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bmwhacker 11-16-2012 06:59 PM

Motobecane Moped
Ran across a 1977 Motobecane Moped today at a garage sale. Appears to be in real nice condition but will need some carb cleaning. (Won't idle.) Tires look as new, paint is good, nothing appears missing. The little fellar has a 1000 miles on the odometer.
I can't find anything concerning value of these French tiddlers.
Owner is asking $350.00....I'm thinking more like $200.00?
Any Motobecane experts out there?

redhandmoto 11-16-2012 07:15 PM

nice find!

SloMo228 11-16-2012 07:17 PM

My brother's friend got a similar Motobecane at a garage sale last year for $100. It was only in "OK" condition and had running issues. Not sure if he ever did get it working properly.

bmwhacker 11-16-2012 07:34 PM

Finally got my crappy cell phone photos to load.
The lower side panels are with the bike but not installed.

It has one odd hand grip.

villageidiot 11-16-2012 07:43 PM

good mopeds, capable of 40mph stock

clean the little gurtner carb out, flush the tank, some fresh premix (i use 40:1 on a stock bike), a new plug, and bobs your uncle.

350 is an OKAY price, but 200 ish is a deal, dont plan on "flipping" for much more money, mopeds are more a labor of love, than a profit deal (the moped resurgance hay day was in 2008) i used to have 150 mopeds, id buy and sell and customize, and hop em up. it was a sicness, ive now been "cured" and only have 2.

parts are available from hes a box stock moped parts dealer, will have basically anything u need in stock form

or a great sort for anything aftermaket for any moped, or universal items, (gips, chains, tires, etc)

as for "experts" this guy is about the best thing going in the french moped world stateside, his name is christophe, and hes a damn maniac on a french bike.

hope that helps.

bmwhacker 11-16-2012 07:51 PM

Thanks, good info.

I think it would be a fun little toy to play with, as long as I don't run into undisclosed problems.

I ran into a number of mopeds in various states of disrepair a few years ago. The guy thought they were worth a lot of money and they were all in need of serious work. He wanted $200.00 each for 3 of them.

I talked with a guy a couple weeks ago who was riding a cool little Chinese built moped. He had bored it out to like 90cc's or so. It was a 4 stroke Honda clone looking engine. The thing sounded pretty strong when he took off down the street.

JerryH 11-17-2012 05:33 PM

BUY IT. If it is in decent condition and has not been mangled in a crash, or the gas tank is not rusted out it is worth twice the price. What you have there is a Moby 50V, commonly called a Mobylette. While they were made by the millions back in the '60s and '70s, not to many decent ones still exist today. The Gurtner carbs are finicky, and so are the electrics, but they are a lot of fun to tinker with and ride. Parts are still available for them. I would gladly trade my 1977 Puch for a nice one.

Back in 1978, a guy named Walter Muma rode one of these 11,500 miles across Canada and Alaska.

These are French, so they do require a little more "owner involvement" than a German moped like the Puch, but they also have a charm that very few other mopeds have.

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