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"Le Champion de Hamtramck" (...the tale of a '75 Motobecane...)

Old 11-20-13, 08:30 AM
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Something to read and look at....
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Old 11-20-13, 08:36 AM
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Here's the entire catalog for 1975 that I just found!

https://roberttayloronline.com/rec/bi...talog-1975.pdf
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Hadn't seen that site before, OldBike, thanks. I bought an original copy of that catalog a while ago. Just to go with my bike.
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BTW, good to see Mr. A-CROW posting here again. I know I can speak for many here to say, we've missed you and your rapier wit, irreverent humor, interesting, literary posts and general good looks.

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Auchencrow, Rootboy, etc...hope you all enjoy the catalog!

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Thanks Fred. I like my old catalog, just to have for reference, and fun. Sure wish I could find a 1974 copy, which shows my Champion Team.
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ROOTBOY.....Ask and ye shall receive! I found the 1974 Catalog as separate pages, not a PDF.Hope this helps!

BTW...nice that you have 2 top of the line models!!

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Thanks Fred. But what I meant was, an original copy! The 75 catalog can be found but the 74 is pretty scarce. My Champion Team is actually from 1973, but looks just like the pic they used in the 74 catalog.

Thanks Fred.
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Originally Posted by rootboy
Thanks Fred. But what I meant was, an original copy! The 75 catalog can be found but the 74 is pretty scarce. My Champion Team is actually from 1973, but looks just like the pic they used in the 74 catalog.

Thanks Fred.
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Originally Posted by auchencrow

Welcome to C&V and CONGRATS on your LeChampion snag, redscampi! You're a lucky guy.
I believe the saddle is original, though referencing Rootboy's "butt hatchet" comment, there are not too many extant. The Phillipe bars and Uni-Super68's were spec and thus likely are original too. Campy parts, and particularly calipers were in demand and short supply BITD.
BTW - Here is a link to the '75 Moto Catalog's with all the specs https://www.bulgier.net/pics/bike/Cat...Motobecane/75/


^ That's an understatement. After hours of mixing drops of red, blue and silver Testor's I ended up wearing most of it - like the Tin-man gone Celtic warrior.


It would be a pretty small club rootboy. There aren't a whole lot of them around it seems, and everyone who happens to own one ought to count themselves lucky.


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Thank you very much auchencrow. I will feel very lucky if my bike comes out looking half as nice as yours! And thanks for the catalog link. I have found that whenever I acquire something new - including vintage bikes! - I spend the first few weeks of ownership scouring the far corners of the internet looking for anything and everything I can find pertaining to it. I think it's a bit obsessive-compulsive but it keeps me going.
I'm hoping very much that the 1962 Chrysler Imperial color turns out to be a decent match. God knows I'm tired of hanging out in the nail polish section of the local Walmart.

I'd be willing to bet that a large percentage of the remaining Silver-Lilac Le Champs are represented in this thread! This one is currently for sale on the Seattle craigslist but I can't tell if it's silver or lilac-silver. I think it's a later year model: https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/bik/4147081925.html
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That's a later one, Rescampi. Silver, with the 80's graphics. I don't think they ever replicated the silver lilac color.
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BTW, good to see Mr. A-CROW posting here again. I know I can speak for many here to say, we've missed you and your rapier wit, irreverent humor, interesting, literary posts and general good looks.
+1 -- I was a little concerned.
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Velo-pages.com and bulgier.net have lots of Motobecane catalogs, esp the latter, though many of the scans are B&W.

It's good to be cautious of exact dating with the catalogs via photo or spec sheet as the catalogs were made by the US distributor, using what they had, and that was not always what was shipped. Someone on the CR list, I think, was working on the W coast and took part in a Moto catalog photo shoot. They used the new bikes they had on hand, knowing that the next year's group would be different in some way.
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