A Brief History of the Marque
Founded by Georges Martin in 1970 at Les Sables d'Olonne, Vendée, Moto Martin is a French engineering company known for its motosport inspired and café-racer style racing frame kits. The original Moto Martin frame designs were based on the work of Fritz Egli, using superior metalurgy. The company also manufactured its own wheels, body kits and, later, kitcars.
Georges Martin focused on building kit bikes at a time when many riders in Europe couldn't afford to build their own modified motorcycles and his creations were designed to accept engines from all of the major Japanese firms along with BMW and Laverda. Cycle World in 1987 stated that
Moto Martin motorcycles have been compared to the likes of Bimota, Harris, Nico Bakker, and Honda RGB.
Models include the Moto Martin CBX and the KZ900 Turbo. At the time CBX 1000cc six-cylinder engines were relatively plentiful so the kit was quite popular. Not only was the Moto Martin a good deal lighter than the somewhat bloated standard Honda CBX, it also handled well.
He also produced frames for Laverda twins and triples.
Sources: Wikipedia, Correspondence
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