A Brief History of the Marque
Manufacture of motorcycles began in 1951, and during the following years lightweight roadsters and motocross machines with engines of 49cc to 198cc were produced.
In 1957, 369 125cc Gitanes were made utilising Ydral engines.
The Gitane had two models the YL and the YL Sport. The YL Sport had a dual seat and flat handlebars. Production of 125 and 175cc Ydral powered machines ceased in 1969.
The name of the company that manufactured the Gitane was Micmo. Information derived from Pierre Astier.
There was a collaboration with the Italian company Testi, with machines marketed as the Gitane- Testi.
Note: there are three similarly named marques: Moto Gitan of Italy, and two French brands, Le Gitan and Gitane.
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