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Old 03-10-08, 03:48 PM   #1
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Motobecane

It sure has become a chore sifting through pages of Chinese "Motobecanes" on eBay trying to find the occasional French bike.

That is all.
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Old 03-10-08, 04:06 PM   #2
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+ a bunch.

Wish E-bay could be set to differentiate between REAL Motobecanes and Junk.
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At least it's not that guy parting out and selling an old motorscooter each nut, bolt and washer at a time.
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Just search for used bikes. When I look, sometimes after selecting "Complete Road Bikes", I'll click on "Used", then select a brand or size or ___. All the new Motobecanes should drop right out.
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try searching "complete road bikes & frames" to get to the "motobecane" listings, then scroll down for "steel".
that should get you all the appropraite french bikes save the aluminum prolights- if that's what you're after a search under "vitus".
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Hey Blue O,
I can't recall how tall you are. What size Moto are you lookin' to ride?
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I ride a 58 cm Motobecane, but I'm not really looking for anything in particular. I have a Grand Touring now, and just like keep my eyes out for anything interesting. The interesting ones always go for more than I want to pay, though. There was a sweet Super Touring on eBay recently, but at over $300, that's more than I'd want to pay for it.

Still, fun to see what's out there, not so fun when I have to sift through all those Chinese bike listings.
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I ride a 58 cm Motobecane, but I'm not really looking for anything in particular. I have a Grand Touring now, and just like keep my eyes out for anything interesting. The interesting ones always go for more than I want to pay, though. There was a sweet Super Touring on eBay recently, but at over $300, that's more than I'd want to pay for it.

Still, fun to see what's out there, not so fun when I have to sift through all those Chinese bike listings.
I saw that S-T, amazing condition. Can not believe the $$ it brought!
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I saw that S-T, amazing condition. Can not believe the $$ it brought!
You're sitting on a gold mine.

I was watching the S-T you bought, and I just couldn't bring myself to bid on it, because it was in such bad condition. You've really brought it back to life; it's amazing how good it looks now!
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I ride a 58 cm Motobecane, but I'm not really looking for anything in particular. I have a Grand Touring now, and just like keep my eyes out for anything interesting. The interesting ones always go for more than I want to pay, though. There was a sweet Super Touring on eBay recently, but at over $300, that's more than I'd want to pay for it.

Still, fun to see what's out there, not so fun when I have to sift through all those Chinese bike listings.
D'Ohh! Shoot... OK, I asked because after I score the T.A. cranks, bars, and wheels off of this, I was hoping that a tall member might be interested in the 531 Grand Record frame.....It has many cosmetic issues, and a ding, but it is after all a '74 with Nervex..... I guess it's off to the bay.....

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You're sitting on a gold mine.

I was watching the S-T you bought, and I just couldn't bring myself to bid on it, because it was in such bad condition. You've really brought it back to life; it's amazing how good it looks now!
Thanks, Mine is a keeper though, the right size and with that much time into it, it's staying around!
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D'Ohh! Shoot... OK, I asked because after I score the T.A. cranks, bars, and wheels off of this, I was hoping that a tall member might be interested in the 531 Grand Record frame.....It has many cosmetic issues, and a ding, but it is after all a '74 with Nervex..... I guess it's off to the bay.....
If only I were taller.... I'm sure somebody here is tall enough, though. Sweet looking Grand Record, too bad about that ding.
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If only I were taller.... I'm sure somebody here is tall enough, though. Sweet looking Grand Record, too bad about that ding.
Yep, what I need to do is find a really tall guy who is owed a huge favor by Dr. D

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It sure has become a chore sifting through pages of Chinese "Motobecanes" on eBay trying to find the occasional French bike.
I found that out the past few days trying to research a bike a couple of group members sent my way.

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nlerner had posted it as well.
Bottom line: I made contact with the gent, came to terms, and it will be waiting for me the next time I visit my folks.
Aside from the fact that it's my size and Vitus 888, i still can't find that much out about it.
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Aside from the fact that it's my size and Vitus 888, i still can't find that much out about it.
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It sure has become a chore sifting through pages of Chinese "Motobecanes" on eBay trying to find the occasional French bike.

That is all.
The key word to include in your search is vintage; then try classic. Finally, France-- as in
Motobecane, France.
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I've got a 1982 Mirage that will be going on ebay in the next few weeks. It's in excellent condition; only reason i'm selling is it's about an inch too tall.
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The key word to include in your search is vintage; then try classic. Finally, France-- as in
Motobecane, France.
That would work, assuming the seller is smart enough to list the bike with those search terms. But having dealt with some eBayers of questionable intelligence, I don't want to make that assumption.


But I think this would work:

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I really like the high-end early 80s motos----however, I have never seen them on ebay.
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I really like the high-end early 80s motos----however, I have never seen them on ebay.

They show up every now and then, two upper-mid level Super Touring Moto's have been on in the last six months, both '80's

I bought the first one for $65, with the benifit of it being a 20 minute drive to pick it up.



The second ended a few days ago at more than $300! (needless to say, I diddn't buy that one!)
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The second ended a few days ago at more than $300! (needless to say, I diddn't buy that one!)

WOW!! A little extra push for me to put my C1977 Motobecane on ebay soon.
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