Motobecane 40

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Motobécane 40 series model variations. This does not cover later US market bikes. The US market received mostly 40 T models. The only significant difference being the round headlight, speedometer and cev "superman" tail light.

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40 S - 40 L - N 40 S - N 40 L - 40 TS - 40 TL - N 40 TS - N 40 TL - 40 VS - 40 VL

The 40 TS - 40 TL - N 40 TS - N 40 TL - 40 VS - 40 VL have telescopic forks with a drum front brake. The 40 S - 40 L - N 40 S - N 40 L have rigid forks with rim brakes.

The 40 S - 40 L - N 40 S - N 40 L - 40 TS - 40 TL - N 40 TS - N 40 TL - have the dimoby clutch with a 13 tooth front sprocket and the 40 VS - 40 VL are variated. The 40 VS and 40 VL have a 12 tooth front sprocket.

The 40 S and 40 L have a Lelu rear hub.

The 40 TS, 40 TL, 40 VS, 40 VL, N 40 TS, N 40 TL have a Prior/Atom rear hub.

The 40 S, 40 L, N 40 S, N 40 L have either a Luxor, Cibie, or Soubitez headlight with no accommodation for a speedometer. These mount to the handlebar stem due to the design of the rigid forks.

The 40 TS, 40 TL, 40 VS, and 40 VL have a rectangular Luxor headlight for telescopic forks which is speedometer compatible.

The N 40 TS - N 40 TL - 40 VS - 40 VL were available with a Trapezoidal Luxor headlight for the telescopic forks which is speedometer compatible.

Factory accessories include leg shields for all models and a front wire carrier and wire rack for rigid fork models.

After September 1971 N 40 S, N 40 L, N 40 TS, and N 40 TL have a long tubular intake.