Motobecane US Models

1974-1981 Motobecane (USA models)

Info Motobecane 1976

Info Motobecane 1976

Info Motobecane 1978-79

Info Motobecane 1978-79

Info Motobecane 1980

Info Motobecane 1980

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1980 Motobecane Brochure

USA Consumer Info

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1974-76 Motobecane 40TS

74-6 Motobecane 40TS
1 speed Dimoby trans.
hard tail, 2.00×17 tires
no speedo, no fork lock
narrow painted fenders
US model round HL
’74-75 only yellow

1974-76 Motobecane 40TS

1974-76 Motobecane 40TL
one speed Dimoby trans.
hard tail, 2.00×17 tires
with speedo, fork lock
narrow stainless fenders
US model round headlight
’74-75 only yellow

1975-76 Motobecane 40TL

1975-76 Motobcane 40TL
one speed Dimoby trans.
hard tail, 2.00×17 tires
with speedo, fork lock
narrow stainless fenders
Euro model square HL
colors: orange or yellow

Motobecane 40TL

Motobécane
Mobylette 40TL
one speed Dimoby trans.
hard tail, 2.00×17 tires
speedo, lock, ss fenders
Euro model small HL
colors: coral or white

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1975-motobecane-50s

1974-75 Motobecane 50S
rear shocks, 2.25×17 tires
with speedo, solo seat
painted yellow fenders
US model round headlight
’74-75 yellow only

1976-motobecane-50vl

1974-75 Motobecane 50VL
2-speed variator trans.
rear shocks, 2.25×17 tires
solo seat, US model
74-5 yellow 76-7 orange

1974-77 Motobecane 50L

1976-77 Motobecane 50L
one speed Dimoby trans.
rear shocks, 2.25×17 tires
solo seat,ss,sp,US model
74-5 yellow 76-7 orange

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1974-77 Motobecane 50VL variator transmission

76-77 Motobecane 50VL
Variator (2-speed) trans.
rear shocks, 2.25×17 tires
solo seat, SS F fender
US model round headlight

Motobecane Mobylette Series 50

Motobécane
Mobylette Series 50
Dimoby or variator trans
rear shocks, 2.25×17 tires
speedo, lock, solo seat
Euro models square HL

1976-77 Motobecane 50L

1976-77 Motobecane 50L
one speed Dimoby trans.
rear shocks, 2.25×17 tires
6V lites, speedo, lock
solo seat, chrome rack
SS F fender, US model
colors: orange or yellow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1976-77 Motobecane 50V

’76-77 Motobecane 50VL
Variator (2-speed) trans.
6V lites, 2.25×17 tires
solo seat, SS F, US model
colors: orange or yellow

1978-79 Motobecane 50V variable (2-spd) trans. 12V lites candy red, blue silver

’78-79 Motobecane 50VL
variable (2-speed) trans.
12V lites, 2.25×17 tires
solo seat, SS F, US model
candy red, blue silver

1978-79 Motobecane 50VL

78-79 Motobecane 50VLC
variable (2-speed) trans.
12V lites, 2.25×17 tires
solo seat, SS F, US model
candy red, blu-sil, copper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1978-79 Motobecane 7

1978-79 Motobecane 7
one speed Dimoby trans.
hard tail, 2.00×16 tires
12V lites, rear gas tank
solo seat, US model

1978-79 Motobecane 50VLA

78-79 Motobecane 50VLA
Variator (2-speed) trans.
12V lites, 2.25×17 tires
long seat, SS F, US model
aluminum wheels

1978-79 Motobecane 50VLX

78-79 Motobecane 50VLX
Variator (2-speed) trans.
12V lites, 2.50×17 tires
solo seat, US model
off road adventure model

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1979 Motobecane Moby Variator (2-speed) trans. 12V lites, 2.25×17 tires solo seat, US model candy red, blu-sil, copper

1979 Motobecane Moby
Variator (2-speed) trans.
12V lites, 2.25×17 tires
solo seat, US model
restored by B. Small

1980 Motobecane Traveler

’80 Motobecane Traveler
1 speed Dimoby trans.
rear shocks, 2.00×17 tires
with speedo, solo seat
US model round headlight
colors: yellow or silver

1980 Motobecane Moby

1980 Motobecane Moby
Variator (2-speed) trans.
12V lites, 2.25×17 tires
long seat, US model
candy red, blu-sil, copper

1980 Motobecane Le Moped

80 Motobecane Le Moped
Variator (2-speed) trans.
12V lites, 2.25×17 tires
long lift-up seat, US model
gold aluminum wheels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

’80 Motobecane Traveler

’80 Motobecane Traveler

1980 Motobecane Moby

1980 Motobecane Moby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1980 Motobecane Moby

’80 Motobecane Le Moped

’80 Motobecane Sebring

1980 Motobecane Solex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motobecane ID plate has 4 silver squares: 12 79 50V B

ID has 4 stamps:
12__79__50V__B
(Dec ’79 25mph)

1980 Family Photo: Above are all of the 1980 Motobecane USA models and colors, from the sales brochure. The Sebring is made in Italy and is covered in a separate section, under Italy-made/MB Sebring. The Solex is made in France but covered in a separate section, under France-made/Solex.

Center Stands:  Notice how the center stands on the Moby and Traveler are more vertical than most Motobecane center stands. That is because these photos are of brand new bikes. The center stands become angled more forward with age or heavy use. 

Speed Version is on ID plate: On the frame behind the headlight is the ID plate. The lower squares say model (left) and speed version (right), stamped in. Before 1980, A=30, B=25, C=20. From 1980 on, A=20, B=25, C=30. Before 1978, no letter, just 20, 25, or 30 (mph). Hope yours is a 30! 1980 was the last year for US models. 1981 had new 17 digit VIN and new EPA and DOT noise and safety regulations. That  was “the last straw”. 

Pulley clutch types:
left, variator
right, non-variator

 

Pulley-Clutch Versions: There are two types of pulley-clutches, variator and non-variator (Dimoby). They look almost the same. The crankshaft is the same for both. The variator type pulley clutch sticks out 5/8 inch more than the non-variator type. The variator type front pulley changes size, from 10 to 20 mph, as the bike speed increases. So it is like a two-speed, with a low gear and a high gear. The non-variator front pulley does not change size, but is solid and fixed. So it’s like a one-speed. 

To see this on a bike, you have to view the belt where it goes around the front pulley. There are usually covers or belt guards in the way, blocking the view. Another way to tell the difference is by the clutch nut and outer clutch wheel. The variator clutch nut is very deep, while the non-variator one is shallow.
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