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Notes on the History of the Marque
16 Rue Lesault, Pantin (Seine)

The Motobecane company was formally created in 1924 by Charles Benoit, Abel Bardin and Jules Benezech.*

The firm had already produced its first model, the MB1, in 1923. Designed by Benoit and Bardin, it had a 175cc two-stroke with direct drive by belt. Later models had chain drive with a two-speed gearbox.

In 1925 a second company was formed, Motoconfort.

By the 1930s Motobecane was producing a large range of motorcycles, and became the most popular manufacturers of motorcycles in France, with their bicycles also doing very well.

Notable models of the 1930s were shaft-driven inline fours of 500 and 750cc.
After WWII the market shrank and eventually the firm was bankrupted. The company was reconstituted as MBK under the new owners, Yamaha.
The Motobécane trademark has been revived, but the current machinery from the far east has no connection with France aside from the name.


Introduced in 1923 as simple 175cc motor bicycle available in two versions, the Motobécane Madame and the Motobécane Monsieur with a higher frame, these were produced with only minor changes until 1928.

Motobecanes using Blackburne engines included
1927 350cc Type G, G2, G3 & Type H 500cc
1928 Type G, G2 & G3, 1929 350cc Type K, K2, K3 & 500cc Type H & H2
1929 probably the Type L competition machine

Motobecanes of the 1940s:
1947 Poney 50 Cyclomoteur
1947 D45A 125cc
1949 Mobylette
1949 Poney 60cc
1949 Z2C 175cc Mobysport
1949 R46C 350cc Grand Sport
More Motobecane 1940s-1960s

Mopeds include:
Motobecane 40T 1976-78
Motobecane 50V
and a large variety of Mobylette models.

"Moto" is French for motorcycle; "bécane" is French slang or argot for "bike".

N.B. A Dutch site states, "started their own modest company named Motobécane on 27 March 1923"

Sources: JLB Creations, Bourdache

motormike131 at
Good day. I own this bike. Do you have any info ? Thank you. Mike B. Minnesota USA

The images are from They will most likely have more information about the machine.
paul-sutherland at sky.con
Hello I have a Motobecane D45B
I have this bike but without any papers or registration. Is there anything you can suggest to help
paul sutherland
Brighton England

Should you find a source for such information please share so it may be added to this page: Documentation
pauljrbanfield a t
Motobecane z56c
Hi, I have just bought an old Motobecane z56c and want to register it in the UK to use. It has no paperwork other from the purchase receipt, so I have to provide a date of when it was manufactured. I have the frame number, do you know who or how i may get this date from the frame number? thanks Paul
Paul Banfield

  • You would probably need to discuss this with a marque specialist at one of the British classic clubs, or try under French Resources

ueli31 at
Hello, where can I buy a motor for a Motobecane 1928 250ccm?
ueli schupfer
motormike131 at
1929 Motobecane Blackburne 550cc
I was surprised to discover my bike on this site. I imported it awhile ago and after nearly two years on my machinist motorcycle bench it's nearly ready to start. Parts for the engine do not exist.... as a result... various automotive components are used.
Mike Blackburn
Edina, Minnesota

Motobecane-1929-550cc-Blackburne-MBl.jpg posted to Comments.

charlie at
Greetings from Los Angeles! 23 years ago I purchased the attached motorcycle in Vietnam. The rather eccentric gentlemen I purchased it from told me it was probably a 1938 Motobecane (no markings on the bike) and that was likely used by the Postal service. But that's it. It has a Nervor motor and I assume a hodge-podge of spare parts were added over the years including the Dellorto Tipo F18 carb. Would you have any additional insights after looking at these photos? It does look similar to a Radior and I would love any additional info. The frame number is #9558 and the engine is Nervor #10418. Thank you so much! Charlie
Charlie Windisch-Graetz
Los Angeles, California

A second image shows "Nervor" cast into the crankcase.
Motobecane-1938c-Nervor-CWG-01.jpg posted to Comments.

kevin at
motobecane MB1 1922
hi i have a 1922 paperwork MB1 perfect condition museam quality with french docs for 1922 guessing super early version any clue on rough value

Try the page on Vintage Motorcycle Prices
alanray756 at
motobecane z56 c 125cc
Hi, have a amac carb 933 stamped on body win no main jet needle can you supply or advise were to purchase
Alan Ray

Sorry, we don't sell parts. Try searching on "amac carburettor" or similar.
Motobecane z2c175
Hi have a bike with no paperwork all reg how do I get a logbook

Try this page: Documentation
steve at
1960 motobecane sp50
SI am trying to find the value of a complete non running moped? serial number 461629
perhaps the model info is wrong it is a single cylinder copper in color any help you can give me would be appreciated thank you Steve also are parts available?
Steve Melroy
Sscottsbluff Nebraska 69361
Will add info to this page as it comes to hand: Engine Numbers and Frame Numbers
Sat, 07 Apr 2018
netman_48 at<
Motobiscane 1979 50V

Looking for parts to restore 1979 50 V Motobiscane. Have parts book. Need magneto, coil,etc. Any help greatly appreciated.
Tracey, Ky USA

Wed, 04 Apr 2018< br>huskyduk at<
Motobecane B33 250

Hi there ,I'm currently restoring a b33 and I'm desperate for any info on engine parts . I've stripped the engine and I'm finding getting the timing gear off the crankshaft impossible,not sure if it screws on or is on a key way. Plus gears need replacing ,any ideas will be gratefully received. Thanks Richard.
Richard hilbert
Notts United Kingdom<

Sun, 19 Nov 2017
mark.s.monty at<
Motobécane AB1 - 1939

Hi. I need some assistance in obtaining new tyres (600X65. 2.50-2.75/19) What type of oil and petrol ? A manual for the moto and electrical That's for starters. I'm sure there will be heaps more Cheers Monty
Mark Montgomery
Berkeley Vale/ NSW Australia

Thu Jul 13 2017
ptrbir at<
Motobecane B44 magneto
My B44 is missing the Novi magneto. Anyone have one dead or alive any condition?

