Motobecane Cables

November 30, 2020

Motobecane Cables

This section is for French made 1970’s Motobecane mopeds, not for the Italian made Motobecane Sebring.

 

A. Model Series 50, 40 and 7 (1970-1980)

Myrons new original Motobecane cables in Aug 2019. Some are used.

 

original and substitute cables

Motobecane Cables are all single-ended, with a screw-on pinch bolt at one end. So the inner wire can slide out and be replaced separately. Motobecane controls and Gurtner carburetor choke parts are not like any other moped, so those cable related things are unique to Motobecane. 

Motobecane Replacement Cables are mostly “substitute” versions that are recently made. Some are “original” ones made in France in the 1970’s. The substitute cables perform better than original ones. The nylon lining makes the wire slide easier. But substitute cables have a different appearance. This matters most when you replace one cable and you want it to look like the other cables.

Cable Parts: The cable parts colored blue here are sold separately.
Cable Parts:
They are not included with a new cable.

SubstitutesSubstitute items have an “s” on the end of the part number. Original things do not.

 

Rear Brake Cable
1x 20533s $10.0 rear brake cable gray 56×64″
x1 23857s $10.0 rear brake cable black 56×64″
x1 20533  $20.0 rear brake cable silver 56×64″
1a 15600s $5.00 rear brake inner wire WR1 64″
1b 00716  $7.00 pinch bolt P6a Ø6 x 11
1b 00716s $4.00 pinch bolt P7d with sides Ø6
1c 15581  $8.00 step ferrule F1 6-to-8mm
1c  F5cms  $3.00 substitute for F1  F5c-mod

1d 21222  $6.00 cable adjuster w/star nut A3c
1f  21157  $2.00 plastic star nut for adjuster

 

Front Brake Cable
2x 20532s $10.0 front brake cable gray 31×38″
2x 23856s $10.0 front brake cable black 31×38″
2x 23856  $15.0 front brake cable black 31×38″
2a 15599  $5.00 front brake inner wire WF1 38″
2b, 2d, 2f same as 1b, 1d, 1f
2c 15581  see 1c (on model 50 and model 7)
2c 16944  see 9b (on model 40)
2e 20059  $8.00 cable guide (model 50 and 7)
2e 21167  $8.00 cable guide (model 40)

 

Choke Cable: 36.0″ for center-carb  (50 & 40)
39.5″ for side top-pull no elbow (’74-76 50 & 40)
42.0″ for side-carb bottom-pull (’77-80 50 & 40)
3x 21285s $12.0 choke cable 39.5 gray  39.5×44
3x 21285  $18.0 choke cable 39.5 silver 39.5×44

3a 22069s $4.00 choke inner wire WTGc 48″
3a 22069  $8.00 choke inner wire original 48″

3b 23089  $5.00 adjuster A1c M5-0.9 coarse

3c 14322  $7.00 choke pinch bolt 12mm long
3d 20053  $3.50 choke step spacer 3mm long
3e 14120  $10.0 choke spring
3f  14119  $15.0 choke slide
4x 53474s $12.0 choke cable 36″ gray  36×45″
4x 24198s $12.0 choke cable 36″ black 36×45″
4x 23866s  N/A   choke cable for 7 black ??x44″
4a,4b,4c,4d,4e,4f same as 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f
4a 21286  $8.00 choke wire for 7 & pre-’77 44″

5x 23338s $12.0 choke cable 42″ gray  42×48″
5x 23854s $12.0 choke cable 42″ black 42×48″
5a,5b,5c,5d,5e,5f same as 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f
5g 22936  $8.00 choke cable guide
4g 000A2s $2.00 guide substitute adjuster A2
5h 22935  $2.00 choke cable ring
4h 000F2s $2.00 ring substitute ferrule F2

 

Throttle Cable: 36.0″ for center-carb  (50 & 40)
34.5″ for side-carb with elbow 7d (50 & ’77-80 40)

37.5″ for side-carb, with no elbow 6d   (’74-76 40)

6x 53474s $12.0 throttle cable 36″ gray 36.0×45″
6x 24198s $12.0 throttle cable 36″black 36.0×45″
6x
53474  $20.0 throttle cable 36″silver 36.0×41″
6x 23866  
 N/A   throttle cable for 7 black ??x44″
6a 22069s $6.00 throttle inner wire WT1 47″
6a
21286s $6.00 throttle wire model 7 44″
6b 23089  $5.00 adjuster A1c M5-0.9 coarse

