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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."
  
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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 40]]
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*[[Motobecane VLX]]
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*List the rest
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==Scooters==
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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.
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==Bicycles==
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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.
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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.
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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.
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==Repair and Performance Tuning Guides==
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*[http://projectmopedmanual.info/Manual_HTML/motobecane.html Motobecane service and parts manuals]
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*[[:Image:Motobecane manual.pdf|Motobecane manual]] (PDF) with full wiring guides.
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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!
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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.mabecanemobylette.com/condenser_installation.htm 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]
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==External Motobecane Links==
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* [http://www.mbk-europe.com/ MBK]
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* [http://www.motobecane-club-de-france.org/ Motobécane Club of France]
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* [http://www.bibliotobec.org/ Bibliotobec.org - Documentation on Motobécane /Motoconfort brands]
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* [http://motobecane.free.fr/ Personal Mobylette website]
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* [http://www.classicrendezvous.com/France/Motobecane_Hm.htm Classic Rendezvous: Motobécane]
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* [http://motobecane.free.fr/ Les mobylettes Motobécane]
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* [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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[[Category:Moped Brands]]
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[[Category: Motobecane]]

Revision as of 23:34, 20 February 2012

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

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