Sun May 28 2017
daved890 at<
motobecane/motoconfort k
i need help dating and parts please/engine number 71834

  • Have you images of the machine you can share, any history of the bike, frame number perhaps? Admin.

I've got a bit of info no docks just been led to believe it around the late 20s motobecane or confort
It's not been in the country long. The number on the engine is 71834. Piston size is 60mm. Can't find a number on the frame. Where do I look
Do I restore fully or keep as is and ad to it
Thanks for mailing me hope to here from you soon.

  • The forks appear very similar to a 1929 Blackburne-engined model. Information on frame number location here. The machine appears to require restoration.

The c z on the frame stands for "chez" which is the model type. I have a 4 stroke becane hand book from 1927 to 1984 I'm waiting for the 2 stroke becane confort hand book 21 to 84
I will let you know what info it gives me
As for acquiring info from the French government it is impossible
Not like dvla uk totally different

Tue Jan 17 2017
decreton.jean-paul at

It's a contribution, my bike is not for sale!
It is a set composed of a MOTOBECANE S5C of 1938 and a sidecar IMPERIAL T35 Grand Sport manufactured by Marmonnier in Lyon.
I can provide information on the production of the MOTOBECANE brand for the pre-war period and on models with "Bloc S" engines.

Mon Aug 08 2016
paintboot at<
Motobecane Petrol tank
Motobecane MB1 circa 1923 onwards ? Motobecane MB1 circa 1926
Hi I am having a sort out of some of my old motorcycle bits recently, this petrol tank is a Motobecane 1920s but i can not find one with the identical badge that is on this tank, I was wondering if it can be identified by the badge which you can see is very finely hand painted, or if anyone would be interested in seeing it for their reference. In nice condition for its age no dents or rust I have considered selling it but not sure as it is a rather nice ornament at the moment.

Thank you
John Callaghan

Thu Jul 28 2016
chefluc at<
date research
motobecane D45A
Hello I try to know the production year for this motor-bike
frame: 449920
motor: 450002
can you help

Fri Jan 15 2016
Hanqual at
Kick starter and clutch for motobecane
Motobecane 250 Type E
I am looking for a clutch/transmission kick starter for this bike...any ideas?
Coronado, California

Wed Jul 15 2015
richjsheridan at<
magneto access
Motobecane 50V
How do I access the magneto. Please provide details as to how to remove the magneto cover.
Trenton NJ. USA

Sat Feb 21 2015
antoterra at
Motobécane z23c 1961 value
1961-07-04 z23 c
I have a motobécane z23c of 1961 (on pieces) and one person want to buy it, but I dont know how much that value. Can you help me with the price?

Wed Feb 11 2015
rado38 at
Hello ! I have Motobecane M1 TUM-143 50cc. I wonder if you can help me with this problem. Well, when I am riding my motorcycle and everytime I brake it, it stop working. I thing it is something with the clutch. I hope you can help me with sending me some videos or photos &#128247; whice will help me. Thank you!

Wed Apr 16 2014
1947 pony
motobecane pony
Looking for ignition coils for 1945 pony. Can you help at all please
sussex England UK

Sat Mar 22 2014
How can I tell what year my bike is?

Mon Dec 02 2013
Hydraulic Brake Lever/seal
Mobecan GT
looking for brake lever/seal for mobecane 1982
United Kingdom

Sat Sep 21 2013
tank transfers
motobecane motobecane 175
please can we order 3 of the Motobecane tank transfers with the indians heads, how much are they, we need them shipped to the uk?

You will find suppliers of Motobecane logos listed at Bikelinks Badges & Decals

Wed Aug 28 2013

Dating certificate Motobecane LT 125

Can you help me to find the date my LT 125 was manufactured please.

Tue Apr 02 2013
motobecane selling??
Motobecane sp93 sports 1973
I just put this bike on ebay thinking it was worth nothing but seems like its very popular i just wondered if you felt that i have done the correct thing or should i be looking to sell diferently?
wiltshire, uk

Mon Jul 09 2012
owners manual
Ateliers Motobecane (motercycle) Type 50 - 1979
Need owners manual and repair manual
Alford, Florida USA

Wed Aug 08 2012
Motobecane Super Moby 50
Ho acquistato questo Motobecane del 1976. E' nuovo, mai circolato. Mi serve il manuale d'uso. Esempio: C'? un ugello per estate inverno, dove va installato?

Fri Mar 09 2012
Frame Number
Motobecane AV3
 I have a Motobecane needing regustered in the UK but unfortunately i cannot seem to locate the frame number on the bike, could you please point me in the right direction to find the chasis number. It is the twin down tube type model.
Many thanks
Northern Ireland

Tue Feb 07 2012
need parts
motobecane 50cc 1970
I need ..plato de pedales.. y centrifuga de la polea del motor
Bogota, Colombia

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