6c 23114  $8.00 throttle sliding block w/screw
6d 00189  $4.00 adjuster w/nut A10 M6-0.75
6d 04172  $2.50 adjuster nut A7d M6-0.75 9hex

7x 23338s $12.0 throttle cable 34.5″gray 34.5×44
7x 24198s $12.0 throttle cable 34.5″ blk 34.5×44

7x 23338  $20.0 throttle cable 34.5″silv. 34.5×44

7a, 7b, 7c same as 6a, 6b, 6c

7d 21940  $16.0 cable elbow
8x 53419s $12.0 throttle cable 37.5 gray  37.5×43

8x 53419  $20.0 throttle cable 37.5 silver 37.5×43
8a, 8b, 8c, 8d same as 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d

 

Decomp (Start) Cable
9x 15578s $14.0 decomp cable gray 29×33″ 32″min
9x 24098s $14.0 decomp cable black 29×33″
9x 23867s $14.0 decomp cable for 7 black 28×32″
9x 15578  $20.0 decomp cable silver 29×35″

9x 54271 
$20.0 decomp cable silver VLX 31×37″
9a 14974  $7.00 decomp wire 37.5″
9a 23317   N/A   decomp wire for model 7
9b 16944  $2.00 step ferrule F2 4-to-7
9c 23089  $5.00 adjuster A1c M5-0.9 coarse
9d 53819  $7.50 ’75-76 adjuster A12 M7-1.0
9e 23123  $6.50 decomp pinch bolt 17mm long
9f  23122  $3.00 decomp step spacer 8mm long

All 5 cables go inside 2 Sleeves/Sheathes
10 14762s $2.00 sleeve Ø13 x 17″ black each
10 14762    N /A   sleeve Ø13 x 17″ silver each

 

Notes:

1. Cable lengths are for original handlebars. Low or narrow bars need shorter cables. Tall or wider bars need longer cables.

2. Motobecane original cables are nylon lined. Most models are silver cables, that get sunburned brown where they are not covered by the grey sleeve. Even though they look bad, they still function.

3. The sleeve/sheath becomes brittle with age. When that happens, it breaks in certain places. Then the cables get flexed only in certain places. So new cables in old brittle sleeves/sheaths is not a good idea. It’s better to remove or replace the brittle sheaths with new flexible ones. When the sheath is flexible, the whole cable flexes gently. It performs better and lasts longer.

4. Always lube cables with a drip oil can, or buy a small bottle of cable lube. Often cables and throttles resist moving, and at first seem bad, but become freer after oil gets inside them.

 

 

B. Wards Riverside (1959-64)

The cable parts are the same as those for 1970-80 Motobecane 50V with center-mount carburetor, except the choke and throttle cables are an inch shorter.

Gray cables are recently made replacement cables.
Black is also available for the same price.

1979# 1960#  price   description  RIGHT SIDE
21222 15518  $3.00 brake cable adjuster
14903 14903  $5.00 cable end adjuster M5-0.9
22069 14927  $6.00 throttle inner wire 42″
14974 14974  $7.00 decomp inner wire 37.5″
15599 15599  $5.00 front brake inner wire 38″
22069 15577  $12.0 throttle cable 35 x 42″
15578 15578  $14.0 decomp cable gray 29 x 35″ (32″min)
20532 15579  $10.0 front brake cable gray 30 x 38″

 

1979# 1960#  price   description  LEFT SIDE
14322 14322  $7.00 choke cable pinch bolt
20053 20053  $3.50 choke pinch bolt spacer
21222 15518  $3.00 brake cable adjuster M6-1.0
14903 14903  $5.00 cable end adjuster M5-0.9
22069 14927  $4.00 choke inner wire WTG 42″
15600 15600  $5.00 rear brake inner wire WR1 64″
22069 15576  $10.0 choke cable gray 35 x 42″
20533 15580  $10.0 rear brake cable gray 56 x 64″ (63″ min)

5-Cable Set  $50 throttle,decomp,front brake,choke,rear brake

More to follow about equivalent Motobecane models…