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Old 09-02-13, 05:25 AM
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Originally Posted by gbalke View Post
I've checked out those exact sites back in 2009 when I originally posted my photos of the Super Mirage. Comparing the catalog photos and spec sheets, I determined it is a '77.
Well, there you go , then. Seems like you already know the answer. It can sometimes be difficult to nail down exact year of manufacture on these things as they rolled over both old photos and specs in some catalogs, and components may have fluctuated a bit from catalog specs depending on availability.
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Old 09-02-13, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by acoffin View Post
Here is my recently acquired early 70's Grand Record...
Thxs for the data. Can I get the patent date from the rerar derailleur? TIA.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Thxs for the data. Can I get the patent date from the rerar derailleur? TIA.
It is 1972
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Old 09-02-13, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by gbalke View Post
... The bike's serial number on the bottom bracket is 7749062 followed by 702. The numbers stamped on the drop outs are 47917.

I do not believe the lead number is a '7'. Current data suggests the serial numbers are purely sequential with no year designator and a '7' would be greatly out of sequence. The lead character actually appears to be several partial stampings of a '3', (see attached, highlighted photo). A '3' would be in sequence with the other submitted serial numbers. If you look at other photos, you'll see that Motobecane did use the flat topped version of the number.
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Old 09-02-13, 01:10 PM
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I stand corrected. Wonder how I missed that?
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Old 10-14-13, 01:58 PM
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I just acquired a unidentified year Grand Touring frame that I'm in the process of renovating; the only number I have so far is off the dropouts: 62016; however; hand etched under the BB is reads CX46960. It also has the headbadge shown in pic. Also has Stronglight headset & crankset







Please help me identify.
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Old 10-19-13, 11:33 AM
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I finally got the time to re-photograph my 1972 Motobecane Grand Record, in it's finished, cleaned up state.
Serial numbers are: LH rear dropout, 1250892. RH rear dropout (inside), 64116.

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Old 10-19-13, 08:42 PM
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Originally Posted by VonCarlos View Post
I finally got the time to re-photograph my 1972 Motobecane Grand Record, in it's finished, cleaned up state.
Serial numbers are: LH rear dropout, 1250892. RH rear dropout (inside), 64116.



Nice job! Can you post your headbadge for us?
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Originally Posted by londonflu View Post
Nice job! Can you post your headbadge for us?
Sure, and you can see more of it on my flickr photo link at the bottom of the message pane.
Here's the original thread when I first got it: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...E-GRAND-RECORD!



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Originally Posted by VonCarlos View Post

Man. Beautiful. Love the crackalure on the head tube. And a scarce head badge.
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Originally Posted by VonCarlos View Post
I finally got the time to re-photograph my 1972 Motobecane Grand Record, in it's finished, cleaned up state.
Serial numbers are: LH rear dropout, 1250892. RH rear dropout (inside), 64116.

Beautiful!
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Originally Posted by VonCarlos View Post
Sure, and you can see more of it on my flickr photo link at the bottom of the message pane.
Here's the original thread when I first got it: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...E-GRAND-RECORD!



SUH-WEET!
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Okay, what early 70's models came with the squarish head badge like this one?

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My just acquired Champion Team has a 74 stamped Campagnolo back derailleur, a 4 inside of a diamond on the crank, the bb has the numbers 7D4 (if you read it as a year it could be hinting to 1974), it also has an E, and lastly what it appears to be a 21 (I've looked very closely with a magnifying class, and it lookslike a 21. Lastly, the serial number on the left drop out is 2918328. Thanks for all of your time and help! It is truly and sincerely appreciated.

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1978 Motobecane Mirage Serial Numbers



I have a 1978 Motobecane Mirage, been in the family since new. It is all original except the tires / tubes.

I have attached pictures. Serial number appears to be 4181278.

There is another stamped number, looks like 018. There is another number below the serial number that cannot be read in the photo. It is 156216. On the rear wheel axle piece there is a number looks to be LC7.

This is a 23 inch frame bicycle. My sister has two Motobecane bicycles at her house. One is a Mixte from about the same era. I will get those numbers the next time I am there.

