)

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