A Brief History of the Marque
24 avenue Pasteur, Chamalières, in the Puy-de-Dôme.
GIMA (Groupement Industriel Métallurgique et Automobile) was a French motorcycle manufacturer that built lightweight bikes from 1947 until 1956, and resumed in 2005 with the production of a retro reincarnation of the original 1950s bikes, but compliant with modern standards.
The engines were from AMC and Ydral, in capacities of 108, 125, 175 and 250cc.
The 108cc model was one of the first French mopeds equipped with a telescopic fork.
The company had many racing successes, including placing first in the Bol d'Or of 1949.
However, the crisis in the motorcycle industry in general, the war in Algeria, and the arrival of cheaper Italian scooters and Japanese motorcycles caused the decline of the brand which folded in 1955.
The parts inventory was sold to Favor who rebadged the 125, 175 and 250cc Gima models as their own.
1948 Models included 125 ET, 150 CMC, and Type 108 4T, all with AMC engines.
1956 Models included 125 3SA, 125 4SA, 175 4SA, 175 4OS, a 250cc model, and two Capri models of 125 and 175cc.
The Capri had smaller wheels, with the area behind the engine through to the tail light faired, looking rather like a bathtub Triumph.
Sources: Wikipedia, lamontagne.fr, Cyclememory.org
GB Meca and Gima Peschadoires, which manufactured and marketed the reborn 125 cm Gima motorcycle in Peschadoires in the Puy-de-Dôme, were put into liquidation in January 2010
Specifications of 2005 model:
Engine: Single cylinder 4-stroke 125 cc.
Power: 5.5 hp at 6500 r / min.
Transmission: 4-speed and chain.
Dry weight:. 110 kg
Tank : 14 l.
Consumption: 3 l / 100 km.
Maximum speed: 80 km/h.
Price: 4200 eur.
French article on the retro Gima at moto-net.com
Mon Feb 08 2010
moto gima 1951 125cc
My name is Nikos Chatzistylianou and I am from Greece. Recently I became the owner of a Gima moto, the model of 1951 AMC 125cc. My love for all the old bikes made me own this unique moto and I would like to restore it, especialy with your help included.
At first I would like to ask you if there is any possibility for you to send me an official manual for this specific bike and some authentic pictures that the bike is sawn exactly as it was in 1951, so that I can make the best I can with the restoration.
The basic problem is on the right side of the motor that has to do with the electric parts. There are pictures of my moto available, so if there are parts, I can send them to you to see exactly what I need.