Looks like the serial numbers are 7 digits in sequence. The 1978 era ones seem to begin with a 4 (million?).
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1971-73 Le Champion:
1460479 stamped on the outside of the left rear dropout.
63916 stamped on the inside of the right rear dropout.
319 stamped on the inside of the right front dropout.

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Originally Posted by mnmkpedals View Post
Thanks for taking this on, and perfect timing on my end. I came to the forums yesterday actually looking to find a way to date my garage sale pick up of a Moto Mirage. It was cheap and would have bought it anyway since it's the coolest color frame I've come across in a while. I've given it a quick once over and think it's actually going to stay with me now rather than sell. Like it a lot.

I am guessing, just from quick reviews of 70's catalogues that this is around 74? 75? I don;t know, just a guess, based somewhat on the 1020 tubing specs. Seems all original except for the bars of course. Suntour GT RDR. Maillard hubs, Nervar crank... If anyone has a better idea than my guess I'd love to hear it.

Only id's I found were the "609" under the frame and the "2426850" and the "A24" on the dropout.


Hi,

Love the colour of your bike, i'm a newbie here and i'm trying to get some idea of the model and year of my bike , mine has the following no's stamped on it ;-Rear left outer dropout Huret 3556454 Rear left inner dropout 93516 BB has the same no as yours "609" Seatpost tube id is 26.6mm





Weight of bare frame is 2kg



Any thoughts on the ID ?

Got lots of work to do on researching the original spec, i would like to get the bike somewhere near it and then have some fun on it .

cheers

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As mentioned previously, I was to pick up Motobecane's from my sisters. I picked up one. It is a 1977 Mirage, 21 inch frame, silver in color. This is the first year for the Mirage model (Super Mirage was in 1976). This is the last year for the 1020 tubing for the Mirage. It still has the original tires on it, Michelin Gum Wall, 28-630, 70 PSI tires. Of course they are totally dry rotted. The SN is 3805781. So the 4 million number was crossed somewhere between the end of 1977 and early 1978.
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I own 4 motobecanes from the 1976 to 1978 era. I think yours is a 1977 because I believe that the 701 means January 1977. i have a 1977 Motobecane Nomade 3929671 - 706. I believe it was manufactured in June 1977. I was replying to the Grand Record on page 1, for some reason this ended up here at the end of the thread.

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Originally Posted by zola1 View Post
Hi,

Love the colour of your bike, i'm a newbie here and i'm trying to get some idea of the model and year of my bike , mine has the following no's stamped on it ;-Rear left outer dropout Huret 3556454 Rear left inner dropout 93516 BB has the same no as yours "609" Seatpost tube id is 26.6mm





Weight of bare frame is 2kg



Any thoughts on the ID ?

Got lots of work to do on researching the original spec, i would like to get the bike somewhere near it and then have some fun on it .

cheers

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Based on the serial number I would guess a 1976. There are Motobecane catalogues from the 1970s on the internet that describes the options that each model came with.
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hi thanks for the info 1976 eh, do you own one ?,,any pictures ?

cheers

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1976 Motobecance Super Mirage

1976 Super Mirage. VIN 3277973. 602 (February of 1976?) From looking at other postings and my other 3 Motobecane bicycles from 1976 to 1978 that is my guess what the 602 means. 1976 and 1977 frames had similar stampings. Why 1976? According to the Motobecane catalogue, there was no Super Mirage in 1975 and the 1977 Super Mirage was 2040 tubing. This is 1020 tubing which was the 1976 model. Plus the Silver Blue color of the 1976 model did not have the black stripings on the down tube. The 1977 model did. This is a 23 inch frame. Original tires are long gone. Missing wheel reflectors. Rear carrier has been added. Otherwise all is original.
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Hello,
I don't know what year my Grand Touring was built. I bought it new in a store May 1 1984. The serial number start with 816 (June 1981?). I can't find the exact model in any online catalog I've found so far. It has 12 gears, Suntour VX. Any guesses?

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Looks pretty close to this 1982. Different components though. http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/catalog...nd_Touring.jpg

Is this the catalog resource you used? bulgier.net - /pics/bike/catalogs/Motobecane/
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Yes, that's the one. I haven't seen any with Suntour VX, maybe an European version?
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