Like I need another Bike..........But...
I've been scanning e-bay for awhile for a Motobecane Grand Touring, without any success. However, a few days ago this one came up. It was local, and I got it for $65. The Forged Suntour dropouts are what sold me. But I can find no reference to the model. It's probably a "Super Touring" Though it looks for all the world like "Luther Touring"
Front wheel is a Concave Weinmann rim laced to a Normandy High flange hub, dated 08 80. Rear is a Wobler "Super Champion" Rim laced to a low flange hub thats unmarked as far as I can tell. Tube sticker states Vitus 172, good stuff? It's a nice light frame, lookes like the remains of "Double Butted" on the decal.
Size is 23" fits me just right too, I'm thinking a Honey Brooks B-17 and some V.O. fenders are in it's future.
I'd like to find out a few things..
#1 Does 1980 seem like a reasonable date for this machine? Suntour VX Derailleurs seem right for an '80.
#2 Is Vitus 172 decent stuff? How does it compare to 531?
#3 Anybody have any early 80's Motobecane catalogs scanned or online?
#4 Factory wheelset, Normandy/Weinmann concaves or Wobler/??'s anyone have any ideas??
#5 and what does a complete Vitus 172 decal look like?
Thanks in advance!